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#1 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Shoal Creek, part trois (?) » 2019-03-27 08:59:03

Just read an article saying there is still time to give feedback on this:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShoalCreekBlvd


https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/ … 1879545840

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Shoal Creek Boulevard in central Austin may see some changes soon. The Austin Transportation Department is weighing several different options to see if there's a better way for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to share the same road.

"I'm concerned about that intersection. I'm concerned about Shoal Creek in general," said Brock Lawson, who lives on Shoal Creek Boulevard.

Lawson attended the first of three open houses the city hosted to learn about the options the city is reviewing.

The city is looking at Shoal Creek Boulevard in two sections. For the section that extends from 38th Street to Foster Lane, ATD came up with five possibilities:

    Leave the road as is. Right now, it has two lanes of traffic in the middle and on either side is a lane for parking that can also be used as a bike lane. 
    One way painted bicycle lanes. Remove parking on one side.
    One way buffered bicycle lanes. Parking remains on both sides, but restricted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    One way protected bike lanes. Parking removed.
    Two way protected bike lanes. Parking removed on one side.

Upper Shoal Creek is from Foster Lane to 183, and ATD is considering three options for that stretch. They include installing different forms of bike lanes or keeping the status quo.

#2 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » The Austin B-Cycle thread » 2019-02-27 22:30:57

I've seen multiple scooters on Jollyville near Duval a few times.  My guess is someone took one all the way back to their apartment one evening and it worked so well they did it a few more times.

On NextDoor I've heard of people seeing a few as far as Avery Ranch in Williamson County.

#3 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » 183 North Toll Project » 2019-02-05 14:46:49

Thanks for posting this.  I've been waiting to see progress start since the flurry of activity in 2015.

I'm interested to see if the original $5M proposed for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements is still there.

More than $5 million proposed for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements
You spoke up, and we heard you! Many of the public comments received have urged the team to consider bicycle and pedestrian improvements as part of the 183 North Mobility Project. As part of the Express Lanes alternative, the project team is proposing more than $5 million in enhancements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the corridor, including two shared use path segments connecting existing bike lanes parallel to the US 183 corridor, sidewalks along each frontage road where none currently exist and cross street connections for bicycles.

From what I can tell this is all still on the table.
PROPOSED BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS
The Express Lanes Alternative includes more than $5 million in upgrades to provide safe connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the corridor, including:
• Sidewalks both northbound and southbound from RM 620/SH 45N to Loop 360
• Shared Use Paths to connect bike lanes on:
• Jollyville Road to Pond Springs Road
• Pond Springs Road to Lake Creek Parkway
• Cross street connections for bicyclists at every roadway crossing under US 183 North from Pecan Park to Great Hills Trail

This will really help connectivity in this area.

#4 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Heads Up Cedar Park » 2019-02-01 12:09:28

Darron
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FYI, the city of Cedar Park is making an effort to educate all road and trail users:
http://www.headsupcedarpark.com/

I really like how they made an effort to make the message "all road users need to be more aware" instead of "car drivers need to look our for cyclist and pedestrians" but even so the first NextDoor post after the city announced this was "but, but , but I saw a cyclist run a stop sign so they all must die horrible deaths" (I might be paraphrasing here).


Good solid tips though, including "Claim your space at intersections".

#5 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Examples of bad facilities » 2018-01-25 08:55:24

MichaelBluejay wrote:

Darron, I'd count your earlier examples as bad facilities.  I think anyone would.  That was kind of my point, to share facilities in which there's pretty unanimous agreement that they're bad.  Your earlier examples aren't as forehead-slapping bad as the others, but bad is bad.  There are plenty of *missing* facilities, but what's really sad is when a municipality bothers puts one in and they arguably make things even worse.

I just didn't want to go down the rabbit hole of "why would you just not build the last XX yards to connect two bike path?" examples because I'm not sure how much room your hosting service allocates this site!

#6 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Examples of bad facilities » 2018-01-24 08:43:08

Sorry I didn't catch the spirit of the post.  I'll try and redeem myself.  How about a narrow lanes or lanes that go right into parked cars?
bad_bikelanes_london1.jpg

Here is a good list from the UK:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/usvsth3m/never … te-5514253

#7 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » The Mopac Pedestrian bridge over the greenbelt is almost done ... » 2018-01-18 11:39:07

Thanks Doug,

Definitely looks like it under counted your rides.  Did you report this on the City of Austin 311 app?  It never hurts to try and get it fixed.

#8 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app » 2018-01-15 11:32:40

https://ride.report/austin

65K rides recorded.  Comparing with Strava this seems to show the same major routes (Strava does have a lot more minor routes).  I was surprised to see the comfort ratings in the areas I'm familiar with.  For example Balcones Country Club area and Jollyville was red and Parmer was green?  Duval is red going east but green going west except for under 183 where it is green both ways (this is the only area without a bike lane).  Seems odd.

