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ONE.

SO WE'RE ON TIME.

OKAY.

TODAY IS

[CALL TO ORDER]

NOVEMBER 1ST.

WOW.

ALL RIGHT.

IT IS, UH, FIVE O'CLOCK ON NOVEMBER THE FIRST, 2022.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

SO WE'RE GONNA CALL THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETING TO ORDER THE, UH, FIRST ITEM, AS ALWAYS.

IS, UH, ANYONE SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? NO, THERE IS NOT.

ALL RIGHT.

CHECK.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Urban Transportation Commission REGULAR MEETING on October 4th, 2022.]

UM, IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM, UH, OCTOBER 4TH? RAVEN? IS THERE A SECOND? RIGHT? I SEE SOME SECONDS FOR SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION? RIGHT.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

ANY OPPOSED OR EXTENSIONS? SEEING NONE UNANIMOUS.

ALL RIGHT.

AND WITH THAT, WE'RE GONNA MOVE INTO ACTUAL, WHOOPS.

UH, YEP.

ACTUAL ITEMS. UH, FIRST UP, A

[3. Discussion and possible action on Vision Zero Updates]

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON VISION ZERO UPDATES, SAFETY MEASURES AND PROJECTS, UH, PRESENTED BY LEWIS.

RIGHT.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

WELL, AND I GUESS THE SIGN, SORRY.

ALMOST THERE.

GOOD EVENING, CHAIR COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS LOUIS LE.

I'M THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY OFFICER WITH AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND PRESENT TO YOU TODAY.

WE WANTED TO COME BACK, PROVIDE A BROAD UPDATE, UH, ALSO TOUCH ON ONE OF THE AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS THAT CAME THROUGH RECENTLY, AND MAKE SURE THAT WE, UH, GIVE YOU A, JUST A QUICK BRIEF KIND OF UPDATE OF WHERE WE ARE WITH THAT AND, AND KNOWING THAT WE'LL BE COMING BACK FOR A MORE FULL DISCUSSION IN THE FUTURE ON THAT ONE.

SO, UH, BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I ALWAYS LIKE TO START THE PRESENTATIONS BEFORE WE JUMP INTO DATA AND ENGINEERING AND REALLY TALK ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE.

WE'RE HERE BECAUSE OF THE TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE THAT WE CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE ALMOST EVERY THREE AND A HALF, FOUR DAYS HERE IN AUSTIN.

ON AVERAGE, THIS TRAFFIC VIOLENCE ISSUE IS AFFECTING EVERYONE.

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE, UH, WHAT YOUR BACKGROUND IS, WHAT YOUR RACE ETHNICITY IS, HOW MUCH INCOME YOU MAKE.

UH, THE REALITY IS THIS IS A PHYSICS PROBLEM.

WE HAVE, UH, VEHICLES GOING AT HIGH SPEEDS, INTERACTING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, EITHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF VEHICLES, AND IT IMPACTS EVERYONE BECAUSE OF THAT.

SO, JUST WANNA TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON THE, THE LOSS OF LIFE THAT WE SEE, PARTICULARLY LOOKING AT A PUBLIC HEALTH METRIC THAT WE LOOK AT YEARS OF LIFE LOST, SAYING THAT YOU DON'T GET TO EXPERIENCE MANY YEARS OF YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU DIE PREMATURELY IN A CAR CRASH.

SO HERE IN AUSTIN, AND, AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN BE ADOPTED NATIONALLY IS A SAFE SYSTEMS APPROACH TO THE VISION ZERO, UH, INITIATIVE THAT WE HAVE.

IT, IT'S AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO SAFETY MOBILITY.

IT, IT RECOGNIZES THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO JUST ACCEPT FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES ON THE ROADWAYS AS PART OF GETTING AROUND TOWN.

UH, MANY PLACES HAVE BEEN PUSHING TOWARDS A GOAL OF VISION ZERO.

THEY'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR DECADES AND OTHER PLACES.

IT, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A NECESSARY PART OF HOW WE GET FROM A TO B TO TO LOSE LIFE ON A REGULAR BASIS, TO HAVE LIFE CHANGING INJURIES ON A REGULAR BASIS.

WE KNOW THAT THE HUMAN BODY IS VULNERABLE, AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES.

WE'RE NOT PERFECT ON THE ROADWAYS, WE'RE NOT PERFECT IN OTHER AREAS OF LIFE.

SO HOW DO WE DESIGN AND OPERATE A SYSTEM THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THESE TWO CRITICAL FACTORS? WHEN WE TALK ABOUT VISION ZERO, ANOTHER KEY PIECE IS SEPARATING USERS IN TIME AND SPACE.

YOU SEE A LOT OF THAT, PARTICULARLY IN OUR BICYCLE NETWORK AS WE'RE BUILDING OUT PROTECTED BIKE FACILITIES AND WHATNOT.

IT'S THE SAME THING WITH PEOPLE WALKING, BIKING, ROLLING.

UH, WE KNOW THAT THERE'S WAYS TO SEPARATE USERS, EVEN PEOPLE JUST IN VEHICLES AT THE SAME TIME IN PLACE.

SO WE DON'T HAVE THOSE CONFLICTS THAT END UP RESULTING IN THESE SERIOUS INJURIES AND FATALITIES.

WE ALSO KNOW WE CAN'T PREDICT WHERE THE NEXT FATAL OR SERIOUS INJURY CRASH IS GONNA HAPPEN.

WE DO KNOW THE TYPES OF CONDITIONS.

WE DO KNOW WIDE FAST ROADWAYS WITH HIGH SPEED VEHICLES IS ALWAYS A CONSTANT IN THESE CRASHES.

IT IT'S TYPICALLY A CONSTANT IN THESE CRASHES.

SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN HERE WHEN WE'RE TRYING TO WORK TOWARDS VISION ZERO? IT MEANS IT'S NOT JUST A PROGRAM WITHIN ONE DEPARTMENT WORKING TOWARDS US.

IT'S NOT JUST A TEAM OF FIVE PEOPLE.

THIS IS ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT AREAS, NOT JUST CITY OF AUSTIN DEPARTMENTS, UH, ACROSS THE BOARD IN OUR ORGANIZATION.

IT ALSO MEANS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN THE LOCAL AREA.

IT MEANS THE STATE OF TEXAS.

IT MEANS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IMPAIRED DRIVING, IT'S AN UPSTREAM APPROACH FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE ABOUT DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IT MEANS, UH, ENFORCEMENT ON THE GROUND WHEN WE'RE SEEING IMPAIRED DRIVERS MEANS PROSECUTING THOSE.

IT MEANS GOING THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS TO SEE WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WE CAN MAKE TO REDUCE CERTAIN TYPES OF BEHAVIORS AND, AND CHANGE THIS, THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM TOWARDS A MORE APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR PRESERVING HUMAN LIFE OVER TIME.

THIS IS, UH,

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UH, A SIMPLE GRAPHIC FROM THE VISION ZERO NETWORK WHERE ONE OF, I THINK 35, 40 CITIES NOW IN THE, IN THE US AND CANADA, THAT ARE PART OF THE VISION ZERO NETWORK.

MOST CITIES ARE, ARE WORKING TOWARDS VISION ZERO, AND THEY'RE, THEY'RE MAKING PROGRESS ALONG THIS SPECTRUM OF THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH TOWARDS VISION ZERO TO REALLY GET WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET TO.

IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE.

IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME KEY ASPECTS OF OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK AND HOW IT'S OPERATED TO REALLY SEE FULL CHANGE OVER TIME.

IF WE EXPECT A DIFFERENT OUTCOME, WE'VE GOTTA HAVE DIFFERENT INPUTS INTO THE CONVERSATION.

SO THERE'S SOME, SOME KEY FACETS THAT WE'RE GONNA BE WORKING TOWARDS HERE.

