Some neighbors want these bike lanes on Mesa Drive, between Cat Mountain Drive and Far West Boulevard, removed. Photo courtesy Bike Austin

Want the bike lanes on Mesa Drive to stay put?

Bicyclists are encouraged to attend the Mesa Drive Family Walk and Ride at 10 a.m. Saturday to show their support for the stretch of bike lane on Mesa Drive between Cat Mountain Drive and Far West Boulevard.

At the request of a group of residents, City of Austin officials have proposed replacing the bike lanes with shoulders for car parking.

Not everyone wants that to happen. More than 800 Northwest Hills residents have signed a petition in support of keeping the lanes. (You can sign the petition here.)

The lanes would be replaced with car parking. Photo courtesy Bike Austin

Northwest Hills families and staff members of Bike Austin, a non-profit bicycle advocacy group that encourages people to ride bikes for transportation, exercise and recreation, will speak at the rally. Afterward, two rides are planned – a short, family-friendly ride and walk along the portion of bike lane in question, and a longer ride around the neighborhood geared toward adults.

“There’s a lot of kids who use (the bike lane),” says Mercedes Feris, executive director of Bike Austin, which is organizing the event. “We want to keep moving forward … and by doing this you’re taking a step backward in terms of safety for our kids and safe alternate modes of transportation.”

Bicyclists are invited to attend a rally Saturday to support keeping bike lanes on Mesa Drive. MARK MATSON for AAS