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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:03]

WE ALREADY, IT LOOKS LIKE ATX SENTENCE TOO.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

FANTASTIC.

I AM THE CHAIR OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

I AM COUNCIL MEMBER PAY JEALOUS.

I WILL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

IT IS MAY 12TH, 2022 AT 1:05 PM.

WE ARE LIVE HERE IN THE AUSTIN CITY HALL.

I AM JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUES.

I HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON HERE ON THE DICE WITH ME COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, AND THEN PARTICIPATING REMOTELY.

WE HAVE MAYOR PRO TEM, ALISON ALTER, AND THE VICE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIKE MONTH WITH AN AGENDA THAT HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THE CITY AND OUR PARTNERS ARE DOING TO MAKE BICYCLING SAFER AND EASIER FOR AUSTINITES.

BEFORE WE GET INTO PUBLIC COMMENTS, WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS TODAY.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE A VERY HIGH LEVEL.

UM, THANK YOU.

AND CONGRATULATIONS.

THE DIRECTOR OF ATD, BOB SPILLER IS GOING TO BE MOVING ON FROM THIS CITY SHORTLY.

AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE A VERY BRIEF HIGHLIGHT.

HE HAS DONE IMMENSE WORK WITH THE BICYCLE PROGRAM ALL THE WAY, DATING BACK TO 2014, CREATING ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AS, AS A SUBDIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT, WORKING EXTENSIVELY ON THE 2016 MOBILITY BOND, WHICH GAVE A LOT OF, UH, VOTER APPROVED DOLLARS INTO BICYCLING URBAN TRAILS AND ON-STREET CONNECTIVITY AND ALL THE WAY INTO THE 2020 ACTIVE MOBILITY BOND, WHICH I KNOW WE LED ON AND A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW, PUT THAT TO THE VOTERS, BUT IT REALLY WAS UP TO YOU TO KIND OF PLAN THAT OUT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT THOSE STEPS ARE GOING TO BE.

AND IT HAPPENED CONJOINTLY WITH PROJECT CONNECT.

SO WE KNOW THAT YOUR TENURE WITH THIS CITY HAS CREATED SO MUCH IMMENSE CHANGE AND IS SETTING US UP TO BE THE BIKE CAPITOL OF TEXAS, WHICH I KNOW WE, WE LOVE TAKING THAT TITLE FOR OURSELVES.

UM, I THINK THE MAYOR PRO TEM MAY HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF COMMENTS.

I'M SURE THERE WILL BE OTHER THINGS THAT WE THANK YOU FOR THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE MEETING MAYOR PROTESTING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR ALICE.

UM, THAT MR. SPELLER, UM, I JUST WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND, UH, THE CHAIR LAID OUT A NUMBER OF THE MAJOR MOBILITY PROJECTS THAT YOU HAVE, UM, BEEN ENGAGED IN DURING YOUR, YOUR TENURE.

SO I WANTED TO JUST COME IN ON SOMETHING THAT I THINK AS A MANAGER IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND SOMETHING THAT I'VE NOTICED, UM, AND THAT IS THAT YOU DO A REALLY GOOD JOB HIRING.

YOU HIRE REALLY QUALITY FOLKS WHO ARE DEVOTED TO IMPROVING, UM, MOBILITY WORK IN OUR CITY.

UM, AND I KNEW THAT YOU'LL BE LEAVING US IN GOOD HANDS ACROSS THE BOARD, UM, THROUGHOUT YOUR DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

YES.

WE NEED TO THINK OF SOMETHING TO EMBARRASS YOU WITH.

PROBABLY NOT VERY HARD.

WELL, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO KICK OFF THE TEN ONE COUNCIL AND OUR FIRST TRANSPORTATION, OUR FIRST MOBILITY, UH, WITH, WITH YOU ALL WITH YOU.

AND, UM, OVER THE YEARS, THAT THAT HAS BEEN JUST VERY EXCITING, YOU KNOW, AND WE, WE GOT TO BUILD THIS, THIS PROGRAM TOGETHER, THE PROGRAM WITH THE NEW COUNCIL.

I MEAN, YOU CERTAINLY WERE AROUND WELL BEFORE THIS NEW COUNCIL STARTED, BUT, UM, SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED IS THAT YOU ALWAYS ASK, HOW CAN I DO SOMETHING NOT WHY CAN'T I DO IT? AND THAT IS, UH, THAT IS SO IMPORTANT, UH, FOR, YOU KNOW, FOR OUR CITY, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE GET NEW THINGS DONE AND THAT'S HOW WE ADDRESS PROBLEMS. SO, UM, I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED THAT.

AND I THINK THAT THAT IS WHAT IS STOOD YOU IN GOOD STEAD, UM, AND OUR, OUR TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY, UM, WHOLE PROGRAM FOR THE CITIES, BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS SAY, WHAT CAN I DO? AND THEN YOU DELIVER, SO WE'RE GOING TO SORELY MISS YOU.

UH, BUT AS OTHERS HAVE SAID, YOU HAVE BUILT A FABULOUS TEAM, UH, WHICH, YOU KNOW, MY STAFF AND I ALWAYS HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH.

AND SO, SO WE KNOW THAT THE CITY WILL STILL BE IN GOOD HANDS.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I'M SURE YOU WON'T BE A STRANGER VICE-CHAIR KELLY, THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING ME CHAIR.

UM, I WANT TO ECHO THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE, DIRECTOR SPILLER.

I, I WAS DEEPLY SADDENED WHEN I HEARD THAT YOU WERE TAKING ANOTHER POSITION, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S TIME TO SPREAD HER WINGS AND FLY OFF TO DO MORE GREAT THINGS.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT FROM A NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS PERSPECTIVE, I REMEMBER THE LEARNING CURVE THAT I HAD WHEN IT CAME TO TRANSPORTATION AND THE EASE AT WHICH YOU WERE ABLE TO KINDLY AND PATIENTLY EXPLAINED TO ME HOW PROJECTS WERE GOING IN MY DISTRICT AND WHAT WAS GOING ON.

AND SO I APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE FOR EVERYONE IN CITY AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND ALSO EVEN, UM, YOUR OVERSIGHT ON THE PROJECTS THAT OCCURRED IN DISTRICT SIX.

SO CONGRATULATIONS, AND

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THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE DONE FOR US.

WELL, I HOPE WE'VE SUFFICIENTLY EMBARRASSED YOU WELL, I WAS COMPLETELY UNPREPARED FOR THIS, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS WONDERFUL SURPRISE.

UM, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY GOAL, UH, TO HELP AUSTIN BECOME THE BEST CITY THAT IT COULD BE.

AND, UM, HAVING LIVED IN AUSTIN WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS TRULY AWFUL.

AND I TELL PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, REMEMBERING BACK WHEN BUILDINGS WERE BOARDED UP WITH PLYWOOD BECAUSE, UH, UH, THE JOBS WERE LEAVING AUSTIN AND NOW WE'RE IN THE OPPOSITE SITUATION.

AND IT'S A REALLY WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PROBLEM TO HAVE, UH, GROWTH AND SUCCESS.

AND, YOU KNOW, AS WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE TOGETHER TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BRING ALL PEOPLE ALONG TO THE SAME LEVEL OF SUCCESS, I JUST WANT TO SAY, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOU AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN AND THE VISITORS TO AUSTIN.

THIS HAS TRULY BEEN A HIGH POINT IN MY CAREER AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE, UM, I HOPE TO TAKE WHAT I'VE LEARNED HERE IN AUSTIN AND SPREAD IT TO OTHER CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY.

UH, THERE MAY NOT BE QUITE AS PREPARED AS AUSTIN, UH, TO GO INTO SORT OF THIS BRAVE NEW ECONOMY AND BRAVE NEW MOBILITY WORLD, WHERE PEOPLE HAVE MANY MORE OPTIONS THAN JUST THE TWO OR THREE WE USED TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, JUST A DECADE AGO, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED ABOUT TRANSIT AND THE AUTOMOBILE AND MAYBE WALKING, AND NOW WE TALK ABOUT SCOOTERING AND BICYCLING AND, AND DOING ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT MOBILITY IDEAS, YOU KNOW, CAR SHARE AND SO FORTH.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, IT TRULY IS THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF MOBILITY AND, AND, UH, HOPEFULLY WE CAN CONTINUE TO SPREAD THOSE OPTIONS, UH, FOR AUSTIN, SO THAT WE'RE NOT JUST THE BEST MOBILE CITY IN AUSTIN, BUT THE BEST MOBILE CITY IN THE COUNTRY, UH, AN ODE TO BIKES, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE FIRST GOT HERE, THERE WAS ANOTHER TOWN IN THE FAR NORTHWEST, WE ALWAYS TRIED TO STRIVE TO OUT PASS, AND NOW WE HAVE THOSE FOLKS COMING TO VISIT US.

AND, AND, UH, WE WON'T EVEN SAY THE NAME OF THE CITY THAT WE'RE REFERRING TO.

UH, THAT WAS A RULE THAT THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR.

