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THE NUMBERS HERE.

UM, ARE WE OKAY.

AUDIO VISUAL AUDIO VIDEO.

GOOD.

AND CHAMBERS SAYS THE AB TECH SAYS, UH, ALREADY IN ATX AND I MENTIONED THAT ALREADY, TOO, SO, YEP.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET GOING THEN.

OKAY.

[CALL TO ORDER]

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

UM, I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE MEETING OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT IS THURSDAY, MAY 27TH AND IT'S 1:04 PM.

I AM JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUES, VICE-CHAIR KELLY AND COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, I THINK COUNCIL MEMBERS, ALTAR AND MAYOR PROTESTS.

THEY SHOULD BE JOINING US SHORTLY.

UM, I WANTED TO MAKE A QUICK NOTE, UM, IN THE BACKUP ITEM, NUMBER TWO HAS TWO PRESENTATIONS.

UM, THE COA BIKEWAYS UPDATE AND THE URBAN TRAILS PRESENTATION ITEM NUMBER THREE, PERTAINS TO HEALTHY STREETS, AND IT ORIGINALLY HAD THE URBAN TRAILS PRESENTATION POSTED AS BACKUP THERE.

SO YOU WILL SEE IT DUPLICATED, BUT WE WILL BE TAKING IT UP WITH ITEM TWO.

UM, THE WAY WE ORGANIZE THIS AGENDA TODAY IS IN CELEBRATION OF MAY BEING NATIONAL BIKE MONTH.

SO YOU WILL NOTICE THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT TODAY'S AGENDA, AND THAT IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF THE PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT AND ENHANCE BICYCLE MOBILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE CITY.

SO, UM, THIS SHOULD BE A REALLY FUN ONE.

I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

UM, WE DO HAVE ONE SPEAKER SIGNED UP, SO IF MS. SYNOVIA JOSEPH IS QUEUED UP, UM, I'LL GO AHEAD AND TAKE HER HER REMARKS FIRST BEFORE MOVING ON TO APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES CHAIR.

I DON'T KNOW IF SONOMA JUSTICE IS ON YET, UNLESS THIS IS HURT.

IS THIS SYNOVIA JUSTICE INSTEAD OF NOVI ADDRESS UP THERE? I DON'T KNOW IF SHE'S ON YET.

SURE.

WELL MAYBE WHAT WE CAN DO CAUSE SHE IS SIGNED UP ON ITEM ONE, SINCE IT IS THE ONLY ITEM THAT'S LISTED FOR A VOTE TODAY.

UM, SO IF THERE'S NO CONCERN WITH TAKING THAT ITEM UP LATER, IF MS. JOSEPH HOPS ON, THEN WE CAN TAKE HER COMMENTARY AT ANY POINT IN TIME OR TOWARD THE END OF THE MEETING.

SO I CERTAINLY WANT TO MAKE SURE SHE HAS A CHANCE TO SPEAK.

UM, SO WITH THAT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND START WITH THE BRIEFING ITEM.

NUMBER TWO, WHICH IS AN UPDATE ON THE CITY'S BIKEWAY PROGRAM.

VICE CHAIR, KELLY.

I'M SO SORRY.

DID I MISS, ARE WE WAITING TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? YES, I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST THAT, UM, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT MS. JOSEPH WAS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON IT IN ONE SENSE.

IT'S THE ONLY ONE THAT SIGNED UP TO VOTE ON.

AND I DON'T WANT TO, I SEE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

I'M SO SORRY.

I MISUNDERSTOOD THE AGENDA.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S OKAY.

THAT'S OKAY.

WELL, WE'LL STILL BE ABLE TO DO IT.

UM, BUT

[2. Update on the City's Bikeway Program. (20 minutes).]

LET'S GO AHEAD WITH ITEM NUMBER TWO ON THE CITY'S BIKEWAY PROGRAM UPDATE COMING UP HERE.

DO WE HAVE THAT PRESENTATION THAT LOOKS LIKE IT? THAT'S RIGHT.

AND I BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE NATHAN WILKES JOINING.

MAYBE WE'RE JUST MOVING FOLKS OVER.

I SEE LAURA DARRIN FIELD DESIGN AND AFTERNOON COUNCIL MEMBER.

UH, LSD.

NATHAN WILL BE OUR SPEAKER FOR TODAY.

THANK YOU.

IT LOOKS LIKE MAYBE YOU ALL CAN HEAR ME.

WE CAN HEAR YOU NOW.

OKAY, GREAT.

AND MAYBE CAN YOU SEE ME NOW? WE CAN, RIGHT.

I WAS LIKE IN A VACUUM THERE FOR A SECOND.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

SO I, I ASSUME I'LL BE CUING SLIDE CHANGES.

IS THAT CORRECT? YEAH.

SO JUST SAY NEXT SLIDE AND WE'LL DO IT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANKS.

I'M NATHAN WILKES, UH, REPRESENTING THE CITY'S BIKE WAYS PROGRAM, UH, SPECIFICALLY THE INFRASTRUCTURE COMPONENT SERVING THE 2016 AND 2020 BONDS.

UM, SO HAPPY TO GIVE YOU ALL AN OVERVIEW OF WHERE

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WE'VE BEEN, WHERE WE'RE AT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND I'M WITH THE, UH, AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND STREET DESIGN DIVISION.

AND I WORK CLOSELY WITH LAURA.

WHO'S ALSO HERE.

UM, SO JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND.

UM, THE KIND OF MOST RECENT MODERN BICYCLE PLAN, UH, WAS DONE IN 2014.

THAT'S WHEN WE MADE THIS BIG SWITCH TO ALL AGES AND ABILITIES TO PROTECT IT INFRASTRUCTURE, WE RE UP THAT PLANNING, UM, AND KIND OF, UH, INTEGRATED INTO OUR CITYWIDE, UH, MOBILITY FRAMEWORK AND THE ASN P IN 2019 AS PART OF THAT, UH, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UH, THE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK, UM, THE 2014 NETWORK ACTUALLY GOT KIND OF BY COUNCIL APPROVAL, UH, SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER, I THINK ABOUT 50%.

AND THAT WAS REALLY CAPTURING A LOT OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES AROUND TOWN.

YOU KNOW, LIKE, UH, UH, I THINK HILL PARKWAY WAS SPECULATIVE BACK IN 2014 AND IN 2019 WE KNEW THAT IT WAS GOING TO INCLUDE HIGH QUALITY SHARED USE PATHS.

SO THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE S AND P UM, OUR, OUR BICYCLE PLANNING STRATEGY REALLY HASN'T CHANGED A TON SINCE 2014 AND I'LL KIND OF GO STEP THROUGH THAT, BUT JUST REALLY QUICKLY, ALL AGES AND ABILITIES HAS BEEN THE FOCUS SINCE THEN BUILDING A COMPLETE NETWORK, GETTING PEOPLE FROM A TO B A AND THEN FOCUSING ON SHORT TRIPS AND, UH, YOU KNOW, SERVING, GETTING PEOPLE TO TRANSIT ACCESS TO LOCAL DESTINATIONS AND ALSO GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AND THEN WE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE, UH, UPDATING OUR BICYCLE PLANNING, UM, AS PART OF THE WALK LIKE ROLES, UH, UH, URBAN TRAIL PEDESTRIAN AND SIDEWALK PLANNING EFFORT.

UH, SO BICYCLE, UH, BIKE WAYS IS KIND OF, UH, OR THE BICYCLE PLAN WILL ALSO BE UPDATED AS PART OF THAT PROCESS AND, UH, RELATIVE TO THE 2020 BOND AND, UH, THE KIND OF NEW PROVISIONS THAT WERE IN THERE TO KIND OF ASK ALL PROGRAMS TO RE-LOOK AT EQUITY AND, AND PRIORITIZATION.

THAT'S, UH, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HANDLE, UH, KIND OF THE WRAP UP ON, UH, YOU KNOW, OUR PRIORITIZATION AND EQUITY FOCUS IN THAT PLANNING EFFORT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WITH THE STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN, KIND OF GROUNDING OURSELVES IN, IN WHAT WE'RE DOING, UM, ONE BIG ONE IS REALLY LOOKING AT, UH, GETTING ALL MODES ONLINE.

AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE AT THAT 74% DRIVE ALONE, TRYING TO SHIFT THAT TO 50%.

I THINK THAT KEEPS ROUGHLY ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER OF PEOPLE DRIVING ON THE ROADS, BUT TO HANDLE THE GROWTH IN PEOPLE, TRAFFIC THROUGHOUT THE CITY, ALL THE OTHER MODES NEED TO INCREASE.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE, UH, BICYCLE TRAFFIC, WHICH, YOU KNOW, SCOOTER TRAFFIC WAS, UM, MAYBE STARTING TO BECOME A REALITY.

AND IF YOU GO STAND ON CONGRESS AVENUE, I SUPPOSE, TRAFFIC AND SCOOTER TRAFFIC IS ONE OF THE SAME, UH, EXPANDING FROM 1% TO 5%, UM, AND ALSO KIND OF IMPLEMENTING THAT COMPLETE STREETS, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, ALL MODES APPROACH ON ALL OF OUR PROJECTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN 2014, THIS IS MAYBE REVIEW, UH, FOR SOME OF Y'ALL THAT HAD BEEN FALLING AT, BUT, UM, THE 2009 PLAN THAT PROCEEDED THIS, UM, REALLY DIDN'T EVEN SPEAK TO PROTECT INFRASTRUCTURE.

IT GAVE A NOD TO THE TRAILS EXIST, BUT GENERALLY WE WERE USING A STRATEGY THAT WE, UM, THROUGH THE 2014 PLAN, WE DID SEE STIGMA, UH, STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT, UH, POLLING, UM, IN AUSTIN.

