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[CALL TO ORDER]

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SIX OH ONE AND A CALL TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

IT'S AUGUST 17TH, 2020 TO 6:00 PM.

AND WE ARE AT 63 10 WILHELMINA DEL CO DRIVE.

WE'LL START WITH A ROLL CALL.

I'M GOING TO GO REMOTE FIRST COMMISSIONER BRIMER HERE.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER GARY COMMISSIONER NICHOLS, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

WELL, DO YOU GET CREDIT FOR THAT AS THAT? UH, AND COMMISSIONER SCOTT.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER SHIRA HERE, SECRETARY BRISTOL HERE AND I SHARE BEDFORD.

YEAH.

AND I'M RAM BERG AND I'M HERE AS WELL.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

[1. Approval the minutes of the Environmental Commission Regular Meeting on August 3, 2022]

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

WE'RE GOING TO THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM.

UM, KAYLA DISTRIBUTED THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS? UM, BEFORE WE QUEST A MOTION TO REVIEW AND APPROVE THEM MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

THIS IS ROMBERG I'LL SECOND THAT, UM, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING LAST MEETING'S MINUTES, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

MAKES IT EASIEST FOR ME.

ALL RIGHT.

IT LOOKS TO BE UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

I WONDER THE SECOND PAGE.

UM, UH, THE

[2. Update on ATX Walk Bike Roll to update Austin’s sidewalk, urban trails, and bicycle plans. City Staff: Katie Wettick, Program Manager, Public Works]

SECOND ITEM IS TO AN UPDATE FROM THE ATX WALK, BIKE, ROLL TO UPDATE AUSTIN SIDEWALKS, URBAN TRAILS AND BICYCLE PLANS.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO GET A PRESENTATION FROM CITY STAFF AND I BELIEVE THEY'RE BOTH REMOTE.

IS THAT CORRECT? KILLER.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WE'RE READY WHEN YOU GUYS ARE.

UM, KATIE AND I THINK MAYBE JOHN AS WELL.

YES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I'M HOPING EVERYONE CAN HEAR ME SAY IS I BELIEVE SOME SORT OF A SLIDE DECK AND YOU EITHER SHARE IT OR GIVE ME PERMISSION TO SHARE KATIE.

WE'RE PULLING THAT UP NOW.

JUST ONE.

THANK YOU.

UM, WELL I WOULD GET STARTED WITH THE INTRODUCTION.

SO I'M KATIE, WEBTECH URBAN HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TONIGHT.

UM, AND I AM JOINED HERE WITH JOHN EASTMAN AND I BELIEVE NATHAN WILKES WILL BE JOINING AS WELL.

AND JOHN IS WITH SIDEWALKS AND NATHAN PHYSICALLY AT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND STREET DESIGN.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IS ATX WALK, BIKE ROLL, WHICH IS OUR INITIATIVE TO UPDATE THE URBAN TRAILS SIDEWALKS AND BIKEWAYS PLANS.

AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO BE TALKING TO THIS GROUP BECAUSE WE THINK THAT THIS CAN HAVE A MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS, RIGHT? WE'RE WORKING ON HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES AND LEAVING THEIR CARS AT HOME TO SAFELY GET FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, UM, WHETHER IT'S BY BIKE FOOT OR ANY OTHER HUMAN POWERED DEVICE.

UM, AND SO THIS SLIDE DECK IS A LITTLE BIT LENGTHY.

UM, WE'VE BEEN USING IT WITH A LOT OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, AND I KNOW YOU HAVE A FULL AGENDA, SO I'LL BE GOING PRETTY QUICKLY, BUT I WANTED YOU TO HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION.

YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT ON OUR WEBSITE OR FOLLOW UP WITH ANY OF US WITH QUESTIONS.

SO THE GOALS OF ATX WALKED BY FLOOR, AS I MENTIONED IT TO UPDATE THESE MODAL PLANS.

UM, AND THEY ARE FROM 2014 OR 2016 SIDEWALKS OF THE 2016 PLAN.

SO AUSTIN HAS CHANGED A LOT AND WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT OUR PLANS REALLY REFLECT CURRENT CONDITIONS.

WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT SOCIAL AND RACIAL EQUITY IS FULLY EMBEDDED WITHIN OUR PROGRAMS AND THINK ABOUT MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE AS WELL.

SO THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE REASONS THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS UPDATE PROCESS NEXT.

AND WITH THIS PROCESS, WE ALSO REALIZE THAT THIS INFRASTRUCTURE ISN'T JUST ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE ITSELF, BUT HAVING AN URBAN CHILD OR A SIDEWALK CAN REALLY IMPACT A LOT OF DIFFERENT PIECES OF QUALITY OF LIFE.

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

NEXT SLIDE.

SO OUR TIMELINE, WE BEGAN THIS PROCESS IN WINTER 2021, AND WE'RE NOW IN PHASE TWO WHERE WE KIND OF DONE SOME INITIAL OUTREACH AND WE'RE PUTTING TOGETHER DIFFERENT PROGRAMMATIC AND POLICY PIECES, THINKING ABOUT OUR NETWORKS AND OUR BUILDUP PLANS AND FOR URBAN TRAILS.

AND BIKEWAYS THINKING ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO PRIORITIZE PROJECTS, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN ABOUT A MONTH WITH A FEW DIFFERENT SCENARIOS, UM, TO GET INPUT ON ALL OF THIS

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AND DETERMINE WHERE WE BUILD, HOW WE BUILD, UM, AND WHAT WE BASE THESE DECISIONS ON.

THEN WE'LL BE TAKING EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS WINTER AND CREATING A DRAFT DOCUMENT, GOING BACK OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS FOR INPUT AND AIMING FOR PLAN ADOPTION IN THE SPRING.

AND THIS IS THREE DIFFERENT PLANS.

SO ONE INITIATIVE, THREE PLANS, NEXT SLIDE.

SO A BIG FOCUS OF THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN ON EQUITY AND WE'VE BEEN USING THE OFFICE.

UM, THE EQUITY OFFICES DEFINITION THAT EQUITY IS ACHIEVED WHEN RACE NO LONGER PREDICTS A PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WE BEGAN THIS PROCESS WITH AN EQUITY SCAN.

SO THEN WE HAD CONSULTANTS LOOK AT HOW THE CITY HAS, OR HAS NOT ADDRESSED EQUITY IN THE PAST.

AND THEN THEY CREATED AN EQUITY TO REALLY GUIDE HOW WE THINK ABOUT EQUITY AT EACH STAGE OF THE PLANNING PROCESS NEXT.

AND A BIG PART OF THIS IS HOW CAN WE BE MORE EQUITABLE IN OUR OUTREACH? AND WE'VE REALLY BEEN AIMING TO CONNECT WITH AND ENGAGE COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE BEEN UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE PAST SPECIFICALLY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT THEIR INPUT MEANINGFULLY SHAPES THE PROJECT.

AND ONE WAY WE'VE WORKED TO DO THIS IS THROUGH HIRING COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS.

SO WE'VE HAD GREAT SUCCESS WITH HAVING HIRED PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE TRUST IN THESE COMMUNITIES WHO CAN THEN GO AND HAVE THESE IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO MIGHT NOT TRUST TO THE STAFF.

OKAY.

AND SO WHAT WE ASKED IN THE FIRST PHASE OF, UM, OUTREACH WAS REALLY JUST TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE'S PREFERENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF WALKING, BIKING, AND A UNDERSTANDING WHAT TRIPS ARE BEING MADE WITHOUT A CAR, WHAT FACTORS INFLUENCE THIS AND THEN WHAT BARRIERS OR NEEDS EXIST.

SO ALL OF THE RESULTS FROM THIS OUTREACH ON OUR WEBSITE, UM, BUT I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT, YOU KNOW, GOING BACK TO THIS EQUITY FOCUS, WE BROKE DOWN THE RESPONSES INTO TWO CATEGORIES.

SO IN THE TEAL, YOU CAN SEE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO RESPONDED, WHAT THEIR RESPONSES WERE.

AND THEN IN THE ORANGE, YOU SEE OUR FOCUS POPULATION AND OUR FOCUS POPULATION, OUR RESPONDENTS WHO EITHER REPORTED AN ANNUAL INCOME BELOW 50,000 OR RACE AND ETHNICITY OTHER THAN NON HISPANIC WHITE.

AND SO WITH THIS SPECIFIC QUESTION, WE ASKED IF PEOPLE AGREED OR DISAGREED WITH THE STATEMENT THAT IN AUSTIN, PEOPLE OF ALL RACES SHARE EQUAL ACCESS TO SAFE AND COMFORTABLE PLACES TO WALK, BIKE OR ROLE.

AND IF YOU LOOK DOWN TO THE LAST, UM, RESPONSE WITH STRONGLY DISAGREE, YOU SEE THAT 50% OF OUR FOCUS POPULATION STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT X SIDE.

AND THEN IN TERMS OF WHY PEOPLE WANT SAFE, COMFORTABLE PLACES TO WALK BY GOOGLE, WE HAD THE SAME TOP FIVE, BUT IT WAS ALL RESPONSES ARE FOCUSED POPULATION.

UM, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT NUMBER FIVE, 58% OF OUR FOCUS POPULATION NOTED THAT THEY ARE AIMING TO SPEND LESS MUCH NEXT.

AND SO, AS I MENTIONED, WE ALSO HAD OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS WHO WERE ABLE TO HAVE MORE IN DEPTH CONVERSATIONS, NOT JUST LIMITED TO SURVEY QUESTIONS.

AND WHAT WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT WERE CONCERNS AROUND HOUSING.

