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New Central Austin bicycle signals to begin operating

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The Austin Transportation Department installed bicycle signal faces at 12 intersections in the Central Austin area, some of which will start operating this week.

By guiding bicycle traffic approaching signalized intersections, bicycle signal faces can increase safety and improve traffic operations for both bicyclists and motorists. At some locations, a leading pedestrian and bicycle interval will be installed, meaning that people on foot and on bicycle are given a little extra time to begin crossing first. This helps with visibility and predictability for everyone at the intersection.

The new bicycle signals are located at the following intersections: 
•    Five locations on 3rd Street
•    Wilshire Boulevard/Aldrich Street and Airport Boulevard
•    Rio Grande Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
•    Two locations on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway
•    4th Street and Red River Street
•    Rio Grande Street and W. 24th Street
•    North Lamar Boulevard and Morrow Street
The signal at the intersection of Rio Grande and W. 24th Streets will be active within the week. The rest will be operational in the following weeks.

These bicycle signals are part of a collaborative research study between the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Transportation Department. The study will be measuring user compliance and safety on the road. Additionally, public perception and knowledge regarding bicycle signals will be included in the study. A preliminary survey was released in January 2017 before the bicycle signals were installed. A second survey will be released in a few months after the bicycle signals have begun to operate.

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