Biking in Austin is about to get a boost. The city is one of 10 across the country who have been chosen to participate in the Big Jump Project. The project is being organized by the national advocacy organization PeopleForBikes. Based out of Colorado, PeopleForBikes works to make bike riding more accessible for everyone.
Each of the chosen Big Jump Project cities was asked to choose a target neighborhood in which they could set a goal of doubling or tripling biking by 2020. Austin has chosen its central core/downtown neighborhoods. The project will leverage infrastructure, motivational outreach, education, and engagement to boost cycling in ways that meet people’s daily travel needs. And as a Big Jump Project city, Austin will be connected with the world’s best wisdom, in-person trainings, peer support systems, and a new tool for measuring biking progress.
“Austin is excited to receive the recognition from PeopleforBikes in reaching for an ambitious goal to double or triple cycling in the central city within three years,” said Mayor Steve Adler in a press release. “Biking helps our city in so many ways – household affordability, low-carbon mobility, community health and competitive attractiveness as a world-class city. It’s not about what we can do for bikes – it’s about what bikes can do for Austin.” More info>>