SO CONCERNS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A BIKE LANE OR A TRAIL THAT'LL BE BUILT IN FIVE YEARS IF WE DON'T THINK WE CAN KEEP LIVING HERE IN FIVE YEARS.

UM, AND THEN ALSO A LOT OF WHAT WE HEARD IN THESE CONVERSATIONS TOO, THAT AREN'T IN THIS SLIDE DECK, BUT I WANTED TO BRING ATTENTION TO IS A REAL INTEREST FOR MORE CONNECTIONS WITH NATURE.

SO A REAL NEED FROM OUR, UM, FOCUS POPULATIONS TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT INTO GREEN SPACE, UM, WHETHER IT'S A PARK OR ANY OF I AGREE WAY, BUT JUST REALLY FEELING THIS NEED TO CONNECT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND HAVING LIMITED OPTIONS NEXT.

UM, SO THEN HOW ARE WE USING THIS TO MOVE FORWARD? SO ALONG WITH LOOKING AT EACH OF OUR MODAL PLANS, WE'VE ALSO LEARNED THROUGH ALL OF THIS FEEDBACK THAT WE REALLY NEED MORE HOLISTIC POLICY SUPPORT.

SO WE'RE THINKING, YOU KNOW, WHAT POLICIES COULD WE LOOK AT, UM, THAT WOULD REALLY MAKE AN IMPACT ON SOMEONE'S LIFE.

SO MAKING IT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT BUILDING HOUSING, BUT PERHAPS WE COULD DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD REALLY CHANGE WHAT SOMEBODY SPENDS ON TRANSPORTATION BY MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GET AROUND IN A LESS EXPENSIVE WAY.

UM, AND SO LOOKING AT THESE DIFFERENT POLICY PIECES, ALSO LOOKING A LOT ABOUT KIND OF BRINGING NATURE INTO THE CITY

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TO, WITH MORE SHADE AND NATIVE PLANTING PROGRAMS, UM, AND REALLY EXPANDING THAT CONNECTION OF NOT ONLY CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE, BUT BRINGING NATURE TO THEM.

AND SO WITH THAT, OF COURSE, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT HER SPECIFIC MODAL PLANS TOO.

SO FOR URBAN TRIALS, ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT ARE ADDING MORE TRAILS ALONG SHARED USE OR DOORS FOR US WITH AUSTIN DEVELOPING THERE'S LIMITED SPACE TO BUILD TRAILS.

AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR THESE LONG LINEAR UNDEVELOPED CORRIDORS, WHICH RIGHT NOW TEND TO BE ALONG CREEKS.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT HOW CAN WE EXPAND THAT? SO HAVING TRAILS ON TRANSIT OR TRAILS IN UTILITY EASEMENTS.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE WELL THAT WE COULD POTENTIALLY REPLICATE HERE ON THE FOXTON.

AND THEN AS WE HAVE THIS ROWING TRAIL NETWORK, WE ALSO WANT TO BE SURE THAT IT'S WELL-MANAGED AND MAINTAINED SO THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT USING THE TRAILS.

SO THIS IS ALL MAKING SURE THAT IT'S A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO BE, AND THAT WE'RE REALLY ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITY AND MAKING SURE THE TRIALS ARE WELCOMING TO THEM.

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

SO THE MAP YOU SEE HERE IS THE, NOT FROM OUR 2014 URBAN TRAILS PLAN, AND WE'VE UPDATED THIS WITH GETTING COMMUNITY INPUT.

SO LOOKING AT WHERE WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT MORE TRIALS, WE'VE ALSO DONE AN ON AN OUT AND WALKED SOME OF THESE TITLE ALIGNMENTS, BUT 2014 PLAN, SOME OF THESE LINES ARE DRAWN JUST LIKE DOWN THE CENTER OF A CREEK.

AND SO WE'VE GONE OUT AND THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, CAN WE ACTUALLY BUILD HERE? IS THERE SPACE BECAUSE OF COURSE THE TRAIL IS NOT GOING DOWN THE CENTER LINE OF A CREEK.

UM, AND SO WITH THAT, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO KIND OF TAILOR SOME OF THE ALIGNMENTS.

SO WHEN WE DO GO TO BILL, IF IT'S A LITTLE BIT EASIER, UM, AND THEN WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR DESIGN STANDARDS.

SO LOOKING AT HOW WIDE DOES A TRIAL NEED TO BE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT CONTEXT AND THE AMOUNT OF USERS EXPECTED, WHEN DO WE NEED TO START SEPARATING PEDESTRIANS AND BIKES, THE CLASS, AND THEN WHAT OTHER AMENITIES, WHETHER IT'S, YOU KNOW, RAIN GARDENS OR TREES OR LIGHTING SHOULD BE ADDED, NEXT SLIDE.

SO, AS I MENTIONED, WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING BACK OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND WITH THIS PUBLIC OUTREACH, WE'RE GOING TO BE PROVIDING THREE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS.

SO FOR URBAN TRAILS, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT PROJECTS DO WE PRIORITIZE? UM, SO THE THREE SCENARIOS WOULD BE, WHAT IF WE PRIORITIZE CONNECTING TO NATURE, THE SECOND WOULD BE CONNECTING TO NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS.

SO MAYBE SOME SHORTER TRAILS THAT GET YOU TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY OR GROCERY STORE OR THE THIRD BEING CITY-WIDE DESTINATION.

SO THOSE LONGER REGIONAL TRIALS AND OUR BIG CHALLENGE IS, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE PRIORITIZE BUILDING IN HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES OR MITIGATING FOR NEGATIVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.

AND SO THROUGH ALL OF THIS, WE REALLY NEED PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER AGENCIES AND CROSS DEPARTMENTAL RESOURCES.

SO THINKING ABOUT THIS HOLISTICALLY AS A CITY, HOW DO WE BUILD OUT THE NETWORK? UM, AND WITH THAT, IF NATHAN HAS MANAGED TO JOIN US, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO HIM.

I KNOW HE WAS HAVING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, HE WAS GOING TO BE APPROACHABLE.

SO I THINK HE'D GOTTEN FROM HIS PART OF THE PRESENT.

YEAH.

AND WATCH KATIE, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, I WAS WATCHING THE CHAT AND HE WAS ABLE TO GET IN.

SO I THINK YOU'RE OKAY.

I THINK I SEE HIM IN THERE NOW, KATIE, HIS NAME JUST POPPED UP.

NATHAN, ARE YOU THERE? YEAH, I THINK I'VE BEEN PERFECT RIGHT ON TIME.

I HAVE PERMISSION TO GET AWAY CHAIRMAN STUFF.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

UM, NATHAN WILKES WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, UH, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION STREET DESIGN DIVISION NOW FULL AND I WORKED ON THE 2014 BICYCLE PLAN AND, UH, LIKE URBAN TRAILS AND SIDEWALKS, UH, PLANS.

THIS IS AN UPDATE.

UM, SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN A SIMILAR POSITION WHERE WE'RE, UH, RESPONDING TO THE FEEDBACK.

UH, WE HAD A BUNCH OF MAP-BASED FEEDBACK AND, UH, REASSESSING KIND OF THE PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, SINCE WE LAST EXPANDED THE, UH, KIND OF CENTERPIECE OF THE BICYCLE PLAN, WHICH IS THE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK, UM, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED IN 2014 AND EXPANDED WITH THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN IN 2019.

SO IT TAKES WALK, BIKE, ROLL, BE THE NEXT ITERATION OF EXPANDING THAT AND, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, PLANNING AROUND A LOT OF THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN AUSTIN, LIKE PROJECT CONNECT, A LOT OF HIGHWAY PROJECTS, TRAIL CONNECTIVITY, UM, AND, AND JUST, UH, CONTINUED BUILD OUT OF THE BICYCLE AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, BIKEWAYS AND URBAN

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TRAILS AND, UH, YOU KNOW, KATIE AND I GET COACHED BY OUR PIO.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP THINGS ALIGNED AND SIMPLE.

SO WE WILL BE USING THE SAME THREE SCENARIOS FOR PRIORITIZATION, THE SAME THEMES, AND, YOU KNOW, IN THIS UPCOMING PHASE POLLING AROUND, YOU KNOW, WHO AND WHAT COMMUNITIES RESONATE WITH THESE THREE THINGS THEMES.

AND WE THINK THAT THERE'S VIABILITY TO ALL OF THEM AND WE THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE LOCAL PREFERENCES.

SO, UH, WHAT KATIE SAID, AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE EXCITED ON A BIKE WAY SIDE, YOU KNOW, WE CAN PROVIDE CONNECTIONS TO NATURE BY MAKING STREETS MORE NATURE, LIKE, UH, INCREASING THE QUALITY OF THE PLANTINGS, CONNECTING TO URBAN TRAIL AND PARK KIND OF LAND ASSETS AND ALIGNMENTS AND CREATE, YOU KNOW, UH, ONE OF THE EXCITING PARTS ABOUT THAT IS, UH, THE PARK COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE REQUESTED THE MOST WAS LINEAR PARKS AND, YOU KNOW, URBAN TRAILS WHILE OFTEN NOT IN PARK SPACE NECESSARILY, UH, CREATE THOSE LINEAR CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THOSE OPEN SPACES.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO BRING A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER.

UM, AND YEAH, IT'LL BE BUILT, UH, ON PRIVATIZATION FACTORS, JUST LIKE URBAN TRAILS.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, AND THEN THIS IS ONE WHERE I WANTED TO KIND OF DWELL FOR A SECOND AND THE BIKEWAYS PLAN IN 2014, KIND OF SCRATCHED THE SURFACE ON THIS.

