Why Green is Good for Bicycling … For Everyone

Austin was recently selected as one of only 6 cities to take part in the first ever National Green Lane Project. The project provides resources to build state of the art bicycle infrastructure over a 2-year period. Green Lane Project staff will work with City of Austin staff to design and implement infrastructure that fits the needs of Austin. Director of Public Works, Howard Lazarus explains, “Health and fitness are key parts of the Austin personality.  They are not only essential components of our lifestyle, but they also support business and tourism.  Being part of the Green Lane project continues to place Austin among the nation’s most innovative and progressive cities, and will enable us to develop a connected bicycle network that supports key industries and a superior quality of life.”

Lazarus sees Austin’s participation in the Green Lanes Project as an opportunity that “will result in safer, more connected bicycle facilities being constructed and will enhance overall mobility and contribute to improved health and air quality.”

Bikes Belong Video Introduction to the Green Lanes Project

ParkMe: Can Save You Frustration and Money

One of the biggest problems with parking is that most drivers head where they want to go and may have to circle several blocks to find a parking space. This circling adds traffic, frustrations and costs for everyone. ParkMe has released an iPhone app that shows areas of downtown Austin and UT where parking is available. Parking data is updated every 5 minutes so you won’t be looking at outdated information. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can also view parking info on their website. If you have to drive downtown alone, this app can get you the information you need to get out of traffic and into a parking space with less hassle and less gas burned.

Here are just a few of ParkMe’s features:
• Alert you when your meter is about to expire.
• Information on pricing, capacity, hours & locations at garages downtown.
• Predict parking availability at a desired time in the future.

ParkMe works great when you are carpooling with a friend, it’s safer and more efficient to have your passenger using the app to find parking while you drive. Try the app today!

Watch this KXAN story for more detail.

Parking app hits Austin: kxan.com

PlazaLife: A Smashing Success

The Downtown Austin Alliance and Thomas Properties presented this 2-day event at the Frost Bank Tower Plaza to demonstrate a re-imagining of how we use our downtown plazas and begin to improve the Main Street of Texas, Congress Avenue.

There were two days to watch the plaza come to life with performance, music, games, business gatherings, yoga and people meeting with friends to eat lunch, view the art and landscape installations, or just relax and watch the world go by.