On Oct. 12 the CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) board approved federal funding for several pedestrian and bicycle projects that will take shape over the next three years in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Elgin, Lago Vista, and Hutto.
Of those projects, one is taking place within this fiscal year in Austin: an 18-station expansion of Austin B-Cycle, the city’s bikeshare program.
Elliott McFadden, executive director of Austin B-Cycle, says that expansion means better connectivity in the system. McFadden said installation of those new stations will likely happen next summer. B-Cycle has another funding grant request out right now with the City, the results of which will determine where the next stations go. If that request isn’t granted, McFadden said the 18 new stations will probably act as infill stations in B-Cycle’s existing service area. If the organization does get additional funding, it may expand the boundaries of its service area. Possible expansion and infill areas could include the Riverside Drive corridor, downtown neighborhoods, and East Austin.
“It’s a testament to the success of the program that there’s continued interest from the community in seeing more locations,” McFadden said. “Our ridership has been strong… This is our first opportunity since our launch to make a big expansion.”
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