AND I THINK WE'RE LOOKING TO GO A LOT FURTHER, AND I'M SPEAKING TO YOU ALL HERE, AS YOU KNOW, ENVIRONMENTAL STAKEHOLDERS, WE DID THIS ANALYSIS IN THE 2014 PLAN TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF TRIPS THAT WE WOULD MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS, THAT WE WOULD PULL OFF THE MOTOR VEHICLE NETWORK.

IF WE CAPTURED A VERY MODEST AMOUNT OF SHORT TRIPS BY BICYCLE.

AND YOU KNOW, NOW IN 2020 TO 22, 20 22, WE HAVE TO SAY BICYCLE AND SCOOTER TRIPS.

CAUSE THAT'S, THAT'S A REAL THING THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT BACK THEN.

UM, BUT, UH, WE SAID THAT IF WE CAPTURED 15, ONLY 15% OF TRIPS UNDER THREE MILES, WHICH IS QUITE REASONABLE AND 7% OF TRIPS FROM THREE TO NINE MILES, THAT WE COULD BRING MORE PEOPLE TO DOWNTOWN WITH LESS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, UH, WHETHER THAT'D BE THE, THE CARBON, THE AIR QUALITY, THE HUMAN HEALTH, UH, THAT GOT MORE TRIPS IN AND NEAR DOWNTOWN THAN THE ENTIRE MOPAC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

AND IN 2014, THAT WAS KIND OF THE BIG REGIONAL HIGHWAY INVESTMENT, THE 11, UH, MILE TOLL LANE.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO KIND OF RELOOK AT, UH, THE MAGNITUDE OF A POSITIVE KIND OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAT GIVING THESE, UH, MOBILITY CHOICES CAN CREATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO JOHN EASTMAN TO TALK ABOUT THE SIDEWALK PEDESTRIAN PLAN.

THANKS NATHAN.

UM, JOHNNY'S SPIN WITH THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SIDEWALK AND SPECIAL PROJECTS DIVISION, AND I'M REALLY LUCKY TO, UM, I FEEL VERY LUCKY TO BE WORKING IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND WITH, YOU KNOW, SUCH A, A GREAT SET OF TEAMMATES AND PULLING THIS MULTIMODAL PLANNING TOGETHER.

UM, JUST TO GIVE YOU SOME STATISTICS THAT WE, WE RECENTLY RAN, UM, AND IN SORT OF PROVIDING AN UPDATE FOR IMAGINE AUSTIN, WHICH HAS BEEN 10 YEARS, RIGHT? SO 10 YEARS AGO, UM, THE SIDEWALK NETWORK IN AUSTIN WAS ONLY ON APPROXIMATELY 43% OF THE CITY'S STREET FURNITURE.

SO WELL UNDER HALF THE CITY'S STREET FRONTAGE HAD SIDEWALKS.

UM, WE'RE NOW UP TO 58% AND, AND SO 43 TO 58% DOESN'T SOUND HUGE IF YOU FRAME IT AS YOU KNOW, WELL, UNDER HALF TO ALMOST TWO THIRDS, THE NUMBERS ARE, WE'VE GOT A THOUSAND MORE MILES OF SIDEWALKS IN AUSTIN THAN WE DID 10 YEARS AGO.

WE NOW HAVE A NETWORK OF 2,800 MILES OF SIDEWALKS WHERE WHEN, EVEN WHEN I STARTED 10 YEARS AGO, WE WERE, YOU KNOW, IN THE ORDER OF MAGNITUDE, UH, YOU KNOW, 1800 MILES.

SO IT'S REALLY SPECTACULAR WHAT THIS CITY IS DOING IN TERMS OF TRANSFORMING IT IN SELF, INTO A PLACE WHERE IT IS COMFORTABLE, ATTRACTIVE TO, TO WALK BIKE, UM, AND ROLE.

AND SO WITH THAT, WE'RE AT THIS POINT UPDATE, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING TO BUILD ON THE WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE IN THE LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS.

UM, ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT I, I, I LIKE TO BRING UP IS OUR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.

WE'VE GOT ONE OF THE MOST ROBUST, SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN, IN THE COUNTRY THAT REALLY DIDN'T EXIST FIVE YEARS AGO.

AND THEY DID IT HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

A LOT OF AMAZING WORK ON REALLY IDENTIFIED.

IT'S NOT JUST THE SIDEWALK, IT'S THE COMPLETE ROUTE.

AND ONE OF THE BIG PIECES IS CROSSING THE STREET.

UM, AND SO WE'RE REALLY LOOKING WITH THIS PLAN UPDATE TO CREATE, UH, A PLAN FOR SAFE ROUTES TO THIS CITY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY CITYWIDE.

UM, THE PICTURE YOU SEE ON THE, ON THE SCREEN IS REALLY AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS JUST COMPLETED WITHIN THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

IT WAS, UH, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, COMBINED PROJECT OF THE BIKEWAYS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AND SIDEWALK PROGRAMS. AND IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE IMPROVED THE CROSSINGS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED THE BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE, AND YET ENDED UP WITH LESS IMPERVIOUS COVER BECAUSE

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WE'RE REMOVING THOSE KIND OF FREE RIGHT TURNS AND, AND FREEWAY STYLE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT JUST ARE REALLY INAPPROPRIATE, UM, ON THE BORDERS OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

AND SO WE'RE LOOKING TO, UM, REALLY COME UP WITH A CITYWIDE PLAN, UM, TO FOLLOW THIS TYPE OF A TEMPLATE.

NEXT SLIDE WAS SO THE FOCUS AREAS, UM, ONE OF THE MAJOR FOCUS AREAS.

SO DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE'VE GOT A THOUSAND MILES OF SIDEWALK, WE STILL HAVE OVER 1500 MILES OF CITY STREET FRONTAGE IS THAT DON'T HAVE SIDEWALKS.

AND, YOU KNOW, THE RECENT ESCALATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE REAL, THEY'RE HITTING EVERY PROGRAM.

OURS INCLUDED.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE USED TO SAY IT WOULD, YOU KNOW, WHEN THERE WAS OVER 2000 MILES OF SIDEWALKS TO BUILD, IT WOULD COST OVER A BILLION DOLLARS.

WELL GUESS WHAT, THE NUMBERS ARE NOW $2 BILLION TO, TO CONSTRUCT THE LAST 1500 MILES.

THAT'S JUST NOT REALISTIC.

THAT'S NOT, YOU KNOW, GIVEN ALL THE OTHER NEEDS IN A CITY LIKE AUSTIN, THAT'S NOT REALISTIC.

AND SO ONE OF THE BIG FOCUS AREAS IS LOOKING AT SHARED STREETS.

IF THOSE AREAS, RESIDENTIAL SEARCH STREETS, WHERE, UM, YOU KNOW, DEVELOPMENT OCCURRED WITHOUT SIDEWALKS, THEY'RE RELATIVELY LOW VOLUME, RELATIVELY SLOW SPEED.

CAN WE DO SOME THINGS TO MAKE IT FEEL A SAFE AND COMFORTABLE WALK THERE, UM, MAKE IMPROVEMENTS THAT THAT WILL FUNCTION IN LIEU OF SIDEWALKS AND REALLY ACCELERATE THE DELIVERY OF, UM, A SAFE, COMFORTABLE WALKING EXPERIENCE.

ANOTHER FOCUS AREAS IS, AS I'VE MENTIONED, IS PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AND MAKING SURE WE LOOK AT THE ENTIRE NETWORK, UM, WE'VE DEVELOPED, WE'RE DEVELOPING OUR, A CONSULTANT IS DEVELOPING FOR US NEW TOOLS THAT ALLOW US TO LOOK AT WHEN WE'RE PLANNING OUT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS.

HOW DOES THAT IMPACT THE COVERAGE AND THE ACCESS WITHIN AN AREA? SO WE CAN MAKE REALLY TARGETED INVESTMENTS THAT ARE GOING TO MAXIMIZE THE RETURN FOR, FOR THE CITIZENS.

UM, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS.

UM, I THINK OUR R'S REALLY FOCUSED FOR THE SIDEWALK PLAN ON THAT ALTERNATIVES IS SHARED STREETS, BUT THEY, THEY REALLY DO ECHO AND BUILD ON THE THEMES WITHIN THE BIKEWAY AND URBAN TRAILS PLANS BECAUSE THEY'RE CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE.

WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THE STREETS HAVE MORE NATURAL AND COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO BE.

AND OF COURSE, AS PART OF ALL OF THIS, WE'LL BE UPDATING OUR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, TRANSITION, TRANSITION PLAN FOR SIDEWALKS, WHICH IS JUST A REQUIRED COMPONENT OF SIDEWALK PLAN.

EXCELLENT.

AND KATIE, I WASN'T SURE IF YOU WANTED TO TAKE IT BACK OVER AND TAKE US THROUGH THE END OR, YEAH, I THINK THAT WE CAN REALLY JUST START TO OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS.

THIS IS JUST THE TIMELINE THAT I SHARED EARLIER.

KIND OF NOTING THAT WE'RE IN PHASE TWO NOW, AND AGAIN, AIMING FOR THAT ADOPT, ADOPT PLAN THIS WINTER AND ADOPTION THIS RIGHT OR NEXT SPRING.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION, UH, REMOTE, UH, COMMISSIONERS.

UM, DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? IF SO, YEAH.

COMMISSIONER, I GUARANTEE YOU, YOU ONE, YOU GET TO GO FIRST.

I HAD A QUICK QUESTION REGARDING THE OUTREACH TO THE FOCUS GROUPS, UM, IN REGARDS TO FEEDBACK THAT THEY RECEIVED, WAS IT RECEIVED VIRTUALLY, OR WAS IT IN PERSON? HOW WAS THAT ENGAGEMENT CONDUCTED? IT'S ALL BEEN A COMBINATION, UM, WITH THE AMBASSADORS THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH.

