Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Austin Residents Can Help Determine the Future of City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Routes

 

Illustration of people walking, biking, and rolling.

Using community input gathered over the past year, Austin Public Works and Austin Transportation are presenting three scenarios for the future of urban trailsbikeways, and sidewalks. Residents can give feedback on these scenarios and additional transportation policy questions online through October 23. Public feedback will inform Austin’s updated Sidewalks, Urban Trails, and Bikeway plans. 

The ATX Walk Bike Roll: Choosing Our Path virtual open house asks residents to give input on a variety of transportation topics. 

Options for bikeways and urban trails: The public is presented with three ways urban trails and bikeways could be built in the future. One scenario would focus on making it easier to get across the city, another option would create better access to local neighborhood destinations, and the third prioritizes access to nature. All three scenarios aim to improve access for People of Color and people with low incomes. Residents can help decide what types of connections should be prioritized. 

Shared Streets: Residents are also asked to give input on a new concept called Shared Streets. Shared Streets will use traffic calming devices, such as bollards, paint, or planters, to make some residential streets more comfortable for people walking, biking, or rolling. The goal is to build safer places to walk in less time and at a lower cost than it takes to build sidewalks. Residents are asked if they would like to see more shared streets in Austin.

Prioritizing pedestrian crossings: Additionally, the City of Austin is determining how to prioritize pedestrian street crossing projects. Residents are asked how important they think pedestrian crossings are at select locations to determine where to build first.  

Transportation policy concepts: Finally, residents are asked to give feedback on policy questions, which focus on ideas that could lower the cost of getting around in an equitable way and address the hidden subsidies that currently favor automobiles above other transportation options.

Visit the Virtual Open House
ATX Walk Bike Roll is at a key moment and making major decisions about how the City should move forward in planning for the future of Austin’s mobility and needs residents to help decide on this future! Residents can take the ATX Walk Bike Roll survey now through October 23.

Anyone who is unable to take the online survey can request that a survey be mailed to them by calling (512) 974-7182 or emailing ATXWalkBikeRoll@AustinTexas.gov 

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