AND I PASSED THAT, THAT WE WOULD NOT MENTION P TOWN HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND SO NOW WE HOPE TO REALLY CONTINUE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP FOR OTHER CITIES.

SO THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU FOR THE, THE AMAZING WORK EACH OF YOU DO BECAUSE, UH, I'M JUST THE DIRECTOR AND WE'RE JUST THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

WE CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT YOUR LEADERSHIP, UH, HERE IN THE CITY AS WELL.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

AND YES, I'M SUFFICIENTLY EMBARRASSED.

GOOD, GOOD.

THERE'S I'M SURE THERE'S MORE TO COME BEFORE YOU'RE GONE.

ALL RIGHT.

WE WILL NOW

[Public Communication: General]

MOVE INTO PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS FIRST UP WILL BE DARREN YOUR WRITER.

YEP.

THAT'S RIGHT.

UM, THANK YOU COMMITTEE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS DARREN, YOUR WRITER, AND I'M SURPRISED YOU WERE ABLE TO PRONOUNCE THAT CORRECTLY.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'M A MEMBER OF, YEAH.

OH YEAH.

I'M A MEMBER OF AUSTIN OUTSIDE AND ACTIVATE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES THAT SEE THE PARK.

AND I'M JUST HERE TO SPEAK REGARDING THE SIERRA PARK BONDS AND REGIONAL CONNECTION OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN CEDAR PARK AND AUSTIN DISTRICT SIX.

SO WE RECENTLY PASSED OUR TRANSPORTATION BONDS UP HERE, AND THAT INCLUDES A DEDICATED TRAIL AND MIX MOBILITY FUNDING, SPECIFICALLY TRAILS FROM OUR BELL DISTRICT DOWN TO THE BRUSHY CREEK TRAIL, WHICH CAN BENEFIT EVERY RANCH RESIDENTS.

AND IT'S ALSO CAN BE PART OF THE RED LINE PARKWAY SECTION AS WELL, UM, WHICH HOPEFULLY ALL OF YOU KNOW ABOUT AND ALSO TRAILS CONNECTING ANDERSON MELDED, THE BRUSHY CREEK REGIONAL TRAIL, AND THEN A MASTER MOBILITY PLAN THAT IS CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT, UH, IT'LL FUND.

UM, WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THAT MASTER MOBILITY PLAN AS WELL.

UH, IN ADDITION, WE'VE ALSO KICKED OFF THE PROCESS OF THE 180 3 FRONTAGE ROADS WITH CAMPO, UM, GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO AVERY RANCH BOULEVARD.

AND THIS INCLUDES AN EXTENSION OF THE SHARED USE PATH ALL THE WAY TO, UH, UH, AVERY RANCH, ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT EXTENDED, UH, SOUTH INTO AUSTIN PAST AVERY RANCH.

AND THEN LASTLY, UM, OUR PARKS BOND, UH, PASSED AS WELL FOR OUR PHASE TWO OF OUR 200 ACRE LAKE LINE PARK, WHICH IS WITHIN TWO MILES OF AVERY RANCH, LAKE CREEK AND ANDERSON AREAS OF AUSTIN, UH, WHICH WILL OBVIOUSLY BE A BENEFIT TO, UH, CITIZENS OF AUSTIN IN THAT AREA TO COME AND VISIT OUR GREAT PARK.

SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, WE'VE GOT SOME GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK TOGETHER, TO IMPROVE THE CONNECTIVITY IN THIS AREA, UH, BETWEEN CEDAR PARK AND AUSTIN.

AND MY ASK IS JUST, YOU KNOW, CONSIDER WAYS THAT BOTH CITIES CAN WORK TOGETHER FOR A BETTER REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY.

AND THAT'S ALL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS TODAY.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SEBASTIAN BARBOZA.

I DON'T SEE ANYONE COMING UP.

ALRIGHT.

DON'T HAVE IN PERSON EITHER.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE TO

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ITEM.

NUMBER ONE IS

[1. Approve the minutes of the Mobility Committee meeting ofApril 14,2022.]

APPROVING THE MINUTES OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEES.

APRIL 14TH MEETING.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THOSE MOTION MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON? DO I HAVE A SECOND SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE.

PASSES UNANIMOUSLY WITH EVERYONE.

PRESENT ITEM.

NUMBER TWO IS AN

[2. Update from the chair of the Urban Transportation Commission (UTC) regarding recent UTC actions.]

UPDATE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REGARDING RECENT UTC ACTIONS.

AND I SEE MR. CHAMPION IS HERE.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

I THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, UM, COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

I'LL GIVE YOU A QUICK, UH, UTC UPDATE FROM OUR LAST MEETING LAST TUESDAY.

SO MOST OF THE MEETING WAS, UM, A BUDGET UPDATE FROM, UH, UH, PUBLIC WORKS AND FROM ATD THROUGH IN PRETTY GOOD DETAIL, BUT NOT SO MUCH DETAIL AS TO MAKE IT, UH, BORING.

SO THAT WAS A NICE MIX.

WE LEARNED ABOUT THE PIECES THAT YOU'RE DOING AND HOW THEY PLAN TO CALCULATE, UH, CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE, WHICH WAS NICE TO HEAR AS WELL BECAUSE WHILE NO ONE HAS A CRYSTAL BALL, THERE ARE CHANGES THAT ARE COMING AND THE BUDGETS NEED TO BE ADAPTABLE FOR THAT.

SO THAT WAS, THAT WAS REALLY INTERESTING.

I'M SURE YOU WILL GET A SIMILAR REPORT OUT AT SOME POINT.

THE THING THAT WAS A, THAT WE DID THAT IS MOST WORTH TALKING ABOUT IS WE HAD ANOTHER PRESENTATION ON THE BLUE LINE BRIDGE AND THE PROPOSED DEDICATED BUS WAY ON IT.

UM, I WANTED TO GIVE, UH, THE PERSONAL THANKS TO, UM, PETER MULLINS AND HIS TEAM.

THE FIRST CAME UP IN FEBRUARY AT UTC.

THERE WAS SOME, UH, UH, SOME, SOME THE EAGER ADVOCACY ON THE UTC SIDE FOR WHY NOT LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITY, BUT A BUS, UH, BEING ABLE TO EXIST ON THAT BRIDGE.

AND AT THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS PERHAPS THE LACK OF CLARITY ON IF THAT WOULD BE WORTH IT OR NOT, BUT THIS TEAM WENT BACK AND THEY PRESENTED A COUPLE OF OPTIONS AS THERE'S NO DECISION MADE YET, BUT IT WAS VERY CLEAR THAT THEY TOOK IT SERIOUSLY.

AND, UM, THERE DOES SEEM TO BE SOME MOMENTUM, UH, FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING MORE MODES ON THAT BUS.

IT DOES OPEN UP SOME OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULDN'T BE THERE OTHERWISE.

SO WE DID PASS A RESOLUTION, JUST SORT OF CRAFTED FROM THE DYES AND SAID, IT'S REALLY JUST A SINGLE LINE LONG.

IT SAYS UTC PREFERS AND SUPPORTS THE DEDICATED BUS LANE OPTION FOR THE BLUE LINE BRIDGE.

THIS WAS PASSED BY EVERYBODY THAT WAS IN ATTENDANCE.

I BELIEVE THAT MIGHT'VE BEEN AN EXTENSION THAT ROUGH HAND.

UM, BUT WE DID PASS THAT RESOLUTION.

THERE WAS SOME VERY EXCELLENT DISCUSSION.

THE, UM, THERE'S DEFINITELY A NEW ENERGY THAT CAME ABOUT, AND I THINK IT'S WORTH EXPRESSING THAT IT DID SEEM TO BE EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COULD BE CREATED IF A DEDICATED BUS LANE ENDS UP ON THAT BRIDGE.

STILL UNCLEAR VERY WELL, BUT IT SEEMED LIKE A POSITIVE OPTION.

THAT'S I THINK THAT'S ALL THE THINGS THAT WE DID WORTH DISCUSSING OR ANY QUESTIONS, ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE DICE? I DON'T SEE ANY AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WORKING ON THAT.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU.

[3. ATX Walk Bike Roll updates on Austin's sidewalk, urban trails and bicycle plans]

THE NEXT ITEM IS GOING TO BE THE UPDATE ON ATX WALK, BIKE ROLL.

GREAT.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I'M KATIE WEBTECH.

I'M THE URBAN TRAIL PROGRAM MANAGER, AND I'M HERE TODAY WITH NATHAN WILKES AND LAURA DARREN FIELD, UM, FROM THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO TALK ABOUT HEX BLOCK, BIKE ROLL.

SO OUR INITIATIVE TO UPDATE THE URBAN TRAILS, SIDEWALKS AND BIKE WAY PLANS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO GOING TO GIVE A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON, SPEND A LITTLE TIME TALKING ABOUT OUR EQUITY FOCUS, WHAT WE'VE LEARNED SO FAR, AND THEN HOW WE'RE USING THAT TO MOVE FORWARD.

AND WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING PRETTY HIGH LEVEL OVER ALL OF THIS.