WE REALLY LET THEM WITHIN PARAMETERS LEAD TO DO WHATEVER ENGAGEMENT THEY ARE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH.

SO IT CAN BE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE THAT JUST COME ACROSS IN THEIR DAILY LIVES, IT CAN BE THEM SETTING UP EVENTS VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON.

UM, SO IT HAS BEEN A COMBINATION.

OKAY.

IF I MAY FOLLOW UP WITH, UH, WAS THAT COMMUNICATION DONE IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH, OR HOW WAS THAT COMMUNICATION DONE? I DO NOT HAVE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION IN FRONT OF ME, BUT I'M HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP WITH YOU.

AND AFTER I CHAT WITH HER OUTREACH HOOKS, WE MIGHT HAVE AN INTERLOPER COMING IN THERE.

UM, YEAH.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

UH, PLEASE.

OKAY.

UM, I WAS HOPING THAT YOU WOULD COMMENT ON THE SAFE ASPECT, WHICH WAS ONE OF YOUR GOALS INITIALLY, UM, HOW SAFE ARE, ARE, ARE, ARE WHAT SORT OF SAFETY, UM, THINGS ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN THE DESIGN AND, UH, COMPLETION OF THE TRAILS,

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JUST TO CLARIFY, ARE YOU SPECIFICALLY ASKING ABOUT URBAN TRAILS? I CAN CERTAINLY SPEAK FOR KIND OF STREET ASPECTS RELATED TO PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AND BIKE WAY, AND EVEN PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND OUR, OUR PHILOSOPHY AND DESIGN APPROACH.

BUT IF YOU COULD CLARIFY, UM, I GUESS OUR URBAN TRAILS, AS SOME OF OUR TRAILS ARE NOT THAT SAFE ANYMORE AND YOU'RE KIND OF ISOLATED ON THEM.

SO I'M JUST WONDERING ABOUT THAT ASPECT.

YEAH.

THANKS FOR CLARIFYING A KITTY.

HE'LL TAKE THE YES.

AND MY CONNECTION IS COMING IN AND OUT.

SO I APOLOGIZE, UM, WITH TRAILS, WHAT WE'RE REALLY THINKING ABOUT IS KIND OF GOING BACK TO THAT MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE PIECE.

SO THINKING, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE GET MORE EYES ON THE STREET SO THAT PEOPLE FEEL SAFER? UM, SO SOME OF IT'S THROUGH ADDING LIGHTING, SOME THINGS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HEARTS HAVE, UM, DON'T REMEMBER WHAT THEY CALL IT, MAYBE LIKE A RANGER PROGRAM WITH OTHERS, PEOPLE NOT ENFORCEMENT, BUT SO MUCH AS, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE OUT WALKING, LOOKING FOR MAINTENANCE ISSUES, BUT ALSO BEING A FRIENDLY FACE ON THE TRAIL.

UM, SO LOOKING AT A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS ON HOW WE CAN KIND OF GET MORE EYES ON THE TRIAL AND THINK THROUGH THE SAFETY PIECE, BUT IT'S CHALLENGING FOR SURE.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER REMOTE? YEAH.

THERE BUGS THAT ARE POLICE.

I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GREAT WORK.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THIS PRESENTATION.

UM, JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY, WHAT OTHER CITIES DO YOU LOOK AT AS, UM, AS SORT OF THE, THE TOPICS EXAMPLES OF WHO'S WHO'S DOING THIS WORK? WELL, I'M HAPPY TO GET, GET THAT STARTED.

UM, AND I'LL WEAVE IN KIND OF THE, THE OTHER ASPECT OF THE SAFETY RELATED TO MOTOR VEHICLES AND JUST, YOU KNOW, UH, VULNERABLE ROAD USERS AROUND, UH, AROUND, YOU KNOW, HEAVY, FAST MOVING OBJECTS.

SO WHETHER IT'S PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS OF THE STREET OR JUST COMFORT OF A SIDEWALK AND SETTING IT BACK FROM THE ROADWAY OR, UM, SAYING THAT PAINTED BIKE LANES AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH AND THAT WE NEEDED PHYSICALLY PROTECTED BIKE LANES.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE VERY FOCUSED ON THAT, UM, SAFETY ASPECT AND, UM, YEAH, AS FAR AS CITIES THAT WE LOOK TO, UM, THERE'S A COUPLE LIKE NEW YORK AND SEATTLE HAVE DONE REALLY GOOD WORK, UH, BUT A LOT OF WHAT WE LOOK TO IN INTEGRATING BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN, UM, KIND OF ALL MODES DESIGN, YOU KNOW, IS ALMOST INTERNATIONAL.

THERE'S BEEN A COUPLE, UH, THERE'S A SPANISH CITIES, UH, SEVERE, UH, THAT BUILT OUT THEIR NETWORK VERY QUICKLY THAT HAD, UM, YOU KNOW, REALLY, UH, BROUGHT THAT, UH, BUILD IT.

THEY WILL COME KIND OF NARRATIVE TO THE FOREFRONT OF LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH NOW IS LIKE FRAGMENTS OF WALKING NETWORKS AND FRAGMENTS OF SAFE BICYCLING NETWORKS, IF YOU REALLY TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY.

SO, UH, YOU KNOW, THEIR STORY IS THEY BUILT THE REAR VERY IMPRESSIVE NETWORK IN THREE YEARS' TIME AND WENT FROM NO MODE SHARE TO LIKE PORTLAND'S LEVEL OF MODE SHARE, WHICH TOOK THEM 20 YEARS TO DO.

UH, SO WE'RE LOOKING, UH, KIND OF ALL OVER FOR THE BEST STRATEGIES TO MEET OUR HIGHEST LEVEL POLICY GOALS, WHETHER IT'S IMAGINE AUSTIN OR THE US STREET, HUMAN MOBILITY PLAN, AND MANY OTHER PLANNING AND POLICY GOALS THAT ARE SUPPORTIVE WELL.

UM, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT.

AND THEN, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU, IF YOU, YOU FELT COMFORTABLE LIKE, YOU KNOW, SPEAKING LIKE OPENLY ABOUT THIS, BUT DOES IT, IN YOUR OPINION, LIKE WHAT, WHAT, WHAT FEELS AS LIKE SOME OF THE BIGGEST, UM, BARRIERS OR CHALLENGES TO MEETING YOUR GOALS? I WANT TO HUG THE FLOOR, SO I'LL GIVE, UH, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER, BUT KATIE OR JOHN, YOU KNOW, YEAH.

I'LL THROW OUT THERE IS A REALLY BIG PICTURE MARKABLE CITY.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, RELATIVE TO OTHER AMERICAN CITIES IS JUST INVESTING TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO THESE AREAS, BUT IT'S INERTIA, RIGHT? WE WENT THROUGH DECADES AND DECADES.

I USED THE, YOU KNOW, UM, THE TERM, YOU KNOW, DEFER DIVERT MAINTENANCE.

I MEAN, WE LITERALLY HAD NO FUNDS DEVOTED FOR SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE FOR SOMETHING LIKE 50 YEARS, YOU KNOW? SO, UM, WHEN WE DID THE LAST SIDEWALK PLAN, WE WERE LOOKING AT AT MAINTENANCE

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AND WE DID IT ANALYSIS AND LITERALLY 90% OF THE CITY'S AND SIDEWALK NETWORK WAS NOT ADA COMPLIANT.

80% WAS CONSIDERED FUNCTIONALLY, UM, DEFICIENT, CONVERSELY, OUR STREET NETWORK IS 80% FUNCTIONALLY ACCEPTABLE.

IT WAS JUST SORT OF A COINCIDENCE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THE INVERSE IS TRUE.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, YOU KNOW, OUR WORK IN PUBLIC WORKS AND WHERE WE MAINTAINED ALL OF THIS INFRASTRUCTURE, BRIDGES, STREETS, SIDEWALKS, BIKEWAYS RIGHT.

AND WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE OUR SIDEWALKS AND BIKE WAYS, YOU KNOW, BETTER WHILE MAKING OUR STREETS NOW LESS GOOD.

THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT'S NOT A WINNING PROPOSITION BECAUSE THAT'S GONNA BREED RESENTMENT.

SO IT'S THE INERTIA BEHIND THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS THAT WE WE'VE HAD IN PLACE.

UM, AND JUST OVERCOMING THAT.

AND AGAIN, I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH THAT IN AUSTIN, THERE, THERE IS A RECOGNITION AND A DESIRE AMONG THE CITIZENS TO, TO CHANGE THAT.

AND, AND THEY'VE, THEY'VE VOTED WITH THEIR WALLETS.

I MEAN, THE, THE BOND ISSUES THAT HAVE PASSED HERE ARE FRANKLY, UM, THE ENVY OF MOST OTHER PROGRAMS THAT, THAT WE WORK WITH NATIONWIDE.

I MEAN, I THINK THAT'S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION.

AND YEAH, CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE ONE, THE LEVEL OF SCALING THAT WE'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO IS ANOTHER, LIKE, THOSE ARE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT THEY'RE ALSO MAJOR CHALLENGES LIKE THAT'S DRIVING.

I MEAN, IT'S JUST HARD TO TRAIN SO MANY PEOPLE IN SCALE, BUT I THINK THE ONE THAT IS MOST ON MY MIND IS, UH, YOU KNOW, THINKING ABOUT LIKE CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, UM, IS A HIGHLY INTERSECTIONAL ISSUE.

