Austin Makes America’s 10 Best New Bikeways List – Twice!

More and more cities are building and connecting bike routes, from on-street lanes to off-street bikeways. Austin is no exception – the Bicycle Master Plan maps out a continuous network of protected bike routes, and the 2016 Mobility Bond put aside $20 million which is helping to build some of those routes out.  

Two of Austin’s bikeways got recognition recently, making the People for Bikes 10 Best New Bikeways list. Coming in at #2 are the Barton Creek bike bridges, which span roughly a mile and give cyclists a completely protected bikeway separate from MoPac and Loop 360, where intrepid bike commuters previously had to use shoulder space next to vehicles. The bridges also make a north-south connection between existing bikeways, making it much more feasible for more people to commute by bike without risking life or limb.

In the #4 spot on the list is Austin’s 3rd Street protected bike lane. That stretch of bikeway is separated by a concrete curb from car traffic, and connects a 5-mile continuous loop of bikeways that spans Central Austin. If you ride on the downtown bikeways, you’ll also notice the new bike traffic signals that help cyclists safely navigate busy intersections.

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