AND WE FOUND THAT 15% OF AUSTINITES WERE BASICALLY COMFORTABLE RIDING IN A PAINTED BIKE LANE.

I EXPLAINED THIS TO PEOPLE LIKE IF WE PAINTED A LINE AND CALLED IT A SIDEWALK, WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE MANY PEOPLE COMFORTABLE WALKING EITHER.

SO BY SWITCHING TO THIS PHYSICALLY PROTECTED, UM, AND THERE'S A NUMBER OF MEANS TO DO THAT.

AND YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN LOTS OF ITERATIONS OUT ON THE STREETS.

YOU'VE GOT THIRD STREET DOWNTOWN, YOU'VE GOT KIND OF THE VERSION THAT YOU SEE ON CONGRESS, UH, AND, AND ON AND ON, BUT PHYSICAL SEPARATION FROM MOVING TAKES YOU FROM THAT 15% OF THE POPULATION TO 55 TO 60% INTERESTED IN WILLING TO RIDE A BIKE IN THOSE CONDITIONS, EVEN ON BUSY STREETS.

SO THIS IS REALLY KIND OF A PIVOTAL, YOU KNOW, FOUR TIMES THE POTENCY, UM, AND ACCESSIBILITY TO THE, UH, YOU KNOW, JUST MAKING, UH, THE ABILITY TO GET ON A BIKE OR A SCOOTER, YOU KNOW, UNIVERSAL AS OPPOSED TO A NICHE-Y THING.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, AND THEN ONE LAST POINT, UH, YOU CAN GO BACK ONE THE, THE NO WAY, NO, HOW, LIKE, AS, AS CITIES KIND OF DO THIS FOR LONGER, WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS THE NO WAY, NO, HOW REDUCES AND THAT THAT'S ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE, THERE ARE PEOPLE, UM, IN AUSTIN AND IN ANY PLACE THAT, UH, THEY'RE NOT ABLE, THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED AND THAT'S FINE.

UM, YOU KNOW, AND REALLY WHAT OUR ASAP MODAL STRATEGY IS TO GIVE PEOPLE OPTIONS.

AND, YOU KNOW, SITTING IN TRAFFIC ALONE IN A CAR MAY NOT BE YOUR BEST OPTION, AND WE WANT TO TAKE SAFETY OFF THE TABLE, SO YOU CAN REALLY CHOOSE WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND NEXT, PLEASE.

SO THIS, UM, WE HAD A REALLY AMAZING, UM, WORKSHOP WITH DUTCH PLANNERS

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IN 2013, AND THAT KIND OF PROCEEDED THE 2014 BICYCLE PLAN.

AND THEY, THEY, THEY SAID A LOT OF REALLY OBVIOUS THINGS THAT KIND OF LIGHT BULBS GO OFF, BUT ONE OF THEM WAS THEY SHARED, THIS IS THE MODAL SPLITS BY TRIP DISTANCE.

AND I ACTUALLY SAW THIS WHEN I WAS MAYBE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I HADN'T SEEN IT TILL THEY CAME BACK AND, AND, AND KIND OF GIVE US AN OVERVIEW, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS WE KNOW FOR TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, UH, OR JUST A TRANSIT STOP, LIKE WALKING RADIUSES ARE PRETTY SMALL.

THEY'RE, YOU KNOW, TRADITIONALLY A QUARTER MILE TO A HALF MILE.

SO GREAT FOR SHORT TRIPS, UH, GETTING THE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS CAR TRIPS, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PARK, YOU KNOW, YOU TALKING ABOUT THE DOOR TO DOOR TIME, UH, YOU KNOW, VEHICLE TRIPS ARE BETTER FOR LONGER RANGE, INNER CITY TRAVEL, TRANSIT TRIPS ARE ALSO BETTER FOR LONGER TRAVEL.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE RUNNING ON FIXED ROUTES.

AND REALLY IF YOU HAVE ALL YOUR SYSTEMS PERFORMING WELL AND SAFE, WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS THAT BICYCLE AND SCOOTER USE WILL BE THE PREDOMINANT MODE.

AND I THINK WE'RE WELL ON THIS PATH IN AUSTIN, WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING.

UM, BUT AS WE, UH, DO SURVEYS LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE, I THINK WE WILL SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, IN THE, YOU KNOW, ONE TO TWO TO THREE MILE RANGE, IT'S GOING TO BE THE FASTEST EASIEST, YOU KNOW, UH, BECAUSE IT'S SAFE MODE FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND FOR MANY OF THEIR TRIPS.

AND AGAIN, IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY, BUT, UM, GIVING MOBILITY OPTIONS AND, YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE 2014 PLAN, WE GOT A LITTLE KIND OF, UM, QUANTIFIED, SO TO SPEAK ABOUT LOOKING AT OUR, UH, REGIONAL TRIP PATTERNS.

AND WE SAID, AND THIS WAS A SUGGESTION IN THAT THINK BIKE 2013, UH, WORKSHOP WITH THE DUTCH PLANNERS.

THEY SAID, SET REASONABLE TARGETS FOR YOURSELF OF HOW MANY TRIPS YOU'RE GOING TO CATCH.

SO WE SET 15% OF TRIPS BETWEEN ZERO AND THREE MILES AND 7% OF TRIPS, LESS THAN NINE MILES WAS GOING TO BE OUR GOAL TO CATCH AND CONVERT THOSE FROM DRIVING TRIPS TO, TO BICYCLE TRIPS.

AND, YOU KNOW, I'LL SAY BICYCLE AND SCOOTER.

SO I'LL TALK ABOUT LIKE WHAT, WHAT IT WOULD MEAN IF WE CAUGHT THAT NUMBER OF TRIPS AND AGAIN, THE GREEN CURVE IS THEIR CURVE.

UM, SO WELL BELOW THAT, UH, ACHIEVABLE IF WE KIND OF, IF WE BUILD OUT OUR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES NETWORK AND, UM, AND WE'LL SEE THE MAGNITUDE OF, OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE CATCH THAT NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS ABOUT CREATING A NETWORK AND, YOU KNOW, WE DIDN'T BAKE IN KIND OF TRAILS AND BICYCLING INTO THE, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, IN AN ALL AGES WHERE, FROM THE WAY WE BUILT EVERY STREET FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME IN AUSTIN.

SO WE HAVE TO USE A VARIETY OF STRATEGIES TO GET TO A COMPLETED NETWORK.

SO WE HAVE PROTECTED BIKE LANES.

UM, SORRY, SECOND TRACKS IS DATED LANGUAGE.

UH, WHY IT'S STREETS OR NEIGHBORHOOD BIKEWAYS IS WHAT WE CALL THEM NOW, INTERSECTION TREATMENTS TO HELP PEOPLE ACROSS MAJOR STREETS THAT COULD BE A PHP OR A CROSSING ISLAND.

UH, AND THEN URBAN TRAILS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT AND EXCITED TO HAVE KATIE WEBTECH, UM, PRESENTING RIGHT AFTER ME ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, HOW WE'RE USING URBAN TRAILS TO ALSO LINK TOGETHER AND ALL AGES AND ABILITIES, BICYCLE NETWORK.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

THIS IS A MAPPING.

UM, IT'S A LITTLE DATED, BUT THE, THE, THE GENERAL TREND IS THE SAME.

I'M SURE IT'S STILL, BUT, UH, EACH OF THESE CONTOUR LINES IS A DOUBLING OF, OF MAGNITUDE OF SHORT TRIPS.

SO YOU CAN SEE, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF SHORT TRIPS ALL THROUGHOUT AUSTIN, THE CONCENTRATION OF SHORT TRIPS IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, THE UNIVERSITY AREA, ANYWHERE CENTRAL KIND OF SKYROCKETS, AND THAT PROBABLY GENERALLY PARALLELS KIND OF WHAT YOU SEE FOR USE.

UM, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE SHOULD ONLY, IN MY OPINION, BE FOCUSING ON, UH, THOSE HOTTEST PARTS, BECAUSE THERE IS ALSO AN EQUITABILITY OF ACCESS THERE'S, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU GET TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARK OR LOCAL TRANSIT STOP? SO REALLY THE NEEDS FOR SAFE, UH, STREETS FOR ALL MODES AND ALL AGES AND ABILITIES IS CITYWIDE, BUT THERE IS SOME STRATEGY AROUND, UH, WHERE WE FOCUS THAT CONNECTIVITY, UM, TO, TO HAVE THE BIGGEST EFFECT ON OUR CITYWIDE MODE SHARE, YOU KNOW, AS ONE OF, UH, MANY OUTCOMES THAT WE'RE PURSUING WITH OUR MOBILITY STRATEGIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS, I, I CAN'T KIND OF SHAKE OUT THIS INTERESTING TIDBIT, SO I KEEP INCLUDING IT, UH, THE INTERSECTION OF FIFTH, SIXTH, AND LAMAR, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S PERCEIVED TO BE, UH, IN NON COVID TIMES, CHRONICALLY CONGESTED.

UM, AND, UH, WHEN YOU RUN, UH, ALL OF THE REGIONAL TRIPS THROUGH, UH, A TRAFFIC MODEL, 50% OF THE TRIPS GOING THROUGH THIS INTERSECTION ARE LESS THAN THREE MILES, WHICH MEANS THAT, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE VERY RIPE FOR KIND OF SHORT TRIP CONVERSION.

AND IF YOU START THINKING ABOUT LIKE MANY OF OUR DOWNTOWN TRIPS, UH, ARE NOT, YOU KNOW, C UH, GREATLY LENGTHY AND CAN BE CONVERTED.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE GREEN IS, UH, THE 2014, UH, ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK.