WHAT WE'RE DOING IS AT THE HEART OF IT, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE WORK ACROSS SILOS ACROSS BOUNDARIES TO WORK FASTER, UH, BETTER CLEANER, MORE AGGRESSIVELY TO THE OUTCOMES THAT WE, YOU KNOW, AS A COMMUNITY, AS A PLANET NEED TO REALIZE, UM, TO, TO MEET THE VERY REAL DEMANDS, YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT'S, AND THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE INTERSECTIONAL, YOU KNOW, HUMAN HEALTH EQUITY, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THESE HAVE REALLY COMPLEX INTERRELATIONSHIPS THAT IF WE'RE REALLY GOING TO DO OUR BEST WORK, IT'S GOING TO BE WITH A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOW DO WE PLANT MORE TREES, YOU KNOW? AND, UH, MAYBE THAT'S A ONE THAT'S CLOSE TO HOME.

LIKE, YOU KNOW, I KEEP RAGGING INTO THE OTHER PROGRAM SPONSORS HERE THAT WE ALL SAY WE WANT TREES, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'VE PLANTED 20 WITH ALL OF OUR SIDEWALK AND BIKEWAY AND BIKE AND, UH, URBAN TRAIL PROJECTS.

UH, AND MAYBE IT'S MORE THAN 20 OVER THE LAST YEAR, BUT IT'S HARD TO DO IN OUR CONTRACTORS, PROBABLY AREN'T THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO DO IT.

SO IT'S LIKE, HOW DO WE HAVE TREE PLANTING PROGRAMS? AND HOW DO WE SET THE SPACE UP TO PITCH, YOU KNOW, NATURAL STREET, UH, AND, AND OTHER KIND OF RUNOFF RAIN WATER SO THAT THEY CAN, UM, YOU KNOW, SURVIVE IN OUR CLIMATE AND BE RESILIENT.

SO REALLY JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE AT THE KIND OF LEVELS OF COMPLEXITY.

IF WE'RE REALLY GOING TO DO THE BEST WORK, WE WELCOME YOUR SUPPORT AND, UH, YOU KNOW, BEST THINKING ANY, ANYTHING Y'ALL HAVE FOR US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I APPRECIATE YOUR CANDIDNESS AND, UM, NO FURTHER QUESTIONS ON MY END.

ANYONE ELSE? REMOTE? YEAH.

UH, THIS RICK BRIMER, UM, I HAVE SEVERAL QUESTIONS HERE.

UM, I GUESS I'M GOING TO START WITH THIS.

UH, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY, UH, MEASURES OF THE USAGE OF THE BIKE WAYS? I MEAN, I GUESS WHAT I'M TRYING TO GET AT IS PART OF THE CONCEPT OF THE BIKE WAYS IS REDUCTION OF CARS AS FAR AS, UH, USE OF TRANSPORTATION FOR GETTING AROUND.

AND, UH, IT'D BE NICE TO KNOW IF THESE BIKE WAYS THAT WE'RE CONSTRUCTING ARE ACTUALLY MEETING THAT TYPE OF GOAL.

UH, AS ONE OF THE SLIDES MENTIONED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE BIKE WAYS COULD BE USED FOR, YOU KNOW, LOCAL COMMUTES OR FOR NATURE PURPOSES OR CITY-WIDE ACCESS.

AND SO MY QUESTION REALLY IS WHAT ARE WE KIND OF FOCUSING ON WITH THESE BIKEWAYS? ARE WE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO WORK TO, UH, GROCERY SHOPPING, YOU KNOW, LIBRARIES, THAT TYPE OF THING.

ARE WE FOCUSING THESE ON, UM, YOU KNOW, NATURE TYPE OF, UH, ACTIVITIES? THAT'S MY FIRST QUESTION.

YEAH, I'LL TAKE THAT.

AND WE DO HAVE COUNTING PROGRAMS, UH, THAT WE ASSESS WE HAVE, UM, I DON'T KNOW, KATIE, MAYBE 15

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TO 20 CONTINUOUS COUNTERS THAT, UM, COLLECT DATA AROUND THE CLOCK.

UM, AND I THINK THOSE ARE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE.

AND, UH, I'LL JUST SAY, YOU KNOW, WE HAD A, UH, MEDIA REQUEST RECENTLY ABOUT THE JUMP IN USE RELATED TO GAS PRICES, AND THOSE ARE SPOILER, HIGHLY CORRELATED, UH, IN A, IN A CITY LIKE AUSTIN.

UM, AS FAR AS THOSE THREE DIFFERENT NARRATIVES, I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, PARTICULARLY WITH THE PANDEMIC, UM, YOU KNOW, THE, THE IDEA THAT WE WERE DESIGNING A WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO WORK WAS ALWAYS FLAWED AND NOT REALLY THE, AND I ADMIT THAT WE WERE PROBABLY OVER-FOCUSED ON THAT IN THE PAST WITH THE PANDEMIC, YOU KNOW, WHETHER YOU WERE WORKING AT HOME OR WHETHER YOU STILL HAD TO DRIVE A SERVICE TRUCK TO GET TO WORK, LIKE THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT SCENARIOS WHERE LIKE, JUST GETTING OUT OF YOUR FRONT DOOR AND GOING ON A BIKE RIDE WITH YOUR KIDS TO YOUR PARK OR YOUR SPLASH PAD, OR YOUR LIBRARY, OR TO THE GROCERY STORE, THERE'S SO MANY, OR, YOU KNOW, THE CONNECTIONS TO NATURE, LIKE SAY YOU HAVE AN URBAN TRAIL, THAT'S A MILE AWAY AND YOU GO GET SOME FRESH AIR, LIKE ALL THESE ARE VERY, UH, REASONABLE AND THINGS THAT ALIGN WITH OUR POLICIES AND PLANNING AND, YOU KNOW, UH, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AND, UM, KIND OF WHAT WE WANT IT TO, UH, THE FLEXIBILITY WE WANT ALLOW AND PROVIDE FOR IN OUR CITIES.

SO, UM, HOPEFULLY THAT'S GETTING, UH, SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO KIND OF WHAT YOU'RE ASKING ABOUT.

WELL, THE REASON I ASK IS TWOFOLD.

ONE IS THAT, UH, PARTLY THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, UH, UH, SCOPE OF INTEREST IS TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF, UH, VEHICLES ON THE ENVIRONMENT, YOU KNOW, POLLUTION, ET CETERA, ET CETERA, AIR POLLUTION, CETERA, AND, UH, ENCOURAGING ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION, WHETHER IT'S, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, WALKING OR BIKING OR, YOU KNOW, CAR, YOU KNOW, RIDE SHARING, WHATEVER IT IS, CARPOOLING IS AN IMPORTANT METHOD OF DOING THIS TYPE OF THING.

AND, UH, SO IF WE'RE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE BICYCLES, THERE'S AN, OUR CURRENT METHOD OF, UH, TRANSPORTATION.

WE'D LIKE TO SEE THAT AS, YOU KNOW, THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM, ENCOURAGING THAT TYPE OF THING.

AND IN THE PAST, THERE HAS BEEN SOME, UH, RATHER NEGATIVE PUBLICITY REGARDING A BRIDGE BUILT ACROSS A LADY BIRD LAKE THAT WAS RARELY USED BY BICYCLISTS, UH, AND, YOU KNOW, FOR ANYTHING, I MEAN, THERE, YOU KNOW, IT CAME ACROSS IN THE NEWS, UM, AS VERY USE, AND IT BECAME A MINOR SCANDAL AS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WAS SPENT VERSUS THE NUMBER OF BICYCLES THAT WERE CROSSED THERE.

AND, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT WE ARE, UM, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO USE BICYCLES AND USE THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE'RE BUILDING FOR THIS PURPOSE, UH, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CAR TRIPS ON A REGULAR BASIS.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT, YOU KNOW, KIND OF MOVING FORWARD WITH IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT IN THIS MANNER.

YEAH.

I MEAN, I THINK, UH, AND MAYBE I THINK YOU'RE THINKING OF THE BARTON CREEK BRIDGE, UH, RIGHT NEXT TO MOPAC.

UH, YES.

OKAY.

UM, CAUSE I WAS LIKE, WHICH BRIDGE OVER LADYBIRD LAKE IS NOT USED, UH, PROLIFICALLY, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK THAT ONE IS QUITE FAR OUT, IT'S NOT VERY WELL CONNECTED TO THE, YOU KNOW, TO ANY KIND OF TRAVEL DEMAND.

IT WILL BE PART OF, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH I'M SURE YOU'RE WELL AWARE OF THE MOPAC SOUTH POSSIBLE PROJECT.

THAT'S, UH, YOU KNOW, BEEN KIND OF STEPPING THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PHASES.

AND WHEN WE WERE WORKING WITH THAT TEAM, YOU KNOW, A LIAISON FROM ATD, YOU KNOW, WE WERE LIKE THE COMMUTE FROM CIRCLE C BY BICYCLE OR SCOOTER OR EVEN MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR, UM, WOULD BE ABOUT 40 OR 50 MINUTES, WHICH WOULD BE TIME COMPETITIVE UNLESS YOU'RE IN THE TOLL LANES FROM CIRCLE C.

SO WHAT WE SEE INTERNATIONALLY IS THAT THE FASTEST EASIEST WAY IS THE MAIN DRIVER OF HOW PEOPLE CHOOSE.

IT'S NOT THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL PROCLIVITIES.

IT'S NOT HOW THEY WANT TO SAVE MONEY.

IT'S NOT THAT THEY WANT TO EXERCISE.

THOSE ARE ALL NICE SIDE BENEFITS AND THEY ACCOUNT FOR, UH, YOU KNOW, CHANGING THE MARGINS, BUT IT'S REALLY WHAT IS FASTER AND MORE CONVENIENT.

