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Downtown street with separated transportation modes. Austin, Texas. Feb 2012.  Photo by HJEH Becker

Downtown street with separated transportation modes. Austin, Texas. Feb 2012. Photo by HJEH Becker

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

Social cycling with painted buffer.  Austin, Texas. Feb 2012. Photo by HJEH Becker

Social cycling with painted buffer. Austin, Texas. Feb 2012. Photo by HJEH Becker

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.

Back-in, drive-out parking on retail street with bike lane.  Austin, Texas. Feb 2012. Photo by HJEH Becker

Back-in, drive-out parking on retail street with bike lane. Austin, Texas. Feb 2012. Photo by HJEH Becker

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