I HAVEN'T UPDATED THIS MAP WITH ALL THE ADDITIONS IN THE ASM P BUT IT'S, IF THE ALI DOES INABILITY HIS BICYCLE NETWORK SITTING ON TOP OF THAT KIND OF HEAT MAP OF

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SHORT TRIP DEMAND, UH, YOU KNOW, HITTING ALL THOSE, UH, DESTINATIONS THAT I TALKED ABOUT BEFORE, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE WAS ANOTHER KIND OF STRATEGY AND REALLY KIND OF GAVE RISE TO A, WE CALLED IT A SHORT-TERM ALL AGES AND ABILITIES, BICYCLE NET NETWORK FOR AWHILE.

AND WE DROPPED THE SHORT TERM.

WE'RE JUST TRYING TO DO IT VERY QUICKLY.

UH, THE REASON WHY IS, UH, IN THIS CURVE, YOU CAN SEE, UM, PORTLAND, OREGON OVER 20 YEARS, GOT TO KIND OF THE STATURE AND MODE SHIFT.

THEY HAVE ABOUT 7% BICYCLE MODE SHIFT AND A SIMILAR AMOUNT OF TIME.

WE'VE GOTTEN OUR CENTRAL CITY UP TO ABOUT THE SAME LEVELS OF BICYCLING.

UM, AUSTIN'S ABOUT TWICE AS LARGE AND LAND AREAS, PORTLAND, OREGON, JUST, UH, FOR CONTEXT AND, UM, UH, SEVILLE OR SYLVIA SPAIN, UM, DID A REMARKABLE THING.

THEY BUILT AN ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK IN A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

AND THEY ALSO BROUGHT ONLINE BIKE SHARE, WHICH THERE'S WAS A VERY ROBUST SYSTEM, UM, WITH OUR SCOOTER AND, YOU KNOW, THE CYCLE BEING ELECTRIFIED.

LIKE I THINK WE'RE IN A SIMILAR PROFILE AS FAR AS, UH, UH, BIKE SHARING AS WELL.

UM, IN THREE YEARS THEY WERE ABLE TO GET, GET THE MODE SHIFT THAT PORTLAND WAS ABLE TO GET IN 20.

SO THAT THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO WITH THE ALL AGES AND BUILD THESE BICYCLE NETWORK.

AND WHEN I TALK IN A MINUTE ABOUT ACHIEVING THE BUILD-OUT TARGETS AND THE RATE OF THE BUILD-OUT TARGETS, THIS IS REALLY WHAT WE'RE AFTER, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO WHEN I TALKED ABOUT THOSE TRIP CAPTURE TARGETS THAT, UM, 15% OF TRIPS, LESS THAN THREE MILES AND 7% OF TRIPS, UH, LESS THAN NINE MILES, WE LOOKED AT ALL THE TRIPS THAT COME INTO THIS CHRONICALLY CONGESTED DOWNTOWN AREA, UNIVERSITY, DOWNTOWN AND STATE COMPLEX.

UM, WE, UH, FOUND THAT WE WOULD CATCH 7%.

WE WOULD REDUCE MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC ENTERING THIS AREA BY 7%, IF WE, IF WE ATTAIN THOSE TRIP CAPTURE TARGETS.

SO WE KNEW WE WEREN'T.

UM, AND IF, IF YOU TRAVEL IN OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE TAKEN, UH, THIS TYPE OF INFRASTRUCTURE, SERIOUSLY, YOU START TO REALIZE THAT YOU'RE NOT PLAYING WITH A TOY.

THIS ISN'T A NICHE THING.

AND IT'S REALLY A PART OF, KIND OF THE FABRIC OF URBAN MOBILITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND IN 2014, WE ALSO PUT, UM, AND AGAIN, OUR STRATEGY WAS BUILDING A FULL NETWORK.

IT WAS NOT BUILDING KIND OF, UH, A PROJECT HERE AND A PROJECT THERE.

WE WERE REALLY TRYING TO CONNECT, TRAVEL DEMAND TO MAKE IT SAFE, TO TRAVEL FROM A TO B.

SO WE PUT THE COST ESTIMATE OF THE ENTIRE NETWORK, UM, NOT TO SAY ONE WAS BETTER THAN THE OTHER, BUT AGAINST THE MOPAC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, WHICH THE REGION WAS SPENDING, UH, $200 MILLION ON.

AND WE, UH, AND THAT PROJECT DOESN'T ACTUALLY GET ALL OF ITS TRIPS INTO DOWNTOWN.

THEY HAVE TO PASS THROUGH INTERSECTIONS LIKE FIFTH, SIXTH, AND LAMAR.

UH, SO WE FOUND THAT THE COST BENEFIT OF OUT THE ENTIRE NETWORK WAS VERY COMPARABLE TO WHAT WE WERE DOING AND, YOU KNOW, LARGE HIGHWAY PROJECTS, UM, AND VERY SIMILAR IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WE'RE BRINGING TO AN AREA LIKE THE CBD.

THIS IS ONLY A TRAFFIC, UM, KIND OF ANALYSIS THAT, THAT ISN'T GETTING INTO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

MANY OTHER BENEFITS THAT COME ALONG WITH IT, UH, DIRECT COST SAVINGS TO PEOPLE, UH, THAT LIVE IN AUSTIN, UH, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY NEEDS THAT WOULD BE MET, UH, REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS, UM, AND EVEN, UH, LIKE WE WERE FOCUSING ON THE DOWNTOWN, BUT IT, IT WOULD EVEN REDUCE TRAFFIC ON .

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS GETTING, UM, THAT WAS KIND OF A CATCH UP ON THE 2014 PLANNING STRATEGY.

SO WE HAVE, UM, THAT LINK RIGHT HERE, AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV/AA BIKE NETWORK, UM, IS A TOOL THAT TRACKS, UH, WHERE ARE WE BUILDING OUT THE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES, BICYCLE NETWORK, UH, ESTIMATED DATES FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

THIS IS A MAP OUT OF THAT.

UH, IF YOU'VE SEEN THESE ONLINE STORY MAP TOOLS, UH, IT'S ONE OF THOSE.

SO IT KIND OF EXPLAINS WHAT THE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES NETWORK IS THE WHY.

AND THEN ALSO, WHAT ARE THE COUNCIL, UH, ADOPTED GOALS ON, ON RATES OF BUILD-OUT? SO, UM, JUST FOR QUICK, UH, EXPLANATION, UH, THE PURPLE ARE PROJECTS THAT ARE IN DEVELOPMENT AND THEN THE GREEN OR PROJECTS THAT, UM, WELL THEN I'LL SWITCH TO THE KIND OF DARK GRAY OR COMPLETED PROJECTS, SO YOU CAN SEE LIKE SOUTHERN WALNUT.

CAN YOU ALL SEE MY POINTER? NO.

UH, YES.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

MAYBE THAT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S POINTING TO ACTUALLY, UH, YOU CAN, YOU, YOU PROBABLY ARE FAMILIAR WITH SOME, UH, YOU KNOW, TRAILS AND PROTECTED BIKE LANES THAT ARE BUILT OUT.

THOSE ARE IN DARK GRAY, THE DARK GREEN LINES ARE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY BUILT OUT.

AND THEN THE ONES THAT ARE KIND OF OUTLINED, UM, WHERE IN THE LEGEND, IT SAYS PROJECTS WITH ESTIMATED TIMELINES, THE DARKER GREEN OR SOONER, AND THE KIND OF FAINT GREEN MIGHT BE LIKE, BUILD OUT LATER THAT WE KNOW IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

UH, THAT'LL HAVE SHARED USE PATHS OR CORRIDOR

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PROGRAM PROJECTS, UH, THAT ARE IN THE 2223, UH, 20, 24, UH, TIME HORIZON.

SO THAT, THAT'S HOW TO KIND OF SEE THIS MAP.

YOU CAN LOOK AT IT ONLINE AND GET A CLICK ON THINGS AND GET INFORMATION YOU NEED.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO WITH THIS TOOL AND THE GIS INFORMATION BEHIND IT, WE'RE ABLE TO REALLY, UH, ACCURATELY TRACK HOW WE'RE MEETING, UM, THE COUNCIL APPROVED TARGETS.

SO IN 2014, UM, I THINK WE HAD 17% BUILD OUT.

WE HAD A 2017 TARGET FOR 20% BUILD-OUT AND THEN AN AGGRESSIVE KIND OF RAMP UP, WHICH COINCIDED REALLY FORTUITOUSLY WITH THE 2016 BOND, UH, TO A 50% BICYCLE NETWORK BUILD OUT BY THE YEAR 2020.

UM, SO WE ARE STILL WE'RE A LITTLE BEHIND LAST YEAR WAS A DISRUPTIVE YEAR WITH, UH, COVID AND SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS AND ALL THAT.

BUT WE ARE ESTIMATING THAT WE'RE GOING TO HIT OUR 50% BICYCLE NETWORK BUILD OUT, NOT IN TIME FOR BIKE MONTH, BUT WE THINK AT THE END OF JUNE, WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING.

UM, SO WE'RE BENCHMARKING AGAINST THOSE PLAN GOALS AND YOU CAN SEE THE DARK GREEN IS OUR ACTUAL COMPLETIONS.

UH, UH, THE NEXT KIND OF LIGHTER GREEN IS ONES THAT WE HAVE PRETTY SOLID, COMPLETE DATES, UM, BUT THEY'RE FORECASTING IN THE FUTURE.

AND THEN, UH, AND THOSE ARE IN CONSTRUCTION AND THEN WE HAVE OTHERS THAT ARE STILL IN DESIGN, BUT ALSO HAVE A PRETTY ACCURATE, COMPLETE DATA ESTIMATES.

