The City of Austin Transportation and Economic Development departments invite members of the media to a community event to celebrate the recently completed protected bike lanes on Manor Road, from Clyde Littlefield Drive to Dean Keeton Street.
The new protected bike lanes provide an all ages and abilities east-west route to and from Central Austin, a key route into the University of Texas campus. In addition to the new bicycle facilities, a new crossing for people walking, people on bikes and people riding scooters at Poquito Street and Manor Road was created as part of this project. View before and after photos of the improvements. These improvements are funded through the bikeways program of the 2016 Mobility Bond.
The public is encouraged to bike to the Manor Road District and meet at the “M” Manor Bike Rack for guest speakers. Free bicycle safety checks, lemonade, and a walking tour of the new improvements will be available. Businesses throughout the Manor Road District will be featuring specials during the celebration, including discounts for food and beverages.
“The new protected bicycle lanes on Manor Road provide an important east-west route to and from Central Austin and the UT campus” said Robert Spillar, Austin Transportation Director. “Thanks to the voter approved 2016 Mobility Bond, community members in the surrounding neighborhoods have a new, safer way to travel. Whether they are riding to class at UT or visiting one of the many restaurants and businesses within the Manor Road Business District, the 2016 Bond is keeping Austin in motion."
“We are excited about these improvements and the opportunities they will create for the business district,” said Nicole Klepadlo, Redevelopment Project Manager for the Souly Austin Program, a business district incubator. “We hope that even more members of the UT community will come and explore the gem that is the Manor Road District.” Implementing improvements for people walking and people riding bikes has been a priority of the Manor Road Merchants Association, the Souly Austin Program, and the University of Texas at Austin. Along with the recent addition of a high frequency bus route, these enhancements support the evolution of the Manor Road District into a major multimodal corridor by reducing parking dependence, supporting more patronage to Manor Road businesses, and improving safety for everyone.