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#1 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » City cracks down on parking in bike lanes (Jan. 2020) » 2022-06-17 09:57:28

Looks like the city is going to pilot a bounty system. 

"In an effort to help city employees cite vehicles for illegally blocking bike lanes, the Urban Transportation Commission unanimously approved a “bike lane bounty” program at its meeting Tuesday night."  "The next step for the proposal is going before the Mobility Committee at their next meeting. If it is approved there, an official draft will be written."

https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2 … oney-soon/

#2 Traffic Laws » Cell Phone Ban in a School Zones not enforaceble without signage » 2022-04-15 13:18:43

Darron
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I learned something interesting at the Cedar Park city council meeting last night.  Apparent the state ban on cell phone use in a school zones is not enforceable if there are no signs specifically stating this. Good news is the council will look into getting signs in place and enforcing the law.

Example of the sign is you are interested:
http://onlinemanuals.txdot.gov/txdotman … _phone.htm

If you know of a municipality that doesn't have these signs in place contact them and let them know they can enforce the law.  Should be a pretty easy sell since most people support child safety.

#3 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » 21yo drunk driver kills pedestrian on sidewalk in Cedar Park (3/25/22) » 2022-03-29 11:59:36

Thanks Doug,  I dug into it a little more and our 39% with no location data (2012-2021) is on the high side.  State wide only 27% of ped crashes didn't have location data in 2021, Wilco is about the same at 27% for 2021.  Cedar Park is an outlier for Wilco with 89% no location data in 2021!

I plan on compiling a short presentation for city council to see if we can do a better job of recording this information with emphasis that we are the worst in recording this data in the area.  The TxDOT database also included fatalities which tell some interesting stories as well.  Countywide about 7% of ped crashes included a fatality, for vehicle crashes it is less than 1%.

#4 Justice Issues / Collisions » 21yo drunk driver kills pedestrian on sidewalk in Cedar Park (3/25/22) » 2022-03-29 08:50:44

Darron
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Just near my house there has been one child per month hit walk/biking to school and yesterday we had our first death:  https://www.kxan.com/news/local/william … -arrested/

There might be more incidents but the data is not that great.  Looking at the TxDOT Crash Record Information System it appears 39% of pedestrian crashes and 24% of cyclist crashes do not have location data associated with them so it is difficult to pin point problem areas.  By comparison, less than 5% of vehicle crashes have no location data.  Does anyone know if this is typical for ped/cyclist crashes to have less location info?

#5 Re: Train, Bus, Transit » Advice for taking a bike on CapMetro? » 2022-03-24 11:44:21

I ended up riding the whole way since the weather was nice, but I'm still open to hear tips/tricks for taking a bike on the bus for next time.

#6 Train, Bus, Transit » Advice for taking a bike on CapMetro? » 2022-03-21 11:26:53

Darron
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I'm considering taking my bike into town Wednesday on either the MetroRail or Express Bus from Lakeline Station.  Is there usually room? Other tips/tricks?

#7 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » KXAN to the rescue » 2022-01-26 18:12:14

Jack wrote:
Darron wrote:

"end of their neighborhood as they know it."

I didn't realize street striping and parking are what defines a neighborhood!

Turns out that Austin neighborhoods are made entirely of slippery slopes.

It's a wonder cars can even drive on them they are so slippery.  Must be using some kind of special tires, like Goodyear® Hyperboles™ or similar.

#8 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » KXAN to the rescue » 2022-01-26 12:41:08

"end of their neighborhood as they know it."

I didn't realize street striping and parking are what defines a neighborhood!

#9 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » New Cedar Park cycling infrastructure » 2022-01-18 15:02:10

Just a short update (can't believe I first posted about this in 2019). 

Public Information Meeting tonight for the Brushy Creek North Fork Trail, Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main Street

6:30-8:30 p.m. (brief presentation at 7, panel Q & A at 7:15)

Face coverings encouraged

https://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departme … fork-trail

If you can't show up in person, please email your support and suggestions regarding this project to brushycreeknorthtrail /at/ cedarparktexas.gov

one piece that needs feedback is what the northern end of the trail will connect to.  Right now the plans show it just dumping out on Parmer.  My recommendation is at a minimum build the trail south to connect down to Colonial Parkway.  Most people accessing the trail from west of Parmer would come from Colonial Parkway rather than 1431.   Colonial Parkway is a much more ped/bike friendly crossing with an existing shared use path than 1431 as well.

#10 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Death Count 2021 » 2021-12-15 13:05:58

This KVUE article indicates we are at 106 as of Dec 10th (but now sure what data source they use).

Edit to add: "This is Austin's 106th fatal traffic crash of 2021, resulting in 115 fatalities this year. On this date last year, there were 81 fatal crashes with 86 fatalities."

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local … 8bc7a07ee4

#12 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Austin crosswalks now talk to smart cars to warn of pedestrians » 2021-10-05 09:09:16

Cool, I was just talking with a city manager here in CP last night and he was telling me about this tech and how they plan to use it here as well.  Another good use he mentioned was for school zones, the system can tell connected cars when they are speeding in a school zone.

