Neighbors don’t want to lose parking space for bike lanes

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A proposed plan the city says would make bicyclists safer has met opposition from some North Austin homeowners.

The city’s transportation department held a meeting Tuesday night at Davis Elementary to go over plans they say will improve the bicycle route system.

On Santa Cruz Drive, there are bike lanes on both sides of the street, but they’re shared bike lanes, meaning drivers can still park their cars in the open spaces.

The city wants to change that, hoping to separate parking and bike lanes to make cycling safer.

If the plan goes into place, drivers would only be able to park on one side of the street. Neighbors said they are bike-friendly, but feel the city is violating their rights by taking away parking.

In a notice to homeowners the city said they’re also looking at adding bike lanes to two other streets. If that happened, parking would be removed from both sides of the street.

That possibility brought more attention to Tuesday night’s public meeting. However, the city says they are not recommending that as an option.

“I just hope that we get the full story and that we get to be heard, not an idea just shoved down our throat,” Kenneth Langham said. “Hopefully, we have a say-so in this, being that we live here and it affects us on a day-to-day basis.”

Not every neighbor is opposed to the plan. One homeowner who spoke off-camera wants to see dedicated bike lanes on Santa Cruz to make his street more bike-friendly.

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