New bikes lanes installed on Austin Bluffs Boulevard near University of Colorado–Colorado Springs (UCCS) are drawing criticism and anger from cyclists.
Bike lanes cross several lanes of traffic on the busy street, hug a concrete barrier, and offer little protection to cyclists. A new trail on the far side of the concrete barrier, which offers protection and connection to other routes, is neither signed nor indicated as an alternative to braving Austin Bluffs.
As a major connector route between a fast-growing university and one of our most popular parks, Austin Bluffs should be a safe and easy commute, Instead, these bike lanes are confusing, frightening, and dangerous. The fact that an alternative path exists but has no signage shows the lack of thought put into this project. City Planning says the plans for this project were developed years ago. We say that’s no excuse for not seeing the problems ahead of time and working to create a solution.
We continue to be concerned that cyclists cannot get around our city without being subject to considerable danger and inconvenience. The danger is multiplied when the hazard is located in front of a school with over 11,000 students, many of whom bicycle on a regular basis.