GSD&M’s building was abuzz last month with dozens of conversations in every corner of the grand entry and rotunda, as people from some of Austin’s most iconic businesses talked cycling with the people responsible for the coming bike share system. With the help of a small grant from the PeopleForBikes Foundation, Movability Austin and Austin B-Cycle hosted Celebrating New Solutions, a party for the upcoming launch of Austin B-Cycle.
“Certainly one of the highlights was the Austin premier of a now famous video,” says David Rockwood, vice president at GSDM. “Matt Curtis’ big personality shines as he travels to cities around the globe, uses bike share and talks up the experience. It’s funny and quite charming as he is riding, talking and shooting the whole thing on an iPhone.”
Mellow Johnny’s founder and B-Cycle board member Craig Staley had the room applauding the critical role of Austin B-Cycle Founding Sponsors: Austin Community College, Austin Chronicle, Austin Ventures, C3 Presents, Capital Metro, Cirrus Logic, Downtown Austin Alliance, GSD&M, KUT/KUTX, Austin Parks Foundation, SXSW, and Whole Foods Market. He also recognized city leadership from Howard Lazarus and Council Member Chris Riley in securing the CAMPO investment of federal funds.
“This event was a great chance to honor all the community organizations and businesses with the vision to support Austin B-cycle in its launch and begin relationships with new potential partners,” said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle.
“Based on the turnout and energy from this event, bike sharing is going to be a big hit in Austin.”
“I got to talk with a lot of folks throughout the evening,” said Nikki Javurek with PeopleForBikes. “They really showed a depth of support and enthusiasm for bike share and biking in general. It was great to see people from the tech community, the creative community, the Downtown Austin Alliance, the City, the University of Texas, and a lot of other people come together to cheer on a cause that will improve the community. ”
A great time was had by all, enjoying the delicious food and drink donated by NxNW. Matt Curtis and Katie Stolp made fabulous emcees, keeping the speechifying short and the social atmosphere light and playful.