Austin, TX, celebrated the opening of a two-way protected green lane on Rio Grande Avenue in April 2012 and will complete green lane projects in fall 2012 on Barton Springs Road, serving the citys beloved pool, and on Bluebonnet, connecting to an elementary school. The city is tackling major connections in a revitalizing downtown area. The presence of the state capitol, a major university, and a thriving music scene make it a diverse and dynamic city that sees bicycling as a way to attract top-tier businesses and ease congestion.
Updates from Austin GLP blogger Jen Reel
- Green Lane Project to host summit on bike lanes and equity, April 20, 2013
- Rolling through SXSW on two wheels, March 19, 2013
- Mueller District finds cycle tracks good for business, Feb. 1, 2013
- Pedaling for Safer Roads bike rally, Dec. 6, 2012
- Dutch Embassy brings expertise to Austin, Nov. 11, 2012
- Imagine Austin -- compact and connected, Sept. 28, 2012
- Back to School time -- let's bike!, Aug. 31, 2012
The city of Austin, TX currently has the following green lanes:
Lance Armstrong Bikeway
Two miles of two-way, one-sided green lanes were built on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway at Cesar Chavez in 2008. The green lane is protected by both curb and grass.
Also in 2008, a 0.5 mile long green lane was built at the 4th St. on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. The green lane is two-way, one-sided and is separated by rail tracks and turtle bumps.
To view a map of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, click here.
In 2010, Austin built 0.66 miles of green lane on 4th Street from I35 to Trinity Blvd. It is a two-way, one sided green lane that is separated by commuter rail tracks, turtle bumps and furniture.
Barton Springs Road
The city of Austin built one mile of green lane on Barton Springs Road between S. 1st Street and South Lamar Blvd. in 2012. The green lane is one way on each side of the road. The westbound lane is separated by a six inch curb, two feet of vegetation and street light poles. The eastbound lane is protected by a 1.5 foot painted buffer and delineator sticks.
To read more about the Barton Springs Road green lane, click here.
Robert E. Lee Cycle Track
In 2012, 0.6 miles of green lane was added to the Robert E. Lee Cycle Track in Austin. The two-way, one-sided green lane is protected by a curb.
In the summer of 2012, 1.5 miles of two-way, one-sided green lanes on Bluebonnet Lane from Barton Hills to Rabb Glen Street. The green lane is separated by a two foot painted buffer and delineator sticks.
To read more about the Bluebonnet Lane green lane, click here.