#9 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » The Mopac Pedestrian bridge over the greenbelt is almost done ... » 2018-01-04 12:10:25

And I wonder how often it doesn't trigger, either due to cyclists not riding where the loops are or just because they don't have enough metal?

These can be tuned to be very sensitive and since this inductive loop is not being used to trigger a traffic light my guess is it set up to catch almost anything.  Quick way to test is to ride back and forth over it 50 times on a weekday and see if it shows up on the online counter!

http://www.eco-public.com/public2/?id=100139981

Darron

#10 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Williamson County Seeking Public Input for Parks and Trails » 2017-11-29 09:27:19

Darron
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Saw this on the wilco.org website:

Parks Master Plan Needs Your Input
Williamson County is updating its Comprehensive Parks Master Plan and is seeking input from the public. The first Comprehensive Park Master Plan was created in 2001 and was last updated in 2008. The plan helps set priorities for all county parks, trails, open spaces, nature preserves and natural areas and assists the county in obtaining grants. To take the survey, click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Williams … MasterPlan

There are some questions about trail connectivity so if you have time and live in WilCo please give your input.

Darron

#11 Bike Lanes / Facilities » New shared use path on I35 between 1431 and Old Settler's Blvd in RR » 2017-10-30 11:18:55

Darron
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I've been seeing this built over the last few month but it is next to impossible to find out any information about it on the internet.  Does anyone know if this is part of a larger network going up in Williamson County?  Regardless, it is good to see TxDOT earmarking money for ped/cycling infrastructure as part of highway work.  This is so much more cost effective to make it part of existing work than trying to install something after the fact.

Here is a image looking north towards 1431 from May:
20170517_152714.jpg

Darron

#12 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Hit-and-run driver kills ped in her 60s near Rundberg 10.10.17 » 2017-10-12 10:47:08

RedFalcon wrote:

Here's the response:

"Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will get with the marketing department to see what steps we need to take in order to avoid advertisements by inappropriate news stories."

Bangs head on wall.   The news story was entirely appropriate.

I'd give them the benefit of the doubt that he just misspoke and meant they wanted to avoid advertising inappropriately on news stories.  I'm sure a dealership wants to avoid advertising next to any news story about a traffic accident/fatality.  Now personal injury lawyer advertisements on the other hand... ;)

Darron

#13 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Lobbying for a 4-way stop at Rosewood & Angelina » 2017-09-25 09:08:30

Interesting database!  I did a quick query and it returned 16 crashes at that intersection (1 on Angelina and 15 on Rosewood) since 2010.  I was able to export the data as as CSV file which I emailed to Michael (maybe he can get it to his neighbor).

Seems like a lot of crashes in 7 years.

Darron

#14 Bike Lanes / Facilities » CAMPO Planning Input » 2017-09-06 11:47:02

Darron
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Sorry I meant to post this before.  CAMPO is planning open house feedback sessions.  There are still three session left.  If you are able, please make and effort to make it to one of the session to provide feedback on cycling infrastructure.
CAMPO-RTP-and-TIP-Amendment-Flyer-Fall-2017-Edit-552x714.png

#15 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Jollyville sidewalk gaps being filled, & Austin sidewalk projects map » 2017-06-26 11:29:29

If any one is interested there is a sidewalk project completion celebration this week:


Community news: Sidewalk project’s completion celebrated Thursday

The city of Austin will host an event to celebrate the completion of the first 2016 Mobility Bond sidewalk project, a newly constructed sidewalk in the North Loop neighborhood, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The celebration will start in the parking lot of the Sky-View Baptist Church, 211 W. Koenig Lane. Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie Tovo and District 4 City Council Member Gregorio Casar will attend, walking the new path along Chesterfield Avenue.

#16 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Survey » 2017-05-22 08:29:00

Darron
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Saw this on the Statesman:

Take survey on transportation plan

The Austin Transportation Department has opened a survey to help guide the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.

The survey will be available through June 9 and can be accessed at austintexas.gov/asmp.

The plan will help city staff with common issues, such as commuter delay, travel choices, health and safety and affordability. The survey will allow residents to make known what is most important to them, as well as specific concerns or ideas that would help navigation and travel.

The survey is pretty broad but at least it is another way to have your voice heard and will have more impact than just posting on facebook or a cycling forum ;).

Darron

#17 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Jollyville sidewalk gaps being filled, & Austin sidewalk projects map » 2017-05-02 09:54:40

Darron
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For those in north Austin that commute via Jollyville you might have noticed all the new sidewalks going in. This was part of the 2016 sidewalk master plan (https://austintexas.gov/sidewalks).  The city has a nice interactive map that shows current and upcoming sidewalk projects (http://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/weba … 2d63ba5ce2).  Lamar is getting a lot of attention as well.