AND THEN THE PURPLE, UH, AS Y'ALL KNOW, WITH MANY OF OUR PROJECTS, WE HAVE PUBLIC PROCESSES TO SUPPORT AND TALK ABOUT THE CHANGES.

SO THE, THE PROJECTS IN THE PURPLE ARE, ARE USUALLY ONES THAT ARE JUST EARLY IN THEIR DESIGN, OR THEY'RE STILL GOING THROUGH A PUBLIC PROCESS.

AND WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAPPEN THERE.

WE'RE JUST SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S, UH, ACTIVITY THERE AND, UH, YOU KNOW, OPPORTUNITY FOR ENGAGEMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, WE DO THIS ANNUAL PROCESS, UM, TO SUPPORT THE 2016 BOND AND WE'LL CONTINUE IT WITH THE 2020 BOND CALLED THE ANNUAL, UH, UH, MOBILITY ANNUAL PLAN, THE MAP PROCESS, AND, UH, IT'S ACROSS ALL THOSE, UH, BOND PROGRAMS. AND WE TALK ABOUT THE WORK PROGRAMS AHEAD.

SO FROM, I THINK 2017 WAS THE FIRST MOBILITY ANNUAL PLAN.

UH, AND NOW THE CURRENT ITERATION IS 2021.

THERE'VE BEEN A NUMBER OF PROJECTS NAMES.

SO FOR THE BIKEWAYS PROGRAM, THERE'S BEEN 192.

SO THIS WAS JUST A QUICK SNAPSHOT OF, WE'VE GOT 152 THAT ARE COMPLETE NINE THAT ARE IN CONSTRUCTION SEVEN THAT ARE STILL IN PUBLIC PROCESS, 54, THAT ARE IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT, AND THEN 70 OTHERS THAT WE HAVEN'T REALLY STARTED MOVING FORWARD YET THAT ARE IN THOSE LISTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN SOME QUICK EXCITING, UM, KIND OF VISUALS, UH, IS WHAT I'LL WALK YOU THROUGH.

SO, UM, NOT ALL OF THE WORK IS WORK THAT WE FUND.

WE DO A LOT OF, UM, YOU KNOW, DESIGN REVIEW SUPPORT WORK WITH, UH, YOU KNOW, THE COUNTIES, TXDOT CTRS.

THIS ONE IS THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

SO THEY MAY HAVE THE BEST BIKE LANE IN AUSTIN VERY SOON.

THIS IS THE RED RIVER REALIGNMENT.

THAT'S GOING TO GO BY, UH, NOT THE ERWIN CENTER, BUT THE NEW ARENA, UH, AN EVENT CENTER THAT'S, THAT'S GOING TO BE ON RED RIVER THROUGH CAMPUS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS OAK SPRINGS DRIVE BEFORE AND AFTER.

UM, THIS IS IN DISTRICT ONE AND WE ADDED, UH, THIS, THIS PROJECT HAPPENED WITH, UH, THE EXTENSION OF THE PINELLAS, UH, PROTECTED TO A PARTICULAR BIKE LANE.

THAT'S PART OF THE BOGGY CREEK TRAIL NETWORK.

UM, AND WE ADDED PHYSICAL PROTECTION ON THIS PROJECT, UH, MAYBE A YEAR, YEAR AND A HALF AGO.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, AND MANY OF OUR PROJECTS, I SHOULD SAY, LIKE THAT OAK SPRINGS PROJECT, UM, UH, WE LOOK AT A KIND OF COMPLETE STREETS APPROACH.

SO WE MIGHT BE ADDING MOTOR VEHICLE, TURN LANES, ADDING PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS.

WE TRY TO MEET KIND OF UP AND COMING TCM GUIDANCE ON, UM, WHAT, WHAT THE KIND OF RIGHT CROSSING DENSITY IS LIKE, UH, OPPORTUNITY FOR SAFE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS, YOU KNOW, EVERY QUARTER MILE OR SO.

THIS IS THE CONGRESS AVENUE, UM, PROTECTED BICYCLE LANES, UM, IN HOUSTON HAS BEEN A REALLY EXCITING PROJECT.

AND, UM, I PERSONALLY USE THIS A LOT AND THERE'S JUST AN AMAZING NUMBER OF, UH, PEOPLE, BIKING, SCOOTERING, UM, AND A NOTABLE DROP OF PEOPLE.

SCOOTERING ON SIDEWALKS IS, IS WHAT I'VE ANECDOTALLY SEEN ON THE CORRIDOR.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THE, THIS IS, UH, ANOTHER STRATEGY THAT WE HAVE IS PROTECTED INTERSECTION.

SO WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT HAVE STARTED USING THIS STRATEGY.

SO YOU CAN SEE, UM, THIS IS AN AREA ON THE LEFT, UH, THE INTERSECTION BEFORE AERIAL ON THE RIGHT, THAT SHOWS THESE COLORED PROTECTED, CONCRETE BIKE LANES COMING UP TO THE INTERSECTION.

THEY CREATE MUCH SHORTER PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS, MUCH SHORTER BICYCLE CROSSING, SAFE PLACES TO WAIT, UM, AND, UH, NACTA, WHICH IS, DOES NATIONAL GUIDANCE FOR, UH, YOU KNOW, COMPLETE STREETS AND FOR ALL MODES AND ALL AGES AND ABILITIES REALLY RECOMMENDS THESE TREATMENTS.

UM, AND, AND THEY HAVE A FUNNY WAY OF SAYING IT.

THEY SAY, DON'T GIVE UP AT THE INTERSECTION.

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SO REALLY, YOU KNOW, DROPPING BIKE LANES AND THAT SORT OF THING IS, IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A STRATEGY MORE, AND MAYBE SOMETHING WE USED TO DO 10 YEARS AGO.

SO PICTURE OF IT IN THE CENTER.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, YEAH, AND, AND WE'RE, UH, THIS IS SHOWING SOME PROTECTED INTERSECTION DESIGNS AROUND TOWN, BUT YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY BOTH SHOAL CREEK AND TERRY LANE ARE, ARE LARGE PROTECTED BICYCLE LANE PROJECTS AND HAVE, UM, I THINK EACH OF THEM HAVE FIVE TO 10 PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS THROUGHOUT, UH, THEIR PROJECT MINUTES AS WELL.

UH, RAIN GARDENS ON BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS, UM, UH, INTEGRATING GREEN STREET INFRASTRUCTURE AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, THIS IS A SCAR MINT AND LACROSSE.

SO, UM, WE WILL BE, UM, BRINGING PROTECTED BICYCLE LANES TO THIS STREET, BUT, UH, THIS INTERSECTION WAS BUILT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL.

ANOTHER THING THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING A LOT WITH THE ALL THE LOCAL MOBILITY PROGRAMS IS PARTNERING TO GET TO HIGHER OUTCOMES AND BUILD ONCE OPPORTUNITIES.

UH, SO THE PROTECTED BIKE LANES THAT WILL BE ON THE STREET IN THE FUTURE WILL KIND OF BRING YOU INTO KIND OF A SHARED USE PATH ENVIRONMENT AND, AND THE SAME ADVANTAGES OF PROTECTED INTERSECTIONS, BUT SHORTER CROSSING DISTANCES AND BETTER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT.

YEAH, SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, I MENTIONED GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO THIS IS ON THE SHOAL CREEK PROJECT.

WE'VE BEEN PARTNERING, PARTNERING WITH THE WATERSHED AND THEY HAVE, UM, A GROUP THAT DOES RAIN GARDENS, AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM TO DO INFILTRATION TESTING AND ASSESSING, YOU KNOW, THE SLIP LANE IS, YOU KNOW, HIGH-SPEED MOTOR VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT DOESN'T REALLY SERVE A PURPOSE AND DOESN'T FIT INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEXT.

AND INSTEAD WE'RE ABLE TO INFILTRATE WATER, UH, AND TREAT WATER LOCAL RUNOFF FROM STREETS BEFORE IT ENTERS THE STORM SYSTEM.

SO REALLY EXCITING PARTNERSHIPS THERE.

THIS NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS THE DOWNTOWN STATION, IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, UH, ON THE LEFT, UH, KENITRA DID A GREAT JOB, UH, IN THE BUILD-OUT OF THAT AND, UH, BUILDING IN THE BIKE LANE.

UM, AND THIS IS THE CROSS TOWN, UH, BIKEWAY OR THE LAB, UH, EVEN BETTER THAN IT WAS BEFORE.

AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, THIS IS THE ENDEAVOR BUILT, UH, PLAZA, SALT TIO, UM, REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT THAT, UH, IS ON LEASED CAP METRO LAND AND, UH, THROUGH OUR DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCESS AND BIG SHOUT OUT TO OUR, UH, ATD AND OTHERS HAVE THE, YOU KNOW, VERY ROBUST DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TEAMS. SO THIS WAS, UM, DANGEROUS TO SAY, I THINK THIS WAS JUST THEIR COMMITMENT, BUT SOMETIMES THESE COME THROUGH PARKLAND, DEDICATION COMMITMENTS.

SOMETIMES THEY COME THROUGH TRAFFIC MITIGATION COMMITMENTS, BUT OUR DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY IS DOING A LOT OF THE BUILD-OUT, UH, AS THEY, AS THEY DO PROJECTS, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN THIS MIGHT BE ABOUT IT.

THIS MIGHT BE THE FINALE, BUT LONGHORN DAM IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

SO THIS IS A, UH, EARLY SNEAK PEAK.

YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST SECTION OF, UM, THE ENTIRE PATH IS GOING TO BE BEHIND CRASH RAIL AND GUARDRAIL.

