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City kicking off first major update of Bicycle Master Plan in 10 years; wants public input.

Opportunities Approaching for Cyclists to Voice Their Opinions

Hey pedal pushers: Have you ever found yourself saying, "This road needs a gosh-darn bike lane" or "Golly, I wish parking wasn't allowed in this confounded bike lane!" Well, your voice shall be heard. The city of Austin Public Works Department Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is kicking off the first major update of the city's Bicycle Master Plan in 10 years and wants your input at one of four upcoming public meetings around town. The bike plan originally envisioned a world-class bicycling infrastructure and sought to lay the groundwork to make Austin a bike transportation mecca. But thanks to wavering political and financial support, not all of the plan's recommended projects materialized. Only lately has a re-energized bike program begun to pick up the pace. Austin has grown and changed a lot since 1998, and a new bike plan is needed to reflect that. For more info, and for an electronic version of the Austin bike map, see www.ci.austin.tx.us/bicycle or e-mail nadia.barrera@ci.austin.tx.us. Note: Bike and bus routes corresponding to each meeting location are included below.

Monday, March 24, 5:30-8:30pm (Northeast): Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Dr. Bus routes 37, 137, 300; bike routes 25, 30, 57, 128.

Wednesday, March 26, 5:30-8:30pm (South): Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Blvd. Bus routes 4, 18, 26, 331, 350; bike routes 60, 61, 65.

Monday, March 31, 5:30-8:30pm (Central): One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd. Bus routes 10, 29, 30, 27, 14; bike routes 31, 33, 47, 60, 64.

Wednesday, April 2, 5:45-8:30pm (UT): University Teaching Center, 21st & University, Room 1.144. Bus routes 1, 20, 29; bike routes 33, 46, 47.

Posted Friday, March 14, on Newsdesk, austinchronicle.com/newsdesk.

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