The Jollyville sidewalks will integrate with the cycling/ped plans for the new 183north toll project to give cyclist and peds an alternative to using the 183 access roads.  Hopefully within 10 years we will have a continuous dedicated bike paths and sidewalks from Leander to 360 and Duval (to connect with the Walnut Creek trail).

#18 Re: Traffic Laws » Is it charity to pay someone's traffic fines? » 2017-04-06 14:37:44

I'll go ahead and play devil's advocate here.  It's possible that the fines she was unable to pay also included additional fines for for failure to pay by the due date (seems likely wiht three tickets).  It's pretty common for people to have small fine that they can't play quickly blow up into something that can damage their financial situation.   $750 is a lot to someone just scraping by and if the choice is spend money on a traffic ticket vs medical bill, people usually choose medical bills.

Are there problems with our justice system that disproportionately affect the poor?  Yes.

Is the woman still guilty of poor driving? Yes.

Did the guy do something nice for someone stuck between a rock and a hard place? Yes.

To me the story was less about the driving infractions and more about the problem with enforcing fines on people who can't afford it.

My 2¢

#20 Re: Commuting/Routes » Commuting from North Central Austin to Veloway » 2016-11-04 11:21:32

I can't really comment on the routes south of the river but I've found that looking at the Strava Heat Maps will give you a good indication of routes often used by commuters:
http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#13/-97. … /blue/bike

South 5th St seems to be a well traveled route south of the river.  The the popular route seems to be Barton Skyway>Garden Villa>Banister Ln>Redd St>Pack Saddle Pass>Either Westgate or Brodie>Slaughter

Darron

#21 Re: Traffic Laws » Police to impound vehicles of drivers w/suspended licenses who crash » 2016-10-28 10:36:25

I'm with Doug on this one.  Property seizures without criminal convictions are easily exploited by any bureaucracy to be converted into a revenue stream.  I'd argue that if one was supportive of impounding vehicles of drivers with suspended licenses then they should also be in favor of more regulations around car ownership in general.  For example, should one be allowed to purchase a vehicle without a valid DL?

One also needs to consider what is the ultimate goal here, is it to enforce valid DLs?  I'm sure there are situations where plenty of people with valid DLs also crash.  We should start by asking what is the likelyhood of someone with a suspended DL is to crash vs someone a valid DL.  If there is no difference then impounding the car doesn't really make much sense and points more to a revenue stream explanation.

D

#22 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Feedback Wanted - Jacket for Legs » 2016-10-28 10:22:12

I used a rain cape for cycling in Europe and the easy on/easy off aspect regardless of what I was wearing makes it hard to beat.  Here in TX though I've never once used my rain cape as it rains so infrequently that I rarely get a change to use it and the times it is raining, its coming down so hard it's not worth venturing out.  It will still find some use as I have a buddy moving to Portland soon who will put my rain cape to good use no doubt!

D

#23 Traffic Laws » Enforcement of 3 foot law by APD leads to citations » 2016-10-14 18:38:11

Darron
Replies: 2

http://kxan.com/2016/10/14/make-sure-yo … -watching/

I remember seeing an article recently announcing the vehicle proximity measurement devices.  Glad to see them already being put ot good use.

Here is a summary of violations handed out so far:
Breakdown of Safe Passing
    Operations hours: 18
    Motorist VRUO Citations (egregious violations): 21 (typically under 30″ passing distance0
    Motorist VRUO Warnings: 28
    Motorist Violations (other): 22 (distracted driving, etc.)
    Bicyclist Citations: 6
    Bicyclist Warnings: 2


Darron

#24 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app » 2016-09-28 14:27:35

Jack wrote:

Perhaps we will find a great deal of useful information on what routes riders find comfortable to and from well-off neighborhoods and good job sites and maybe that trickles down to other riders as well.

I agree, just looking at the strava data there is a bias to a higher volume of information on the more affluent areas of the city but that doesn't mean the data for less affluent areas doesn't exist or is not useful.  So even if the guy hauling janitorial supplies doesn't' have an iphone there appears to be enough people who do riding the same route in the same areas to generate useful data.  Smart phone usage is at 72% in the US (source: pewglobal.com) so by default this doesn't include just the affluent part of society no matter if you use mean or median income as a ruler.

D

#25 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app » 2016-09-28 07:39:00

I wonder if they are already using Strava Metro data (http://metro.strava.com/).  The only extra benefit this app has over Strava is it also asks you how the ride was.  Strava on the other hand most likely has a bigger data set, a bigger existing user base and more historical data.

Another reason to use Strava on not just your training and leisure rides but also while you commute and run errands.  I know in north Austin the popular commuting routes are easily seen on a Strava heat map.

Darron

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