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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Please be nice to Janae. She is our friend and is trying to help bikers all over the City. Recognize she has to work thru the infinite City bureaucracy maze.
    Yes, she was remarkably patient, tactful and cheerful dealing with people at the meeting I attended, including one especially annoying attendee, who asked at least a bazillionty questions, maybe more.
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    Just a reminder, comments close Jan 14th, so lets push the Nut into the river. I want to roll my custom welded pedal wheelchair down that badboy when they cut the ribbon someday. You can send this shizz.

    "Please Prioritize Completing the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail from Walnut Creek Park to the existing Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail. This along with planned extensions north of the Shoal Creek Trail would gift the City of Austin a "true" greenbelt loop ride that circled the entire capital city. Future residents and homeowners, e.g., hikers, joggers, runners, bikers and recreational nature lovers in general thank you kindly."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I have noticed two strange bike routes in Austin recently:

    1.Well-lit, wide path near the Airport along eastbound 71. It goes on for miles and miles to where Onion Creek just past 130/45. It looks like a lot of money was spent on this, but it does not connect any aspect of civilization.

    2. Along 973 near a bunch of quarries. Again, a wide bike path that is never used because no one lives there.

    Anyone know why these paths exist in places that connect no one to nowhere?

    To editorialize this, there is still no safe place to ride a bicycle on MLK out east but plenty of people who would use it.
    When something new is built, TxDOT is now required to build a hike and bike path as part of the construction or they have to get special permission to not build it. Right now, these are dead ends. The connectors have not been built yet.

    About those connectors -
    Travis County is building the Onion Creek Greenway Trail. I have not verified on the latest plans, but I think it will connect to the Hwy 71 trail you mentioned. Or maybe it will become part of that trail.

    On the north end, it will eventually connect to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail that already exists.

    On the south end, it will run to about 3 blocks from the east end of the East Williamson Creek Greenbelt Trail that Austin Ridge Riders is almost done with (still needs finish work and creek crossings armored).

    With a little effort and lots of luck, the East Williamson Creek Greenbelt Trail will tie into SATN. Do you think that could be used for a day long ride? Or maybe a loop around the City?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    When something new is built, TxDOT is now required to build a hike and bike path as part of the construction or they have to get special permission to not build it. Right now, these are dead ends. The connectors have not been built yet.

    About those connectors -
    Travis County is building the Onion Creek Greenway Trail. I have not verified on the latest plans, but I think it will connect to the Hwy 71 trail you mentioned. Or maybe it will become part of that trail.

    On the north end, it will eventually connect to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail that already exists.

    On the south end, it will run to about 3 blocks from the east end of the East Williamson Creek Greenbelt Trail that Austin Ridge Riders is almost done with (still needs finish work and creek crossings armored).

    With a little effort and lots of luck, the East Williamson Creek Greenbelt Trail will tie into SATN. Do you think that could be used for a day long ride? Or maybe a loop around the City?
    Do the trails in East Williamson Greenbelt run the full length of the greenbelt? Can you drop in somewhere around where the Lowes on Stassney is? Not sure I would want to park my truck anywhere east of there.

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    I've been thinking about this and the mission of completing a route to the river from the nut. My conclusion is inclusion. What other user groups can lend a hand in beating the drum of public support? My idea is for ARR or individuals to reach out to other groups that may benefit from completing the WCHBT. Kind of a TAF or mtb elders question but should (can) we get HHHarriers or Gazzelles to send in comments? What groups does Austin have that may strengthen our voice? Running groups and trail running groups would be a good place to start but are there roadie groups or commuter groups we can contact to add comments to the city? Maybe even letters to the chron or statesman could get joe public on board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    Do the trails in East Williamson Greenbelt run the full length of the greenbelt? Can you drop in somewhere around where the Lowes on Stassney is? Not sure I would want to park my truck anywhere east of there.

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    Not yet ;-) It starts behind the gas station on the south east corner of Stassney and I-35. Park at the Lowes and ride you bike over. And be warned the creek crossings still need a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I've been thinking about this and the mission of completing a route to the river from the nut. My conclusion is inclusion. What other user groups can lend a hand in beating the drum of public support? My idea is for ARR or individuals to reach out to other groups that may benefit from completing the WCHBT. Kind of a TAF or mtb elders question but should (can) we get HHHarriers or Gazzelles to send in comments? What groups does Austin have that may strengthen our voice? Running groups and trail running groups would be a good place to start but are there roadie groups or commuter groups we can contact to add comments to the city? Maybe even letters to the chron or statesman could get joe public on board.
    All good inputs. The more people that send in comments the better.

    For right now, the City is planning to build the rest of the trail from Govalle Park to Balcones Creek Park. They have hit several problems that have slowed (stopped?) the progress. They intend to finish it but they move S L O W L Y.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I've been thinking about this and the mission of completing a route to the river from the nut. My conclusion is inclusion. What other user groups can lend a hand in beating the drum of public support? My idea is for ARR or individuals to reach out to other groups that may benefit from completing the WCHBT. Kind of a TAF or mtb elders question but should (can) we get HHHarriers or Gazzelles to send in comments? What groups does Austin have that may strengthen our voice? Running groups and trail running groups would be a good place to start but are there roadie groups or commuter groups we can contact to add comments to the city? Maybe even letters to the chron or statesman could get joe public on board.
    Six or sevens years ago (way before either of the paved sections of the Walnut Creek Multi-Use Paths came into being) a friend and I decided to spend a Saturday hiking all the accessible parts of Walnut Creek, starting at WC Metropolitan Park, and driving between accessible sections, all the way down to the confluence with the Colorado. I don't recall that we had access to googlemaps; we just used a paper city map. Some sections had neighborhood social trails with no obvious ownership, parts were someone's back yard. We hiked and explored as much as we could and didn't have time to get to the Colorado.

    In subsequent years, as the Southern Walnut Creek Multi-Use Path construction was getting underway, I went out two or three times with a group of cycling friends and rode what was completed, and then we continued following the cleared right of way and surveyor's stakes. This really helped get a sense of what is required to make this completion happen.

    I'd strongly recommend taking a day or part of a day, to follow, on bike or in a car, the route that Walnut Creek takes toward the Colorado. Start at the Walnut Creek Park and just keep going, getting down to the creek when you can. It might give you an interesting perspective of what's involved to make things happen to complete the connection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    It might give you an interesting perspective of what's involved to make things happen to complete the connection.
    Being involved with the Violet Crown Trail makes me appreciate how much is involved with trail development. There are so many different entities to deal with, and every entity has a different agenda. It'a amazing anything gets accomplished. The actual construction part is nothing compared with getting the right of ways.
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