UM, SO WE'RE REBUILDING THOSE OLD NARROW JERSEY BARRIERS.

THIS IS THE FAR WESTERN SIDE OF THE BUTLER TRAIL LOOP IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR.

SO THIS IS ACTUALLY THE EAST SIDE, WHICH IS THE FIRST SIDE THAT'S UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

SO IT'S GOING TO HAVE A NICE WAY TO EIGHT FOOT WIDE PATH, UH, EIGHT FOOT WIDE SHARED USE PATHS AS YOU SEE ON THE RIGHT ON THE APPROACHES TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH.

AND THEN ON THE WEST SIDE, WE'LL HAVE AN EVEN WIDER, UH, SHARED USE PATH TO SUPPORT THE BUTLER TRAIL.

UH, AND THIS IS ALL IN THE FIVE-YEAR INTERIM, UM, BEFORE THE, UM, WHAT, WHAT HAS BEEN FUNDED WITH THE 2020 BOND, THE WISHBONE BRIDGE, UM, WHICH WILL BE A, PFLUEGER LIKE A BRIDGE, UH, IS IN PLACE.

SO FIVE YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO WAIT WITH, UH, SIDEWALKS THAT AREN'T CURRENTLY ADA ACCESSIBLE AND HAND RAILS.

YOU CAN SEE ON THE LEFT, THAT'S THE OLD SECTION OF HANDRAIL, UH, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, AT MY WAISTLINE AND MAKES YOU FEEL A LITTLE SCARY.

UM, AND THEN THE NEWER TALLER HANDRAIL THAT WE'LL BE UPGRADING IS FOR THAT PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

I WAS CORRECT.

THAT'S MY LAST PICTURE.

WELL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME, AND I'M HAPPY TO TURN IT OVER TO KATIE OR, UH, TAKE QUESTIONS, HOWEVER YOU ALL WANT TO HANDLE IT.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, FOR THE SAKE OF THESE TWO PRESENTATIONS BEING ONE ITEM, I MIGHT SUGGEST WE GO ON TO KATIE'S PRESENTATION OF URBAN TRAILS, AND THEN WE CAN PAUSE FOR QUESTIONS AFTER THAT.

UM, I DID WANT TO NOTE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR HAS JOINED US AND THE MAYOR PRO TEM HAS JOINED US AS WELL FOR THE RECORD.

UM, SO IF YOU CAN MOVE KATIE, WEDIKO OVER, WE'LL HEAR ABOUT THE URBAN TRAILS UPDATES.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

UM, I AM KATIE WEBTECH, I'M THE URBAN TRAILS PROGRAM MANAGER IN PUBLIC WORKS.

SO NATHAN ALREADY DID A GREAT OVERVIEW ABOUT ALL THAT THEY'RE DOING WITH BIKING AROUND AUSTIN AND THE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES NETWORK.

AND THEN AS YOU NOTED, THE URBAN TRAILS ARE A BIG PIECE OF THIS NETWORK,

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SO THEY'RE ALL OFF STREET INFRASTRUCTURE.

SURE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO I'M JUST GONNA TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT OUR PLANNING AND POLICY AND THEN GO INTO OUR EXISTING NETWORK AND ACTIVE PROJECTS NEXT.

OKAY.

SO AS MANY OF YOU ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE THE 2014 URBAN SALES PLAN.

SO THIS IS WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO IMPLEMENT, AND IT DEFINED AN URBAN TAIL AS A HARD SURFACE TRAIL.

THAT'S ADA ACCESSIBLE TYPICALLY 12 TO 15 FEET IN WIDTH, AND THEN IDENTIFIED 47 MILES OF TIER ONE ARE HIGH PRIORITY TRAILS AND 360 MILES OF TIER TWO OR LOWER PRIORITY TRAILS.

SO YOU SEE THAT WHOLE NETWORK MAP PICTURED HERE THEN IN 2019, THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN OR THE ASM KEY ESTABLISHED MORE INDICATORS AND TARGETS FOR TRAILS, TRYING TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF HIGH PRIORITY TRAILS, ADD WAYFINDING AND LIGHTING FOR EXISTING TRAILS, OVERALL INCREASED TRAIL USAGE AND DEUCE RESPONSE TIME TO ADDRESS TAIL DAMAGE.

SO IN PART TO BE BETTER IN LINE WITH THE ASM GOALS, AND ALSO TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE CHANGING DEVELOPMENT WITHIN AUSTIN, AND ALSO IMPORTANTLY, TO ADDRESS EQUITY, WE ARE UNDERTAKING AN URBAN TRAIL PLAN UPDATE, WHICH NATHAN ALREADY TOUCHED ON.

UM, AND THIS IS ALL PART OF ATX WALK, BIKE WOOL.

SO FOR NOW WE'RE IMPLEMENTING WHAT YOU SEE HERE, BUT THEN WE GUESS THAT KIND OF HOW WE LOOK AT OUR NETWORK IS GOING TO BE CHANGING AT LEAST SLIGHTLY MOVING FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO FROM THE POLICY SIDE OF THINGS, AS A REMINDER COUNCIL TASK STAFF, TO CREATE THE URBAN TRAILS STAKEHOLDER GROUP TO RECOMMEND CODE CHANGES OR PROCESS CHANGES WITH THE GOAL OF MAKING DESIGN AND PERMANENT TRAILS MORE EFFICIENT.

SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING A LOT ON THIS OVER THE PAST YEAR, UM, OR YOUR PLUS, AND WE PROVIDED SOME RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL LAST JANUARY, WHICH INCLUDE, UM, FORMALIZING THE PROCESS FOR WATERSHED TO PROVIDE A PRIEST, A MENTAL REVIEW, TO WORK WITH DSD AND BE SURE WHAT PROJECTS DO REQUIRE A SITE PLAN THAT THEY CAN BE REVIEWED AS A SMALL PROJECT TO MAKE FOR A QUICKER TIMELINE.

AND THEN WE HAD SOME SPECIFIC CODE CHANGES THAT WERE RECOMMENDED.

SO WE'RE STILL WORKING TO MOVE ALL OF THESE FORWARD.

AND ONE PIECE THAT'S PRETTY EXCITING IS WITH 2020 BOND FUNDING, WE'RE ABLE TO BRING ON A NEW TRAIL STAFF.

UM, SO IT'S GOING TO BE FUNDED BY BOND PROJECTS, BUT MANAGED THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT TO AID IN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW.

SO THIS IS HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE BETTER COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE TWO DEPARTMENTS.

SO THERE'LL BE A TRAILS PERSON WHO IS HOUSED WITHIN WATERSHED, SO THAT THEY'LL HAVE ALL OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTISE THAT WE ARE NORMALLY LOOKING FOR.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THEN GOING INTO OUR EXISTING URBAN TRAIL NETWORK, THE MAP YOU SEE HERE SHOWS ALL OF OUR EXISTING TRAILS IN SOLID LINES, AND THEN THE DASHER ACTIVE PROJECTS.

SO WE HAD ABOUT 60 MILES OF URBAN TRAILS IN AUSTIN.

UM, AND SINCE THE 2016 BOND FUNDING, WE'VE COMPLETED THREE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING REPORTS, ONE PLANNING STUDY, A SEGMENT OF COUNTRY CLUB CREEK TRAIL, AND SEVEN TRAIL CONNECTORS.

AND THEN WE HAVE EIGHT MILES OF TRAIL IN DESIGN.

NOW, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THEN NATHAN ALREADY TOUCHED ON SOME OF THIS, BUT WE WORK REALLY CLOSELY WITH A LOT OF PARTNERS IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT OUR TAILS AND EXPAND OUR CAPACITY.

UM, SO WE HAVE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARTNERS.

NATHAN SHOWED THIS SAME PICTURE OF SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD.

SO VERY CLEARLY SHOWING THIS IS ONE OF OUR PARTNER PROJECTS I'M WORKING WITH ATD VIS EXTENDS THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL.

UM, THEN THE PICTURE BELOW THIS IS SOUTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL CONNECTION AND ALSO TRAILHEAD ANOTHER PLACE WHERE THE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY WAS ABLE TO BUILD OUT A PORTION OF OUR TRAIL.

AGAIN, SAME CONCEPT THAT NATHAN SAID IT PLAZA LTO.

AND THEN WE WORK A LOT WITH CCMA AND TXDOT TO HAVE THE SHARED USE PLANS KIND OF ACT AS TRAILS ALONG THEIR BIGGER PROJECTS, WHICH HELPED PUT A LOT OF MILES IN THE GROUND UP NEXT SIDE.

SO THEN OUR CURRENT ACTIVE PROJECTS, THE FOUR SHOWN HERE, WE'RE ALL EXPECTING TO GO INTO CONSTRUCTION FOR THE END OF CALENDAR YEAR 2021.

SO COPPERFIELD CONNECTOR IS IN DISTRICT ONE AND IT CONNECTS A COUPLE DEAD-END CUL-DE-SACS AND PROVIDES A SAFE CONNECTION TO COPPERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

SO THIS IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL.

THEN WE HAVE WALNUT NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL TO A, WHICH CONNECTS OUR EXISTING NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK

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TRAIL AT WALNUT CREEK METRO PARK TO NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD, CREATING A SAFE CONNECTION UNDER NORTH LAMAR AND EXTENDING EAST TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT OAKBROOK DRIVE FINANCIAL CREEK UNDERPASS AT 2222.

YOU KNOW WHAT NATHAN'S SAYING HAS GOT TO HAVE SAFER INTERSECTIONS.

SO THIS TAKES THE BIKES COMPLETELY AWAY FROM THE INTERSECTIONS, ALLOWS THEM ALONG SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD TO CROSS UNDER 2222.

