Response to Nueces Bicycle Boulevard Plan

Now that the plan has been released we are in the process of reviewing the tools put forth and will reserve opinion until we are confident that what is being published is actually what will happen.

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City Vetted Bicycle Boulevard Plan With Cyclists First

"We’ve been negotiating with them all along and saying this is not acceptable,” D’Amico said. “They vetted it with us and the reaction was not positive. I haven’t met anyone in my circle that likes the idea."

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Update from KeepAustinMoving.org

Thank you to everyone for your increased interest in the Nueces Bicycle Boulevard issue. As you all know, the businesses along Nueces were not notified of the plans to 'calm' traffic until late last year so we are certainly playing catch-up.

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‘Bicycle boulevard’ will lead to wasteful spending and hinder mobility

The concept of a bicycle boulevard is to severely limit vehicular traffic capacity to create a calm streetscape where cyclists have priority on and unrestricted use of the road. That type of conversion project is termed a road diet. In the case of Nueces, city staff members have proposed a 70 percent to 90 percent reduction in vehicular traffic capacity.

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Citizen Groups Unite to Oppose Austin Bond Vote

For more information, contact: Carole Keeton Strayhorn AustinitesForAction (512) 415-3939 Bond package… [more]

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The City of Austin’s Plan to Change Your Habits

This recently received memo written in 1994 by City planner Katie Larsen has raised extreme concerns about the City of Austin's plans to social engineer us out of our cars.  In fact it is clear that, for over a decade, the City's plan has been to make it more difficult and more frustrating to drive downtown instead of fixing the problems we encounter on a daily basis.

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Bike boulevard foes form opposition group

February 22, 2010
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By: Ben Wear, Austin American Statesman
Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010, 11:49 AM
The simmering dispute over turning Nueces Street or Rio Grande Street into a “bicycle boulevard” downtown has an official new player, Austinites for Downtown Mobility. The group is “circulating” an electronic petition on keepaustinmoving.org.
The formation of the group comes just before the City of Austin’s [...]

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Nueces businesses create ‘Austinites for Downtown Mobility’

February 22, 2010
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By: Ashley Porter, News8Austin
Updated: 2/22/2010 7:14 AM
Just as a proposal to transform Nueces Street into a bicycle boulevard comes up for a final public forum, many small businesses along the street have come together to form a group called Austinites for Downtown Mobility.
“We hope that because we are able to show that we have an organization [...]

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Downtown Businesses Organize to Oppose Nueces Bicycle Boulevard

February 18, 2010
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AUSTIN, TX, February 18, 2010 – Austinites For Downtown Mobility, an affiliation of business and property owners in the western sector of Downtown Austin, released its website today to voice concerns over the City of Austin’s plans to convert Nueces Street, or possibly Rio Grande, into a Bicycle Boulevard.
The website, keepaustinmoving.org, hosts information about [...]

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Letter to Austin City Council

February 13, 2010
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Nueces Street and the Bicycle Boulevard: Comprehensive Planning & Transportation Committee Meeting.
I attended the Comprehensive Planning & Transportation Committee meeting Monday afternoon as a person who works and drives on Nueces regularly. I drive to my office five days a week, and have done so for six years. My office has windows directly [...]

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Errors in the Public Works Department’s Logic and Data

February 13, 2010
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Errors in the Public Works Department’s Logic and Data by Bill Mange, Attorney at Law
First Error.
Bicycle Boulevards succeed best where implemented on residential streets.  Example: in the November 4, 2009 memo from Annick Beaudet to Boards & Commissions, a Portland, Oregon realtor is quoted:
“I couldn’t put a number to a higher sales price, but it [...]

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Questions that need to be answered about the Nueces Bike Blvd

February 13, 2010
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How much money does the City of Austin allocate in its annual budget for the construction of bicycle infrastructure projects, facility maintenance, bicycle lane sweeping, safety education, awareness, and commuting promotion?
How much money has the City of Austin spent since 1996 on Bicycle projects, staff implementation, cycling education and awareness programs?
How much money does the [...]

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Things to Consider about a Bicycle Boulevard

February 13, 2010
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Reality is that the % of motoring to cycling commuters is 95:5
Whether you like it or not, with increased density comes increased motoring traffic, commercial deliveries, and vehicular congestion.
It is unlikely that the level of bicycle commuting will ever reach levels that meaningfully reduce vehicular traffic loads that accompany increased development and [...]

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Objections to a Bicycle Boulevard

February 13, 2010
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* Reality is that the % of motoring to cycling commuters is 95:5
* Whether you like it or not, with increased density comes increased motoring traffic, commercial deliveries, and vehicular congestion.
* It is unlikely that the level of bicycle commuting will ever reach levels that meaningfully reduce vehicular traffic loads that accompany increased development [...]

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What is a Bike Boulevard?

February 13, 2010
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This video explains how the City of Portland put in their Bicycle Boulevards and the strategies they employed to keep thru traffic off the Bicycle Boulevards.

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