46th-47th Streets and Bennett-Middle Fiskville Neighborhood Bikeways

Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is evaluating local streets in Central Austin neighborhoods as a network of proposed neighborhood bikeways. These local streets were selected for their street connectivity and characteristics, including naturally lower motor vehicle speeds and volumes. 
Two routing options are being considered for the north-south direction:
  • Alternative A – Caswell Avenue to E 46th Street
  • Alternative B – Continue on Clarkson Avenue to Bennett Avenue
Funding for these changes has been identified from the 2016 Mobility Bond Bikeways and Sidewalks Programs.
Map of project limits showing W 46th St., Speedway, Ave. F, E 47th St., Red River St., Caswell Ave., Clarkson Ave., Middle Fiskville Rd., Bennett Ave., and E 43rd St. highlighted


Proposed Changes

  • New pavement markings ("sharrows") to alert people driving to expect people bicycling.
  • New wayfinding signs to guide people riding bicycles to local and regional destinations.
  • New speed reduction devices (e.g., speed humps or speed cushions) to achieve lower 20-25 mph speeds.
  • Improvements for crossing major streets for people walking or riding bicycles.
  • New sidewalks on E 46th Street (Red River Street to Airport Boulevard) and Bennett Avenue (43rd Street to 46th Street). To avoid impacts to trees, the sidewalk is proposed to bump out into the street on the eat side of Bennett Avenue from E 44th Street to Ellingson Lane. This will require a parking restriction on the east side for that one block.

Cambios Propuestos

  • Nuevas marcas en el pavimento ("compartechas") para alertar automovilistas y de que esperen a la gente en bicicleta.
  • Nuevas señales para guiar a las personas en bicicleta a destinos locales y regionales.
  • Dispositivos de reducción de velocidad nuevos y modificados (por ejemplo, reductores de velocidad o topes) para lograr velocidades más bajas de 20-25 mph.
  • Mejoras para cruzar calles principales para personas caminando o en bicicleta.
  •  Nuevas banquetas en E 46th Street (Red River Street a Airport Boulevard) y Bennett Avenue (43rd Street a 46th Street). Para evitar impactos a los árboles, se propone que la banqueta salga a la calle en el lado este de Bennett Avenue desde E 44th Street hasta Ellingson Lane. Esto requerirá una restricción de estacionamiento en el lado este para esa cuadra.


Neighborhood Bikeways

Neighborhood bikeways are local streets where motor vehicle traffic speeds and volumes are kept low to make it safer and more comfortable to ride a bicycle, walk, and play.
Neighborhood bikeways enhance local streets by:
  • Adding pavement markings (“sharrows”) to alert people driving cars to expect people riding bicycles in the street and help guide people riding bicycles along the bikeway route.
  • Improving crossings of major streets.
  • Adding way-finding signage to guide people to local and regional destinations.
  • Managing vehicle speeds and volumes.

Las Ciclovías del Vecindario

Las ciclovías del vecindario son calles con velocidades y volúmenes de tráfico de vehículos de motor más bajos donde la seguridad y la comodidad de las personas que andan en bicicleta, caminan y juegan en la calle es una prioridad.
Los proyectos de ciclovías del vecindario pueden incluir:
  • Marcas en el pavimento para alertar a las personas que conducen que deben esperar gente andando en bicicleta
  • Intersecciones mejoradas de las calles principales.
  • Señales para guiar gente en bicicleta a destinos locales y regionales.
  • Herramientas de reducción de velocidad (como topes o reductores de velocidad).


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