AND, AND AS WE'RE TRYING TO WORK TOWARDS THESE POLICY GOALS OVER TIME, LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DATA AND, AND THE TRENDS HERE IN AUSTIN.

UH, WE KNOW THAT OVER TIME, FATALITIES IN THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE RISEN.

THIS IS FOLLOWING STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL TRENDS, BUT IT'S NOT RISING EQUALLY ACROSS THE DIFFERENT MODES THAT WE SEE.

THESE ARE DATA BY CRASHES, NOT PEOPLE.

SO THERE ARE, YOU KNOW, KNOW WE HAVE A VISION ZERO DASHBOARD THAT SHOWS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND, AND WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AND FATALITIES.

THESE ARE THE CRASHES.

THESE ARE LOOKING AT THE INCIDENTS THEMSELVES AS OPPOSED TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASHES.

I WANNA HIGHLIGHT JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS.

IN PARTICULAR, PERCENTAGES OF PEDESTRIANS, PEOPLE WALKING AND MOTORCYCLISTS IN PARTICULAR.

UH, YOU'RE SEEING THE PEDESTRIAN NUMBERS RISE FASTER EACH YEAR.

WE'RE SEEING THAT ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL.

WE SEE THAT LOCALLY AND, AND ON THE STATEWIDE LEVEL AS WELL.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT, UH, I CAN RECALL SEEING PEDESTRIAN NUMBERS FOR FATALITIES BE HIGHER THAN PEOPLE IN VEHICLES.

THE MOTORIST NUMBERS THAT YOU SEE THERE, MOTORCYCLISTS IS ANOTHER ONE WE WANNA POINT OUT.

IT'S NOT AS HIGH AS AS THE OTHER CATEGORIES, BUT WE'VE ALREADY EXCEEDED LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OF MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES.

WE DID THAT, UH, I THINK LAST MONTH.

SO WE'VE ALREADY EXCEEDED THAT.

THIS YEAR WILL BE, I THINK, MAYBE A RECORD YEAR OF MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES ON OUR ROADWAYS.

WHEN WE LOOK AT TRENDS, UH, THERE'S A CHART LOOKING AT NATIONAL DATA THAT SHOWS OVER A 10 YEAR PERIOD, AS I MENTIONED, THOSE PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST FATALITY ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL HAVE BEEN INCREASING FAST OVER TIME, EVEN FASTER THAN THE RATE OF TOTAL FATALITIES.

WE DECIDED TO TAKE A LOOK AT AUSTIN DATA JUST TO SEE WHAT THAT 10 OR 11 YEAR PERIOD WOULD LOOK LIKE HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND WE HAD TO CHANGE THE SCALE OF THE GRAPH BECAUSE PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES HAVE INCREASED OVER A HUNDRED PERCENT IN A 10 YEAR PERIOD.

AND THAT'S PREDICTING, UH, A TOTAL FOR THIS YEAR BASED ON CURRENT ESTIMATES AS OF, UH, OCTOBER 1ST.

SO WE KNOW THAT, UH, PEDESTRIAN RELATED FATALITIES ARE RISING FASTER AND FASTER, UH, EVEN MORE SO THAN OUR OVERALL NUMBER OF FATALITIES ON THE ROADWAY.

THANKFULLY, THE BICYCLISTS NUMBERS ARE NOT SEEING THAT SAME TREND AS THE NATIONAL LEVEL.

WE ARE PRETTY STEADY AT 2, 3, 4 BICYCLIST FATALITIES PER YEAR, AND WE'RE NOT SEEING THAT SAME KIND OF EXPONENTIAL GROWTH.

SO, PEDESTRIAN RELATED FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES ARE REALLY A FOCUS FOR US, UH, NOW AND MOVING FORWARD TO SEE WHERE WE CAN HAVE THE BEST INTERVENTION TOWARDS IMPROVING THOSE NUMBERS OVER TIME.

I WANNA POINT OUT TOO, THAT WE, WE LOOK AT THE DATA IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

UH, ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT IS BASED ON THE, THE OWNERSHIP OF THE ROADWAY ON SYSTEM IS STATE OWNED ROADWAYS OFF SYSTEM WOULD BE CITY OWN ROADWAYS.

WE ARE SEEING A, A PARTICULAR TREND THERE AS WELL.

UH, BACK IN 2015, YOU KNOW, THE NUMBERS WERE ABOUT TWO THIRDS ON SYSTEM VERSUS, UH, A THIRD OFF SYSTEM.

AND WE'VE SEEN THAT BE SOMEWHAT CONSISTENT.

BUT THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AND PARTICULARLY THIS YEAR, WE'RE SEEING QUITE AN INCREASE ON THOSE ON SYSTEM FATALITY NUMBERS.

AND SO CAN, IT'S ON SYSTEM WITH STATE AND OFF SYSTEM IS CITY, CORRECT? ON SYSTEM IS STATE OWNED ROADS.

SO THINK ABOUT FREEWAYS, UH, FRONTAGE, ROADS, SOME OF THE, THE MAJOR ARTERIALS IN OUR CITY, UH, FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION.

AND SO IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT WHAT'S ON PAPER AND WHO OWNS THE ROADWAY, RIGHT? THIS IS ABOUT THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

THIS IS ABOUT THE DESIGN OF THOSE ROADWAYS WHEN THEY'RE DESIGNED TO MOVE AS MANY VEHICLES AS FAST AS POSSIBLE THROUGH A PARTICULAR AREA.

WE'RE GONNA SEE OUTCOMES LIKE THIS AND IT, AND IT JUST SEEMS TO BE THAT THE TREND IS, UH, TURNING UPWARD ON THOSE PARTICULARLY WIDE FAST ROADWAYS RELATIVE TO CITY ROADWAYS OVERALL.

SO KEY TAKEAWAYS, UH, JUST COMBINED, YOU KNOW, WE LOOK AT FATALITIES IN SERIOUS INJURIES AS OUR VISION ZERO GOLD WORKING TOWARDS ZERO.

THEY'RE UP COMBINED IN 2022 AT ABOUT 2% FATALITIES ARE DOWN.

UH, WE'VE SEEN A NUMBER OF FATALITIES IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, UNFORTUNATELY.

SO THOSE NUMBERS ARE CREEPING UP TO LAST YEAR'S TOTALS AND, AND THE PACE THAT WE WERE ON LAST YEAR AND, AND SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES ARE UP WHILE THOSE REPORTABLE CITY CRASHES.

UH, CITYWIDE CRASHES ARE UP 2% AS WELL.

JUST OVERALL NUMBER OF CRASHES THAT GET A REPORT EVENING AND EARLY MORNING HOURS, 8:00 PM TO 4:00 AM ACCOUNT FOR 45 OUTTA THAT 84 FATAL CRASHES.

SO OVER HALF OF OUR FATAL CRASHES HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, PARTICULARLY ON THE FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY EVENINGS.

AND THAT'S JUST REPRESENTING A THIRD OF THE DAY, OR, OR EVEN LESS THAN THAT, UH, WHEN YOU LOOK AT FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY OVERNIGHT PERIODS RELATIVE TO THE REST OF THE WEEK.

SO WE KNOW THOSE OVERNIGHT CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY ON WEEKENDS, HAVE CERTAIN VARIABLES THAT ARE ACCOUNTING FOR, UH, A HIGHER NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES RELATIVE TO THE REST OF THE DAY.

WE ARE SEEING, AGAIN, THAT INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF FATAL CRASHES ON, ON SYSTEM ROADWAYS, AND THEN AGAIN, THAT

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TREND ABOUT PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECENT MEMORY, MAYBE EVER EXCEEDING MOTORIST FATALITIES.

SO, UH, GLAD TO KEEP GOING AND, AND GET INTO SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, OR IF YOU WANNA PAUSE FOR SOME QUESTIONS.

