Austin Mayor Steve Adler has good reason to celebrate when he and his staff look back on 2016. The city took a lot of big, positive steps forward in mobility improvements and initiatives in 2016, and we at Movability Austin are proud that we were part of that work.
Here are some of the highlights from what Adler’s office is calling The Year of Mobility:
-The Mobility Challenge: now in its third year, the Mobility Challenge is led by Movability Austin, the City, and The Thrival Company. Based on Adler’s goal of Austin employers reducing employee drive-alone commutes by 20 percent by the year 2020, the Challenge gives employers the resources and training to put a mobility plan in place. At the end of 2016, a record number of employers signed on to take the pledge.
-Movability Austin and the City also worked together to bring San Francisco-based Chariot to Austin. Chariot started out as part of a pilot shuttle program with Market District companies, bridging the gap between transit and work for those employees. Chariot now has two routes up and running for the general public to use.
-Launched Austin Don’t Rush, a one-day challenge that asked commuters to try an alternative to driving alone at rush hour: teleworking, flex hours, using transit, carpooling, biking, or many other options. This, along with the tremendously successful effort during last year’s SXSW to cut down on vehicles on the road, was a great way to introduce people to how options can work for them. Movability Austin’s work with employers helps them craft policies so their employees can use those options year-round.