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#1 2020-06-27 07:35:00

From: Austin, TX
Registered: 2008-05-26
Posts: 1,234

Temporary protected bike lanes on Congress

From the 6/26/20 Austin Chronicle:

"The Austin Transportation Dept. has installed temporary protected bicycle lanes on Congress Ave. from Riverside Dr. to 11th St., 'to ensure enough physical distance for all people using the Avenue and the Ann Richards Bridge,' and to complement the Shop the Block initiative, which repurposes public space for outdoor seating, queueing, and retail.  Though the lanes are considered temporary, a city release notes that 'transition to a more permanent installation is envisioned as part of the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative."  See more at


#2 2020-07-24 12:36:26

Registered: 2013-03-27
Posts: 279

Re: Temporary protected bike lanes on Congress

Well, having ridden the temporary installation a few times now I can report (1) seems really useful for parking and waiting in the car (ride share drivers?), though that pretty much blocks the lane, so a cyclist has to carefully thread through pylons to get back out into the traffic lanes to continue forward (today, I had to go around 3 parked drivers between C. Chavez and 5th); (2) the pylons seem to confuse drivers turning right.

I'm all for efforts to create space for people walking farther apart on the sidewalks, though.  I hope it is effective for that (its true?) purpose.


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