GLAD TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DATA BEFORE WE MOVE ON.

SURE.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

I DUNNO IF YOU WANNA PUT THE OTHER FOLKS ON THE SCREEN SO WE CAN SEE THEM.

UH, IS MICRO MOBILITY MEASURED WHAT, OR DO YOU KNOW IT OFFHAND? SCOOTERS.

SPECIFICALLY SCOOTERS.

UH, WE'VE DEFINITELY SEEN A, A HANDFUL OF SCOOTER FATALITIES IN THE PAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS.

UH, WE'VE SEEN MORE INCIDENTS IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS THAN WE DID, OBVIOUSLY IN THE PANDEMIC TIME.

MM-HMM.

, UH, UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT AN AREA.

WE'VE GOT GREAT DATA.

MOST OF OUR DATA COMES FROM POLICE REPORTS.

MM-HMM.

.

AND SO WHEN THAT CDC STUDY HAPPENED A FEW YEARS BACK, CDC AND ALSO PUBLIC HEALTH AND OTHERS, WHEN THEY LOOKED AT THE NUMBER OF SCOOTER RELATED INCIDENTS, UH, ONLY I THINK 15 TO 16% OF THEM WERE CAR RELATED.

MM-HMM.

, MOST SCOOTER RELATED INCIDENTS ARE SOMEBODY FALLING OFF ON THEIR OWN, UM, HAVING SOME OTHER KIND OF RUNNING INTO AN OBJECT OR SOMETHING ELSE.

MM-HMM.

.

SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT SITUATION, THEY'RE NOT CALLING THE POLICE FOR A CAR CRASH REPORT.

MM-HMM.

, THEY'RE GOING TO A HOSPITAL, THEY'RE GOING TO A DOCTOR.

SO WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO IS TRY TO FILL OUT THAT DATA SIDE, WORKING WITH THE HOSPITAL, THE LOCAL DEL SETON MM-HMM.

, UH, INJURY PREVENTION MANAGER, AND, AND TRYING TO GET BETTER DATA AROUND THAT TO SEE THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS.

BUT RELATIVELY SPEAKING, THEY'RE USUALLY CATEGORIZED WITHIN THE PEDESTRIAN CATEGORY JUST BASED ON THE, HOW THE STATE CRASH REPORT IS SET UP.

YEAH.

OKAY.

AND SO WE, WE DO HAVE A FLAG THAT WE'RE TRYING TO IDENTIFY THOSE AND TRY TO TRACK THOSE BETTER OVER TIME.

I, I THINK FOR UTC, YOU KNOW, SPECIFICALLY IT WOULD BE INTERESTING BECAUSE THAT DOES COME UP AND WE ALSO DO HEAR PEOPLE SOMETIMES SHOW UP AND THERE'S BOTH SIDES OF THE, YOU KNOW, SCOOTERS ARE DANGEROUS IN, BUT WHAT DOES THE DATA SAY? ARE SCOOTERS MORE OR LESS DANGEROUS THAN OTHER THINGS? SO THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO PULL OUT IF YOU COULD.

UH, AND THEN I HAVE ONE OTHER QUESTION.

ARE, UH, THE VEHICLE TYPES TRACKED IN, SO IN THE VEHICLE PEDESTRIAN INCIDENTS, IS IT, IS IT TRUCKS? IS IT, UH, SPORTS CARS? IS IT, IS THERE A PREPONDERANCE OF ANYTHING THERE THAT WOULD BE WORTH ADDRESSING? WE, WE DO HAVE THE VEHICLE TYPES, UH, MAKE MODEL AND WE'RE STARTING TO DO A LOT AROUND ACTUALLY THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, THE VIN MM-HMM.

, TRYING TO SEE WHAT KIND OF SAFETY FEATURES ARE ON THOSE VEHICLES.

WE DO QUITE A BIT OF ANALYSIS AND WE'RE TRYING TO WORK TOWARDS THAT.

WE DID LOOK PARTICULARLY AT PEDESTRIANS BECAUSE THERE'S A, A GROWING CONSENSUS THAT LARGER VEHICLES, YOU KNOW, HIGHER MASS OF THE VEHICLE, IT'S GONNA IMPACT ENERGY.

SO WE WANTED TO SEE IF THAT'S THE CASE IN THE, IN THE FATAL SEVERE CRASHES.

WE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT PLAY OUT LOCALLY.

OKAY.

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF OUR PEDESTRIAN RELATED FATALITIES HAPPEN ON THE WIDE FAST ROADWAYS.

MM-HMM.

.

SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE VEHICLE THAT'S GOING 70, 80 MILES AN HOUR, IT, IT'S NOT THE VEHICLE SIZE KINDA DOESN'T MATTER AT THAT POINT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

YEAH.

IT'S, IT'S NOT AS BIG A FACTOR AS IF IT WERE ON A LOCAL ROADWAY OR, OR A ARTERIAL OR COLLECTOR THAT WAS KINDA MORE OF A CITY STREET IN SITUATIONS.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, UH, WE WANT TO KEEP DIGGING INTO THAT AND BETTER UNDERSTAND ONCE WE SEPARATE OUT THOSE KIND OF FREEWAYS IN FRONTAGE ROADS, ARE WE SEEING A DIFFERENCE IN VEHICLE SIZE AND IF, IS THAT HAVING AN IMPACT? CAUSE WE KNOW SUVS ARE NOW OVER 50% OF NEW CAR SALES.

SO STARTING TO SEE THAT, LOOKING AT AGE OF VEHICLES ALSO ANOTHER FACTOR THAT WE'RE, WE'RE CONSIDERING AS WELL.

YEAH, THAT WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING TO KNOW AS WELL BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU SORT OF FEEL IT WHEN YOU DRIVE OR WHEN YOU'RE RIDE A BIKE, YOU KNOW, THESE GIANT VEHICLES, BUT IF THE DATA DOESN'T INDICATE THAT IT'S REALLY PROBLEM, THEN IT DOESN'T INDICATE ITS PROBLEM.

BUT IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO FIND OUT.

UM, ANYONE OUT THERE ON ZOOM? UH, HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? YEAH, I, AND MAYBE MINE IS, UM, SORT OF DIRECTLY FOLLOWING ON YOUR QUESTION, I, I HAD THE SAME QUESTION ABOUT THE VEHICLE TYPE THAT WAS ANSWERED, BUT, UM, WITH THE, UM, ON SYSTEM ROADS OR THE STATE ROADS, I KNOW THAT, UM, AT LEAST SOME THINGS HAD BEEN DONE TO TRY TO INCREASE SAFETY.

UM, PARTICULARLY I'M THINKING THE CORRIDOR OF I 35, LIKE NEAR THE TARGET JUST SOUTH OF 51ST STREET OR NORTH OF 51ST STREET, SORRY, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

THERE WERE SOME THINGS PUT IN PLACE THERE.

I THINK MORE COULD BE IMPROVED, BUT THERE'S SORT OF SOME HOTSPOT, LIKE PLACES WHERE FOLKS ARE TRYING TO CROSS HIGHWAYS CUZ THERE'S NOT A SAFE CROSSING FOR THEM.

UM, SO I LIKE ARE ARE YOU STILL SEEING THOSE TYPES OF TRENDS WHERE LIKE THERE'S SOME LIKE HIGHWAY HOTSPOTS WHERE FOLKS ARE CROSSING THAT ARE REALLY BECOMING, UM, A DANGEROUS AREA FOR OUR COMMUNITY? YEAH.

THANKS FOR REFERENCING THAT.

THAT WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND, AND TEXTILE WORKING TOURING TO RESOLVE THIS HOTSPOT LOCATION THAT AREA NORTH OF 51ST STREET ON I 35 PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO CROSS THOSE MAIN LANES ON A REGULAR BASIS.

