Austin Wins Competition to Join Big Jump Project

Austin is one of 10 cities selected for the Big Jump Project, a new initiative from People for Bikes. Austin’s selection in the project means Austinites will work with the nine other finalists and People for Bikes to achieve a “big jump” in the number of people traveling by bike in the central city.

The Big Jump Project emphasizes rapidly building a significant number of “high-comfort” bike routes (e.g. protected, separated and off-road facilities where people feel safest and most comfortable) and connecting them into a convenient, efficient network.

To boost ridership, the project also calls for a substantial program of community engagement to encourage people of all ages to take short trips (less than three miles) by bicycle rather than by car. PeopleForBikes and the 10 selected cities – which include New York, N.Y., Los Angeles, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., Memphis, Tenn., and others – will mutually support one another toward achieving a big jump in ridership.

“Austin is excited to receive the recognition from PeopleforBikes in reaching for an ambitious goal to double or triple cycling in the central city within three years,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “Biking helps our city in so many ways – household affordability, low-carbon mobility, community health and competitive attractiveness as a world-class city. It’s not about what we can do for bikes – it’s about what bikes can do for Austin.”

Learn more about what the Big Jump means for Austin here, then read more about PeopleforBikes and the other cities that are part of the Big Jump Project here. View a video of the announcement and celebratory bike ride here!


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