UM, SO I, YOU KNOW, AND, AND TO MENTION THE OTHER BRIDGE, UH, OVER LADY BIRD LAKE CONGRESS AVENUE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF, YOU KNOW, WE'VE MADE CHANGES DURING THE PANDEMIC AT THE REQUEST OF COUNCIL AND, YOU KNOW, THE SAFETY, THE ATMOSPHERE, THE, UH, TYPES OF PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE CHANGE IN USE THE NUMBER OF BICYCLES AND SCOOTERS THAT ARE ON THAT BRIDGE AND DOING SO SAFELY BECAUSE WE MADE IT SAFE.

UH, I THINK IS A PRETTY CLEAR EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS LIKE WHEN THEY'RE SAFE FROM NETWORKS AROUND WHERE WE MAKE A CHANGE.

UM,

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UM, I WANT TO JUST JUMP IN AND ADD THOUGH, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU WERE ASKING I THINK IS, YOU KNOW, ARE WE FOCUSING ON CONNECTING PEOPLE TO DOWNTOWN OR TO THE LOCAL LIBRARY AND REALLY THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKING THE COMMUNITY.

THAT'S WHAT OUR NEXT PHASE OF OUTREACH IS ABOUT BECAUSE THERE'S SOME PEOPLE WHO, YOU KNOW, ARE NEVER GOING TO GET ON A BIKE AND BIKE EIGHT MILES TO WORK, BUT THEY MIGHT BE WILLING TO LEAVE THEIR CAR AT HOME IF THEY COULD SAFELY BIKE ONE MILE TO TRANSIT OR ONE MILE FOR THEIR, YOU KNOW, ERRANDS AFTER WORK, WHERE THEY'RE RUNNING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND THE LIBRARY.

SO REALLY TRYING TO GET THE PUBLIC INPUT ON THAT SO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ADDRESSING SOME OF THOSE COMMUTER TRIPS, BUT THEN ALSO SOME OF THOSE KINDS OF SECONDARY TRIPS.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT COMPLETELY, AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT AS WELL BECAUSE BICYCLES MANY TIMES ARE A SHORT COMMUTE TYPE OF VEHICLES.

THEY'RE NOT, YOU KNOW, VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RIDE THEIR BIKES 20 MILES TO WORK.

THERE'S LIKE FIVE PEOPLE ON THE PLANET THEY'RE GOING TO DO THAT.

SO I UNDERSTAND THAT TYPE OF THING, BUT, UH, AND THAT MOVES ON TO ANOTHER TYPE OF THING.

UM, THE QUESTION THAT I HAVE IS THAT I REALIZED THE MATH THAT YOU PUT UP IS REFLECTIVE OF, UH, 2014 AND NOT OF WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A MAJOR, YOU KNOW, THE STATE IS GOING THROUGH A MAJOR REBUILD OF A LOOP 360, AND THERE'S A LOT OF PLANNING GOING ON FOR, UH, PERHAPS A WIDENING IN, UH, OF INTERSTATE 35.

AND THESE TYPE OF, UH, EXPANSIONS ARE OFFER THE CITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE THEIR HAND AND SAY, YOU KNOW, THIS WOULD BE REALLY NEAT IF WE PUT IN BIKE LANES AS PART OF THIS TYPE OF THING.

I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT, UH, EVEN THOUGH THESE ARE STATE PROJECTS AND THE CITY DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE A LOT OF LEEWAY TO, TO SPEAK UP IN THIS TYPE OF THING BECAUSE OF LAWS, REGULATIONS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT, UH, YOU FOLKS ARE, UH, YOU KNOW, LEANING ON THE STATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE DOING ENCOURAGE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE INSTALLATION OF BIKE LANES.

WHEN I CRAB A LOOP 360 THERE'S, MANY TIMES, MANY PEOPLE, UH, BIKING ALONG 360, MOSTLY I PERCEIVE FOR PLEASURE RATHER THAN BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO WORK OR GOING TO THE LIBRARY OR A RESTAURANT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

BUT NEVERTHELESS, UH, THE INCLUSION OF BIKE LANES ALONG THESE MAJOR THOROUGHFARES WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE BIKES AS METHODS OF TRANSPORTATION, TO, AND FROM WORK AND LIBRARIES AND RESTAURANTS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

WELL, UH, YOU BROUGHT UP A VERY GOOD COUPLE EXAMPLES.

UM, JOHN, DID YOU WANT TO JUMP IN? YEAH, I DID.

I, AND I KNOW THIS QUESTION IS ABOUT BIKES, BUT I'M JUST GOING TO GIVE YOU A REALLY VISCERAL EXAMPLE IN RELATES TO INERTIA AND TECH STARTS GETTING A LOT BETTER AND THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS AND, YOU KNOW, UM, YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THE, THE CITY FROM THE STAFF LEVEL TO THE LEADERSHIP LEVEL IS DOING EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE FACILITIES.

BUT I WOULD, I WOULD ASK YOU JUST TO GO WALK CESAR CHAVEZ, AND CROSS-SITE 35, WHICH IS A NON ADA COMPLIANT ROUTE.

AND DESPITE YEARS OF, OF ADVOCATING TO FIX THAT, IT'S STILL DIVING.

SO JUST BASIC ACCESSIBLE WALKING INFRASTRUCTURE DOESN'T EXIST YET IN THE CORE OF DOWNTOWN.

AND IT REALLY, IT, WHEN I, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A SORT OF A VERY FIRSTHAND EXAMPLE OF HOW CAN THIS BE, HOW CAN WE HAVE DONE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR ROADWAY HIGHWAY NETWORKS IN THE AUSTIN AREA? AND YOU LITERALLY STILL CAN'T GET A WHEELCHAIR.

CESAR CHAVEZ.

I WAS GOING TO PRESENT, UH, YOU KNOW, MAYBE DIFFERENT VERSION.

I MEAN, THAT'S A VERY REAL AND VISCERAL AND KIND OF EXISTING CONDITION THAT WHOLE INTERSECTION WILL GET COMPLETELY REBUILT, YOU KNOW, SHOULD THE ENVIRONMENTAL BE APPROVED FOR THE CENTRAL PROJECT? UH, WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH TXDOT ON EVERY SINGLE NCTR MAY ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR PROJECTS YEARS AGO, WE GOT THEM TO FIRMLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND ADOPTED, YOU KNOW, THEY USED TO SAY WIDE CURB LANES WERE GOOD FOR BICYCLES AND BEHIND CURVED SIDEWALKS WERE GOOD FOR PEOPLE WALKING.

YOU KNOW, NOW WE'RE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT IT HAS TO BE A SHARED USE PATH.

IT SHOULD BE IF HUMANLY POSSIBLE SETBACK FROM THE ROADWAY, UH, THAT'S GETTING IMPLEMENTED ON THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CORRIDOR.

THAT'S GETTING IMPLEMENTED ON ALL SEVEN SEPARATE, UH, UH, LOOP 360 PROJECTS, UM, AS THEY KIND OF ROLL OUT AND MAKE IT THROUGH THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES.

UH, THE 360 1 IS,

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IS KIND OF LIKE THE CIRCLE C EXAMPLE AND KIND OF GETTING AT YOUR QUESTION ABOUT BEHAVIOR CHANGE.

CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THERE WAS A REALLY WELL-DESIGNED TRAIL ALONG 360, IT WOULD NOT ONLY BE A WAY TO GET TO A RESTAURANT OR TO THE OVERLOOK AT THE LAKE, OR JUST GET SOME FRESH AIR? UH, IT WOULD BE A REGIONAL ATTRACTION.

SO LIKE WHEN WE START TO THINK ABOUT LIKE HOW, HOW OUR BUILT ENVIRONMENT IS RIGHT NOW AND HOW IT WOULD CHANGE AS WE PUT QUALITY AND CONNECTIVITY, UH, THROUGHOUT IT, THAT REALLY MEETS US ALL AGES AND ABILITIES TEST FOR PEOPLE WALKING, BIKING, AND SCOOTERING.

UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'LL BE VERY SURPRISED AT THE RESULT.

THE LAST THING I WAS GOING TO SAY TO YOUR LAST QUESTION WAS, UH, JUST LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF PARKING THAT'S BEING PROPOSED IN THE STATESMAN SITE RIGHT NOW.

UH, THE PUD THAT THAT'S, UH, GOING TO COUNCIL AND I'M, I'M BECOMING INCREASINGLY CONVINCED, LIKE WE CAN BUILD OUT OUR SAFE NETWORKS.

THERE'S SO MUCH, UH, EFFECT IN THE LAND PLANNING, UH, HOW MUCH PARKING, HOW MUCH BUILDING MASS WE PUT INTO PARKING.

LIKE THERE, THERE'S A LOT OF REALLY CONSEQUENTIAL CHOICES THAT WE'RE MAKING AND CONTINUE, UH, MAYBE IN THE SPIRIT OF INERTIA TO CONTINUE TO MAKE, UH, THAT AFFECT, UH, HOW WE GET AROUND AND WHAT, UH, WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES WE GET OUT OF IT.

WELL, I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, MANY COMMISSIONS AROUND THE CITY PLAY A ROLE IN EXACTLY THE POINT THAT YOU MAKE THERE.

UH, AND WE NEED TO WORK BETTER ON THAT TYPE OF THING.

UH, NOW WITH THE, TO LIGHTING, UH, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTERTIME WHEN THE DAYS SHORTER, UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU WORK LATER OR GO TO WORK EARLIER, LIGHTING BECOMES A PROBLEM.

CAUSE YOU'RE, YOU'RE GOING TO WORK AT NIGHT OR EARLY IN THE MORNING.

