Congress Avenue is considered the "Main Street of Texas" with leading views toward the Texas State Capitol, historic architecture and direct connections to both the natural and urban spaces of Austin. The street requires special attention and a variety of initiatives are underway to make Congress Avenue accessible for everyone. 

Austin Transportation will install temporary protected bicycle lanes on Congress Avenue from Riverside Drive to 11th Street to improve safety and to address COVID19 risk-based guidelines to ensure enough physical distance for all people using the Avenue and on the Ann Richards Bridge. Per Austin City Council Resolution 20200611-051, the temporary protected bicycle lanes are planned to be installed on June 30, 2020.

Temporary bike lanes are coming to Congress Avenue to be installed from Riverside Drive to 11th Street. This is a map showing those project limits.

For more information email Jacob Barrett at austinmobility@austintexas.gov.

What will it look like?

Cones will be used to define the protected bike lane space in the outside general travel lanes of Congress Avenue. Existing parking will not be affected by the cones. 

How will local business access be maintained?

All existing local business access and on-street parking along Congress Avenue will remain in place along the corridor. The installation is also compatible with the Shop the Block initiative which repurposes space for physically distanced outdoor seating, queuing and retail. 

How long will the temporary bike lanes remain in place?

Temporary protected bicycle lanes are expected to be in place as long as necessary to offer a safer and more comfortable space for people to maintain physical distancing guidelines. City Council also directed that the City consider how to transition this temporary measure to a more permanent installation when distancing is no longer needed.

How does this relate to the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative?

The Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative (UDI) envisions Congress Avenue as a more human-centric, multi-functional complete street with a clear and attractive identity. The temporary protected bicycle lanes and the opportunity to transition to a more permanent installation are envisioned as part of the Congress Urban Design Initiative and is a significant step toward the vision's implementation and improving safety and mobility for everyone on the Avenue.