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gford
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Transportation Issues
by gford on July 10th, 2010

If the city installed a pedestrian bridge across airport, would we be able to park our cars on it?? Or if I'm out walking a cat and we cross the bridge, would I have to keep it on a leash? Those are the million $$ questions!
 
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gregg
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by gregg on July 12th, 2010

I'll offer another thought on the topic of bicycle routing at Mueller: When a road planned to have bicycle lanes is built in partial phases, like Mueller Blvd or Berkman Dr, and a bicycle lane is absolutely not possible at the time, use a shared-lane marking http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/htm/2009/part9/part9c.htm#figure9C09 (aka 'sharrow') and signage in the interim. Sharrows were recently completed on sections of Lavaca, Guadalupe and 51st http://austinontwowheels.org/2009/11/19/november-update-from-city-of-austin-on-bike-infrastructure-improvements/ that were deemed too narrow to include full bike lanes.

The City of Austin Bike Plan http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/publicworks/bicycle-plan.htm designates Berkman through Mueller as a "Super Route," as it connects multiple neighborhoods and businesses with a new, safe option. Using sharrows if a full bike lane isn't installed could go a long way for safety, wayfinding and good will with the cycling community.

Of course, the full streetcar section with bike lanes and bus rapid transit would be even better, but slightly more expensive.
 
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devinrey
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by devinrey on July 13th, 2010

I would walk all the way to Aldrich to cross Airport if that giant lake weren't in the way. Can we fill that in?

More seriously though, a tunnel passing beneath Airport at Zach Scott would create a continuous pathway connecting the two parks. I know digging tunnels is not always possible here in Austin, but not sure if its even been considered. Honestly though I think most people using the parks are concentrated up the road at Aldrich. Those of us crossing at Zach Scott (including me) are trying to get to bus routes or HEB/Hancock center. I crossed earlier this week, and I'm sure someone is going to get hurt eventually. Adding more bus stops in Mueller and a grocery store would eliminate the need somewhat, but probably not completely. Especially if more people start commuting on bikes. Isn't that what Mueller is about?
 
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Betsy
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by Betsy on July 13th, 2010

I will pass along the discussion about overpasses and tunnels, recognizing that tunnels share many security concerns with overpasses, in addition to drainage and grading concerns. You really need to have a LOT of pedestrian traffic to make either work, such as on a college campus.
 
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Betsy
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by Betsy on July 13th, 2010

I agree and will talk to the committee about sharrows.
 
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Lori B
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by Lori B on July 14th, 2010

Betsy, thank you for serving on the committee. It's a big time commitment and not an easy job. I have been reading the emails back and forth and have wanted to ask questions, but I have to admit, I feel like I need to start at square one.
I am so confused everytime I try to leave our neighborhood! I feel like everyone else must have a degree in urban planning or see it as a hobby. So my first question, is why are the intersections at Zach Scott and Aldrich the way they are? The current designs from a pedstrian and auto perspective discourage use of Patterson Park. When going to the tennis courts/pool I have to travel down Airport and and make a Uturn. When leaving the tennis courts/pool, anyone wanting to make a left on Airport is forced to travel down to Zach Scott and make a Uturn as well. In a perfect world I would walk, but it's really scary with young kids.
I am sure this is all the latest in traffic engineering, but is there a way to provide background on these designs to those new to the neighborhood?
Thanks! Lori

 
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Betsy
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by Betsy on July 20th, 2010

Your chance to provide input to the Texas Department of Transportation's Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 is coming up soon! Want them to consider bicyclists and pedestrians? Let them know! Want them to shift more to transit than single-occupancy vehicles? Let them know! Whatever you wish for the future.... let them know.

They'll receive input from Austinites on Aug. 12, from 4-7 pm at the following location (near here in the NE corner of IH 35 at US 183):
TxDOT Austin District Office
Building 7
7901 North IH 35
Austin, TX, 78753
 
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danx111
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by danx111 on July 20th, 2010

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Your chance to provide input to the Texas Department of Transportation's Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 is coming up soon! Want them to consider bicyclists and pedestrians? Let them know! Want them to shift more to transit than single-occupancy vehicles? Let them know! Whatever you wish for the future.... let them know.

They'll receive input from Austinites on Aug. 12, from 4-7 pm at the following location (near here in the NE corner of IH 35 at US 183):
TxDOT Austin District Office
Building 7
7901 North IH 35
Austin, TX, 78753


Thanks, Betsy, will they be publishing an online survey for folks who can't get to the mtg?
 
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danx111
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by danx111 on July 20th, 2010

Quote:
Your chance to provide input to the Texas Department of Transportation's Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 is coming up soon! Want them to consider bicyclists and pedestrians? Let them know! Want them to shift more to transit than single-occupancy vehicles? Let them know! Whatever you wish for the future.... let them know.

They'll receive input from Austinites on Aug. 12, from 4-7 pm at the following location (near here in the NE corner of IH 35 at US 183):
TxDOT Austin District Office
Building 7
7901 North IH 35
Austin, TX, 78753


Thanks, Betsy, will they be publishing an online survey for folks who can't get to the mtg?
 
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doug
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by doug on July 20th, 2010

According to Armando Saenz, Executive Director of TxDot " We’ve updated our Web site and launched new interactive processes by increasing opportunities
to access more information about transportation across the state and in your local areas."

Yet there is no opportunity for online input (unless you send an email . Again, from the section of their website encouraging public involvement (by attending meetings):

9. Put it in Writing.
E-mail your questions and opinions to AskTxDOT@dot.state.tx.us, or you may fax your letters to
512.463.9896. If you prefer, you may also send your letters to TxDOT, 125 E. 11th St., Austin, Texas 78701,
ATTN: GPA
 
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