ALL THE INFORMATION IS ON OUR WEBSITE AND OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE TIME AT THE END FOR QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO AS I MENTIONED, WE'RE UPDATING THE THREE MODAL PLAN.

SO COMING OUT OF THIS, WE'LL STILL HAVE THREE SEPARATE PLANS, THE SIDEWALK BIKEWAY AND URBAN TRIAL PLANS.

AND OUR GOAL HERE IS FIRST TO UPDATE THEM, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE REFLECTIVE OF AUSTIN'S CURRENT CONDITIONS, THE URBAN TRAIL AND BIKEWAY PLANS WERE LAST ADOPTED IN 2014 AND SIDEWALKS IN 2016.

SO A LOT HAS CHANGED IN AUSTIN SINCE THEN, THEN WE'RE USING THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SURE THAT WE'RE EMBEDDING SOCIAL AND RACIAL EQUITY INTO OUR PLANS AND INTO OUR PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS LOOKING AT ONCE WE BUILD THIS INFRASTRUCTURE, DO WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO MAINTAIN IT? AND HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER BY UPDATING THESE THREE PLANS AT ONCE TO REALLY BE THINKING ABOUT THIS

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AS A SAFER AND MORE CONNECTED NETWORK WITH ALL THREE PLANS, KIND OF SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER, THEN WE'RE LOOKING AT, ARE THERE WAYS TO BUILD HIGH-QUALITY BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHWAYS AND LAST TIME, NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT WITH THESE MODAL PLANS, WHETHER WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A BIKE LANE OR A SIDEWALK, IT'S MORE ABOUT THAN JUST GETTING YOU FROM POINT A TO POINT B.

AND IT REALLY IMPACTS A LOT OF DIFFERENT PIECES OF QUALITY OF LIFE.

SO WE'RE TAKING ALL OF THIS INTO ACCOUNT AS WE GO THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO WE BEGAN THIS PROCESS IN WINTER OF 20 20, 20, 21 WITH THE FIRST PHASE.

AND DURING THAT PHASE, WE CREATED AN EQUITY FRAMEWORK, WHICH I'LL SPEAK ABOUT IN A MOMENT AND THEN HAD THE CONSULTANTS REALLY LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS NOW AND WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY NEEDS AND PRIORITIES.

WE'RE NOW IN PHASE TWO, WHERE WE'RE LOOKING AT EVERYTHING FROM THE PROGRAMS AND POLICIES, UM, AND STARTING TO HAVE OUR BUILD-OUT PLANS.

SO WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN WE'RE MOVING THIS NETWORKS TOWARDS ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION? AND SO WITH THAT, WE'LL BE GOING OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND BACK TO, UM, MOBILITY COMMITTEE, UM, WITH OUR SCENARIO EVALUATION, SO THAT WE'LL HAVE THREE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS THAT FOLKS CAN WEIGH IN ON.

AND THEN LASTLY, PHASE THREE, WE'LL BE PUTTING ALL OF THIS TOGETHER AND GOING TO THE PUBLIC TO SAY, DID WE GET THIS RIGHT? AND WE'RE AIMING FOR ADOPTION AND SPRING SUMMER OF 2023.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO OUR GOAL OF EMBEDDING EQUITY INTO THIS PLANNING PROCESS, WE FIRST HAD DECIDE WHAT DOES EQUITY MEAN? SO WE'RE USING THE EQUITY OFFICES DEFINITION WHERE EQUITY IS ACHIEVED WHEN RACE NO LONGER PREDICTS A PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO WE BEGAN THIS PROCESS WITH THE CONSULTANT TEAM UNDERTAKING AN EQUITY SCAN.

THEY TALKED TO COMMUNITY LEADERS AND THEY LOOKED AT PAST PLANNING EFFORTS TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE CITY HAS, OR HAS NOT ADDRESSED EQUITY IN THE PAST.

THEN THEY USE THIS TO CREATE AN EQUITY FRAMEWORK.

SO THIS FRAMEWORK, WHICH IS POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE, REALLY TALKS ABOUT HOW DO WE CENTER EQUITY AT EACH STAGE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS, BOTH THROUGH PLANNING AND THEN INTO IMPLEMENTATION, AND THEN ALSO INCLUDES TOUCH POINTS WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE TALKING TO THEM, UM, AND THAT THEY KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING.

AND WITH ALL OF THIS, WE'RE ALSO MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE RECOGNIZING THAT PAST PLANS AND INVESTMENTS HAVE NOT MET THE NEEDS OF ALL AUSTINITES OR HAVE ACTIVELY HARMED COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, WHICH IS FURTHERED INEQUALITIES AND TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH, SAFETY, HOUSING, AND INCOME.

AND BY REALLY HAVING THIS EQUITY FOCUS, THIS IS WHAT WE'RE TYING TO ADDRESS NEXT SLIDE.

SO SOME OF HOW WE'RE BUILDING EQUITY IN IS THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

SO OUR GOAL HAS REALLY BEEN TO ENGAGE COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE BEEN UNDERREPRESENTED IN PAST PLANNING EFFORTS, SUCH AS COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT THEIR INPUT MEANINGFULLY SHAPES THE PROJECT.

SO COMING OUT OF THE PLAN, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS TO HAVE OUR PARTICIPANT DEMOGRAPHICS EXCEED THE RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND INCOME DEMOGRAPHIC MAKEUP OF THE CITY.

SO WE REALIZED THAT'S A PRETTY TOUGH GOAL TO MEET, BUT IT'S WHAT WE WANT TO STRIVE FOR.

AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS NOT DECREASING THE AMOUNT OF ENGAGEMENT, BUT REALLY PUTTING OUR RESOURCES TOWARDS REACHING THOSE HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES.

AND ONE WAY THAT WE'RE DOING THAT IS THROUGH COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS.

SO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST PHASE OF OUTREACH, WE HIRED 12 COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS WHO ALREADY HAVE TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES WHO CAN GO AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS AND ENGAGE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT NOT TYPICALLY ENGAGE WITH THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO DURING THIS FIRST PHASE, WE WERE ASKING THE COMMUNITY WHAT THEIR PREFERENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF WALKING, BIKING, AND ROLLING IN AUSTIN ARE WHAT KIND OF TRIPS THEY'RE MAKING WITHOUT A CAR.

AND WHY, WHAT FACTORS GO INTO, IF SOMEONE'S GOING TO CHOOSE TO WALK OR BIKE SOMEWHERE, AND THEN HOW CAN WE BETTER SERVE THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WALK BIKE OR ROLL OR NEED TO, AND WHERE TO BARRIERS EXIST? NEXT SLIDE.

SO OUR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF KIND OF COMPILING ALL OF THIS, WHICH YOU'LL FIND ON OUR WEBSITE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW PIECES HERE.

ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE ASKED WERE IF PEOPLE AGREED OR DISAGREED WITH THIS STATEMENT, THAT IN AUSTIN, PEOPLE OF ALL RACES SHARE EQUAL ACCESS TO SAFE AND COMFORTABLE

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PLACES TO WALK, BIKE OR ROLL, AND YOU CAN SEE THE RESPONSES ON THE CHART HERE, AND WE'VE BROKEN THEM OUT BETWEEN ALL RESPONSES.

AND THEN OUR FOCUS POPULATION, OUR FOCUS POPULATION BEING DEFINED AS RESPONDENTS WHO EITHER REPORTED AN ANNUAL INCOME BELOW 50,000 OR A RACE OR ETHNICITY OTHER THAN NON-HISPANIC WHITE.

SO WHAT I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO IS THE STRONGLY DISAGREE, OR YOU CAN SEE THAT THE FOCUS POPULATION 50% DISAGREED WITH THIS STATEMENT, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN ANOTHER QUESTION WE ASK WERE WHY RESPONDENTS WANT SAFE AND COMFORTABLE PLACES TO WALK, BIKE, OR ROLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

AND AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE THE BROKEN OUT RESPONSES.

THE TOP THREE WERE ALL THE SAME, BUT IF YOU GO DOWN TO NUMBER FIVE WITH, TO SPEND LESS MONEY, YOU CAN SEE THAT 58% OF THE FOCUS POPULATION CHOSE THIS REASON COMPARED TO ONLY 43% OF ALL RESPONSES.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO WHILE WE HAD OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS, DRAWING PEOPLE TO OUR SURVEY, THE COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR ENGAGEMENT REALLY ALLOWS FOR MORE IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION.

AND WHAT WE KEPT HEARING AGAIN, AND AGAIN, WERE CONCERNS AROUND HOUSING.

SOME OF OUR AMBASSADORS THEMSELVES ARE HOUSING INSECURE AND THAT WHAT WE WERE HEARING THEM TALK ABOUT EITHER FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE OR THOSE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES, WAS THAT IT'S REALLY HARD TO ENGAGE AROUND SIDEWALKS OR BIKE LANES.

IF THEY'RE FEELING THAT THEY'RE BEING DISPLACED FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES.

