Currently, the City of Austin is updating its Bike Plan to adapt to current needs. Rising fuel costs, global warming, and an economic downturn have caused a record number of Austinites to turn to cycling to meet many of their transportation needs. Unfortunately, Austinís infrastructure has not kept up with this demand forcing cars and bikes to share the same road space, at times in dangerous ways.
In fact, a recent report produced by the City of Austin Street Smarts Task Force found that only 1/3rd of the facilities proposed in the last plan adopted in 1996 have actually been completed.
A group of local cyclists has started a petition to the Austin City Council to ask that the new plan have clear time lines for complete implementation as well as key infrastructure.
You can find out more about the plan and sign the petition at AustinBikePlan.org.
So all you Austin cyclists out there, are you happy with the bike facilities in our city? What would make them better.
This petition calls for cross town bike ways or bike boulevards and no parking in bike lanes? Is this the ticket to more people biking?