Big Changes Coming to Austin Streets

Reduced speed limits in neighborhoods, Healthy Streets, and new bike lanes on Congress Ave. are all some of the recent updates coming to Austin streets. Here's what you can expect to see on Austin streets over the next few months:

  • 1. Reduced speed limits in Austin neighborhoods and certain urban core streets were unanimously approved last week by the Austin City Council to improve safety for all travelers. These speed management changes are designed to improve safety and enhance the livability of Austin streets for all road users, including people riding bikes and walking, and those who are mobility impaired. In addition, the changes create a more uniform approach to speed limits and enforcement. Currently, speed limits vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Learn more here.
  • 2. The first batch of Healthy Streets were installed on May 22:
  • Bouldin Ave. / S. 3rd St. / Garden Villa Ln. between Bannister Ln. and Barton Springs Rd.
  • Comal St. from Manor Rd. to Lady Bird Lake
  • Country Club Creek Trail extension (Trail, Wickersham Ln., Ventura Dr., Madera Dr.) from Mabel Davis Park to Lakeshore Dr.

The Healthy Streets Initiative will temporarily provide low-traffic street space for exercise and active transportation while maintaining proper physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

3. Finally, on June 30 Austin Transportation will install temporary protected bicycle lanes on Congress Avenue from Riverside Drive to 11th Street to improve safety and address COVID-19 related needs for enough physical distance for all people using the Avenue and the Ann Richards Bridge. Cones will be used to define the protected bike lane space in the outside general travel lanes of Congress Avenue. Existing parking and local business access will not be affected by the cones.

The temporary protected bicycle lanes are expected to be in place as long as necessary to offer a safer and more comfortable space for people to maintain physical distance. City Council also directed the City to consider how to transition the temporary lanes to a more permanent installation in the future. For more information visit the Congress Avenue website.