After a six-month public input process, the Austin Transportation Department is installing a two-way protected bike lane on lower Shoal Creek Boulevard (between 38th St and Foster Ln) and one-way protected lanes from Foster to 183 to make riding along the corridor easier for riders of all levels and to connect downtown and the Domain.
Shoal Creek to Get Protected Bike Lanes
City of Austin to Build Protected Bikeway and Pedestrian Improvements on Shoal Creek Boulevard
From the Austin Transportation Department:
"After a six month public process, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is moving forward with a two-way protected bikeway (Alternative E) on the lower section of Shoal Creek Boulevard between 38th Street and Foster Lane. Alternative E received the most support from the community and is best aligned with adopted city policies. Alternative E also includes a new pedestrian and bicycle underpass at 2222, improved intersection designs, general parking retention along the east curb, and a number of new pedestrian crossings and sidewalks to better access schools, parks, places of worship, and other neighborhood destinations.
Along the upper section of Shoal Creek Boulevard between Foster Lane to US 183, a one-way protected bikeway will be built on both sides of Shoal Creek Boulevard (Alternative Y) through a reconfiguration of travel lanes that maintains current level of operations while improving safety for all road users.
ATD began a public process for Shoal Creek Boulevard in December 2018. Input received during an initial community listening session and comment period in December 2018 and January 2019 was used to develop a range of options for community review. In March 2019, ATD shared five alternatives for Lower Shoal Creek and three alternatives for Upper Shoal Creek at a series of three open houses, which began a second comment period.
Austin City Council Members Alison Alter and Leslie Pool released the following joint statement regarding the project:
'Shoal Creek Boulevard is one of central Austin’s most beautiful streets, and we’re gratified that over 2,000 people participated in the survey process for this project. The street was slated for a routine repaving, which provided an appropriate opportunity to evaluate possible safety improvements. We acknowledge that 70 percent of respondents who live on Shoal Creek Boulevard prefer no change to the street; however, we must strike a balance among the various stakeholders who use the street, including the increasing number of neighborhood families, kids on bicycles, commuters, and seniors. The selected design assists in achieving the city’s multiple mobility and safety goals, and we are supportive of these innovations.'
Construction is anticipated to begin later this summer. For more information about the project, including a feedback form, an FAQ, and a full report on all survey data, visit AustinTexas.gov/ShoalCreekBlvd."
To learn more about the 2016 Mobility Bond, visit AustinTexas.gov/2016Bond.