City of Austin won WTS Innovative Project Solutions Award

The City of Austin recently won WTS International's Innovative Project Solutions Award for its piloting of experimental bicycle facilities. The pilot study, led by UT researchers Randy Machemehl and Jennifer Duthie, has shown the efficacy of shared road pavement markings at correctly positioning bicyclists within the lane and encouraging motorists to fully change lanes to pass, and is currently examining the potential for bicycle boxes and colored lanes to reduce motorist-bicyclist conflicts.

The research team, which also includes three graduate students in the Center for Transportation Research, videotaped bicyclists and motorists before and after the installation of the experimental facilities. A final round of videotaping will occur in June after the City finishes a campaign to educate the public about using these devices. Shared lane markings are on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets downtown, 51st Street between Airport Boulevard and IH-35, and Dean Keeton Street. Colored bicycle lanes are on Dean Keeton Street at IH-35 and the intersection of Duval Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Bicycle boxes are on Shoal Creek Boulevard southbound at Anderson Lane and 38th Street and Speedway Boulevard. "Bicycles May Use Full Lane" signs, designed to serve the same purpose as shared road markings, are on South Lamar Boulevard and also Pleasant Valley Road.