North University-Heritage-Rosedale Neighborhood Bikeways

The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is evaluating local streets in Central Austin neighborhoods as a network of proposed neighborhood bikeways.
These routes were selected for the connectivity they can provide in the All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network. The characteristics of these local streets are naturally more compatible to sharing the roadway, including narrower street widths and naturally lower motor vehicle speeds and volumes. 
Funding for this project is available from the 2016 Mobility Bond Bikeways and Sidewalks program.
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Project limits map depicting the proposed neighborhood bikeway route

Project Open House and Survey
ATD hosted an open house for community members to review preliminary designs and learn more about the project on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Bryker Woods Elementary. All materials presented at the open house are available below.
The comment period for this project closed on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

Proposed Changes
Proposed changes include:
Improvements for routing and navigation
  • New shared lane pavement markings (called share-the-road arrows or “sharrows”) to alert people driving to expect people bicycling in the street and help guide people along the bikeway route
  • New wayfinding signs to guide people bicycling to local and regional destinations
  • Study feasibility of switching stop signs to prioritize the bicycling route:
    • Hemphill Park (east side) at West 32nd Street
    • Hemphill Park (west side) at West 33rd Street
    • West 41st Street at Sinclair Avenue
    • West 41st Street at Rosedale Avenue
Managing vehicle speeds and volumes
  • New speed reduction devices to achieve lower 20-25 mph speeds
  • No volume reduction is anticipated
Improvements for crossing major streets for people walking or bicycling
  • Intersection improvements (e.g., signal timing changes, ADA upgrades, curb extensions, detection)
  • New sidewalk to fill gaps on W 31st Street between North Lamar Boulevard and West Avenue with proposed localized parking restrictions to avoid conflicts with trees
  • New bicycle lanes for connecting across major streets:
    • West 29th Street between West Guadalupe Street and Hemphill Park with proposed localized parking restrictions
    • West 34th Street between West Avenue and West Guadalupe Street with proposed parking restrictions on the north and south curbs
    • West 40th Street between North Lamar Boulevard and Marathon Boulevard with proposed localized parking restrictions
Shoal Creek Trail connection
Alternatives are being considered for West 31st Street/Shoal Creek Boulevard between North Lamar Boulevard and West 34th Street to provide a more clear Shoal Creek Trail connection using in-street space where it is not possible to build the trail adjacent to the creek.
  • Alternative A:  An “in-street” shared use path on the south curb requiring parking restrictions on the north curb
  • Alternative B: A neighborhood bikeway with an eastbound bicycle/walking lane on the south curb and keep existing parking on the north curb
  • Alternative C: One-way westbound general travel lane with an “in-street” shared use path on the south curb. This would generally keep on-street parking on the north curb. Parking restrictions may be needed to accommodate longer motor vehicle queues at the middle school drop-off/pick-up loop.

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

Contact Us
For questions about the project, email Dylan Johnstone or call 512-974-7021.

For media inquiries, email Emily Tuttle or call 512-974-6509.
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