AND I THINK IN 2018 AND 19 WE SAW FOUR PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES PER YEAR IN THAT PARTICULAR STRETCH.

51ST I THINK UP TO MAYBE THE RUNDBERG AREA, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND SO WHEN WE WORKED WITH THEM TO IDENTIFY A POTENTIAL SOLUTION, UH, THEY WERE ABLE TO USE SOME, I IDENTIFIED SAFETY FUNDS THAT WERE IN THE BIUM THAT YEAR AND, AND PUT THAT IN PLACE SO THAT WE COULD INCREASE THE SIZE OF THAT MEDIAN BARRIER.

AND SO AGAIN, AN INTERIM TREATMENT, IT DOESN'T RESOLVE THE LACK OF SAFE CROSSINGS IN THAT AREA, BUT IT DID HELP TO PREVENT, I THINK FROM THAT POINT FORWARD FOR A TWO YEAR PERIOD.

I THINK WE SAW ONE PEDESTRIAN FATALITY RELATIVE TO FOUR PER YEAR, THE YEARS BEFORE.

SO WE

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HAVE SEEN THOSE TYPES OF TREATMENTS BE EFFECTIVE.

THEY DID SECURE FUNDING TO DO THAT INCREASED HEIGHT, UH, BARRIER ALONG MORE STRETCHES OF I 35 AND WE'RE HOPING THAT'S ACTUALLY GONNA BE IN PLACE IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS IN DIFFERENT SECTIONS WHERE WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF THESE PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES AS PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO CROSS.

BUT REALLY THE LONG TERM SOLUTION IS HOW WE DESIGN THE LONG TERM PLANS FOR THAT SECTION AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE GOT ENOUGH SAFE CROSSINGS AT REASONABLE DISTANCES TO, TO RESOLVE THAT ISSUE OVERALL.

YEP.

UM, DO YOU HAVE ANY ROUGH NUMBER FOR HOW FAR APART REASONABLE CROSSINGS OUGHT TO BE? WE DO HAVE SOME GUIDELINES WITHIN OUR TRANSPORTATION CRITERIA MANUAL.

IT, IT DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF THE STREET, IT DEPENDS ON THE TRACTORS, THE LAND USE, OTHER DESTINATIONS NEARBY.

SO IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE CONTEXT REALLY.

UH, I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBER OFF HAND.

I'M GLAD TO FOLLOW UP AS FAR AS WHAT YEAH.

I'D SUGGEST MIGHT BE A QUARTER MILE ON THE BASIS, THAT'S A GOOD DISTANCE FOR SEPARATING TRANSIT STOPS AT THAT.

IF YOU'RE THAT FAR AWAY FROM TRANSIT, YOU TEND TO GET HIGHER RIDERSHIP THAN WHEN YOU'RE FURTHER AWAY FROM TRANSIT.

YEAH, I THINK I'D TO, I'VE A SIMILAR NUMBER IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT IN PARTICULAR.

MAKES SENSE.

UM, WHAT THAT MEANS ALONG A FREEWAY.

NOT SURE IF IT'S THE SAME, BUT GLAD TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

AND YOU HAVE, PRESUMABLY YOU COULD GET DATA OF FROM A CRASH LOCATION TO THE NEAREST CROSSING POINT WHEN THE CRASH OCCURS ON A MAJOR ARTERIAL? CORRECT.

IS THAT SOME, HAVE YOU COLLECTED THAT OR? WE DO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

UH, WE REVIEW EVERY FATAL CRASH WE'RE, WE'VE, UM, GOT ITS DATABASE SET UP TO MANUALLY REVIEW THE DISTANCE AND LOCATION FOR EVERY CRASH THAT HAPPENS THAT INVOLVES A SERIOUS INJURY OR FATALITY.

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FATALITIES, WE WANNA MAKE SURE WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THOSE BUILT ENVIRONMENT CONDITIONS, THE DISTANCE TO THE NEAREST CROSSING, WAS THERE A BUS STOP NEARBY POTENTIALLY THAT, UH, WAS PART OF THAT CONVERSATION.

UH, IS THERE SAFE, IS THERE SUFFICIENT LIGHTING IN THE AREA? SO THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT WE TAKE A LOOK AT.

AND AND CROSSING DISTANCE IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THOSE.

DO YOU PUBLISH ANY OF THAT DATA? I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A TABLE THAT SHOWS FOR EACH, NO, I DON'T THINK WE'VE PUBLISHED IT FOR EACH CRASH, BUT, UM, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD TAKE A LOOK AT AS WELL.

YEAH.

OR UPPER QUARTILES.

UH, YES.

COMMISSIONER WEATHERBY, YOU, YOU MENTIONED, UH, LIGHTING AND PASSING JUST NOW.

I REMEMBER IN THE INITIAL REPORTS FROM THE VISION ZERO WORK THAT LIGHTING WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF A LOT OF THESE AREAS THAT HAVE, UH, PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS OR JUST ACCIDENTS AROUND REGULAR STREET.

UM, HAS, CAN YOU CHARACTERIZE WHAT KIND OF PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN ADDITIONAL LIGHTING IN THESE PROBLEM AREAS? SURE.

AND I'LL GET TO IT IN ONE OF THE UPCOMING SLIDES, BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO TRY TO IDENTIFY, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE, WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES TO INCREASING LIGHTING, PARTICULARLY WHERE WE'VE GOT GAPS IN LIGHTING OR WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO INCREASE THE LEVELS OF LIGHTING.

WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING, UH, HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM GRANTS.

THOSE ARE FEDERAL FUNDS THAT FLOW THROUGH THE STATE.

WE'VE ACTUALLY IDENTIFIED FIVE DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF ROADWAYS WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD PROJECTS THAT WOULD INCREASE LIGHTING, FILL IN GAPS AND, AND CHANGE THIS OLD LIGHTING STYLE TO, TO L E D LIGHTING.

JUST HAVE GREATER LIGHTING LEVELS, PARTICULARLY WHERE WE'RE SEEING DARK CONDITION CRASHES, UM, SHOW UP WITH PATTERNS.

SO WE'VE, WE'VE MADE SOME GOOD PROGRESS ON IDENTIFYING FUNDING, IDENTIFYING LOCATIONS WITH HIGH NEED AND OPPORTUNITY.

UH, WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS AT AUSTIN ENERGY TO TRY TO DEVELOP MORE OF A STANDARD PROCESS OF WHO'S GONNA BE TAKING, WHAT'S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS FILLING IN THESE GAPS OR HANDLING REQUESTS FOR LIGHTING.

HOW DO WE ENSURE WE'VE GOT SUFFICIENT FUNDING IN THE LONG RUN THAT DOESN'T JUST RELY ON GRANTS, BUT REALLY TRIES TO IDENTIFY HOW WE, HOW WE MOVE FORWARD IN THIS LIGHTING AREA OVERALL.

AND NOT JUST LOOKING AT ROADWAY LIGHTING, RIGHT? THIS IS ABOUT MOBILITY LIGHTING AND TRANSPORTATION LIGHTING.

HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WALKING, BIKING, WAITING FOR TRANSIT, THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT LIGHTING TO FEEL SAFE AND AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTINUE TO USE THOSE ALTERNATIVE FORMS, I'LL CALL 'EM, OF TRANSPORTATION RELATIVE TO JUST DRIVING WHEREVER THEY NEED TO GO.

THANKS.

YES.

COMMISSIONER WHEELER.

YES.

SO YOU SAID THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEDESTRIAN DEATHS ARE IN THE WIDE FLAT AREAS.

IS THAT CORRECT? THE MAJORITY OF PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES ARE NOT AT KIND OF SIGNALIZE INTERSECTIONS.

CORRECT.

THEY'RE ON, THEY'RE ON SEGMENTS.

