Austin On A Bike

Updates: Barton Hills, LAB Cesar Chavez Street Underpass, Adios Austin Music Hall [PICS]

img_20160907_141456Out and about on the bike in recent days, I took some pics of some things around downtown I thought y’all might find interesting. I’ll leave out the various pics of cars parked in inappropriate places, save the first one. I was on Barton Hills Rd. when the trucks were still there putting the new two-way separated cycle track in, when I noticed this lady. She, literally couldn’t wait for the paint to dry to park in the brand new bike lanes. (The construction worker on site thought that was rather funny too.)

I won’t take up any more space on that.

So yes, Barton Hills has received the two-way, same-side-of-the-road cycletrack treatment that I either love or hate. I still rather despise it over on Webberville, as I’m nearly hit there daily from cars pulling out and not looking, or imagining that the stop line is somewhere midway through the cycletrack and not where the stop sign sits. Oh, that’s not to mention the various cars that think it’s just some sort of neat lane that they get to enjoy separate from other traffic.

Here’s where the new lane is, from Robert E. Lee up to Barton Skyway:

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Barton Hills, however, is of the more suburban variety of street, where I think this type of thing works better. Here’s hoping. On to the various pics.

That white double stripe? I think we will soon enjoy hundreds of rubber-marked pylons - the rubber being from when they get run over. ;)

That white double stripe? I think we will soon enjoy hundreds of rubber-marked pylons – the rubber being from when they get run over. 😉

Now, as for the LAB, where it passes under Cesar Chavez and soon connects to 2nd St and beyond – it’s looking really good! God, I can’t wait for this connection to open again. It’s been YEARS. Bonus pics at the end of the Austin Music Hall in its partial destruction.

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Oh boy, it looks smooth. And that gradual grade. Mmmm.

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Also, 2nd Street bridge? Yeah.

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Can’t tell – is there a connector to 2nd St here?

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Adios, Austin Music Hall!

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3 comments for “Updates: Barton Hills, LAB Cesar Chavez Street Underpass, Adios Austin Music Hall [PICS]

  1. Chuck Boudreaux
    September 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the pictures journal. I’m from Austin, but can now see if from afar.
    Chuck

  2. Jennifer
    November 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Great blog, great site. Just acquired a two-wheeled transport for the first time (I’ve been an Austinite for 6 years now, took me awhile) and your blog is a gold mine for those of us looking to pedal around the city safely. I live in the Barton Hills neighborhood so this post was timely and extremely helpful. I’ve been avoiding Barton Hills but shall try out the new bike lates after reading your post.

    Jennifer

    • Mike Melanson
      November 7, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Thanks! Glad you find it useful. 🙂

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