The cities current double talk is just too confusing. They are heavily promoting a bike share program, they have a roadshow and are asking people to vote for locations to the bike share points. There are seven alone proposed in a strip of South 1st St, that was last night covered in chipseal. If you don’t know about chipseal, I couldn’t have done better than to built this website.
Chipseal is a cheap fix, well thats what the city thinks otherwise why would they do it?
South 1st is a mess today, and apparently more is scheduled tonight. The piles of loose stones, however temporary are dangerous to cyclists and pedestrians. Even the smallest fall on fresh chipseal will take a huge chunk from your hands. Leaving piles of loose stones in strips at the side of the road makes navigation and braking difficult to dangerous.
S 1st is particularly irritating since as I understand it, its a city maintained road unlike S Lamar or S Congress. Please stop this now. Chipseal damages car paintwork, glass, spreads dust and loose stones into the neighborhood and the road surface is noisier. By all means use this on Farm and Ranch roads that are lightly travelled, but urban roads that are heavily used, often by cars easily exceeding the speed limit borders on incompetent.
Please call Austin 311, complain about the surface of South 1st. They’ll ask for a cross street, tell them W Mary or Elizabeth St. Feel free to give your name, or ask to be anonymous, which ever you prefer.
Time to stop this nonsense. There are plenty of alternatives, and like when the city repaved S 1st down by Akins High School, it wasn’t obvious that anything needed doing, let alone dumping 2-ton of loose stones on a bed of hot oil.