Building Bike Networks

Over the last few years, Austin has been adding striped bike lanes to streets all over the city. Now, the City is embarking on a three-year project to bolster that network – connecting some of the lanes and adding barriers to more bike lanes to make them more appealing to more people.

It’s all part of People for Bike’s Big Jump Project, which is helping 10 cities – including Austin – to reimagine their bike infrastructure. The goal is to double or triple bike ridership in some areas of the cities.

In Austin, what that means is closing the gaps in the bike network, keeping bike lanes clear of debris, and giving bike lanes more physical separation from vehicles on streets. Austin hopes to convert 7% of trips in the central city from car to bike trips.

More accessible and safe bike lanes also mean more people will be able to try bike riding as an option, saving money and time. And that means better flowing streets for all travelers in and around Central Austin.

“It’s not about what we can do for bicycling, but about what bicycling can do for us,” says Laura Dierenfield, the city’s active transportation manager, in a StreetsBlog article about Austin’s plan. “The more trips we can convert to bicycling, the more reliable the entire transportation system becomes for everyone.”

Read more about the project here.

Image via PeopleforBikes

Now’s Your Chance To Help Shape Downtown Parking

Join local leaders in working with our consultant team on parking strategies and recommendations, and make plans to attend the Downtown Austin Parking Strategy Workshop!

Led by the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Downtown Austin Parking Strategy is a comprehensive, forward-thinking effort to improve parking in the downtown area. The initiative included the first ever comprehensive inventory of existing parking, as well as an assessment of future parking needs. Community workshops and focus groups help define the challenges for downtown parking users such as office tenants, businesses, retailers, residents, and visitors.

With a complete understanding of parking supply and demand, strategies will be developed to use existing parking resources more efficiently and improve the parking experience—ultimately supporting the downtown’s continued economic vitality.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00 pm, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.

For more information, visit: http://www.downtownaustin.com/parkingstrategy

Image via City of Austin

 

SXSW is Almost Here – How Are You Avoiding Traffic?

Love it or hate it, SXSW brings some big changes to Austin each March. One of the biggest is traffic; between street closures and a temporary swell in population, Austin’s congestion gets undeniably worse. Luckily for you, there are a lot of alternatives that will help you get around during SXSW! Here’s a guide to the mobility options on hand for that week:

Capital Metro

You can expect regular and expanded service on Capital Metro’s MetroRapid buses, MetroRail, Late-Night buses, and MetroAirport buses.

  • MetroRapid will operate until 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays during SXSW. Hours will also be expanded on Sundays, with service running until 12:30 a.m. All other days, MetroRapid will operate on its regular schedule, until midnight Monday through Thursday. A single ride on MetroRapid costs $1.25.
  • MetroRail Extended service will be extended daily, with Saturday and Sunday service both starting earlier and ending later. On Saturday, service runs from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., and on Sunday the first train leaves at 10:30 a.m. with service extended until midnight. Capital Metro will provide overflow buses for when the train is too crowded beginning Friday, March 10 through Saturday, March 18. They will operate from 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. A single ride on MetroRail costs $3.50.
  • Night Owl buses will operate until after 3 a.m. at double their normal service capacity every day except Sunday.
  • MetroAirport Route 100 offers service to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and downtown every 30 minutes for $1.25. On Sunday, March 19, MetroAirport will run every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Check out all the extended hours, services, and detours here.

 Chariot

  • Chariot will be operating a downtown shuttle loop during SXSW to get you from one side of town to the other. To ride, download the Chariot app on iOS or Android, create an account, and enter promo code MOVSXSW during signup or in the “Payments” section of your menu. Make a reservation on the downtown loop up to 20 min before you want to ride, and you’ll get a reserved seat and a free ride to your next event. Questions? Email events@chariot.com.
  • Chariot’s the host of an opening weekend concert at Shopgate HQ on Friday, March 10th. Find out more by downloading the Chariot app on iOS or Android, creating an account, and entering promo code MOVSXSW during signup or in the “Payments” section of your menu.
  • Chariot is also offering private charters during SXSW to escape the city or for a group airport transfer. Call 512-861-6727 for special SXSW rates!

Car2Go

 Car2Go has all sorts of deals, drop zones, and stylish rides for SXSW!

  • With the addition of Mercedes-Benz car2go vehicles to the Austin fleet, groups can travel together affordably and in style to all of their SXSW events. The new GLA is an SUV with room for 5 people, and the CLA is a 4-door sedan, perfect for 4 people.
  • Car2Go is also offering all new members free registration (regularly $5.00) and a $10.00 drive credit, so their first trip is on us for SXSW. Additionally, new members who use the app to complete registration can drive within 24 hours of registration – no more waiting! Use the promo code SouthxShare until 11:55pm March 19. If you’re a Car2go member who has friends and family headed to Austin for SXSW, you can get a referral bonus! Current members can visit the website and refer new members. For each referral that completes registration, they will receive $10.00 of driving credit AND the newly registered member will also receive a $10.00 driving credit. For more details visit Car2go’s website.
  • Car2go created the Drop Zone to put an end to the madness of circling the block hunting for a parking spot, or paying crazy parking fees, by offering members free, guaranteed parking spots right in the heart of SXSW. This year, car2go will offer members four Drop Zones, which will be staffed by car2go for the duration of SXSW: Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 19. It’s like free valet service, exclusively for car2go members! SXSW 2017 Drop Zone locations will be located at:

Check out an Interactive Google map of the 2017 SXSW car2go Drop Zones here.

Austin B-Cycle has also expanded the number of stations around town, and offers an easy way to zip around downtown!