ARE YOU LOOKING AT, UH, YOU KNOW, YOU DID MENTION LIGHTING HAS BEEN EDGY, BUT I THINK THAT IF YOU'RE REALLY GOING TO SERIOUSLY EXAMINE, UH, YOU KNOW, BICYCLES IS A REAL SICK FORM OF TRANSPORTATION TO, AND FROM WORK OR OTHER TYPES OF THINGS THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, ADEQUATE LIGHTING IS GOING TO BE A, UH, YOU KNOW, IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THIS, MAKE SURE THAT, UH, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO SAFELY, UH, TRANSIT FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, UM, MANUALLY TO NAVIGATE AROUND OBSTACLES THAT MIGHT BE IN THE ROADWAY OR THE BIKE PATHS, BUT, YOU KNOW, JUST SAFETY IN A GENERAL SENSE TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE ILLEGAL THOUGHTS IN THEIR MINDS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

YEAH.

THIS TIES TO THAT PREVIOUS QUESTION ABOUT SAFETY AND TRAILS.

AND I'M JUMPING AHEAD OF YOU, KATIE CAUSE, UH, THIS I'M GOING TO ANONYMOUS QUOTE FROM TODAY, UH, FROM A REPRESENTATIVE FROM AUSTIN ENERGY, WE PROVIDE STREET LIGHTING, UH, FOR THE STREET, NOT FOR PEDESTRIAN.

SO LIKE WHEN WE START SCRATCHING INTO, YOU KNOW, AND, AND ONE OF THE LENSES THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS PLANNING, UH, IS, YOU KNOW, RACIAL EQUITY AND ANOTHER IS MODAL EQUITY.

AND WHEN WE START LOOKING AT POLICY IMPLEMENTATION WHERE WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PEOPLE THAT LIGHT OUR STREETS, UH, YOU KNOW, I'LL, I'LL TAKE LANGUAGE ISSUE WITH SAYING THE STREET LIGHTING IS FOR THE STREET, WHICH, YOU KNOW, UH, THE DRIVERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES ARE THE HUMANS THAT CAN SEE THE LIGHT THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE STREET.

UH, WHEN THE STREET INCLUDES THE ENTIRE STREET, UH, STARTS TO TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, GET AT WHY, WHY DO WE NOT BY KIND OF FACT, LIGHT URBAN TRAILS? WHY IS THAT NOT JUST PART OF OUR MOBILITY AND SAFETY LIGHTING SYSTEM THAT STARTED WITH THE MOON TOWERS.

RIGHT.

UM, SO YEAH, THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT UP.

OKAY.

WELL, THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT ON ME.

I COULD GO FOR HOURS, BUT I'M GOING TO LET IT GO WITH THAT AND LET OTHER PEOPLE, UH, DIG INTO THE THINGS.

THANK YOU FOR MUCH YOUR FOLKS.

I APPRECIATE YOUR PRESENTATION REFERRING.

GOOD COMMISSIONER SCOTT OR NICHOLS.

DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANYTHING? NOTHING FOR ME.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S, LET'S GO HERE.

UH, CRUSHING YOU HAVE ANYTHING? HEY, Y'ALL UM, UH, JUST WANTING TO SAY, APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION.

UM, YOU KNOW, AS SOMEONE THAT, YOU KNOW, RISE MY BIKE A LOT, AND I'M ALSO FROM WINDSOR PARK, FROM RON ROGGIE MANNERS.

SO I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND, UM, HOW ADDING A BUNCH OF SIDEWALKS CAN DEFINITELY HELP WITH JUST GENERAL WALKABILITY AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UH, I MYSELF TAKE, UH, THE, I REMEMBER WHEN Y'ALL DID THE, UH, THE SHARED STREETS LIKE BELFAST KEMAL AVENUE F UM, THAT WAS SUPER COOL FOR SURE.

I THINK, UH, WHEN I BROUGHT IT UP WITH ONE OF MY FRIENDS, UH, IN A MUSIC THING, ONE OF MY FRIENDS SAID, UH, WOULD BRING IT UP.

THE, UH, THE KOMAL STREET SHARED STREET.

THEY WERE JUST LIKE, AW, MAN, THEY JUST DID IT WHENEVER IT WAS GENTRIFIED.

YOU KNOW, IT DOESN'T REALLY HELP THAT MANY BLACK PEOPLE.

SO I THINK, UH, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN WE ADD, YOU KNOW, MORE TRAILS AND THESE SERVICES TO THINK OF PLACES OUTSIDE CENTRAL AUSTIN,

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AS, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF CENTRAL AUSTIN HAS BECOME REALLY EXPENSIVE FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD.

UM, SO I THINK FOCUSING ON LIKE, YOU KNOW, EAST OF 180 3, OR LIKE, YOU KNOW, FAR NORTHEAST OR FAR SOUTHEAST AUSTIN, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT, EVEN FOR MYSELF, RIGHT.

TO BIKE OVER HERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, TO CROSS TO 90 TO 90 EAST EASTBOUND ON 35 FROM 35, RIGHT.

IT'S NOT ACTUALLY PAVED.

SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFICULT BIKE RIDE.

OBVIOUSLY I THINK TEXTILE WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THAT.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS OUT OF THE CITY'S HAND.

UM, BUT I DEFINITELY SUPPORT EVERYTHING THAT THE CITY IS DOING AS FAR AS MAKING THIS PLACE MORE BIKEABLE, UM, YOU KNOW, MORE SUSTAINABLE AS FAR AS LIKE CUTTING DOWN ON, YOU KNOW, UM, FOSSIL FUELS BEING CONSUMED AND ALL THAT, MY QUESTION IS, SO I NOTICED WHENEVER Y'ALL WERE TALKING ABOUT CITIES THAT Y'ALL LOOK TO AS FAR AS LIKE, YOU KNOW, UM, PUBLIC TRANSIT, YOU KNOW, PROGRAMS TO LOOK AT A LOT OF THOSE WERE PLACES OF LIKE FAIR CLIMATE, NOT HOT AS HELL FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, RIGHT.

UH, PLACES LIKE NEW YORK.

YEAH.

I MEAN, I KNOW SPAIN HAS THEIR HEAT WAVE GOING ON WITH SEVERE, BUT I THINK THEIR CLIMATE IS PROBABLY GENERALLY MORE MEDITERRANEAN.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, AGAIN, RE BUT LACK OF A BETTER PHRASE, HOT AS HELL.

UM, AND SO OBVIOUSLY THAT POSES HIS CHALLENGE AS FAR AS LIKE GETTING WIDESPREAD ADOPTION DURING THE SUMMER OF PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, WILLINGLY GIVING UP THEIR VEHICLE TO GO BIKE SOMEWHERE.

UM, ARE THERE ANY CITIES YOU CAN THINK OF THAT HAVE LIKE EXTREMELY ARID CLIMATES THAT, UH, THAT MAKE LIKE A GOOD USE OF, OF, YOU KNOW, BIKING INFRASTRUCTURE TO CUT DOWN ON A VEHICLE TRAFFIC? SO FOR URBAN TRAILS, AT LEAST SOME OF THE OTHER CITIES I WAS LOOKING AT KIND OF WHAT YOU WERE SAYING IS THAT SOME OF THE CITIES PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED MIGHT BE DOING GREAT THINGS, BUT SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HAPPENS IN TEXAS.

RIGHT? AND SO I WAS LOOKING AT NOT ONLY WHAT ARE WE DOING, WHAT ARE CITIES DOING GREAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT WHAT ARE CITIES DOING GREAT IN TEXAS? AND SO I WAS LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, SAN ANTONIO, WHICH HAS AN INCREDIBLE TRAIL SYSTEM, UM, AND DALLAS, UM, AND I THINK THAT'LL MEAN A LOT OF IT IS CHALLENGING, BUT WHAT WE'VE BEEN HEARING REALLY IS THAT NEED FOR SHADE, RIGHT? PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO GO BY IF THEY'RE JUST IN COMPLETE SUN.

UM, AND THEN WE'VE HEARD A LOT, ESPECIALLY FROM OUR AMBASSADORS ABOUT THE NEED FOR ACCESS TO WATER.

SO WHETHER THAT'S WATER FOUNTAINS, UM, PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE, OR WHETHER THAT'S SHOWERS, ONCE YOU GET TO, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE BIKING TO WORK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, SO I THINK THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE'RE STARTING TO THINK ABOUT AND ESPECIALLY TALKING ABOUT IT THIS SUMMER, THAT HEAT HAS DEFINITELY BEEN ON OUR RADAR AS WE'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS.

YEAH.

AND I'LL, I'LL GO A STEP FURTHER.

ONE OF THE POLICY ISSUES WE'RE, WE'RE FLOATING AND WE'RE FIGURING OUT HOW TO WORD IS, UM, ACCESS TO BIKE SHARE AND, AND PROVIDING TRANSIT SERVICES COMMENSURATE WITH NEED.

AND FOR FOLKS WHO DON'T HAVE A VEHICLE AND AS SOMEBODY WHO BIKES ALMOST EVERYWHERE AND IN THE SUMMERTIME, I ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY RIDE BY ELECTRIC BIKE.

AND THEN IN THE WINTER TIME, I LIKED THE EXERCISE AND I BIKE ON A, YOU KNOW, OLD SCHOOL MANUAL BIKE.

CAUSE I, I, IT JUST, IT, IT WORKS, IT WORKS EVEN AT A HUNDRED DEGREE HEAT WHEN YOU HAVE GOOD PROTECTED BIKE BICYCLE FACILITIES WHERE YOU CAN KEEP MOVING, YOU'RE NOT EXERCISING.