WIDER ROADWAYS, FASTER ROADS THAT ARE WIDER AND FLAT.

RIGHT.

SO IT'S NOT LIKE YOU'RE TINY LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE SOMEBODY RUNS INTO YOU FROM BEHIND.

IT'S, IT'S WIDER, FLATTER.

AND IS THAT LIKE, I MEAN LIKE 60% OR EIGHT 90%? WHAT, WHAT THE MAJORITY, I'M JUST TRYING TO GET A FEEL FOR, UM, HOW MUCH THERE IS OF NOT BEING WIDE AND FLAT, I GUESS IS WHAT I'M SAYING.

YEAH.

UM, I DON'T HAVE AN EXACT NUMBER FOR YOU, BUT OKAY.

OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, I'D SAY AT LEAST THREE OUTTA FOUR GENERALLY.

OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU.

AND THAT 75, 80 5% RANGE? IT'S, IT'S THE MAJORITY ARE ON THE, THE HIGHER SPEED ROADWAYS.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

AND A QUICK FOLLOW UP AND DOES THAT OVERLAP WITH THE 8:00 PM

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TO 4:00 AM THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAYS? SO IS IT TRUE TO SAY THEN SOMETHING LIKE 75 ISH PERCENT HAPPEN ON THOSE KINDS OF NIGHTS ON THOSE KINDS OF STREETS? I THINK THAT'S AN ACCURATE STATEMENT.

YEAH.

WE CAN TRY TO GET BACK WITH YOU ON ON MORE SPECIFICS THERE IF YOU'RE INTERESTED.

BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE CRASHES, FATAL CRASHES HAPPEN OVERNIGHTS, PARTICULARLY ON WEEKENDS.

MAJORITY OF THE PEDESTRIAN RELATED CRASHES ARE HAPPENING ON THESE WIDE FAST ROADWAYS.

HOW DO WE START TO ADDRESS THOSE THROUGH DESIGN, THROUGH OPERATIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE REALLY FOCUSED ON.

OKAY.

WELL THAT'S AN EXCELLENT SEGUE THAT YOU USED THE WORD DESIGN, CUZ THE LAST QUESTION I HAVE IS ON SLIDE FIVE, IT'S LESS OF A DATA QUESTION, I GUESS MORE OF A CONCEPTUAL QUESTION.

HAS THE BULLET DESIGNING TO REDUCE CONFLICT BETWEEN ROAD USERS? CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT? SURE.

SO, UH, THERE'S, THERE'S A VARIETY OF WAYS TO DO THAT, RIGHT? WE HAVE, WE HAVE OPERATIONS WITH SIGNAL TIMING MM-HMM.

, SO WE KNOW THAT WE CAN PROTECT LEFT TURNS OF, OF ONCOMING VEHICLES, AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN AN UPCOMING SLIDE.

MM-HMM.

.

SO WHEN YOU'RE AT A LIGHT, DO YOU HAVE A PROTECTED LEFT TURN OR DO YOU HAVE AN OPTION TO GO WHEN IT'S, UM, WHEN THERE'S A GAP MM-HMM.

, SO IT'S A FLASHING YELLOW ARROW OR A GREEN BALL.

YOU'VE GOT THAT PERMISSIVE PHASE THAT HELPS DEFINITELY WITH OPERATIONS, BUT IT, IT'S GOT A TRADE OFF A LITTLE BIT WITH SAFETY MM-HMM.

.

SO WE'RE CONSTANTLY HAVING THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

SAME THING WITH, UH, LEADING PEDESTRIAN INTERVALS.

IF YOU RECALL, ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, WE WORKED WITH OUR SIGNAL ENGINEERS DOWNTOWN TO SAY, OKAY, SOMETHING LIKE 90 OR A HUNDRED INTERSECTIONS WE'RE GONNA HAVE LPIS SO THAT PEDESTRIANS CAN START TO WALK ACROSS THAT CROSSWALK BEFORE THE VEHICLE DRIVER GETS A GREEN LIGHT.

SO THEY ESTABLISH THEMSELVES, THEY'RE VISIBLE.

UH, WE'VE SEEN INCREASED SAFETY FROM THAT.

SO SEPARATING THAT, THAT USER IN TIME AND SPACE CAN BE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

IT CAN BE PROTECTED INTERSECTIONS WITH MM-HMM.

, BICYCLE PROTECTION, UH, PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION AS YOU'RE GETTING THROUGH THE INTERSECTION.

AGAIN, VISIBILITY, SHORTER CROSSINGS, SEPARATING THOSE USERS IN TIME AND SPACE.

ALL RIGHT.

YEAH, THAT'S SUPER HELPFUL.

UH, YEAH.

UM, LET ME THROW OUT JUST AN IDEA.

UH, IS, IS THERE A DISCUSSION OR HAS THERE BEEN DISCUSSION ABOUT VEHICLE TYPES? YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GONNA HARP ON THE GIANT TRUCKS AGAIN, JUST TO HARP ON GIANT TRUCKS, BUT YOU KNOW, IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, TRUCKS HAVE BECOME KIND OF RIDICULOUS IN MY MIND.

AND IT, IF THERE'S DATA THAT INDICATES THAT, THAT THE KIND OF CONFLICT BETWEEN THAT KIND OF VEHICLE AND OTHER VEHICLES, AND THEN EVEN, ESPECIALLY THINGS LIKE POLICIES THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE THAT NEIGHBORHOODS AND STREET SIGNS THAT SAY YOU CAN'T HAVE VEHICLES ABOVE A CERTAIN WEIGHT.

I'M CERTAIN MANY OF THOSE VEHICLES ARE ABOVE THAT WEIGHT.

AND IT, YOU KNOW, IT, IT'S SORT OF LIKE A SUPPLY SIDE, I GUESS, UM, APPROACH.

LIKE, YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO PUTTING IN BIKE LANES OR PUTTING IN BETTER SIGNALING AND LPIS AND STUFF, IS THERE A WAY FOR THIS CITY OR VISION ZERO TO THINK ABOUT TRANSFORMING THE KINDS OF VEHICLES THAT ARE KIND OF ACCEPTABLE? LIKE IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THE, YOU KNOW, 9,000 POUND VEHICLE, YOU, YOU PAY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT THROUGH A TAX, THROUGH A FEE, THROUGH A WHATEVER.

HAS THERE BEEN EVER DISCUSSION OF THAT? SO IT'S INTERESTING TO BRINGING THAT UP.

UH, JUST CAME BACK FROM NATO, THE, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CITIES THAT MM-HMM.

TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS AND, UH, THERE WAS A PRESENTATION FROM SOMEBODY IN DC A POLICY AID IN DC WORKING FOR ONE OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS THERE.

THEY ACTUALLY, THROUGH THEIR BUDGET PROCESS, PASSED AN INCREASED AMOUNT OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES FOR LARGER VEHICLES.

SO WE DON'T HAVE THAT SAME KIND OF, UH, CONTROLLER AUTHORITY OVER VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES, BUT THERE IS SOME INTEREST IN EXPLORING WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE LOCALLY, WHETHER THAT'S COUNTY OR, OR MM-HMM.

WORKING WITH THE STATE OR, UM, AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.

UH, BECAUSE THE WAY THAT THEY FRAMED IT WAS THOSE LARGER VEHICLES NOT ONLY HAVE AN IMPACT ON SAFETY, BUT THEY HAVE AN IMPACT ON SURE.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS YEAH.

HAVE AN IMPACT ON, AND THEY TEAR UP THE ROAD, YOU KNOW, THE ROADWAY AND MAINTENANCE AND, UH, THE SIZE OF PARKING SPACES.

AND I MEAN, JUST A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACTORS.

THE LARGER THE VEHICLE, WE, WE'VE GOTTA ACCOMMODATE THEM IN A LOT OF WAYS.