SO THEIR SENTIMENT WAS VERY MUCH, YOU KNOW, IF WE NOT, IF WE DON'T THINK WE CAN LIVE HERE NEXT MONTH, LET ALONE A FEW YEARS FROM NOW, WHEN THIS INFRASTRUCTURE IS BUILT, HOW CAN WE TALK TO YOU ABOUT THIS BIKE LANE OR SIDEWALK OR TRAIL, WHATEVER THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS THAT KIND OF, THEY FIRST NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE LIVING.

SO THIS WAS A THEME THAT KEPT COMING UP NEXT SLIDE.

SO THEN WITH THAT, HOW ARE WE MOVING FORWARD? NEXT SLIDE.

SO IN GENERAL, ESPECIALLY THE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE AMBASSADORS REALLY SHOWCASE THIS NEED FOR HOLISTIC POLICY SUPPORT.

SO LOOKING AT POLICIES THAT TYPICALLY HAVEN'T BEEN INCLUDED AS PART OF MODAL PLANS BECAUSE THEY GO BEYOND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT WE FIND THAT THIS POLICY SUPPORT IS REALLY NEEDED TO ACHIEVE EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION OUTCOMES THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE CITY GOALS AND STRATEGIC DIRECTION.

AND A BIG PART OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH ANTI-DISPLACEMENT AND AFFORDABILITY.

SO WITH PROJECT CONNECT, YOU KNOW, THE CITY RECOGNIZED THIS MASSIVE INVESTMENT IN TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED A LARGE INVESTMENT IN ANTI-DISPLACEMENT WORK AS WELL.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE CONTINUE SOMETHING AT, YOU KNOW, REASONABLE SCALE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE IMPACTS THAT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION MIGHT HAVE.

AND COULD WE COUPLE THAT WITH SIMILAR ANTI-DISPLACEMENT RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE AVOIDING ANY UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF OUR WORK, THEN WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE BETTER INTEGRATE WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? WHERE DO WE NEED TO EVALUATE MODAL AND EQUITY BIAS AND OUR EXISTING PROGRAMS AND POLICIES.

AND THEN ONCE WE BUILD THIS INFRASTRUCTURE, HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO USE IT? SO MAKING SURE THEY HAVE AFFORDABLE E-BIKE ACCESS OR BIKE SHARE EXPANSION AND PLACES TO PARK THEIR BIKES.

AND THEN OF COURSE, WITH BETTER CONNECTIVITY AND LAND USE POLICIES, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE REASONS TO WALK, BIKE ROLL, CAUSE IT'S EASIER TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATIONS.

AND WE ALSO HEARD A LOT OF NEED FOR TREE AND NATIVE PLANTING PROGRAMS SO THAT YOU HAVE SHADE AND A PLEASANT PLACE TO BE NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE LOOKED AT, WE'RE LOOKING AT KIND OF ALL OF THESE HOLISTIC POLICIES.

AND THEN OF COURSE, FOR EACH MODE, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT WHAT GOES INTO BUILDING AN URBAN TRAIL OR BIKEWAY OR SIDEWALK.

SO NOW WE'LL KIND OF WALK YOU THROUGH THE DIFFERENT MODES.

SO FOR URBAN TRAILS, UM, ONE THING THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT FOR POLICY ARE BEST PRACTICES AROUND SHARED USE CORRIDORS.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT ARE OTHER CITIES DOING REALLY WELL, ADDING TRAILS ALONG RAIL LINES OR ALONG UTILITY EASE MAPS, WHICH WE'RE JUST STARTING TO DO IN AUSTIN.

AND HOW CAN WE GROW THAT NEXT SLIDE? AND THEN AS WE HAVE THIS GREAT GROWING URBAN TRAIL NETWORK, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MANAGE AND MAINTAIN IT.

SO WHAT CONSIDERATIONS DO WE NEED TO MAKE THERE? UM, HOW CAN WE KIND OF EXPAND OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR NON-PROFITS AND HOW CAN WE NOT ONLY MAKE SURE THAT THE TRAILS ARE MAINTAINED, BUT THEY'RE ACTIVATED THAT THERE'S PROGRAMMING OR PLACEMAKING TO DRAW MORE PEOPLE OUT TO THESE TRIALS

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NEXT.

AND THEN OF COURSE, WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR NETWORK DEVELOPMENT.

SO HERE YOU CAN SEE THE MAP FROM 2014 AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING TO UPDATE.

SO PART OF THIS IS THROUGH THE PUBLIC INPUT MAP.

WE ASKED PEOPLE WHERE THEY WANTED TO SEE THIS DIFFERENT INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND SO OUR CONSULTANTS ARE NOW LOOKING AT WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE TRAILS AND WHICH OF THOSE WE CAN ADD TO THIS MAP.

WE ALSO WENT AND WALKED SOME OF THESE LINES, SOME OF THEM WERE DRAWN JUST DOWN THE CENTER LINE OF A CREEK.

SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IS THAT AN APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR A TRAIL? IS THERE ROOM FOR A TRAIL THERE, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S RIGHT BEHIND SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

UM, AND SO SOME OF THESE LINES YOU MIGHT SEE KIND OF SHIFTING OR BEING REMOVED WITH ADDITIONAL CONNECTIVITY ADDED ELSEWHERE, THEN WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT DESIGN STANDARDS.

SO WHEN WE'RE BUILDING A TRAIL, BASED ON THE CONTEXT, THE TRAIL IS IN, HOW, WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE, AND WHEN DO WE NEED TO SEPARATE PATHS SO THAT WE HAVE DIFFERENT SPACES FOR PEOPLE MOVING SLOWER VERSUS PEOPLE MOVING MORE QUICKLY, NEXT SLIDE.

SO OUR NEXT STEPS IS ONCE WE HAVE THIS BUILD OUT MAP, WE'RE GOING TO BE THINKING ABOUT WHICH PROJECTS DO WE BUILD FIRST.

AND SO OUR PRIORITIZATION IS GOING TO COME OUT OF LOOKING AT THREE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS.

SO PRIORITIZING PROJECTS BASED ON CONNECTIONS TO NATURE BASED ON CONNECTIONS TO NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS OR CITY-WIDE DESTINATIONS MORE OF A REGIONAL SCALE.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING TO THE PUBLIC WITH THIS FALL.

AND OUR BIG CHALLENGE, WHICH I MENTIONED A LITTLE ALREADY IS HOW DO WE PRIORITIZE BUILDING IN HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES WHILE MITIGATING FOR ANY POTENTIAL NEGATIVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, SUCH AS DISPLACEMENT.

SO THE NEED, THERE IS REALLY COST DEPARTMENTAL RESOURCES AND PARTNERSHIP WITH OUTSIDE AGENCIES, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL STILL BE WORKING ON.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO NATHAN WELKS TO TALK ABOUT BIKE WAYS.

HI, THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

UM, YEAH, WE'LL TALK ABOUT BIKE WAYS.

SO WE HAD A REALLY STRONG FOUNDATION WITH THE 2014 BICYCLE PLAN.

THAT'S WHEN WE SHIFTED FROM THIS PAINTED BICYCLE LANE INFRASTRUCTURE, AS THE NORM TO INTRODUCING THIS, YOU KNOW, AT THE TIME PROTECTED BICYCLE LANES AND TALKING ABOUT ALL AGES AND ABILITIES WAS A NEW THING.

UM, AND I USUALLY TALK ABOUT PAINTED BICYCLE LANES.

LIKE IF WE HIT CALLED SIDEWALKS PAIN IN LIONS ON THE EDGE OF A STREET, NOBODY WOULD WALK AND, YOU KNOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT THAT'S CLEARLY NOT SAFE.

SO WE'VE OVER THE LAST, UM, I GUESS SIX YEARS, EIGHT YEARS IF I'M DOING THE MATH, RIGHT.

UM, WE'VE INTRODUCED A LOT OF THAT PROTECTED BICYCLE LANE INFRASTRUCTURE.

WE'VE ACTUALLY HIT OUR POLICY MILESTONE OF 50%, UH, ALL AGES NETWORK BUILD OUT, WHICH HAS BEEN REALLY EXCITING.

SO I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, LARGELY THE, THE PUBLIC IS AWARE OF KIND OF THAT QUALITY TEST AND HAVING ACCESS TO ALL AGES AND ABILITIES FACILITIES AND HAS BEEN WANTING MORE OF IT.

SO WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW IS, UH, THE NEXT ITERATION ON TOP OF WHAT WE DID IN THE S AND P PROCESS.

SO DURING THE 2019 AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN, WE ADDED ABOUT 50% TO THE STRATEGIC.

THEY ALL HAD DISABILITIES NETWORK BASICALLY SAYS OF ALL THE STREETS IN AUSTIN THAT SHOULD HAVE PROTECTED BY SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ALL AGES AND ABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS WHAT'S THAT SUBSET THAT'S REALLY STRATEGIC, ACHIEVABLE, AND REALLY KIND OF HIGH IMPACT AND MODEST COST.

SO THE S AND P ADDED 50% TO THAT NETWORK.

AND WE'LL PROBABLY ADD ANOTHER 50% OR DOUBLE IT AGAIN, AS WE'RE LOOKING A LOT DEEPER.

