Interested in bikes and bike transportation? Then these events are for you. The City of Austin’s Transportation Department has just launched a new community conversation series called “Walk + Bike Talks.” Over the next month they’ll be hosting nearly a dozen public meetings on increasing pedestrian safety and implementing the city’s Bicycle Master Plan.
In case you’re not familiar, the City Council passed the Austin Bicycle Master Plan in 2014, laying out a path forward in creating a connected and protected active transportation (walking and biking) network for all Austinites. The plan is essentially a biker’s dream, envisioning a 247-mile, $152 million bicycle path network throughout Austin. The plan is expected to remove 20,000 daily car trips from the road, representing a 7 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic in the densest parts of Austin.
But, like many city plans, none of this is possible without funding, which often comes in chunks (as opposed to all at once). So, the city is constantly deciding where to spend money first, as well as which projects should receive the highest priority. That’s where the “Walk + Bike Talks” come in. During these events you’ll be able to share your input on which projects should be completed first, as well as what you see as the biggest bike and pedestrian safety issues in Austin. A full list of upcoming “Walk + Bike Talks” is available here>>