THEY'RE HAVING AN IMPACT IN A LOT OF WAYS YEAH.

ON THE DIFFERENT POLICY GOALS WE HAVE.

SO THERE IS, UH, A LITTLE BIT OF MOVEMENT THERE AND YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THAT PLAY OUT, OBVIOUSLY IN EUROPEAN CITIES AND COUNTRIES MM-HMM.

WHERE THEY'VE MADE THE MOST PROGRESS.

THEY'VE GOT A LOT OF KIND OF NATIONAL LEVEL STANDARDS AROUND VEHICLE SAFETY.

UH, JUST A LOT OF VEHICLE FEATURES LIKE, UH, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY DETECTION AND INTELLIGENT SPEED ASSIST IS GONNA BE REQUIRED ON, ON VEHICLES TO BE CLOSER TO THE SPEED LIMIT.

YEAH.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT PLAY IN WHICH ARE SEEM MUCH MORE NATIONAL HERE, BUT WE MIGHT HAVE SOME LOCAL AUTHORITY TO DO SOME THINGS.

OKAY.

JUST, UH, BYE.

YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

ANYONE ELSE ON, UM, REMOTE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? RIGHT.

SEEING NONE.

THANKS FOR THE, UH, INTERLUDE.

LET'S, LET'S KEEP GOING.

.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

SO LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR APPROACH.

UH, AS WE SAID, YOU KNOW, THE KEY TO LONG TERM SUCCESS IS REALLY REDESIGNING OUR STREETS TOWARDS THE SAFER OUTCOMES WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.

ENGINEERING IS OUR LEAD ALL THE TIME.

AND SO JUST WANNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT VISION ZERO BOND FUNDED PROJECTS.

UH, INTERSECTION SAFETY IS A, IS A KEY COMPONENT.

WE'VE DONE, I THINK 19 OR MAYBE 20 NOW, COMPLETED PROJECTS SINCE 2015.

ORIGINAL FUNDING FOR VISION ZERO SAFETY FUNDS AND 20 16, 20 18 AND 2020 BONDS ALL HAD MONEY FOR VISION ZERO WORK.

WE'VE GOT FOUR PROJECTS COMPLETED THIS YEAR.

TWO IN CONSTRUCTION, TWO BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

FIVE MORE IN DETAILED DESIGN AND 20 MORE THAT ARE

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IN KIND OF THE EARLY PHASES OR JUST AWAITING APPROVALS FROM TECHON ON THEIR PARTICULAR SECTIONS.

SO WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK KIND OF UNDERWAY, AND THAT'S REALLY PART OF THE GOAL OF HAVING THOSE 2020 BONDS THAT REALLY RAMPED UP, GIVES US THE ABILITY TO SCALE UP AND TRY TO GET MORE PROJECTS DONE FASTER SO WE CAN SEE THOSE OUTCOMES ON THE STREET AND, AND USE THOSE BO BOND DOLLARS WISELY.

AND, AND EFFECTIVELY ANOTHER PIECE TO IT, IT'S NOT JUST LOOKING AT HISTORIC CRASH DATA THAT THE INTERSECTION SAFETY KIND OF PRIORITIZES LOOKING AT SYSTEMIC SAFETY.

THAT MEANS BEING PROACTIVE ABOUT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO.

WE'VE GOT A CURVE WARNING, SYSTEMIC SAFETY PROJECT WE JUST COMPLETED, AND WE'LL HAVE A FINAL TOUCHES ON A FEW LOCATIONS IN THE COMING MONTHS.

40 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THAT HAD CONDITIONS OF THE ROADWAY WITH SEVERE CURVES THAT WE WANTED TO TRY TO ADDRESS THROUGH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT TREATMENTS.

ACCESS MANAGEMENT IS ANOTHER KEY AREA WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS ON SOME OF OUR CORRIDORS WHERE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF DIFFERENT DRIVEWAYS TO COMMERCIAL FACILITIES, UH, MULTI-FAMILY FACILITIES, YOU'VE GOT A, A TWO-WAY LEFT TURN LANE IN THE MIDDLE.

LOOK AT ALL THOSE CONFLICT POINTS THAT CAN BE THERE WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO TAKE A LEFT TURN ACROSS ONCOMING TRAFFIC AND JUDGE A GAP IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, WHEREAS A MEDIAN CAN REALLY HELP TO RESOLVE FOR THAT AND, AND REDUCE THOSE CONFLICT POINTS BY A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT.

SO TRYING TO LOOK AT A NEW APPROACH THAT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE STANDARDIZED, UH, THAT WE'LL ALL USE CONSISTENTLY MOVING FORWARD AS A DEPARTMENT TOWARDS THOSE KIND OF LARGER CORRIDORS AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT TYPE OF ISSUES.

AND THEN SIGNAL GUIDELINES FOR LEFT TERM MOVEMENTS.

UH, I WANNA POINT TO AN EXAMPLE IN THE NEXT CO COUPLE SLIDES, BUT REALLY TRYING TO, AGAIN, STANDARDIZE THE APPROACH, SAYING WHEN DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO PROTECT THOSE TURNS AT THAT, UH, SIGNALIZE INTERSECTION AND WHEN DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO HAVE THAT PERMISSIVE, UH, ABILITY TO, TO HAVE THAT GAP FOR MOBILITY PURPOSES? I MENTIONED EARLIER THE HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

UH, IT'S THE FIRST TIME I THINK, UH, JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO THAT WE, WE APPLIED FOR THIS TYPE OF GRANT AND WE WERE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MULTIPLE ROUNDS NOW, AND THERE'S FIVE SAFETY LIGHTING PROJECTS AND FIVE TRAFFIC SIGNAL PROJECTS.

WE'RE WORKING WITH TECH.TO TRY TO IMPLEMENT.

UH, WE'VE HAD A COUPLE OF HICCUPS TRYING TO GET THE FIRST PROJECTS OUT THE DOOR, BUT I THINK IT'S PART OF THIS GROWING UP, GROWING AND SCALING UP TO BE ABLE TO, UH, GET THOSE PROCESSES IN PLACE SO THAT IN THE FUTURE WE CAN JUST REALLY KNOCK OUT A LOT OF PROJECTS IN A ROW.

SO THAT'S EXCITING ON THE, UH, FEDERAL FUNDING SIDE OF THINGS TO BE ABLE TO USE SOME CURRENT, UH, COMMUNITY BOND FUNDS TO LEVERAGE THOSE TOWARDS FEDERAL FUND OPPORTUNITIES.

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ASK ALL THE TIME, IS VISION ZERO WORKING? WHAT DOES IT, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? SO WE DECIDED TO DO SOME ANALYTICS PAPERS, AND THIS IS ON OUR WEBSITE AT THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION VISION ZERO WEBPAGE.

YOU CAN GO AND FIND THE PLANS AND REPORTS.

THERE'S I THINK THREE, MAYBE FOUR PUBLIC REPORTS AT THIS POINT.

UH, ONE OF THE FIRST ONES WE DID WAS THOSE INTERSECTION SAFETY PROJECTS.

WE COMPLETED 19 PROJECTS, BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD AT LEAST A YEAR OF DATA ON, ON ANYTHING THAT WE WERE GONNA REVIEW.

CAUSE WE WERE COMPARING FIVE YEARS OF BEFORE DATA TO ONE YEAR AFTER DATA.

SO WE DECIDED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE 13 LOCATIONS WHERE WE'VE MADE SOME IMPROVEMENTS AND THE REDUCTIONS ARE SIGNIFICANT.

UH, 30% REDUCTION IN CRASHES PER YEAR ON AN ANNUALIZED BASIS, GOING FROM 326 TO 229.

THINK ABOUT A HUNDRED CRASHES BEING REMOVED FROM THESE 13 LOCATIONS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY RESOURCES THAT DON'T HAVE TO RESPOND TO A CRASH.

THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS FOR TRAFFIC WHEN YOU'RE BACKED UP BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A CRASH.

THERE'S A LOT OF POSITIVE BENEFITS FROM REDUCING THESE CRASHES AND TRYING TO BE PROACTIVE AS MUCH AS WE CAN.

31% REDUCTION IN SERIOUS INJURY FATAL CRASHES.

THINK ABOUT FOUR CRASHES THAT DON'T HAPPEN EACH YEAR MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO WITH THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED BONDS THAT WE'RE COMPLETELY GRATEFUL FOR.

SO OVER THAT SAME TIME PERIOD, IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT WHERE WE'VE DONE IT, HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO OTHER SIMILAR LOCATIONS? WE'VE SEEN A CITYWIDE CONTROL GROUP DECREASED 4% ON COMBINED A CRASHES, BUT SERIOUS INJURY OF FATAL CRASHES INCREASED 8%.

SO A 31% REDUCTION IN THOSE SERIOUS AND FATAL CRASHES COMPARED TO AN 8% INCREASE IN OTHER LOCATIONS THAT DIDN'T GET TREATED.

SO WHY WE'RE CONTINUING TO TRY TO IMPLEMENT THESE PROJECTS, UH, USE THOSE BOND DOLLARS WISELY AND, AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

ALSO POINTING OUT, UH, OPPOSITE DIRECTION, ONE STRAIGHT ONE LEFT CRASHES THAT, AS I MENTIONED, A SIGNALIZE INTERSECTION, BEING ABLE TO TAKE THAT LEFT TURN.

UH, JUDGING A GAP WHEN YOU HAVE A PERMISSIVE PHASE OR BEING ABLE TO PROTECT THAT, SEEING A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE GOING FROM ALMOST A THOUSAND PER YEAR OF THAT PARTICULAR CRASH TYPE AT SIGNALIZE INTERSECTIONS DOWN TO, UH, 796, UH, PROJECTED.

SO A, A SIGNIFICANT 200 CRASH REDUCTION AT JUST A NUMBER OF, UH, SIGNALIZE INTERSECTIONS WHERE WE CAN HAVE OUR SIGNAL ENGINEERS EVALUATE 'EM, MAKE A INFORMED DECISION AND, AND MAKE SOME CHANGES THAT REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

EITHER GOING FROM A COMPLETELY PERMITTED PHASE TO A FLASHING YELLOW ARROW OR GOING ALL THE WAY TO PROTECTED AT CERTAIN TIMES OF DAY, MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

AND AGAIN, UH, KS ARE THOSE KILLED.

SERIOUS INJURY AND MINOR INJURY CRASHES, 30 FEWER CRASHES THIS YEAR, EXPECTED RELATIVE TO THE HIGH BACK IN 20 18 20 19.

SO, UH, THAT'S 30 PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT, THAT WILL NOT BE AT THESE IZED INTERSECTIONS BEING INJURED OR KILLED BECAUSE OF SOME SIGNAL TIMING CHANGES THAT WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE, WHICH IS REALLY PHENOMENAL.

I KNOW, UH, POLICY AREA IS DEFINITELY ANOTHER AREA THAT WE'RE ACTIVE IN.

I, THERE WAS A REQUEST FOR AN ITEM HERE AT THIS COMMISSION

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TO LOOK AT RIGHT TURNS ON RED.

I JUST WANNA POINT OUT A LITTLE BIT OF THE EARLY FINDINGS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DIG INTO OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

AGAIN, POINTING OUT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO COME BACK IN THE FUTURE AND, AND REALLY TALK THROUGH THIS ITEM, UH, ONCE WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION, A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME TO DISCUSS WITH OUR ENGINEERS.

UH, JUST CONTEXT RIGHT TURNS ON RED USED TO BE ILLEGAL IN THE US PRIOR TO THE SEVENTIES.

I THINK WITH THE, UM, THE OIL CRISIS BACK THEN.

THEY WANTED TO, UH, MAKE SURE THAT MOBILITY WAS PRIORITIZED AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE WERE USING THEIR FUEL WISELY AND UM, MAKE SURE PEOPLE GETTING AROUND AS MUCH.

SO THEY, UH, I THINK THAT WAS A, A BROAD KIND OF NATIONAL LEVEL DECISION TO ALLOW FOR RIGHT TURNS ON.

RED STILL PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN CITIES.

UM, THERE'S NEW RESTRICTIONS.

DC DID A PILOT THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT, AND THEN THEY'RE, UH, DECIDING IN A FEW YEARS TO RESTRICT RIGHT TURNS ON RED AT A LOT OF LOCATIONS.

UM, AND ANN ARBOR IS DOING THE SAME WITH A RECENT DECISION, I THINK IN THEIR DOWNTOWN AREA.

SO JUST LOOKING AT THE LOCAL DATA, UH, IT'S ABOUT 3% OF INJURY AND FATAL CRASHES INVOLVING PEDESTRIANS.

SO 43 OUT OF 1500 CRASHES IN A FIVE YEAR PERIOD THAT WE LOOKED AT.

SO PRETTY RELATIVELY SMALL PERCENTAGE AGAIN, HAPPENING AT SIGNALIZE INTERSECTIONS WITH A RIGHT TURNING VEHICLE.

THOSE CRASH NARRATIVES, WE, WE TOOK A LOOK AT EVERY ONE OF THOSE 43 IN ADVANCE OF THIS DISCUSSION.

UH, HALF THE TIME THE CRASH REPORTS DON'T ACTUALLY MENTION THE, THE, THE, WAS THE SIGNAL RED OR OR GREEN AT THE TIME.

AGAIN, OFFICERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO KIND OF PIECE TOGETHER WHAT HAPPENED CUZ THEY'RE SHOWING UP AFTER THE FACT.

SO HALF THE TIME WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SIGNAL WAS, BUT, UH, HALF, BASICALLY THERE'S AN EQUAL PERCENTAGE OF RED AND GREEN LIGHTS AT THOSE SIGNALIZE INTERSECTIONS WHEN THOSE RIGHT TURNS WERE BEING MADE.

SO, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S THE POTENTIAL IMPACT? WE GOTTA CONSIDER ALL THOSE FACTORS BASED ON HISTORICAL CRASHES.

PEDESTRIANS DID HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY AT LEAST HALF THE TIME, 56% OF THE TIME.

SO WE DO KNOW THAT AS THE PEDESTRIAN WAS TRYING TO CROSS THE STREET, UH, THEY HAD THE WALK SIGNAL AT LEAST 56% OF THE TIME AND THERE'S 30% THAT WAS UNDETERMINED.

SO, UH, PRETTY HIGH LIKELIHOOD THAT MOST OF THESE HAD A WALK SIGNAL AT THE TIME WHEN THEY WERE TRYING TO GET ACROSS.

JUST WANNA MENTION, LIKE I SAID, I THINK THEY'RE, THE ITEM REQUEST HAD A A DOWNTOWN FOCUS.

YOU KNOW, WHAT DO WE WANNA DO? THIS DOWNTOWN WITH A HIGHEST DENSE PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY IS ONLY SEVEN OUT OF THOSE 43 IN A FIVE YEAR PERIOD.

AGAIN, SEVEN CRASHES IN FIVE YEARS HAD, UH, A, A DOWNTOWN RELATED SIGNAL, RIGHT TURN CRASH.

SO, UH, NOT, NOT A HIGH PERCENTAGE, PROBABLY NOT AN AREA THAT WOULD BE OF, OF HIGHEST PRIORITY RELATIVE TO SOME OTHER THINGS THAT WE SEE WITH PEDESTRIAN RELATED FATALITIES IN SERIOUS INJURIES.

AND AGAIN, THE REPORTS SHOWED FIVE SERIOUS INJURIES AND ONE FATALITY OUT OF THE OVERALL, UH, MIX.