NOW I'M AROUND A LOT OF NEW, UM, REGIONAL ASSETS AND, YOU KNOW, CITY-WIDE AND REGIONAL, LIKE, WHAT IS PROJECT CONNECT DOING? HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO THOSE TRANSIT STATIONS? HOW DO WE DOVETAIL WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS? HOW DO WE COUPLE WITH THE NEW URBAN TRAIL PLANNING? SO IT'S A LOT OF REALLY EXCITING UPDATES, UH, EVEN OR TECH STOCKS WORK OF BUILDING SHARED USE PATHS ALONG MAJOR CORRIDORS.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF NEW WORK THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IN 2014 OR 2019.

UM, WE GOT A LOT OF REALLY GREAT INPUT THAT WE'RE WORKING THROUGH RIGHT NOW AND THE, BOTH THE OPEN COMMENTS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, I NEED THIS HERE AND, UH, ALSO THE, THE PUBLIC, UH, INPUT MAP WHERE PEOPLE MAPPED OUT WHERE THEY WOULD LIKE NEW CONNECTIONS, NEW CONNECTIVITY, UM, AND HAD BARRIERS AND PROBLEMS WITH ACCESS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UH, THE NEXT PIECE IS IN THIS PLAN UPDATE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE REALLY GREAT ANALYTICS KIND OF SHARED ACROSS, UM, URBAN TRAILS, SIDEWALKS, AND, UH, BIKEWAY PLANS.

AND THIS IS GOING TO LOOK AT THE OUTCOMES OF IF WE BUILD THIS TYPE OF THIS CONNECTIVITY HERE WHO WILL BE EFFECTED, UM, WHO WILL BENEFIT AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE ACCESS AND WHAT ARE THE UNDERLYING KIND OF DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE CONNECTED.

SO WE'RE GOING TO, UM, USE THE SAME SCENARIO THEMES AS URBAN TRAILS

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WITH BIKE WAYS.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE THOSE TWO NETWORKS ARE VERY COMPLIMENTARY AND RELATABLE.

SO KATIE MENTIONED IT A SECOND AGO.

UH, THE THREE THEMES ARE ACCESS TO NATURE, CONNECTION TO NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS AND CITY-WIDE DESTINATIONS.

THE 2014 PLAN WAS LARGELY FOCUSED ON, ON THIS KIND OF CITY-WIDE DESTINATIONS IDEA.

UM, JUST BECAUSE THERE WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, I HAVE OLD MAPS OF LIKE HOW FRAGMENTED THIS ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK WAS, AND NOW IT'S KIND OF COMING INTO BEING, AND WE CAN NOW CONTEMPLATE, YOU KNOW, THE CONNECTIONS IN NATURE NATURE COULD LOOK LIKE, HOW DO WE USE STREETS TO CONNECT PLACES WHERE WE DON'T HAVE PARKLAND AND URBAN TRAILS? SO LIKE THE NOW IS PROJECT, DO WE PLANT LIKE A LIVING BARRIER, UH, YOU KNOW, AS PART OF THE STREET TO CREATE A TRAIL LIKE ENVIRONMENT.

SO WE COULD DO THINGS LIKE THAT THAT WOULD CONNECT THE BOGGY CREEK TRAIL WITH THE BUTLER TRAIL, YOU KNOW, ALL OVER THE CITY, IF WE'RE SMART ABOUT HOW WE BUILD THAT INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOW WE DOVETAIL IT, NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS, UM, I SHOULD JUST SAY WHAT WE'RE HEARING THROUGH AMBASSADOR CHANNELS RIGHT NOW IS THAT, UM, KIND OF OUR, UH, FOCUS, UM, GROUPS ARE FOCUSED POPULATION IS REALLY LIKING THE IDEA OF THE CONNECTIONS TO NATURE AND NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS MORE THAN THE CITY-WIDE NETWORK.

I DON'T SEE THE CITY-WIDE NETWORK GOING AWAY, BUT, UM, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE, LIKE I SAID, THE 2014 PLAN FOCUSED ON CITYWIDE DESTINATIONS.

I THINK WE'LL BE BENDING HARD INTO LOOKING AT LIKE BEYOND SAFE ROUTES AND PEOPLE GETTING TO THE SCHOOL NEAR THEM, HOW TO, HOW DO PEOPLE GET TO THEIR PARK OR THEIR CONVENIENCE STORE, OR JUST GET OUT OF THEIR HOUSE AND GET SOME FRESH AIR.

UM, SO LIKE URBAN TRAILS WILL HAVE PRIORITIZATION FACTORS THAT KIND OF, UH, HELP HELP SHAPE A KIND OF OBJECTIVE PRIORITIZATION FOR EACH OF THESE THREE THEMES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THIS IS KIND OF HOW I SEE THE CENTRAL CHALLENGE OF THIS PLAN UPDATE IN THE 2014 PLAN.

I THINK WE DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF LOOKING AT LIKE, UM, WE SHIFTED THE VISION OF THE PLAN FROM WHAT CAN AUSTIN DO, UH, FOR BICYCLING AND PEOPLE THAT BUY SCHOOL TO SAY, WHAT CAN BICYCLING, YOU KNOW, AND NOW SCOOTERING, UM, DO AS A TOOL TO ADVANCE THE GOALS OF THE CITY.

SO THIS IN MY VIEW IS KIND OF THE HARDEST WORK TO DO THIS INTERSECTIONAL WORK, UH, WHERE YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH PARTNERS AND WORK ACROSS SILOS AND REALLY LOOK DEEPLY AT WHAT IS OUR IMPACT AND, UH, YOU KNOW, AGENCY IN THESE AREAS TO KIND OF MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE BRINGING ALONG THE WHOLE CITY WITH US, YOU KNOW, IN THE REALMS OF AFFORDABILITY CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT, UM, THE ACCESS TO NATURE, LIKE WE COULD ADDRESS PARKLAND DEFICIENT AREAS.

IF WE, IF WE DESIGN OUR STREETS, RIGHT.

YOU KNOW, HEALTH BEING, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF HEALTH CRISIS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

SO, YOU KNOW, MENTAL HEALTH OF BEING ABLE TO GET OUTSIDE, GETTING ACTIVE PHYSICAL HEALTH, UM, AND THEN AS ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, HAVING MOBILITY CHOICES REALLY IMPACTS WHO WE ARE AS A CITY AND, AND US INDIVIDUALLY IN COMMUNITIES.

SO I'LL TURN THAT OVER TO LAURA TO TALK ABOUT THE SIDEWALK PLAN AND PEDESTRIAN.

THANKS, NATHAN.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO BE HERE TALKING ABOUT THIS WORK, ESPECIALLY DURING BIKE MONTH AND JUST APPRECIATING HOW FAR WE'VE COME AND HOW FAR WE HAVE TO GO.

UM, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

I'M HERE REPRESENTING THE PEDESTRIAN REALM OF THE WORK WE'RE DOING AND, UM, STANDING IN FOR THE HIGHLY COMPETENT AND ADMIRE JOHN EASTMAN, UH, WHO RUNS OUR SIDEWALKS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS DIVISION OUT OF PUBLIC WORKS.

AND WE PARTNER WITH THEM A LOT FROM THE TRANSPORTATION SIDE, UM, TO BUILD OUT A PEDESTRIAN NETWORK THAT'S, UM, YOU KNOW, USABLE FOR EVERYONE, UH, IN THIS UPDATE TO THE SIDEWALK PLAN.

IT REALLY IS DRAWING ON THAT SIDEWALK PLAN, THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLAN, UH, THE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACTION PLAN THAT WE DID IN 2018.

UM, FOR THE FIRST TIME WE REALLY LOOKED AT SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHICS AND UNDERSTOOD THE UNDERINVESTMENT IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT AND WHAT THAT MEANS FROM A PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PERSPECTIVE, AS WELL AS OUR VISION ZERO PLANS TO REALLY BUILD OUT THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE PET NETWORK PLAN THAT WE'VE HAD HAD AS A CITY.

UH, AND SO WE'RE GOING TO REALLY START WITH COMBINING THAT SIDEWALK ASSET WITH THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS, UM, REALLY SETTING THAT VISION FOR A HEALTHY LIVING AND GREEN STREET NETWORK.

UM, WE ALSO ARE LOOKING TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVES TO HOW WE CAN ACCELERATE THE WORK OF GETTING THIS NETWORK ON THE GROUND.

AND I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT HERE IN A MOMENT, UM, AND MAKING SURE THAT THAT NETWORK IS COMBINED WITH OTHER CHOICES, SO YOU CAN GET TO A TRANSIT AND YOU CAN GET AROUND, UM, UH INTERMOTELY AND WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS, RELATE TO BRING ABOUT SUPER COMPREHENSIVE WORK.

THIS IS AT PEYTON JENN AND OLIN ROAD, UM, WHERE I JUST GOT A NOTE FROM ONE OF OUR AMBASSADORS, LINDA THIS MORNING ABOUT HOW MUCH SHE'S HEARD FROM HER COMMUNITY.

SHE'S VERY DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN THE GEORGIAN ACRES AREA AND, UM, HOW MUCH SHE'S HEARD, UH, JUST GOOD

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THINGS ABOUT THIS.

