So far 4.6 miles of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Bicycle Greenway) is complete, with additional sections planned. The trail, which is largely on-road biking, links Town Lake trails, the Town Lake Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge, trails along Austin's creeks, new residential areas and downtown developments, including offices, hotels and the old Seaholm Power Plant, rehabilitated for civic and private use.
When finished, the bikeway will extend from Veterans Dr. at Lake Austin Blvd. on the west side of town to the Montopolis Bridge at US183 on the east side. The path is a combination of off-street concrete trails and on-street striped bike lanes and routes.
The bikeway begins near Deep Eddy Park at Lake Austin Boulevard and Veterans Drive, following Veterans Drive, under SR 1 and under Cesar Chavez near the eastern end of Stephen F. Austin Drive. Here, it parallels SR 343 to the Seaholm plant.
Beyond the Seaholm redevelopment project the bikeway connects to the Shoal Creek Trail but ends just before Nueces Street. Because of traffic rerouting in 3rd Street and proposed rapid transit development on 4th Street, a section of the LAB between Nueces Street and Trinity Street is still in the works. It will be on the street through this section, however.
At Trinity and 4th streets the bikeway continues east, crossing I-35 at East 4th Street on a newly constructed bride.
At Comal Street the lab is picks up its own path again adjacent to the existing train tracks, with a connection to Plaza Saltillo at East 5th and Comal. The route continues on East 5th Street to the Shady Lane. Some time in 2011, it will continue to the Levander Loop, where US 183 crosses the Colorado River. Finally, a connection is planned to the existing steel truss bridge which is expected to close to motorized traffic in the future.
For information on where to park and trail access points, contact
The City of Austin