UM, AND THEN VIOLET CROWN TRAIL NORTH.

THIS EXTENDS VIOLET CROWN TRAIL SOUTH FROM HOME DEPOT BOULEVARD, WILLIAM CANNON DRIVE.

AND WE'RE WORKING HERE WITH THE CORRIDOR OFFICE TO CONNECT TO THEIR PROJECTS.

SO AGAIN, WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE THIS INTEGRATED NETWORK.

SO ALL OF THESE WE EXPECT TO BEGIN WITHIN THIS YEAR, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THEN A FEW OF OUR BIGGER PROJECTS THAT ARE STILL A LITTLE FURTHER OUT, WE'RE WORKING ON AUSTIN TO MAINER.

AND SO THIS CONNECTS SOUTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL AND THE EXISTING AUSTIN TO MAINER TRAIL ALL THE WAY OUT TO BENNY FISHER PARK AND MANER, THEN COUNTRY CLUB CREEK TRAIL.

OUR LAST SEGMENT OF COUNTRY CLUB CREEK TRAILS FROM ELMONT DRIVE EAST OLTORF STREET AND EAST AUSTIN.

AND THEN WE'RE WORKING ON REDLINE TRAIL FROM NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL TO BREAKER.

SO THIS WILL CONNECT ALONG CAPITOL METRO'S RED LINE CONNECTING THE EXISTING NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM TO BREAKER LANE TO THE NEW SOCCER STADIUM AND TO CAPITAL METRO TRANSIT STATIONS.

SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO HAVE ALL OF THESE MOVING NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THEN KIND OF LOOKING AT WHAT'S UPCOMING WITH 2020 BONDS, WE'RE BEGINNING TO HIRE CONSULTANTS FOR DESIGN OF TWO OF OUR BIGGEST PROJECTS.

AND THESE ARE NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL PHASE THREE, AND THE BERGSTROM SPUR TRAIL.

SO NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL PHASE THREE WILL CONNECT TO THE TRAIL.

I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL AT KIND OF WHERE IT ENDS AT I 35 AND IT'LL CONNECT TO THE SOUTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL.

SO THIS WILL BE AN EIGHT MILE PROJECT, ULTIMATELY PART OF A 19 MILE TRAIL SYSTEM ONCE COMPLETE.

SO WE'RE WORKING ON AN RFQ TO HIRE CONSULTANTS FOR THE DESIGN OF THIS, AND THEN BERGSTROM SPUR TRAIL IN SOUTH AUSTIN.

WE JUST COMPLETED THE CORRIDOR STUDY LAST YEAR.

THIS IS A SIX MILE RAIL TO TRAIL PROJECT FROM VINCENT DRIVE TO US, ONE 83 AND THE AIRPORT.

AND SO FOR THIS ONE, WE'RE BRINGING ON THREE DIFFERENT CONSULTANT TEAMS AND HAVING THEM DESIGN THE WESTERN CENTRAL AND EASTERN SEGMENTS.

SO THESE ARE ALL DESIGNED CONCURRENTLY AND WE CAN MOVE QUICKER.

AND WITH BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS, WE EXPECT THEY'RE GOING TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN PHASES.

SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND DETERMINE WHERE TO ALLOCATE ALL OF THE FUNDING WE RECEIVED WILL DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF THEM GET BUILT OUT NEXT SLIDE.

SO THEN THE NEXT STEPS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CONTINUED EQUITY REVIEW FOR PROJECT SELECTION.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH 2020 BOND FUNDS.

AND FOR THIS, WE'LL BE USING THE EQUITY FRAMEWORK, THAT'S GOING TO BE DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE URBAN SCALE PLAN UPDATE AND THE EQUITY ANALYSIS ZONES THAT ATD IS WORKING ON.

WE'RE CURRENTLY HIRING TWO PROJECT COORDINATORS FOR EXPANDED STAFF CAPACITY, WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING.

UM, A FEW YEARS AGO, URBAN TRAILS WAS ONLY A STAFF OF ONE.

THEN WE EXPANDED TO TWO.

NOW WE'LL BE UP TO FOUR.

SO IT'S STILL A SMALL, BUT VERY EXCITING FOR US.

AND WE'LL BE DOING PUBLIC OUTREACH AS PART OF OUR PROJECTS.

AND AS WE ALLOCATE FUNDING AND THEN FOR A LOT OF THESE, FOR A LOT OF THESE PROJECTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, WE NEED TO BUILD ON PARTNERSHIPS WITH AGENCIES, SUCH AS AUSTIN, ENERGY AND CAPITAL NATURAL.

SO WE'LL BE WORKING ON THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

AND THAT'S ALL I HAD FOR YOU TODAY.

I KNOW THAT WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION, SO I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS OR THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP SEPARATELY.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE.

THOSE ARE REALLY INFORMATIVE.

IT'S CLEAR THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAMS ARE DOING A LOT OF WORK, SO IT'S VERY EXCITING TO SEE THESE UPDATES TAKING PLACE.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN? YES.

THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

THIS IS A VERY, VERY EXCITING, UM, I WANTED TO JUST, UM, UH, ASK SOMETHING ABOUT THE BIRCH FROM SPUR OR JUST, UH, POINT TO HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THE BROOKS FROM SPERM.

I WAS THINKING THOUGH THAT IT IS THAT IT IS FULLY FUNDED, UM, ALREADY THAT IT'S A TIER ONE TRAIL AS FULLY FUNDED, PARTICULARLY WITH THE ASSISTANCE THAT WE ARE RECENTLY RECEIVED FROM CONGRESSMAN, UH, DOGGIT.

UH, SO I JUST WANTED TO AFFIRM, I DON'T I'M YOU STILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH DESIGN OBVIOUSLY.

AND THERE'S QUESTION ABOUT WHEN CONSTRUCTION WILL START, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE HAVE THE FUNDS FOR IT.

IS, AM I UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY

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OR YES, WE HAVEN'T, YOU KNOW, CONFIRMED, WE'RE HONORED 20, 20 FUNDS ARE GOING TO GO, BUT THAT'S VERY LIKELY.

AND IF WE GET THE FEDERAL FUNDING, UM, WHICH ALSO HAS SEEMING PROMISING, BUT IT'S NOT CONFIRMED, THEN WE'RE DEFINITELY FULLY FUNDED.

UM, BUT SO I WOULD SAY LIKELY TO POSITIVE, BUT NOT YET CONFIRMED.

OKAY.

IT'S JUST, WE PASSED A RESOLUTION RECENTLY THAT, UH, THE LANGUAGE OF THAT RE RESOLUTION SPOKE TO THE FACT THAT PERSON STORE SPURS FULLY FUNDED.

SO I, YOU KNOW, WE CAN FOLLOW UP AFTERWARDS, BUT I, I, I UNDERSTAND, I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, BUT I THINK THAT'S BEEN DECIDED.

YES.

OKAY.

IT'S JUST, I WAS WAITING ON THE EQUITY REVIEW, BUT WITH THE FEDERAL FUNDING, IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE FULLY FUNDED.

YEAH.

YEAH.

OKAY.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT'S GREAT.

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE NEXT ITEM COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER, CAN YOU SPEAK A LITTLE BIT TO, MORE TO THE COORDINATION WITH WATERSHED AND WHAT THAT'S LOOKING LIKE IS EXCITED TO SEE THAT? YEAH.

UM, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE RAIN GARDEN WORK, UM, COUNSELOR.

UM, YEAH, SO THEY WATERSHED HAS, UH, YOU KNOW, A ROBUST, UH, PROGRAM AND, AND JUST KIND OF STAFFING CAPACITIES AROUND GRAY INFRASTRUCTURE.

YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY HAVE A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE TO MANAGE, UM, YOU KNOW, STORM WATER, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, AS WELL AS CREEKS CREEK BAY STABILIZATIONS, UH, LIKE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH.

AND THEY ALSO HAVE, UH, A GREEN STREETS KIND OF TEAM, UH, THAT PURSUES KIND OF LIKE WHAT WE DO.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN KATIE AND I TALK ABOUT PARTNER PROJECTS, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE OUT THERE TRYING TO FIND AND GET PEOPLE TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

SO, UM, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE FUNDING IN THEIR OWN RIGHTS.

SO WE ARE LOOKING TO KIND OF RIGHT SIZE THE CASE WE'RE MAKING TO THEM IS THAT WE ARE OUT IN THE RIGHT OF WAY, YOU KNOW, ON STREETS, ALL ACROSS THE CITY, BUILDINGS, SIDEWALKS, BIKEWAYS URBAN TRAILS AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, NOT TO MENTION ALL THE CORRIDOR STUFF, UM, BUT KIND OF IN THAT SMALLER LOCAL MOBILITY PORTFOLIOS, IF WE CAN GET TO THE RIGHT ARRANGEMENTS AND JUST GET ROUTINE ABOUT, UM, BEING ABLE TO, UH, SIZE UP GOOD OPPORTUNITIES, UH, WORK WITH THEM SO THAT THEY CAN TEST AND CONFIRM THAT WATER SOAKS INTO THE GROUND, AS OPPOSED TO, YOU KNOW, PONDS AND CREATES MOSQUITO BREEDING AREAS.

IF WE CAN DO THAT DUE DILIGENCE REALLY QUICKLY, THEN WE HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES.

SO THEY'VE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE.

AND, AND THEN I'D SAY THAT THE, THOSE PARTNERSHIP CONVERSATIONS ARE KIND OF IN PILOT PHASE, UH, UH, WE'VE DONE THREE LOCATIONS ON SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD, A NUMBER OF SAFE ROUTES LOCATION.

