|Courtesy of © Renee Renteria Photography|
Cycling the length of South Lamar with Andre Botermans, the Dutch Cycling Embassy representative and urban planner working with our team, was eye opening. In The Netherlands, roads with >10k auto trips per day get bike tracks physically separated from motor traffic. South Lamar has >35K. He was aghast that we would create a bike lane with a stripe of paint on a road as dangerous as South Lamar. . . . The full design includes two-way cycle tracks on both sides of Lamar, which would be shared with pedestrians until the 15' pedestrian zone was completed. These tracks would be separated from motor traffic by a 3-5' planted buffer that serves as a rain garden to filter road runoff. This design preserves the current five motor vehicle lanes (two each way, plus center turn) where room exists. . . . This vision is thrilling to those of us who want to address the exploding transportation demands on South Lamar and be able to bike safely to Wheatsville or Target. Making cycling a viable and significant transportation mode is essential to Austin's future.
|Ideas from the Think Bike workshop on transforming South Lamar into a cycling-friendly transit corridor|