Travelling from the Ben White area to Barton Springs Road along South Lamar can be an exercise in terror. Bike lanes are narrow and scattered with debris. Often the lane ends with little warning and cyclists must merge with drivers who aren't paying attention. Drivers become belligerent when cyclists occupy a lane, which is really the safest route along this stretch of roadway. Clean, consistent, and widened bike lanes would enhance safety for both cyclists and drivers and make area businesses more accessible to all.

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Justif Treint over 6 years ago

lower the speed limit for motor vehicles on s lamar and s congress

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Austin Common Sense over 6 years ago

Justif- I would caution from the whole "lower the speed limit" argument. It's fine to increase the width of bike lanes, add protected bike lanes, or build entirely new biking infrastructure. But if you go and lower the speed limit of Lamar and S. Congress than you are setting precedent that we should just lower speed limits all over the city to accomodate cycling. The fact is cyclists and cars will never be able to travel at the same top end speeds. So cyclists should try to plan their routes to where they avoid streets with faster moving traffic as best as they can if bike lanes are inadequate for the time being.

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Ali Hussain over 6 years ago

I am terrified of driving on South Lamar much less riding it. I used to take it until I decided that the stress was not worth it and started taking 5th street/Bouldin/Banister. Unless I'm going to a destination on Lamar I will avoid Lamar. I like the cleaner air, not having to listen to or fear traffic and the better scenery.

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Coa Bicycle Program about 6 years ago

Thank you for this posting.  The City has improved S. Lamar with bicycle lanes over the last few years, with more improvements coming this summer!  The street is narrow and therefore 5 foot bicycle lanes were the widest we could accommodate without widening the street.  While the bike lanes are an improvement for bicyclists, we understand that not all bicyclists may use them.  

 

The City of Austin Bicycle Program produces a Bicycle Route Map that recommends several alternatives to riding on South Lamar.  As mentioned by Ali in the comment section, the 5thStreet/Bouldin/Banister route, otherwise known as Route 31 is a great alternative to riding on South Lamar.  Other options include Kinney and Bluebonnet to the west and even South Congress to the east.  You can find a copy of our Bike Map on-line here: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/publicworks/downloads/bikemap_121409.pdfthe map is also for sale at most bicycle shops and other local retail shops. 

 

Finally, the City of Austin does sweep arterials like Lamar every two months.  However, if you notice any street that needs sweeping within the City limits, please call 3-1-1 to report that need.  You can also report street light outing, traffic signals not detecting your bicycle, pot holes, and other city-related concerns.  Once you have submitted your request, the 3-1-1 operator will give you a service request number. If you have not noticed a change within 2 weeks, call 3-1-1 again, reference your number, and they will put you in direct contact with the staff member responsible for implementing your request.



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