Austin's newest cycle track, a dedicated lane separating traffic lanes from cyclists, was introduced Thursday on Guadalupe Street between 24th and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, also known as "the Drag."
In an effort to protect cyclists, parking spaces, bus stop platforms and pedestrian islands will separate moving vehicles from bicycle traffic traveling south on Guadalupe, city officials said. For bicyclists traveling north, the bicycle lane has been widened and will include a painted buffer, officials said.
Funding for the project, $650,000, came from bonds issued in 2010 and 2012, city officials said.
"The cycle track will make bicycling along Guadalupe more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities, and provide the adjacent neighborhoods with easy bicycle access to the University of Texas, businesses on the Drag, and public transit," Nathan Wilkes of the City's Bicycle Program said.
Local nonprofit Bike Austin has partnered with the city to position "street ambassadors" in front of the University Co-op.
The ambassadors, including representatives from the Austin Police Department and Capital Metro, will distribute educational brochures and speak with people about the changes to the street at noon Monday.
Other streets with cycle tracks include Rio Grande Street in West Campus, Fourth Street next to the Convention Center and Barton Springs Road.
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