#13 Organizations » New Grass Roots Transportation Advocates in Cedar Park » 2021-09-29 18:55:40

Darron
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If any of ya'll are in Cedar Park there is a new group advocating for better transportation:
http://www.wyld.net/atacp/

Right now we are focusing on making sure we give feedback at city board and council meetings when transportation items are on the agenda.  The city just released it's new strategic goals which are more focused on alternative transportation than they have ever been so now is a good time to get involved and keep the momentum going.

Darron

#14 Justice Issues / Collisions » Cyclist David Lutz killed in Cedar Park Sunday morning 8/22/21 » 2021-08-23 11:52:15

Darron
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"Police say it happened around 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and El Salido Parkway - near Cedar Park High School.  According to police, David Lutz, 67, was found with critical, life-threatening injuries. First responders attempted life-saving measures on scene before Lutz was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died."

This location is on the commuting route I used to ride.  Not many details available but that is highly trafficked cycling area close to two schools and a major park.


https://www.reddit.com/r/CedarPark/comm … s_morning/

https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/cedar- … ycle-crash

#15 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Long Tail Utility eBikes? » 2021-08-03 09:45:40

Thanks Doug,

Yep, I've used a trailer for shopping previously too and agree it works a treat.  Right now I'm leaning towards Pedego or RadPower long tail bikes.

#16 Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Long Tail Utility eBikes? » 2021-08-02 14:39:36

Darron
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Anyone currently have or has had a long tail utility ebike?  If so what make/model and any pros/cons/tips?

I'm thinking of getting one for commuting, shopping, and elementary school runs (all less than 2miles).

#17 Re: Organizations » "bike registration that works"? » 2021-06-23 08:51:42

I found this link comparing the Bike Index vs 529 Garage (although it seems a bit biased):
https://bicyclesecurityadvisors.com/pro … your-bike/

#18 Re: Organizations » "bike registration that works"? » 2021-06-23 08:46:20

I just watched a video on this very subject: There's a proven way to stop bike theft. So why are so few cities doing it?

It's kind of long but the summary is bike theft is difficult to police and when stolen bikes are recovered it is difficult to find the owners.  Vancouver introduced a bike registry database combined with lots of other community programs and it worked to reduce theft.

https://project529.com/garage

#20 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Public comments for I35 from SE Inner Loop/1431 project by 6/26 » 2021-06-17 10:40:54

Darron
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The I-35 from SE Inner Loop to RM 1431 project virtual public hearing will be hosted from Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 26, 2021. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed project.

Please take a moment and review the plans and give feedback.  The 183North project included quite a bit of cycling infrastructure based on public comments.

https://seinnerloop.mobility35openhouse.com/

#21 Other » What kinds of questions should P&Z and City Councils ask developers? » 2021-06-04 08:35:15

Darron
Replies: 1

Hi all,

I'm working on a list of standard questions to ask when developers present plans to planning and zoning or city council or ask for variances/zoning changes.  I've noticed there are lots of standard questions about traffic (where are turn lanes, how wide are the streets/driveways, what is the speed limit, curb radius, etc) but few questions about ped/cycling access other than "are there sidewalks? Yes? moving on".

My hope is to give the same level of scrutiny to the non-motorized infrastructure.

Some examples:
"How are people from the neighborhood going to access the shops on foot?  Specifically where are they expected to walk?"
"Do they just wing it across a parking lot or will there be some markings in the parking lot to show where to go?  Or better yet a sidewalk leading up to the shops?"
"Will there be curb cuts on the streets and in the parking lot that allow access or do people have to use the car driveways if they can't make it over a step?"
"Is there step free access to the shops (apart from the ones needed for handicap parking)?"
"What design guidelines do you plan to follow for user-friendly active transportation"?
"How will your project connect cleanly to existing active transportation facilities?"
"Is your sidewalk/pathway wide enough for two wheelchairs going in opposite directions?"
"Are you using non-contact pedestrian and bike detection?"
"Are you maintaining a 3 foot wide clear zone along the sidewalk?"
"Does that clear zone account for full growth of the landscaping?"
"Are all your road/driveway crossings straight, with a transition wider than the path to allow for turns?"

If I can get a top 10 list together it will go a long way to getting people to ask the right questions so we don't end up with sub-par facilities for peds/bikes.

Darron

#22 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-06 17:04:01

MichaelBluejay wrote:

The bill would make it a felony to injure someone in the crosswalk.  Hard to believe that's not already specifically verboten.

That is exactly what my wife said when I mentioned this bill to her.  You can accidentally shoot someone and in Texas and be criminally charged but if you accidentally run a person over in a crosswalk you are free to walk.

#23 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-06 13:29:33

I called my local State Senator (Charles Schwertner - R) and confirmed they are supporting this bill so I'd give it a more than 50% chance.

#24 Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-05 09:52:37

Darron
Replies: 21

https://citizensroadsafety.org/

If you had not seen this in the news yet there are bills in the current TX legislature that would allow for criminal penalties for drivers who injure or kill people in a crosswalk.  Contact your state rep and senator if you support this.

#25 Re: Other » Any data on the increase in cycling due to the pandemic? » 2021-03-25 19:31:28

Thanks,

Anecdotally I would say it has increased here as well.  One surprising area I've noticed is a lot of teens getting electric bikes instead of cars to commute back and forth to school.

Looking at the city of Austin's website that tracks trail usage the data is mixed.
http://www.eco-public.com/ParcPublic/?id=89

Some trails like Upper Boggy Creek seem to show an increase in usage but others show flat or even lower use.

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