SOME OF THEM ARE DRIVEN BY A DRAINAGE NECESSITY, UH, BUT MORE AND MORE I'M HOPEFUL, UH, OF THOSE THREE KIND OF PILOT LOCATIONS.

WE'VE GOT A LIST OF 60 THAT WE THINK ARE GREAT CANDIDATES TO ENHANCE, UH, PROJECTS THAT WE'RE ALREADY DOING.

LIKE WE HAVE, UM, Y'ALL MIGHT KNOW THAT LIKE SLIP LANES GENERALLY ARE HIGH-SPEED AND NOT GREAT.

SO WE HAVE SLIP LANES THAT LEAD INTO SCHOOL ZONES AND THINGS LIKE THAT WHERE WE DON'T NEED THAT PAVEMENT.

UM, YOU KNOW, IF, IF IT'S JUST SAFE ROUTES FUNDING, OR IF IT'S JUST SIDEWALK FUNDING, WE MIGHT NOT REMOVE THAT PAVEMENT.

BUT IF WE CAN ALSO PIGGYBACK WITH, WITH WATERSHED AND, UH, YOU KNOW, HAVE THEIR OBJECTIVE AT THE TABLE TO INFILTRATE WATER AND TREAT WATER, THEN MAYBE WE CAN REMOVE THAT, THAT PAVEMENT.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN KIND OF PILOTING AND WORKING FOR KIND OF A SYSTEMIC PARTNERSHIP, UH, WHERE, YOU KNOW, THOSE FUNDING AGREEMENTS CAN BE QUICK TO DEVELOP AND THAT THEY CAN, UH, YOU KNOW, JUMP ON OUR PROJECTS AS THEY HAPPEN.

BECAUSE, UH, A LOT OF THESE PROJECTS THERE HAVE BEEN TRAILS LIKE KATIE WAS SAYING TAKE LONGER TO DEVELOP, BUT A LOT OF THE SIDEWALKS SAFE ROUTES AND BIKEWAYS PROJECTS ARE DEVELOPED IN UNDER A YEAR.

SO WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO WAIT ON LENGTHY PROCESSES.

SO IS THAT HELPFUL? YEAH.

AND I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE THAT.

I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT, YOU KNOW, THAT WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES WHEN WE'RE OUT IN OUR STREETS DOING THAT.

AND, YOU KNOW, JUST MORE BROADLY SPEAKING, UM, YOU KNOW, THERE, THERE ARE OTHER DIRECTIONS WITH WATERSHED OR WITH, UM, YOU KNOW, WITH RESPECT TO STORM EQUIPMENT.

I KNOW THAT'S BEING REDONE AND IN MY DISTRICT WHERE THERE ARE SIDEWALKS SEEN IN QUESTION OR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL KINDS OF THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE AS COORDINATED AS POSSIBLE ON ALL OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

WE'RE NOT RIPPING UP STUFF THAT WAS JUST DONE AND, UM, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THOSE SYNERGIES.

SO I JUST WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND SAY, WE NEED TO BE DOING MORE OF THAT AND FINDING WAYS TO MAKE IT AS COST-EFFECTIVE, UM, SO THAT WE DON'T END UP IN SITUATIONS WHERE WE'RE RIPPING UP SOMETHING WE JUST CREATED.

YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

AND, AND I SHOULD, UH, IN, IN THE KIND OF GREEN STREET INFRASTRUCTURE SIDE, YOU KNOW, TREE PLANTINGS, OR MAYBE ANOTHER THING

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TO CALL OUT, UM, TRICKIER, WE HAVE, UH, IT'S COMPLICATED ON THESE SMALL PROJECTS AND THE CONTRACTS THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH TO HAVE, UH, LIKE WE'VE HAD, UM, LIKE ON SOME OF THOSE RAIN GARDENS THAT WE DID AT 38TH AND CRAWFORD, WE WERE GOING TO PUT TREES IN THOSE RAIN GARDENS.

WE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE CONTRACTOR HAVING ACCESS TO A FIRE HYDRANT TO BE ABLE TO WATER AND ESTABLISH.

SO, UH, SO WE'RE NOT PLANTING THE TREES RIGHT NOW IS THE CURRENT STATE OF THINGS.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE HAD TO TEST FOR UTILITY CONFLICTS BELOW GROUND AND ABOVE GROUND, AND IT WAS REALLY WATERING THE TREES AND ESTABLISHING THAT KIND OF FOR THE TIME BEING KICKED IT OUT.

AND I THINK AS WE LOOK IN, AND THERE'S THE GREEN STREETS, UH, PROVISION IN THE 2020 BOND, UM, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET INTO OTHER TYPES OF PARTNERSHIPS, MAYBE WITH NONPROFITS, MAYBE WITH THREE FOLKS OR, OR OTHERS THAT CAN PLANT KIND OF LOWER RISK TREES, NOT HAVE CONCRETE CONTRACTORS, PLANTING TREES AND HAVING A WARRANTY FOR A YEAR.

SO THERE MAY BE OTHER STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN USE TO KIND OF WORK SMARTER.

AND, UM, SO I WILL JUST FLAG THAT.

UM, YOU, WE, WE DID HAVE OUR PROGRAM WITH, UM, THREE FOLKS WORKING WITH PART AND WATERING TREES THERE.

UM, SO I THINK THERE'S A MODEL AND THERE'S, THERE IS A WATERING TRUCK THAT'S AVAILABLE, UM, TO DO THAT, UM, AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE US PARTNERING WITH A GROUP LIKE TREE FOLKS OR SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE ABLE TO, UM, TO DO THAT.

UM, I WILL ALSO JUST MAKE A PLUG FOR THE ESSENCE MILLION CONSERVATION CORPS, BECAUSE IF YOU KNEW YOU NEEDED TO DO THAT, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CREWS FROM THAT, UM, DOING THAT.

AND THOSE WOULD BE FOLKS FROM AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS OR THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION WHO ARE, UM, THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THEY'RE FOCUSED ON AND BEING ABLE TO DO.

AND THEY COULD DO THAT IN CONJUNCTION WITH TREE FOLKS, IF, IF YOU'RE ABLE, YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

WE'VE HAD EARLY CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM ON THE CONTEXT OF, IF WE PLAN A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ISLAND, IT'LL LOOK A LOT BETTER, IT'LL FEEL BETTER IF IT HAS A TREE IN IT THAT HAS LANDSCAPING AND, YOU KNOW, CAN WE WORK WITH THEM, UH, TO DO, YOU KNOW, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND, AND GREEN STREET OUTCOMES? UM, THEY'RE KIND OF COMPLEX THINGS, BUT YEAH, VERY IMPORTANT.

I'VE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH DANIEL PALETTA, WHO'S LEADING UP THE SPELLING CONSERVATION CORPS.

THAT'S ACTUALLY WHEN IT'S DESIGNED TO HELP US FACILITATE.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

THAT'S GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I THINK THAT MIGHT BE ALL FOR THAT ITEM.

REALLY APPRECIATE THOSE PRESENTATIONS IN THE WORK THAT YOU ALL ARE DOING.

UM, AND CAN YOU, UH, TELL ME IF WE HAVE OUR SPEAKER ON THE LINE OR IF WE SHOULD KEEP MOVING, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SYNOVIA, JOSEPH.

I DO NOT SEE HER ON HERE.

I DON'T SEE A CALL-IN NUMBER, SO I DON'T, I STILL DON'T THINK SHE'S WITH US.

OKAY.

THAT'S OKAY.

JUST WANTED TO DOUBLE CHECK.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER THREE, UPDATE ON THE HEALTHY STREETS INITIATIVE.

MAYOR PRO 10 CHAIR.

MY APOLOGIES.

I DIDN'T RAISE MY HAND IN TIME.

I ACTUALLY HAD SOME QUESTIONS ON ITEM.

NUMBER TWO.

IS IT SAFE TO ASSUME THAT THE TIME HAS PASSED FOR OUR PRESENTERS? AND I COULD JUST SEND THEM MY QUESTIONS THEY MAY BE ON, BUT WE ARE RUNNING QUITE A BIT BEHIND SCHEDULE.

OKAY.

SO, AND THAT WORKS WELL.

I CAN JUST SEND THEM THE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

WE CAN ALWAYS HAVE THEM COME BACK AT ANOTHER MEETING.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, UM, THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO KEEP THE PRESENTATION THERE.

UM,

[3. Update on the Healthy Streets Initiative. (20 minutes).]

AND THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS, UH, AND MEMBERS OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRIEF YOU ON THE HEALTHY STREETS INITIATIVE.

UM, WE'VE HAD A COUPLE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THAT, UM, OVER THE YEAR PLUS THAT THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN IN PLACE AND ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE CHANCE TO, TO TOUCH BASES ABOUT HOW IT'S EVOLVED.

UM, MY NAME IS LAURA DARREN FIELD.

I'M THE DIVISION MANAGER IN AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, UH, OVER THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND STREET DESIGN DIVISION.

AND, UH, THE HEALTHY STREETS INITIATIVE WAS, UM, A COUNCIL INITIATED, UM, UH, COVID-19 RISK-BASED STRATEGY, UH, SPEARHEADED BY I COME FROM MEMBER ELLIS AND, AND SUPPORTED BY MANY OTHERS IN, UM, ADDRESSING THE ACUTE NEED FOR A SPACE REALLY IN LIGHT OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, AS WE, AS, AS A COMMUNITY, WE'RE JUST STARTING TO, UM, GET USED TO IN STRUGGLE WITH THOSE EARLY WEEKS OF THE PANDEMIC, UM, AND, AND HELPING TO, UH, FLATTEN THE CURVE, UM, AND, AND HELP TO SUPPORT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN IT AND ITS ABILITY TO RESPOND TO THE EMERGENCY.

