Earlier this month, some hardy F1 spectators rolled through Burleson Heights and past Austin’s heavy traffic by cycling to the U.S. Grand Prix. And for the third year in a row, area residents and trail supporters hosted a rest stop to help at a bike crossing on a busy road and to provide free water, maps and repair supplies.
Volunteers worked a total of about 24 hours Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, setting up a canopy in the pocket park in the 3200 block of Burleson Road, the midway point on the 11-mile bike route from downtown to Circuit of the Americas. There they posted signs to alert drivers about the cyclists, who had to cross Burleson in an area with limited sight lines and no crosswalk. Volunteers also installed solar path lights to guide riders on the return trip through the curved path in the park, which does not have lighting.
Our thanks go out to the Burleson-area residents and South East Austin Trails and Greenways Alliance members who volunteered! We’d also like to give a shout out to COTA and Bicycle Sport Shop for supporting the bike route and providing free bike parking and shuttles for cyclists.
Part of the goal of the yearly rest stop effort has been to improve safety for cyclists and drivers near the pocket park, an area that is routinely used by Austin bike commuters and fitness riders. Each year motorists have been seen driving into the path of bikes or even using the sidewalk to drive into the park, almost meeting cyclists head-on, and some cyclists who aren’t familiar with the area have hastily ridden into the road, expecting cars to stop.
We like to think the signs, maps and conversations helped prevent some problems, and we appreciate all of the drivers and cyclists who do observe safety laws and share the road.