In a joint venture with the City of Austin, The Center for Transportation Research will be conducting research to improve the safety of cyclists utilizing some experimental roadway features, including shared lane markings, painted bicycle lanes, signs and bicycle boxes.
To cater to Austin’s large population of bicyclists, UT teamed up with the city to study four experimental lane designs.
The city of Austin and the UT Center for Transportation Research are studying the effects of the designs to improve the safety of bicyclists and motorists on the streets of Austin.
These findings may have an impact on the way the U.S., as a whole, implements traffic control devices.
“The hope with all traffic control devices is that they will help provide the safest and most efficient experience for all users,” Machemehl said.
Machemehl said the project’s success could mean the devices being included in the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sets the standard for traffic control devices on the nation’s highways and streets.
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