Travel provides opportunities for understanding various approaches of cities for fostering the use of cycling for transportations and stimulating cycling traffic growth. Recently, a visit to Austin Texas provided such an opportunity to experience that city’s efforts. Some of the cycling advancements that stood out included:
Network– Density of cycling facilities within the urban core
Infrastructure – Designing for social cycling; back-in, drive-out car parking adjacent to bike lanes; and traffic circles (small roundabouts) designs for reducing conflict and providing mini-parks.
City’s approach to cycling– Forward thinking of cycling staff – including narrower traffic lanes; the responsibility of cycling facilities within the city assigned to one group, no matter the public ownership of lands (municipal, parks, etc.); and ordinances supporting safe cycling – passing laws.