Austin Commuters Challenged To Try Something New During Mobility Week

Austinites celebrated Mobility Week, a city-wide invitation to try a new commute mode, from October 20 to 24. The week was a step up from last year’s work-from-home day, and a call to action for businesses and commuters. Austin residents and employers participated enthusiastically, with mobility fairs, discounts, competitions, and more.

Participants got guidance on commuting options, and tried out modes from carpooling with their coworkers to working from home, hopping on the bus, or testing out services like bike sharing. Lynne LaFontaine, a Netspend employee, says her Mobility Week experience was a success: “I took the bus, because every morning I would drive past the bus stop and think, ‘oh, I should try that sometime,’ so this was the time, and I really found out I preferred the bus.”

Mobility Week was about starting small. Switching up your commute, even just once a week, can have a huge impact. After all, research shows that sitting in traffic is in no way good for us.

Metrics from Mobility Week (Austin’s own multimodal experiment) will be available soon. Until then, get a snapshot of the Mobility Week experience:

Carma sponsored the Mobility Week Pop-Up breakfast at Whole Foods

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HNTB employees took the Red Line to happy hour

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Netspend employees carpooled

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ACC students got to know RideScout

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Silicon Labs held a Mobility Mixer

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