Track Cycling

Separated Bike Track Nears Completion in South Texas Medical Center – Rivard Report

The commute to work or doctor appointments on a central section of Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center is a lot more “green” these days as construction nears completion on separated, raised bicycle tracks and new sidewalks.

Finding cyclists and pedestrians in the area, however, proved hard to do Tuesday morning, but that’s something that officials hope the new 1.7 mile stretch of roadway designed for both types of mobility will change. The 900-acre medical district on the city’s Northwest Side was designed almost exclusively for cars.

“We want the medical center to emerge [away] from somewhere you go when you’re just sick,” said Bill Balthrope, chairman of the Medical Center Alliance (MCA), which promotes the center’s economic growth. The alliance led the planning and funding for the project, partnering with the City of San Antonio and Texas Department of Transportation.