Victory on Prop 1!
Bike Austin members, volunteers and supporters rallied for over a year to secure the biggest investment in Austin’s history for protected bike lanes, trails and sidewalks. Thanks to our work and the work of our partners, Austin will soon invest over $100 Million in this critical life-saving infrastructure, and add protected bike lanes to some of our biggest streets, like Riverside Drive and Airport Blvd. Read more here.
A Big Boost to Safe Passing Enforcement
Thanks to the generous support of our members and donors, Bike Austin purchased two C3FT Safe Passing devices for the Austin Police Department. Since then, the APD has been hitting the streets to enforce Austin’s 3-foot passing ordinance. Read more here.
Reforming Training for the Austin Police Department
Beginning in 2014, Bike Austin has been convening monthly Roundtables with the Austin Police Department to serve as a conduit between APD brass and the bicycling community. Out of these discussions, we learned that the APD training modules on bicycling law and crash investigations for both new cadets and seasoned officers were out of date. Since then, we’ve re-vamped these trainings so officers can more fairly and thoroughly enforce laws and conduct crash investigations.
Distracted Drivers Policy – PASSED
Austin City Council passed a distracted driving ordinance on August 28, 2014 that bans the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Nationwide, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-affected crashes, while an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver (www.distraction.gov). One is too many. Austin has seen more than its fair share of bicyclists and pedestrians killed and injured by impaired and distracted drivers. Bike Austin applauds City Council for their courageous decision to tackle this fatal habit.
Southern Walnut Creek Trail – We Love it!
Southern Walnut Creek Trail – this beautiful 10-foot-wide paved concrete trail stretches 7.3 miles from Govalle Park just east of I-35 all the way to Johnny Morris Road at Old Manor Road. It offers a shaded, easy path separated from motor vehicle traffic with several bridges and underpasses. Check out a map of the whole trail. Although the trail is not officially open to the public, many cyclists have already begun to take a peek at it! Expect a big announcement from Bike Austin when the city hosts a grand opening ceremony.