How bike friendly will Austin become?
Portland pointed the way, but it will take action on planned projects, leadership and money to make cycling priority here.
Austin needs to spend money — $300 million over the next 20 years — to put Austin on par with bike-friendly cities such as Portland, Stallings says. The city should start by focusing on projects that would generate the most trips. Paint — and bike lanes — are relatively cheap, but many people are not comfortable in bike lanes and prefer separated pathways. “When you have a complete system, people will begin to use it,” Stallings says.
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