AND SHE WAS JUST DRIVING THROUGH IT THE OTHER NIGHT AND SAID HOW VISIBLE IT IS FOR HER, HOW PREDICTABLE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH WORK.

LIKE YOU SEE HERE, UM, WITH THAT WE CAN, UM, GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UH, SO THE FOCUS AREAS WITHIN THIS UPDATE TO OUR SIDEWALK PLAN AND REALLY GROWING INTO A PEDESTRIAN NETWORK PLAN IS AS I MENTIONED TO ACCELERATE THE BUILD OUT OF THE NETWORK USING OTHER ALTERNATIVES.

UM, SO THE IDEA OF A SHARED STREET, A STREET THAT REALLY WE LEARNED THROUGH THE HEALTHY STREETS INITIATIVE, UM, THAT PEOPLE, UH, REALLY, UM, WERE DRAWN TO, YOU KNOW, THE IDEA OF SHARING THAT SPACE, WALKING TOGETHER, UM, IN A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT, UM, KNOWING THAT THEY'LL, THERE'LL BE SOMEONE DRIVING, YOU KNOW, TO THEIR HOUSE, BUT THEY'RE DOING SO SLOWLY AND, AND THERE'S NOT VERY MANY CARS TO, UM, YOU KNOW, COMPETE WITH THAT SPACE.

SO WE'VE BEEN PILOTING THAT, UM, WITH POP-UPS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY, AND IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN JUST GETTING OUT ON THE STREET WITH THE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE SOME OF THESE SHARED STREETS CONCEPTS CAN BE APPLIED.

AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT LIKE A MATH PROBLEM, IF WE HAVE A TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED MISSING MILES OF SIDEWALKS, COULD WE TAKE SOME OF THOSE MILES AND MAKE THEM INTO SHARED SPACE? UM, THE OTHER PIECES TO THIS IS CERTAINLY GETTING A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, UM, UH, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN TOGETHER THAT UNDERSTANDS WHERE WE HAVE THOSE GAPS IN CROSSINGS AND WHAT THOSE TREATMENTS NEED TO BE AND HOW WE THEN PRIORITIZE OUR WORK TO GET THOSE CROSSINGS BUILT OUT, UH, ALONG WITH THE SIDEWALK ASSETS, AND THEN UNDERSTANDING THAT WORK WITH RESPECT TO COVERAGE AND ACCESS INTERMOTELY WITH, UH, TRANSIT AND THE LIKE, AND JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT NETWORK REALLY IS SERVING THE MOST AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WE POSSIBLY CAN GET, UM, IN THAT PURSUIT, JUST LIKE WITH URBAN TRAILS AND BIKE WAYS, WE'RE LOOKING AT VARIOUS SCENARIOS, UH, THOSE SCENARIOS WOULD LOOK AT MAYBE THAT BALANCE OF SHARED STREET AND SIDEWALK INFRASTRUCTURE, KIND OF, WHERE DO WE START AND HOW, AND WHERE DO WE EMPHASIZE, UH, WHICH APPROACH TO GET THE MOST AMOUNT OF COVERAGE.

UM, WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE SCENARIOS, UM, YOU KNOW, MAKE SENSE AND CAN BE, UH, UNDERSTOOD, AND WE CAN GET FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC IN THIS NEXT PHASE OF WORK AS WE GO FORWARD.

UH, AND THEN FINALLY, OF COURSE, MOST IMPORTANTLY, UH, UPDATING, UH, THIS PLAN AS OUR ADA TRANSITION PLAN, WE HAVE, UH, PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SIDEWALK PROGRAMS I'VE EVER HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE TO WORK WITH.

THEY HAVE, YOU KNOW, 20 CREWS OUT THERE EVERYDAY POURING CONCRETE SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY EVERY SINGLE DAY, BUT THAT IS STILL, UM, YOU KNOW, TO, TO LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF WORK WE HAVE TO DO TO STILL BUILD OUT THIS NETWORK.

IT'S ENORMOUS.

AND, AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE REALLY LEVERAGING ANY AND ALL STRATEGIES TO CONTINUE TO MAKE PACE, TO BRING OUR, OUR CITY UP TO THE ACCESSIBLE STANDARDS THAT ALL OF OUR PEOPLE OF AUSTIN DESERVE.

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

UM, WE HAVE JUST A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE HERE.

WE'RE WELL INTO PHASE TWO, UM, BUILDING OUT SOME OF THOSE PROGRAMS AND POLICIES THAT KATIE AND NATHAN SPOKE TO THE SCENARIO EVALUATION, UM, JUST LOOKING AT WAYS, HOW DO WE TACKLE THIS WORK? WE HAVE THE REAL PRIVILEGE OF HAVING RESOURCES TO DO IT.

UM, WE'LL NEED MORE IN THE FUTURE, BUT WITH WHAT WE HAVE, HOW DO WE CONTINUE TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE EQUITABLY SERVING THE CITY, UM, THAT GETS INTO PROJECT PRIORITIZATION AND BUILD OUT PLANS.

UM, AND THEN WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE GO BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THIS FALL, UM, WHERE WE BUILD, HOW WE PRIORITIZING THE PROJECTS AND HOW THOSE DECISIONS ARE BASED, DID WE GET THAT RIGHT? AND THEN INTO THE FALL AND SPRING OF, UH, PHASE THREE, UH, LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT WE'RE PRESENTING FULL PLANS THAT REALLY SPEAK TO ALL OF THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT TODAY AND HAVE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY OVER THE COURSE OF THE PROCESS.

AND SO WITH THAT, I THINK WE CAN, UM, LEAVE YOU WITH ONE MORE SLIDE OF A LINK TO RESOURCES, DO WANT TO GIVE A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO THE PUBLIC WORKS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE FOR THE WAY THAT THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO PRESENT THE FEEDBACK WE'VE HEARD AND THEN WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU.

THAT PRESENTATION IS A GREAT UPDATE.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON.

THANK YOU, JERRY.

I APPRECIATE IT.

IS IT KATIE I'M WHO PRESENTED FIRST? UM, YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT CONSIDERATIONS AROUND TRAILS.

I JUST WANTED YOU TO CLARIFY FOR ME, IF YOU COULD, YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION PROXIMITY TO SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

SO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THEM BEING CLOSER TO, OR FURTHER AWAY FROM, SO WE WANT TO BE LINKING TO SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS, BUT THEN THERE WERE SOME TRAILS THAT WE WALKED WHERE IT WAS BASICALLY LIKE A CREEK INTO SOMEONE'S BACKYARD.

AND SO THAT IS POTENTIALLY BASED ON THE SCENARIO, NOT THE RIGHT PLACE FOR A TRAIL, BECAUSE THERE IS NO LAND FOR A TRAIL.

I SEE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, AND THEN MAYOR PRO TEM AFTER THAT.

UH, YES, I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THE, THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM.

COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE SCOPE OF WHAT THEY WORK ON? I CAN SPEAK SOME TO THAT.

UM, COLE KITTEN, ISN'T HERE TODAY, BUT HE'S REALLY

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BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB LEADING SOME OF THIS.

UM, BUT WE'VE HAD THE AMBASSADORS.

WE STARTED WITH THEM JUST INITIALLY TO DO OUR PHASE ONE OF OUTREACH, UM, AND TRY AND DRAW PEOPLE TO THE SURVEY, HAVE A SET NUMBER OF ENGAGEMENTS EVERY MONTH, AND THEN THEY PROVIDE A REPORT.

SO THESE ARE PAID AMBASSADORS.

UM, BUT THEN IT WORKED SO WELL THAT WE'VE KEPT ABOUT SIX, I THINK, UH, AROUND THERE OF THEM ON TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH US AND CONTINUE IN GOING OUT TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

SO FOR DEPENDING ON WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON, WE MIGHT GIVE THEM A DIFFERENT TOPIC TO GO GET FEEDBACK ON KIND OF OUTSIDE OF THESE, JUST, YOU KNOW, PHASE ONE, PHASE, TWO PHASE THREE OUTREACH, TO JUST MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY ENGAGED AS WE GO THROUGH THIS.

OKAY.

AND DO THEY COVER GEOGRAPHIC AREAS? IS THAT HOW IT'S SET UP? YEAH, EACH ONE.

UM, AND I CAN FOLLOW UP WITH MORE INFORMATION, BUT EACH ONE WAS REALLY MEANT TO COME FROM A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY, WHETHER THEY LIVED THERE OR HAD TIES TO IT, BUT THEY ARE, THEY ENDED UP, I THINK, PRETTY GEOGRAPHICALLY DISPERSED.

OKAY.

UM, UH, ONE OF THE REASONS I ASK ABOUT THAT IS I'M, I'M CURIOUS WHETHER IT'S APPROPRIATE TO ASK FOR THEIR HELP, UM, AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH PROJECT CONNECT, UH, WE'RE IN A PHASE RIGHT NOW, UH, IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND CAP METRO AND IN ATP, THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, UH, TO BE LOOKING AT, UH, AT, UH, THE 30 DESIGN AND WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS, YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ALL THIS, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS, UH, ADOPTING AND SUBMITTING THE 30% DESIGN TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN DECEMBER.

