Austin Bike Share Gets A $1.5 Million Boost

Austin Bike Share Gets A $1.5 Million Boost

In an announcement by the Austin Transportation Department, we learn that CAMPO has approved $22 million for Austin transportation projects, including $1.5 million for Austin bike share!

The $1.5MM grant required matching funds of at least 20%. Mellow Johnny’s, GSD&M, and a growing roster of local businesses are stepping up to raise an additional $500,000.

Ever since seeing a successful bike share in action (Minneapolis and Montreal), I’ve been an apostle for bringing a robust, managed, convenient, and predictable system to Austin.

For years a managed cycle program was not even part of the transit discussion.  The reason for the surge in broad based popularity comes down to money.  For a fraction of the cost of buses, a managed bike share system can solve many of the same last-mile challenges.

Now, because of leadership at City Hall and the financial commitment by local businesses, Austin bike share is integral to discussions of last-mile and urban transportation options in Austin, Texas. [Read more…]

Bicycle Boulevard Progress

Bicycle Boulevard Progress

Here are visible signs that the “Bicycle Boulevard” and the accompanying traffic calming improvements are taking shape.  After breakfast, yesterday, I snapped this photo of the construction at Rio Grande and 10th Street (POV is south along Rio Grande).

I really like this.  Traffic circles are… just… charming.  This should be complementary to the Original Austin neighborhood.

Rainey Street has one that I go around most days.  It seems to be effective.  They encourage drivers to pay more attention, and to interact with other drivers through gazes, gestures, and waves.

Is Austin Bicycle Theft On The Rise?

Is Austin Bicycle Theft On The Rise?

There were more bike thefts reported in the heart of downtown Austin during the first five months of 2011, compared to 2010, according to city police records I compiled. However, reports are down in the South Congress area.

I know this because I decided to do my best Council Member Chris Riley impression — sans silver hair — and work on reducing my car usage in favor of pedal power to commute to the Capitol area. I bought a bike over the weekend, did some research and promptly shelled out another $200 for accessories, aimed mostly at anti-theft.

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Bones Rolling in Downtown Austin

Bones Rolling in Downtown Austin

Did anyone else see this last night? Don’t know who Austin Bike Zoo put it together, but it’s pretty cool!

Downtown Austin Bone Bike

Downtown Austin Bone Bike

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