I would like for FAN’s membership to take a vote in support of the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. Currently, the public input process allows for situations where small groups of neighbors can override the master plan. Mesa Drive in NW Austin is an excellent example. COA wanted to stripe in dedicated bike lanes with parking on one side of the street, but angry neighbors didn’t want to lose any parking. COA actually caved and proposed a shared shoulder (Shoal Creek Blvd) instead… which is not in line with the Bicycle Master Plan or the wishes of 600+ community members who signed a petition in favor of bike lanes. The final decision is still pending and the bicycle community is continuing to push for dedicated lanes, but we shouldn’t have to do this every time a small stretch of road is up for restriping!
Here’s my proposed resolution. I would appreciate some feedback on the messaging:
“FAN supports an All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network as defined within the City of Austin 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. The public ROW should be used to provide transportation services that increase the safety and mobility of residents. As roads are redesigned and restriped, Austin’s Active Transportation Department should be supported in designing infrastructure that maximizes the contribution of bicycling to Austin’s quality of life.”