UH, BUT THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS IS A HUGE PART OF THIS RIGHT NOW.

AND I KNOW THAT ADP AND CAP METRO ARE VERY INVOLVED AND, AND HAVE SET UP A WHOLE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, BUT I'M NOT AWARE OF THEM ACTUALLY HAVING COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS.

SO TO ME, THAT'S A VERY, UM, HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL TO, TO REALLY TALK DIRECTLY TO FOLKS.

AND JUST WONDERED IF PERHAPS Y'ALL HAD HAD ANY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHETHER THERE'S ANY SYNERGIES THERE.

WE CERTAINLY ARE BORROWING, UH, A STRATEGY FROM THE CLIMATE PLAN ACTUALLY THAT WE REALLY TOOK A LOT OF INSPIRATION FROM.

AND SO I THINK JUST IN THE GESTURE OF SHARING THAT LEARNING AND JUST SHARING HOW MUCH DEEPER WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE COMMUNITY AND GET TO KNOW THEM AS KIND OF COLLEAGUES IN A WAY IT'S BEEN JUST SUCH A JOY.

SO, UM, WHEREAS WE DON'T HAVE, I THINK, ANY FORMAL DISCUSSIONS RIGHT NOW WITH, UH, PROJECT CONNECT, I THINK, AND CERTAINLY THEY ARE JUST INCREDIBLE AND HOW THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING.

I MEAN, WHERE WE FEEL KIND OF LIKE THE LITTLE TINY HALF BILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM NEXT TO THE BIG ONE.

UM, BUT I THINK THERE'S CERTAINLY, YEAH, WE'LL TAKE THAT, COMMENTARY IT TO HEART AND HOW, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WORKING WITH OUR AMBASSADORS NOW AND HOW MAYBE OUR COLLEAGUES MIGHT BE ABLE TO SIMILARLY TAKE INSPIRATION FROM, UM, WHAT WE TOOK FROM THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE.

I WILL SAY TOO, THAT, YOU KNOW, THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM REALLY WAS AN EMBEDDED ACTION AND STRATEGY WITHIN THE ASM MP.

AND SO AS WE SAW THIS STRATEGY COMING INTO THE FOLD FOR ATX WALK, BIKE, ROLL, YOU KNOW, COLE AND I HAVE INVESTED OUR RESOURCES IN BRINGING THOSE AMBASSADORS ALONG, UH, MUCH FURTHER THAN THEY WOULD HAVE NORMALLY THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS.

THEY WOULD HAVE PROBABLY SERVED IN A PHASE ONE, BUT NOW THEY'RE GOING TO SERVE ALL THROUGH THE PROCESS AND THAT'S A STRATEGY TO REALLY EMBED THEM WITH OUR WORK GOING FORWARD, YOU KNOW, UM, AS WE CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT THE WORKS, I THINK THE AMBASSADOR LINK IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER AND DEVELOP, UM, WITH WHEN THE FOLKS THAT WE WORK WITH NOW AND OTHERS THAT MAY COME ALONG.

SO I THINK IT'S THERE FOR THE, FOR THE, UM, COLLABORATION.

OKAY.

WELL, I WOULD JUST SUGGEST THAT YOU MIGHT TALK TO, UM, ACM FEELING DACA OR PERHAPS WITH A, AN EQUAL DAY TO JUST TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY SYNERGIES, BECAUSE CERTAINLY THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING NOW, UH, WITH REGARD TO SIDEWALKS AND BIKES, ET CETERA, IS, UH, IS A PIECE OF PROJECT CONNECT.

AND SO THEY HAVE, I IMAGINE THEY HAVE VERY, I'M SURE THEY'RE HEARING THINGS ANYWAY.

AND, UM, THEY, THERE MIGHT BE SOME SYNERGIES THERE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM.

I THINK YOU WERE NEXT.

UM, THANK YOU.

UM, I WANTED TO FIRST, UM, FINALLY LAND ON COUNCIL MEMBER HYPER MADISON'S COMMENT ABOUT THE TRAILS AND THE SINGLE FAMILIES.

WHEN WE LIVED IN MADISON, THEY HAD PUT A, UM, THROUGH AN AREA WHERE THERE HAD BEEN A TRAIN TRACK AND IT WAS RIGHT UP AGAINST THE SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

AND IT, IT, IT OBVIOUSLY IT'S GOING TO DEPEND ON HOW MUCH SPACE YOU HAVE AND THE PARTICULAR CONFIGURATION FOR, UM, THAT TRAIL.

UM, BUT IT WAS A HUGE AMENITY FOR THOSE HOMES ONCE IT WAS IN, UM, AND REAL OPPORTUNITY, UM, FOR THE COMMUNITY AND IT'S DIFFERENT, CAUSE IT'S WHERE THERE WAS A RAIL LINE.

UM, BUT I, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT WE SHOULD ASSUME THAT YOU CAN'T DO

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IT IN THAT SPACE.

I THINK IT WOULD DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF SPACE AND WHETHER, WHETHER YOU CAN GET THE APPROPRIATE EASEMENTS, UM, YOU KNOW, SECURED.

UM, I WANTED TO, I FOUND IT INTERESTING, THE COMMENTS ABOUT SORT OF FOCUSING ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS.

AND I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW DISCUSSIONS FROM OTHER PLANS, LIKE THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROCESS AND THAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH, WHICH ARE, YOU KNOW, SIDEWALK AND BIKE IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN REALLY THOROUGHLY VETTED FOR EACH DISTRICT AND PRIORITIZED IN IMPORTANT WAYS.

UM, I KNOW IN MY DISTRICT, THAT'S, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KEY PRIORITIES FOR FOLKS AND THEY'VE ALREADY PROVIDED FEEDBACK THROUGH ALL THAT, UM, AND MAY NOT BE NECESSARILY THE ONES TARGETED IN, UM, SOME OF YOUR OUTREACH.

SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT FOR ALL OF THOSE 10 PLANS THAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED, I WANT TO UNDERSTAND BETTER HOW THEY'RE BEING, UM, INTEGRATED INTO THE WHITE WALK, BIKE ROLL PROCESS.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF THEY CAN SEE US.

OKAY.

YEAH.

THANKS FOR THAT COMMENT.

UM, THE SAFE ROUTES PLANS I SEE AS KIND OF THE LEADING EDGE OF THAT NEIGHBORHOOD, AT LEAST FOR THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COMPONENTS FOR WALKING AND BICYCLING, LIKE THEY DID IT, THEY DID THAT KIND OF VERY HYPER-LOCAL PLANNING FIRST AND THAT'S BECAUSE THERE'S OVER A HUNDRED SCHOOLS SPREAD THROUGHOUT AUSTIN AND THOSE DESTINATIONS ARE LARGELY LIKE VERY LOCAL.

UM, WE HAVE ALL THAT DATA.

AND ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOND PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE IS THEY'RE ALL MANAGED AS STANDALONE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE THEIR OWN PRIORITIZATION.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, AS SAY THE BIKEWAYS PROGRAM ELEVATES THE PRIORITY OF THESE CONNECTIONS TO LOCAL DESTINATIONS, THOSE LOCAL DESTINATIONS COULD BE PARKS, LIBRARIES, CIVIC CENTERS, SCHOOLS, ANYTHING WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE'S A SEPARATE PROGRAM, THAT'S ALREADY RESOURCED TO FOCUS EXCLUSIVELY ON SCHOOLS.

UM, SO WE HAVE THE LIBERTY TO PARTNER AND SO FAR THAT OUR PLANS AND PRIORITIZATIONS KIND OF CONNECT.

SO WE COULD PARTNER WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, TO CO-FUND SOMETHING THAT MAYBE IS ON THE MARGINS, ON THEIR PRIORITIZATION, SO THAT WE CAN DO MORE OF THAT TYPE OF WORK.

DOES THAT HELP? UH, YEAH, I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I, THAT I UNDER UNDERSTOOD CAUSE SOME OF THE BIKEWAYS ARE MUCH, YOU KNOW, FURTHER AWAY FROM THE SCHOOLS.

AND, UM, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL JUST TO THE BUCKET OF MONEY, THAT'S SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, RIGHT.

FOR SURE.

AND YOU KNOW, BEYOND SAFE ROUTES, SAFE ROUTES WAS NOT LOOKING HOW YOU GET TO YOUR LOCAL PARK.

SO THAT'S WHAT, YOU KNOW, THE URBAN TRAIL AND THE BIKEWAY PLANS AND EVEN, UH, THE PEDESTRIAN SIDEWALK PLANS CAN LOOK DEEPER AT IS LIKE, IT'S NOT JUST SCHOOLS THAT, THAT PEOPLE WANT TO GET TO.

THANK YOU.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT ADDITION OF, YOU KNOW, HOW YOU GET TO YOUR LOCAL PARK.

