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A community celebration and grand opening of the Crestview/Highland Urban Trail

It’s about connections. To school, to work, to the other side of the neighborhood. Capital Metro and the City of Austin are making your connections easier, safer and more sustainable, with the new Crestview/Highland urban trail that connects transit hubs, businesses and the forthcoming ACC Highland campus, along a one-mile stretch of the MetroRail Red Line. Join the celebration as we officially open the trail.

Friday, August 2 | Highland Station

 Commuter Breakfast | 7-9 a.m.
Experience the new trail and score a free breakfast, too. Walk, bike or ride transit to Highland Station between 7-9 a.m. Try out the city’s new Bike Share bikes and learn more about this new program, and visit with fellow bicyclists from Bike Austin. Practice loading your bike on Capital Metro’s three-bike bus rack, and sign up for Commute Solutions’ programs that reward you for your sustainable commute choices.
 Grand Opening Celebration | 10 a.m.
Join Capital Metro, Bike Austin, and the City of Austin (and the Texas Rollergirls and the Austin Skateboarding Club) at a celebration to officially open the new trail.Remarks by Capital Metro President/CEO Linda S. Watson, Austin City Councilman Chris Riley and Bike Austin Executive Director Tom Wald

Frozen organic treats by Mom & Pops, and accordion music by Bradley Jaye Williams

Ride your wheels (bikes, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, etc.) to the event, and join the parade of wheels to officially open the trail! Parade/ribbon cutting will take place at 10:20 a.m.

Special thanks to the Texas Rollergirls, Austin Skateboarding Club, Movability Austin, Commute Solutions, Bike Austin, and City of Austin Bicycle Program.

About the Trail
Capital Metro has completed construction and landscaping on a .9 mile urban trail for bicyclists/pedestrians that connects Crestview and Highland MetroRail stations, and continues south of Highland Station to Denson. It’s a 10-foot wide concrete trail along the rail line, in City of Austin right-of-way. The landscaping includes 144 trees donated by Austin Energy that will provide shade and a physical barrier between busy Airport Blvd. and the trail. The trail construction was funded by an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act stimulus grant awarded to Capital Metro.

More facilities are on the way for bicyclists, too, as Capital Metro builds out its MetroBike secure bicycle parking network over the next six months.

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