Cyclists want better bicycling infrastructure in Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — It takes Glenn Holzer about 15 minutes to get to work on his bicycle. Once he arrives, there’s more two-wheel rides waiting for him.

“Mainly what I deal with is flats,” says Holzer. Holzer repairs bicycles that students can use for free at Southwestern University.

With hundreds of cyclists in Georgetown, Glenn says there needs to be safer routes. That’s why he and several other people are collaborating to ask the city for a bicycle master plan.

“It could be route signage, it could be shared lanes, it could be bikes exclusively, that’s something we want to delve into,” says Holzer.

The city says it has at least two bike lanes in Georgetown, one of them on Wolf Ranch Parkway and another on Rivery Boulevard. Georgetown also has some streets with wider shoulders, like spots on Williams Drive.

But Holzer says with all the people in Georgetown, that’s not enough. “The city is growing rapidly and roads are being built like crazy and there’s really been no consideration of bicycles. I think there could be serious safety issues for cars as well as bicyclists, because a driver doesn’t want to hit a bicyclist either.”

A city spokesperson says as they continue to expand streets in Georgetown, some projects will include bike lanes or wider shoulders. But they say residential roads may not be the safest place to put bike lanes since cars park along the streets and open their doors.

Bicycle crashes are relatively rare in Georgetown, so far this year, none have been reported in the city. In each of the past three years, Georgetown has had fewer than 10 crashes involving a cyclist and none of those cyclists died.

Last year, Georgetown voters passed a $105 million bond for road projects around the city. The bond included $10 million for sidewalks. A study found more than one out of every 10 sidewalks in the city needs repairs or safety upgrades.

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