AND SO WE'RE LOOKING AT A FAIRLY RADICAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT, SHOULD WE NOT JUST, YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING FREE PARKING CITY-WIDE, SHOULD WE PROVIDE FREE ACCESS TO THOSE WHO PREFER THAT WE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A VEHICLE TO ELECTRIC BIKE SHARE AND, AND FLOATING THOSE KINDS OF IDEAS OUT AND ENGAGING WITH THE PUBLIC ON THOSE KINDS OF IDEAS.

SO I THINK, I THINK THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES, UH, IT'S AN EXCITING TIME IN TRANSPORTATION.

THERE'S THERE, THERE ARE DIFFERENT OPTIONS.

UM, ONE OF MY FAVORITE, YOU KNOW, STATISTICS IS, YOU KNOW, THE NUMBER LIKE THEM OR NOT THE, THE, THE ABSOLUTE, YOU KNOW, STUPENDOUS, WE WENT FROM ZERO TO, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ELECTRIC SCOOTER TRIPS PER MONTH.

UM, THERE ALL ARE, THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES THAT WORK IN A, IN A HOT CLIMATE, IF THE FACILITIES ARE THERE AND PEOPLE FEEL SAFE.

YEAH.

I MEAN, I TOTALLY FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, UM, INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF E-BIKES, WHICH I THINK IS A GOAL OF CITY OF AUSTIN'S, UH, IS DEFINITELY A GOOD IDEA FOR SURE.

YOU KNOW? UM, I THINK THERE'S DEFINITELY LIKE, IF YOU LOOK AT, UH, I FORGOT WHAT THEY'RE CALLED, LIKE THE LITTLE CIRCULATOR BUSES THAT RUN ON, LIKE, ROUTES THAT YOU CAN USE A,

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AN APP FOR.

RIGHT.

I THINK SEEING FROM A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, WHICH IS CHEAPER, RIGHT.

A FLEET, A FLEET OF E-BIKES FOR, FOR AN AREA OR A NEIGHBORHOOD OR ONE OF THOSE CIRCULATORS, YOU KNOW, WHICH ONE DOES, UH, THE AREA, THE GREATER GOOD.

I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT COULD BE REALLY INTERESTING.

UM, YEAH.

YOU KNOW, I THINK, UH, AND YEAH, I MEAN, LOOK, IF THE CITY OF AUSTIN WANTS TO COME OUT WITH ITS OWN, AS SIMILAR TO HOW, WHEN WE BANNED UBER AND LYFT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE CAME UP WITH THEIR OWN SORT OF PUBLIC PRIVATE RIDE SHARE APPS.

IF WE CAME UP WITH OUR OWN PUBLIC PRIVATE SCOOTER APP BAND, EVERY OTHER SCOOTER APP, AND THEN THE CITY OF AUSTIN GOT TAX MONEY OFF OF IT, WHO WOULD COMPLAIN, YOU KNOW? YEAH.

I REALLY LIKED A NUMBER OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE RAISING.

UM, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, BACK TO THE INTERSECTIONAL THING, UH, YOU KNOW, AND THIS IS A SUCCESS STORY WITH CAP METRO, YOU KNOW, WHEN A FIXED ROUTE BUS IS SOMETHING LIKE FOUR OR $5 MILLION OF OPERATING COSTS A YEAR, IF YOU START TO THINK ABOUT LIKE HOW MUCH YOU CAN, THAT'S MORE THAN WE'VE EVER SEEN, SPENT ON THE BEAST CYCLE, LIKE BIKE SHARE SYSTEM EVER.

UH, IF YOU START THINKING ABOUT INVESTING THE COST OF A SINGLE FIXED ROUTE BUS, INTO EXPANDING AND DIVERSIFYING THAT SYSTEM, YOU CAN START TO THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, AND LIKE, UH, IF YOU'VE WRITTEN SCOOTERS, THEY'RE VERY EXPENSIVE.

YOU CAN GET AN $80 A YEAR B CYCLE PASS.

RIGHT.

UM, AND, AND CAT METRO IS DOING THAT.

THEY'RE AN ACTIVE PARTNER IN INVESTING AND EXPANDING THAT SYSTEM.

UM, AND IT'S UNDER KIND OF, CO-MANAGEMENT NOW WITH CAP METRO.

UM, THE OTHER WAS JUST A LITTLE ANECDOTE OF A TEMPERATURE.

EVEN IN AUSTIN.

I DID A LINEAR TEMPERATURE TO, UH, ONE OF OUR COUNTERS THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT COUNTS EVERY 15 MINUTES EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

AND, UH, WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WAS THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 30 DEGREES, IT WAS 10% OF THE RIDERSHIP AS THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 80 DEGREES, WHICH IS A HIGH OF A HUNDRED PLUS.

SO WE'RE IN AUSTIN.

WE'RE MORE SCARED OF THE COLD AS A SOCIETY THEN THAN WE ARE OF THE A HUNDRED AND A HUNDRED PLUS ONE WHO RIDES MY BIKE.

I TOTALLY CONCUR.

BUT TO THE TREE THING, I ACTUALLY FIND WALKING IS JUST A, TO QUOTE YOU HOT AS HELL.

UH, THE, THE KIND OF NATURAL AIR CONDITIONING, WHETHER YOU'RE PEDALING YOUR OWN BIKE.

AND E-BIKES TOTALLY, UH, HELP WITH THAT.

UH, THE WALKING SHADE IS JUST GOING TO BE SUCH AN IMPORTANT THING, UH, LAST, LAST THAN INTERSECTIONAL THING, YOU KNOW, AND I KEEP, I THINK WE SHOULD JUST BE AWARE OF THESE TYPES OF THINGS LIKE THE, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY.

WE HAVE AN AWESOME, YOU KNOW, UH, CITY MUNICIPAL OWNED POWER UTILITY THAT DOES A LOT FOR US AS Y'ALL ARE PROBABLY WELL AWARE, BUT OUR REBATES, YOU CAN GET A BIGGER REBATE FOR AN ELECTRIC CAR THAT HAS ALL THE EMBEDDED CARBON, A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF EMBEDDED CARBON.

UH, YOU GET BIGGER, BIGGER REBATE FOR AN ELECTRIC CAR THAN YOU DO AN E-BIKE AND A $2,000.

E-BIKE IS NOT AN EASY THING FOR SOMEBODY TO SPRING TOWARDS IF THEY'VE NEVER, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT IN THE HABIT OF BICYCLING AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE IF THAT WERE THE BARRIER TO ENTRY WAS $300.

LIKE WHY, WHY CAN'T WE GIVE SOMEBODY A $1,700 CHARGER, A CAR CHARGER, OR A $7,000 REBATE ON A NEW BIKE.

SO I THINK THERE'S LOTS OF WAYS THAT WE CAN GET CREATIVE.

APPRECIATE Y'ALL NO REAL FURTHER QUESTIONS.

I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PER SE, BUT I JUST WANTED TO ASK FOR NEXT STEPS WHEN WE ARE PRESENTED WITH THE PLAN, IF WE HAVE A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO REVIEW TO REVIEW IT, THAT'S ALL.

YES.

I THINK WE CAN PROVIDE A TIMELINE AND, AND KIND OF LET YOU KNOW WHEN WE'LL BE, UM, HAVING A DRAFT READY TO GO ONCE WE'RE A LITTLE BIT FURTHER ALONG, AND KATIE WILL CERTAINLY HAVE THE, ALL THREE OF THE PLANS OUT FOR FULL PUBLIC COMMENT AND TRANSPARENT AND, UH, FEEDBACK MECHANISMS ATTACHED.

AND, YOU KNOW, MAYBE, MAYBE WE SHOULD BEAR SOME SPECIAL THOUGHT TO, YOU KNOW, HOW WE CHANNEL Y'ALL'S FEEDBACK OR WHETHER IT'S A LETTER, UM, MEMO OR, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

YEAH.

I WOULD JUST SAY, IF Y'ALL CAN GET IT TO KAYLA, SHE CAN DISTRIBUTE IT TO US AND KAYLA CAN, CAN NOTICE, CAN NOTE IT AS, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE COMING UP IN FRONT OF US IN THE FUTURE THAT WOULD HELP, UM, KIND OF GIVE US SOME TIME TO DIGEST IT AND MAKE COMMENTS, UM, IF WE WANT TO, AS A COMMISSION OR JUST, YOU KNOW, AS CITIZENS.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU FOR A REALLY THOROUGH, UM, PRESENTATION.

REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND, UM, I DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE A QUESTION, BUT, WELL, IT IS A QUESTION ACTUALLY.

UM, SO I WAS RECENTLY IN DENTON, UM, WHICH I DON'T OFTEN THINK OF AS REALLY A GREEN CITY.

UM, NO DISRESPECT TO ANYBODY HERE FOR THE MONEY FROM DENTON.

UM, BUT, UH, AT THE

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HOTEL WE STAYED AT THE ENTIRE PARKING STRUCTURE WAS SOLAR PANELS, UM, THAT THEY HAD PUT UP AND EVEN HAD ONE SECTION THAT WALKED OUT ON THAT THAT WAS COVERED, THEN WENT OUT TO A LITTLE GREEN SPACE AND A PICNIC AREA THAT WAS OUT THERE.

AND I LOVE THAT CONCEPT.

UM, AND WE'RE THINKING ABOUT, UH, WHAT COMMISSIONER CRUSHY SAID ABOUT PROVIDING SHADE AND HAVING SHADE OPTIONS.

IT WOULD BE EXCITING.

UH, AND IF, PERHAPS YOU ALREADY CONSIDERING THIS, UM, TO HAVE SOLAR PANELS, UM, AS SOME SORT OF