Bike to Work Day Is Here!

May is Bike Month, and in Austin there have been plenty of nice riding days and events to help both experienced and new bike commuters get around on two wheels. The biggest event of Bike Month is coming up soon – Bike to Work Day!

It’s not too late to join in on the Bike to Work Day fun. If you aren’t familiar with Austin bike lanes, you can join Bike Austin’s group rides, which will be led by veteran bike commuters.

Whether you’re riding in a group or going solo, make sure to check out one (or more) of the over 40 fueling stations that will be set up with coffee, snacks, and swag for bike commuters.

And if you don’t have a bike but want to participate by riding to work, Austin B-Cycle can help out: on May 19 all Austin B-Cycle kiosks will give you a free membership with code 519, as long as you redeem it before 11 a.m. If you live too far from work to commute the entire way on your bike, don’t forget that Capital Metro has bike racks on its buses!

Here are some other tips to make Bike to Work Day easy:

And don’t forget about the after party!

There are a lot of great reasons to try an active commute, even if you only do it a few times a week. If you’re an employer or employee who wants to see more support for bike commuting at your workplace, contact us at Movability!

Photo courtesy of the City of Austin

Movability Highlights Change and Growth in Annual Report

Movability Austin saw a lot of big changes in 2016, including a shift into the Downtown Austin Alliance family and a new membership program. The report is available here.

Here’s an excerpt:

“As is the case in growing cities across the U.S., Austin is experiencing mobility challenges that threaten economic success, public health, and affordability. While our transportation infrastructure has seen some updates, they haven’t kept pace with the region’s population growth. We cannot build our way out of congestion therefore much of our work is building demand. As we build demand for alternative ways to commute it is critical our transit partners continue to build their programs and services. Smaller projects and initiatives are also packing a big punch:

Capital Metro’s MetroWorks program and Ridesharing continued to grow this year and have given employers an easy way to help employees connect with mobility options. And public-private initiatives like the new Market District shuttle run by Chariot – as well as Chariot’s service for Austin commuters – are new mobility options that will allow commuters more access to alternative commutes.”

Summertime, and the Commuting is Easy

Have you ever noticed that the traffic flow is a little better during the summer? That’s because even small shifts in the number of people driving alone during rush hour can make big traffic impacts. Maybe more people are on vacation, teleworking, or using flex hours – either way, fewer of them are on the road in the summer.

Instead of looking forward to time in your car this summer, why not try out your own mobility experiment? Without the confines of school schedules, it’s a perfect time for some commuters to experiment with options. And who knows, some of those experiments may turn into new habits.

There are a few developments on the horizon that may help: in August Capital Metro will be boosting the frequency of its two MetroRapid routes.

Both Routes 801 and 803 will add frequency between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays so that the service will run every 10 minutes. On weekends, both routes will run every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Late-night service will operate at 20-minute frequencies until 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, both routes will operate at 20-minute frequencies until midnight.

Once the MoPac Improvement Project wraps up later this summer, those extra lanes will also provide a congestion-free corridor for Express Bus routes to use. That could make the Express Bus a great option for commuters coming into Austin from more outlying areas. Imagine zipping down MoPac past all the cars sitting still!

Photo courtesy of Capital Metro