UM, AND SO TODAY WE WANT TO OFFER A QUICK UPDATE ON THE YEAR THAT THIS HAS BEEN IN PLACE, UH, WHAT WE'VE LEARNED AND WHERE WE'RE AT NOW AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED IN THE FUTURE.

UM, AS THE DIRECTION FROM

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COUNCIL, UH, AT THE OUTSET WAS TO BOTH, YOU KNOW, QUICKLY, UH, TEST INNOVATE AND THEN LOOK FOR LEGACY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES AND LESSONS LEARNED GOING FORWARD.

AND WITH THAT, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO TO RECAP, SORT OF, UH, WHERE WE, WHERE WE WERE, IT WAS ALMOST TO THE DAY, UM, THE DATE, UH, RE UH, REQUIRED BY COUNCIL TO INITIATE THE PROGRAM MAY MAY 21ST, 2020, WHICH DOES SEEM LIKE A LIFETIME AGO IN TERMS OF ALL THAT WE'VE BEEN THROUGH AS A COMMUNITY.

UM, BUT THOSE EARLY EFFORTS WERE PRECIPITATED BY THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION THAT ASKED US TO IMMEDIATELY, UH, GET OUT AND, AND OPEN UP THE STREET SPACE FOR PEOPLE WALKING AND BIKING, AS YOU'LL RECALL BACK IN THOSE EARLY DAYS, MANY, UM, PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WOULD RE RELIABLY GO TO GET PHYSICAL EXERCISE.

UM, EVEN SOME OF OUR PARKS WERE CLOSED, UM, FOR THINGS LIKE TENNIS OR OTHER ACTIVITIES, AND, UH, GYMS OF COURSE WERE CLOSED.

AND THEN EVEN WITH GETTING TO ESSENTIAL PLACES, UH, THAT WAS DIFFICULT WITH, UM, CURTAIL TRANSIT SYSTEMS AND, UH, OTHER, UM, OTHER DISRUPTIONS TO OUR OVERALL MOBILITY SYSTEM AS, AS WELL.

WE HAD VERY, UM, VERY MUCH REDUCED VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC, UM, AS PEOPLE WERE STAYING HOME MORE, AND THOSE COMMUTE PATTERNS WERE VERY DISRUPTED.

UH, SO IT, IT ESSENTIALLY GAVE US, UH, YOU KNOW, THE LAID THE GROUNDWORK, IF YOU WILL, TO TRY AND FIND OTHER WAYS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY FROM A PHYSICAL HEALTH AND CONNECTIVITY AND SAFETY PERSPECTIVE.

AND SO THOSE EARLY EFFORTS, AS YOU'LL RECALL, WERE, UM, TO ESTABLISH, UH, QUICKLY ABOUT FIVE MILES OF HEALTHY STREETS USING DEVICES LIKE YOU SEE ON THAT FAR LEFT, UM, TRAFFIC DEVICES, LIKE THAT TYPE ONE BARRICADE, WHICH IS THE SAW HORSES AND THE CROSS PIECE, AND THEN THE BARREL.

SO THE THICKER ORANGE AND WHITE DEVICE, UM, TO ESSENTIALLY CREATE BASICALLY AN EXTENSION OF THE CURB SO THAT SOMEONE, UM, DRIVING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD COULD STILL ACCESS THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WHETHER THEY WERE THERE TO VISIT A FRIEND OR, OR GO HOME OR, UH, GET GET ABOUT.

BUT, UH, IT WOULD BE DONE IN A MUCH SLOWER, UH, WAY SUCH THAT THAT STREET SPACE WOULD OPEN UP TO INVITE, UH, USE BY PEOPLE WALKING, WALKING WITH THE CHILD, FEELING COMFORTABLE TO ALLOW A CHILD TO, YOU KNOW, RUN AHEAD A LITTLE BIT IN THE STREET, UM, AS FOLKS WERE NEEDING PLACES TO GET OUTSIDE, UH, WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW IS IN SORT OF WHAT I WOULD CALL A REFINEMENT ADAPTATION PHASE.

SO WITH THE INEVITABLE, UM, CHANGES TO THE TIME AND ATTENTION OF CITY STAFF, WE HAD, I THINK ABOUT, UH, WELL, CERTAINLY TWO DEPARTMENTS AND THEN SIX DIVISIONS, UM, AND, AND SEVERAL DOZEN STAFF, UM, OVERALL WORKING ON THIS, UM, MANY OF THEM HAD TO GO BACK TO THEIR SORT OF PRE COVID, UM, UH, ROLES WE HAD, UM, THE BENEFIT OF OUR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR PAVEMENT RESURFACING PROGRAM, KIND OF GOING ON HIATUS WERE ABLE TO HELP US, BUT SINCE THEN, THEY'VE BEEN RE-ESTABLISHING THAT MAINTENANCE REGIME.

AND SO WERE A LOT OF, A LOT OF FOLKS ARE BACK TO THEIR NORMAL DUTIES, UM, WHICH IS IMPORTANT FOR US AS A CITY, BUT IT ALSO NECESSITATED A LITTLE BIT OF SCALING BACK OF WHAT WE HAD, BUT WE DIDN'T WANT TO NECESSARILY LOSE, UH, THE STREET SPACE AND THE LESSONS AND THE EXPERIENCE THAT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE REALLY BENEFITING FROM AND ENJOYING.

AND SO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF STREETS STILL OUT THERE, A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THREE MILES, 3.4 MILES OF STREETS RIGHT NOW ON, UM, I THINK ABOUT SIX SEGMENTS OF STREETS.

AND SO, UH, THAT, UH, IS IN, UH, KIND OF A NEW APPROACH TO THE STREET SPACE.

SO AS YOU CAN KIND OF SEE IN THE PICTURE, IT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF DEVICE.

IT'S ACTUALLY WHAT WE CALL A WATER CHANNELIZER THAT IS A BIT EASIER TO MAINTAIN.

THERE'S LESS SORT OF A DISCRETE PARTS.

WE DON'T HAVE TO RAISE MUCH ABOUT SANDBAGS, AND WE'RE NOW CURRENTLY ADDING THE SIGNAGE, ADAPTING OUR SIGNAGE TO FIT THESE NEW DEVICES THAT ARE OUT THERE NOW TO HOLD THAT SPACE.

AND THEN GOING FORWARD INTO THE, THE FUTURE, UH, WITH THE DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL TO BUILD A LEGACY PROGRAM, WE ARE PILOTING HEALTHY STREETS IN THE, UH, SIDEWALK URBAN TRAILS AND BIKEWAYS PLAN UPDATE AS KATIE AND NATHAN MENTIONED, UH, THAT'S CALLED THE ATX WALK, BIKE ROLL INITIATIVE.

AND WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING A FULL UPDATE TO THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE AS THAT PROCESS REALLY KICKS OFF, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY OVER THE SUMMER, UM, TO TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT THOSE PLAN UPDATES REALLY CONSIST OF AND CIRCLE BACK ON THIS PILOT, UH, THAT WILL BE A PART OF THE PROCESS TO TAKE THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM HEALTHY STREETS AND APPLY IT TO ESSENTIALLY A WHOLE NEW TYPOLOGY THAT, UH, OPENS UP STREET SPACE WITH A PRIORITY FOR PEDESTRIANS IN TERMS OF SLOWING, UM, MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC AND, UM, CREATING REALLY COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE FAMILIES FEEL COMFORTABLE, UH, BEING IN THE STREET WITH, UH, WITH EACH OTHER AND BEING ABLE TO USE STREET SPACE VERY DIFFERENTLY, UM,

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WITH THE DISTINCTION THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN VOLUME AND SPEED IS LOW AMONG MOTOR VEHICLE USERS, WE CAN SHARE SPACE.

WHEREAS WHEN, WHEN VOLUMES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND SPEED OF MATERIALS ARE HIGH, WE NEED TO SEPARATE.

SO THAT FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE IN HOW WE HANDLE COMFORT AND SAFETY WITH MORE VULNERABLE USERS COMES INTO PLAY HERE, UH, ON THE, ON THE SIDE OF LOWER SPEEDS, LOWER VOLUMES EQUALS SHARED SPACE.

AND I THINK A LOT MORE FLEXIBILITY IN HOW WE CAN USE ESSENTIALLY CITY, UM, CITY SPACE, UM, WHICH, YOU KNOW, LION'S SHARE IS IN OUR STREETS.

I WOULDN'T GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANKS.

CERTAINLY ALONG THE WAY, THERE'S BEEN AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY ENTHUSIASM FOR THIS, FOR THIS WORK.

UM, YEAH, YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SIDE DESK AND, UM, YOU KNOW, AND AT, AT MOMENTS WHEN, UH, YOU KNOW, THE TRENDS WERE LOOKING POSITIVE IN TERMS OF OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS GOING DOWN AND, AND PERHAPS SOME OF OUR, UM, UH, GENERAL HABITS AROUND TRAVEL, WE'RE STARTING TO PICK UP AGAIN.

WE, WE, WE LOOK TO WIND DOWN THE PROGRAM HERE AND THERE, AND THAT, THAT GENERALLY PROMPTED, UH, AN OUTCRY, UH, OF DON'T PLEASE DON'T TAKE THESE AWAY.

SO THAT WAS REALLY CERTAINLY AN INDICATION THAT THERE IS A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM FOR, UH, FOR THE SUBSET OF A PLURALITY OF, OF PERSPECTIVE, IF YOU WILL, IF YOU WILL, ON S ON HEALTHY STREETS, BUT GENERALLY ABOUT, YOU