Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Greenway)


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Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Greenway) Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Travis
Length: 5.4 miles
Trail end points: Stephen F. Austin Dr & Cesar Chavez St and Montopolis Dr, just south of Colorado River (Austin)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032128

Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Greenway) Description

Currently, 5.4 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 Stephen F. Austin Drive at Cesar Chavez Street 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 Stephen F. Austin Drive and Cesar Chavez Street, following Stephen F. Austin 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. However, it will be on the street through this section. 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 follows along East 5th Street to the Shady Lane and continues to the Levander Loop, where US 183 crosses the Colorado River. Turning to head south, the trail crosses the river via a steel truss bridge, which is closed to motorized traffic. 

The Lance Armstrong Bikeway is included in the Capital Metro’s Red Line Trail network, which will be a 32-mile trail network running from Downtown Austin to Leander. Other trails included in the network are the Boggy Creek Greenbelt Trail, the Crestview/Highland Urban Trail, the Northern Walnut Creek Trail, the MoPac Express Lane Shared Use Path, and the EastLink Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Austin's regional public transit system, CapMetro, provides easy access to the trail. Visit the CapMetro website to plan your trip. Refer to the TrailLink map for detailed directions.

Lance Armstrong Bikeway (Crosstown Greenway) Reviews

Very popular cross-town link

I’ve ridden this route across town to/from work for the last 3 years and love it. I am not someone who would ride across downtown Austin even on roads that have dedicated space on the side for bikes, but this design of having a completely separated bike lane thru the CBD, along with dedicated bike lane stoplights, feels much safer to me. The path gets a Lot of usage, which is great, since it’s that fewer cars on the road. I use the western section of the trail, so not sure what the section closer to 183 is like.

nice spot for a jog

Quick spot for a jog or short bike ride out and back from downtown hotels and convention center

Dysfunctional City in Charge

"Over 6 years preparing for the Lance Armstrong Bikeway and Austin has done nothing but preliminary engineering plans. C’mon, give me a break. Lance is probably embarrassed, but too gentlemanly to admit that this short but non-existent path is named in his honor. Austin has a full-time bike coordinator, has spent a million bucks, yet you have nothing to show for it after 6 years, and you have at least another year of “planning” to do. Your goal is only 2 miles of off-road path at over $1,600,000 per mile. Get committed to progress instead of making everyone happy with the plan – lay some asphalt down; build some off-road path bridges; make something available for long rides by casual and serious bikers, hikers, walkers and meanderers. DO something and quit planning. "

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