AND I WANT TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF OUR EFFORTS, UM, TO ADOPT A COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE WITH ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS BEING, UM, CONNECTING OUR PARKS, UM, BY THESE MOBILITY PIECES, UM, WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING, UM, STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK.

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE CONNECTED UP WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT THAT'S WORKING ON THAT SO THAT WE CAN MAXIMIZE THE MOBILITY OPPORTUNITIES THAT WERE ALLOWED UNDER THE LAW, UM, TO ADVANCE, UM, JUST HUGE SHOUT OUT.

WE'VE BEEN KATIE AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING, I THINK LARGELY THE CONNECTION CAME THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO WORK TO DISSOLVE THE BARRIER OF .

AND WE FOUND THAT THE PARKLAND DEDICATION TEAM WAS LOOKING LIKE VERY ACTIVELY AT ALL.

THE, THEY WERE LOOKING AT THE SAME THING OF HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE ACROSS AND THEY, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY'RE, THEY'RE ACQUIRING PARKLAND ALONG LITTLE WALNUT CREEK.

UH, SO WE WE'VE ENABLED LIKE CREEK CROSSINGS AND CROSSINGS THAT WE DIDN'T THINK WERE POSSIBLE.

SO WE'RE NOW VERY CONNECTED AND THEIR WORK IS AMAZING.

AND, AND CERTAINLY I THINK THERE'S AN EXISTING ORDINANCE.

AND IF, IF YOU'RE SAYING THAT THERE'S A NEW ONE THAT MAYBE WOULD GIVE THEM EVEN MORE RESOURCES TO STITCH TOGETHER PARKLAND, UH, WE'VE, WE'VE STARTED REALLY KIND OF, I THINK, IN EARNEST WORKING TOGETHER.

AND I THINK TENTATIVELY THE MODEL RIGHT NOW IS THEY, THEY GET THE LAND AND THEN WE WORK TO BUILD THE CONNECTIVITY ON TOP OF IT, BUT IT, IT GETS A LITTLE MORE NUANCED THAN THAT LOCATION.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU, UM, YOU CONNECT SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE.

SO WE CURRENTLY HAVE RESIDENTIAL AND HOTELS WHERE WE CAN REQUIRE BAND DONATIONS OR EASEMENTS, UM, FOR THE PARKS, UM, WITH THE COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION, UM, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE DETAILS ARE STILL TO BE FIGURED OUT.

UM, BUT ONE OF THE PRIORITIES I BELIEVE IS, IS SORT OF THOSE MOBILITY ACCESS POINTS.

UM, AND SO MAKING

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SURE AS WE CONSTRUCT THAT ORDINANCE, THAT WE'RE DOING IT AS EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE TO ADVANCE OUR MULTIPLE GOALS.

NOW THERE ARE LIMITS TO WHAT YOU CAN DO BECAUSE IT IS A PARKLAND ORDINANCE.

UM, BUT THIS WOULD ALLOW SOME OF THOSE WAREHOUSES, LIKE IF WE HAD NEW WAREHOUSES GOING IN, THIS HAS BEEN A PERENNIAL PROBLEM FOR CONNECTIONS OF TRAILS, THEY WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, REQUIRED THROUGH THIS PROCESS TO BE GIVING US THOSE EASEMENTS FOR THE ET CETERA.

UM, AND SO THEY'RE JUST MAYBE SOME PARTICULARS NUANCES OR TWEAKS THAT WOULD, WOULD BE BENEFICIAL.

UM, AND THAT YOUR INSIGHTS FROM YOUR WORK MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP US CONSTRUCT THAT, UM, MOST EFFECTIVELY.

YEAH, THANKS FOR THE CLARIFICATION ON THE, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE TWO POLICIES.

AND THAT'S REALLY EXCITING FOR ME TO HEAR, AND I SHOULD JUST CAVEAT WHAT I SAID ABOUT THE STRATEGY ABOUT THEY GET THE LAND AND WE BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE, EVEN WITH, UH, THE CONVERSATIONS WE'RE HAVING RIGHT NOW, WE'RE ALREADY BEYOND OUR CURRENT BOND CYCLE IN TERMS OF LIKE COMMITMENTS FOR WHAT WE CAN BUILD WITH WHAT THEY'RE REQUIRING.

SO IF, IF THE POLICY COULD BE INCLUSIVE TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE AS WELL, IT'S JUST ANOTHER THAT'S WHEN IT'S, I MEAN, THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO FEES.

SO THERE'S A FEE PART.

AND, UH, I DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE DETAILS MEMORIZED, BUT THERE'S A PORTION OF IT THAT'S FEES AND THERE'S A PORTION OF IT THAT'S LAND.

UM, SO IT HELPS ON BOTH OF THOSE FRONTS AND IT CAN'T BE USED FOR MAINTENANCE.

OKAY.

THAT'S REALLY GREAT BECAUSE THIS INFRASTRUCTURE IS EXPENSIVE AND ANYTHING THAT CAN KIND OF POWER IT'S, UH, YOU KNOW, ONGOING CONNECTION IS, IS GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE QUESTIONS.

I'M ALSO INTRIGUED BY THE CONVERSATION AROUND ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET CITY-WIDE OR ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS? AND IT REMINDS ME OF PLANNING PRINCIPLES I'VE SEEN, UM, IN, IN OTHER COMMUNITIES WHERE, YOU KNOW, THE HIGHWAYS REALLY ARE DESIGNED FOR I'M GOING FROM ONE BIG CITY TO ANOTHER BIG CITY, AND THEN INSIDE THE CITY, YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT TO NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND THEN WHEN I THINK ABOUT SOMEONE IN AUSTIN WHO MIGHT BE CURIOUS ABOUT TRYING TO RIDE THEIR BIKE A LITTLE BIT MORE, HAVING THOSE CONNECTIONS TO, YOU KNOW, THE GROCERY STORE AND DAYCARE OR YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE, LIKE STARTING WITH THOSE IS I THINK WHERE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TRY THAT MODE SHIFT A LITTLE EASIER.

UM, BUT IT IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT THE SAME PRINCIPLES THAT CAN APPLY TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC STILL ALSO APPLIES TO BIKES WHERE ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, THEN YOU CONNECT TO THE NEXT TRAIL AND YOU GET TO GO, YOU KNOW, TEST OUT THE OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD AND FIGURE OUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT RESTAURANTS THEY HAVE TO OFFER.

AND I THINK THAT'S A REALLY CREATIVE WAY OF GETTING PEOPLE TO TRY A MODE THAT THEY MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE CONFIDENT ON YET.

UM, AS FAR AS I THINK THE WORD MIGHT BE MICRO TRAILS THAT I'M LOOKING FOR, BUT A HANDFUL OF US WERE OUT AT GEORGIA AND ACRES ON TUESDAY MORNING.

UM, IT WAS ABOUT THE PARKS FOUNDATION RECEIVING SOME DOLLARS FROM C3 AND ACL FEST TO INVEST MONEY BACK INTO OUR PARKS.

AND I WAS ABLE TO TOUR A REALLY, REALLY SHORT CONNECTION TRAIL THAT BASICALLY CONNECTED A NEIGHBORHOOD TO A PARK THAT WITHOUT THAT CONNECTION, IT WOULD HAVE HAD TO GO ALL THE WAY AROUND.

AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT REALLY DIDN'T SEEM LIKE IT WAS SAFE FOR KIDS.

AND SO I, I LOVE THAT Y'ALL ARE THINKING ABOUT THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE NEWS TO SHARE ON THOSE TINY CONNECTIONS.

ARE THERE ANY MORE IN THE WORKS RIGHT NOW THAT ARE JUST HELPING, UM, OPEN UP THAT ACCESSIBILITY WHERE THERE MIGHT BE FENCES CURRENTLY? YEAH.

SO THIS IS ONE OF THE GOALS, YOU KNOW, WE'VE KIND OF BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH URBAN TRIALS, BUT NOW REALLY ADDING IT INTO THE PLAN THROUGH THIS UPDATE.

UM, ONE EXAMPLE WE HAVE ACTUALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION NOW IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AT COPPERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

SO THERE'S, UM, A BROKEN DOWN CULVERT.

SO IT USED TO BE USED AS A CROSSING, THEN THE CULVERT COLLAPSED.

AND SO NOW MAYBE SOMEONE STILL USES IT, BUT IT DEFINITELY IS NOT SAFE.

SO BRINGING THAT BACK UP, UM, AND ADDING A TRAIL THERE, BUT WE'VE DEFINITELY HEARD, LIKE I GET SO MANY EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE, IF ONLY I HAD THIS LITTLE PIECE OF TRAIL, I COULD GET TO, YOU KNOW, A NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE OR SOMETHING BY CONNECTING TO DEN AND CALL THIS ACTS OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AND WORKING TO ADD.

THAT'S GREAT TO HEAR.

AND I KNOW I HAVE SOME CONSTITUENTS WHO WORKED WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM AND IT'S NOT A PAVED DURBIN TRAIL, BUT IT'S VERY MUCH A FOOT PATH AND A BIKE PATH WHERE, UM, THEY TEAMED UP WITH NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM, PUT IN WHAT THEY CALL