Could Bikeshare Expand in Austin?

Austin B-cycle has had great first year: after launching in December 2013, the organization broke North American bikeshare check-out records last March during SXSW, and passed the 100,000-ride mark this August. Austin B-cycle has also added capacity to existing stations and added new stations around the downtown area, bringing its station totals to 43. And now it could be poised to take another huge leap forward.Screen shot 2014-09-26 at 12.58.01 PM

The City of Austin has applied to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for $4 million in federal transportation funds for the bikeshare program. If approved, those funds would triple the size of the current system, which would bring B-stations into new neighborhoods.

If this is an issue you feel strongly about, make your voice heard! CAMPO is asking for feedback on this proposal, as well as others, before their board votes on October 13. If you want to weigh in, you can do so on this survey. CAMPO is asking for survey responses before October 6. The bikeshare expansion proposal is item LC-29.

 

photo via Austin B-cycle

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