SO, UH, JUST A LITTLE BIT OF DATA.

THEN JUST AGAIN, LOOKING AT RESEARCH, WE FOUND A FEW DIFFERENT RESEARCH STUDIES RIGHT TURNS IN RED SIMILAR TO WHAT WE SAW HERE ABOUT LESS THAN 1% UP TO 3% OF PEDESTRIAN RELATED CRASHES NATIONALLY IN DC.

THEY DID A A HUNDRED LOCATION PILOT BACK IN 2019, ADDED NO RIGHT TURN, UH, NO TURN ON RED SIGNS.

AND THEY SAW THAT THEY DID DECREASE THE FAIRITY YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS BY 90% ON RED LIGHTS AND, AND 60% ON GREEN LIGHTS.

SO IT DID SEEM TO HAVE AN IMPACT THERE.

I DO WANNA NOTE DC'S GOT RED LIGHT CAMERAS, WHICH WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO BASED ON STATE LAW.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER CONTEXTUAL FACTORS I THINK WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF AS WE GET INTO DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHAT THESE SIGNS MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH HERE.

AND ANOTHER STUDY IN FLORIDA SAW, YOU KNOW, 60, 70% COMPLIANCE.

SO I THINK WE HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT THAT COMPLIANCE RATE MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

THERE'S OBVIOUSLY A QUESTION ABOUT WHERE IT MAKES SENSE TO DO IT.

IS IT AT HOTSPOT LOCATIONS, AT HIGH PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY LOCATIONS? UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT YOU COULD CONSIDER ABOUT WHERE THIS MIGHT MAKE THE MOST SENSE.

AND AGAIN, GLAD TO COME BACK, UH, EARLY NEXT YEAR AND TALK WITH Y'ALL ONCE WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DIGEST SOME OF THIS INFORMATION.

CAN I ASK ONE QUICK QUESTION? YEAH.

TO 2.8% OVERALL OF THE CRASHES.

AND THEN THIS, UM, SLIP LANE IS 7% OF THAT 2% OR CRASHES FROM A SLIP LANE TURN? IS THAT WHAT THAT MEANS THERE? IT'S 2.8, YEAH.

43 OUT OF THE 15, 13 AND THEN OUT OF THAT 43, THE SLIP LANE WITH THE YIELD WAS ONE OF THOSE OR SOMETHING.

YEAH.

SURPRISINGLY WRONG.

I OF DATA THAT SURPRISES ME, BUT YEAH.

CAUSE THAT SEEMS TO ME THE MOST DANGEROUS SPOT.

YEP.

BUT GUESS IT'S NOT.

YEP.

RIGHT.

EVEN THINGS THAT CLAIM THE CLAIMS WHEN DONE PROPERLY ARE INCREASED SAFETY.

MAYBE I'M JUST SUPER FAMILIAR WITH OLD HF AND LAMAR THAT LIVED RIGHT THERE FOR A DOZEN YEARS.

THAT ONE IS JUST NOT SAY IT WAS DONE PROPERLY.

YEAH.

OH, , YES.

THERE'S, THERE'S OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO A A SLIP LANE.

WE'RE MOVING A LOT MORE TOWARDS SMART RIGHTS THAT INCREASE THE VISIBILITY OF THE DRIVER'S WINDOW TOWARDS PEOPLE THAT MIGHT BE, UH, TRYING TO CROSS AND AROUND THEM.

SO, UH, THE ANGLE OF THE VEHICLE AND WHERE THE DRIVER CAN ACTUALLY SEE VERY IMPORTANT TOWARDS THE SUCCESS OF THOSE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE MOVING TOWARDS AS WELL.

YEAH.

SO I'LL BE QUICK WITH THE LAST COUPLE AND LEAVE SOME MORE TIME FOR DISCUSSION.

SO I JUST WANNA MENTION, WE DID GO AFTER NEW FEDERAL FUNDING.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL TO HAVE REAL LEADERSHIP IN THE U S D O T THIS YEAR.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THEY RELEASED THE FIRST NATIONAL ROADWAY SAFETY STRATEGY AND INCLUDED A GOAL OF ZERO DEATHS ON A NATIONAL LEVEL FOR

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THE FIRST TIME.

AND THEY BACKED THAT UP WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS ACT, UH, CAME BACK WITH A LOT OF MONEY AVAILABLE TO, TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BE ABLE TO, TO PUSH THESE SAFETY PROJECTS THROUGH.

SO THEY'VE GOT A REAL STRONG FOCUS ON GETTING AS MANY COMMUNITIES TO HAVE A VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN AS THE FIRST STEP.

WE'RE FORTUNATE THAT WE'VE BEEN HAVING A VISION ZERO PLAN IN PLACE FOR YEARS NOW.

WE'VE BEEN MAKING PROGRESS.

SO WE WENT AFTER THE IMPLEMENTATION GRANT SIDE OF THINGS.

AND SO WE ACTUALLY DID APPLY FOR ABOUT 28 MILLION OF PROJECT COSTS.

ABOUT 20% OF THAT WOULD BE LOCAL MATCH, PRIMARILY THROUGH THE OUR BOND DOLLARS HOPING TO DO, UH, WHAT THE, WHAT THE GRANTS REALLY FOCUSED ON STRATEGIES THAT REDUCE TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES WITH PROVEN SAFETY COUNTERMEASURES.

A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING BUILDING UP AND RAMPING UP THOSE, IT'S GOT A STRONG FOCUS ON EQUITY, MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE INVESTING IN HISTORICALLY UNDERINVESTED AREAS AND THEY WANNA MAKE SURE WE CAN DELIVER WITHIN FIVE YEARS.

SO THAT'S MAJOR SAFETY INTERSECTION PROJECTS, PUSHING PROTECTED INTERSECTIONS, ROUNDABOUTS, WHICH WE'LL GET TO AND SHORTLY SYSTEMIC SAFETY PROJECTS.

REALLY RAMPING UP A FOCUS ON CORRIDORS AND NOT JUST THE ONE LOCATION THAT HAD A CRASH, BUT THE CONDITIONS THAT EXIST ALONG A STRETCH OF ROAD AND COORDINATING WITH OTHER BOND PROGRAMS LIKE OUR, UM, OUR, UH, SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL PROGRAM, OUR SIDEWALKS, BIKEWAYS.

WE'VE GOT OTHER BOND PROGRAMS THAT ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN TRYING TO SCALE UP WITH FEDERAL FUNDS AS WELL.

SO, AGAIN, HOPING TO HEAR BACK, UH, LATE DECEMBER, JANUARY IS THE TIMEFRAME WE'VE BEEN TOLD.

WE'LL SEE IF THAT HAPPENS.

AND HOPEFULLY, UH, NEXT YEAR WE'LL BE ABLE TO COME BACK WITH GOOD NEWS ABOUT REALLY LEVERAGING LOCAL DOLLARS FOR AN INCREASED AMOUNT OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO, TO RAMP UP AND SCALE UP THESE WORK.

OH, JUST WANNA MENTION TWO OTHER GRANT STRATEGIES.

UH, VIDEO ANALYTICS FOR SAFETY ANALYSIS, CITYWIDE LIGHTING PLAN, WHICH WE DON'T HAVE AS A CITY RIGHT NOW.

AND A ROUNDABOUT EDUCATION CAMPAIGN WOULD ALL BE PART OF THAT PACKAGE AS WELL.

SO, REAL BRIEFLY, I'VE TOUCHED ON THIS BEFORE, BUT, YOU KNOW, ACHIEVING OUR POLICY GOALS, Y'ALL ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE A S AND P TRYING TO GET TO A 50 50 MODE SPLIT, 50%, UH, PEOPLE DRIVING IF THEY CONTINUE TO CHOOSE TO DO SO.

AND THEN, UH, 50% NON-DRIVING ALTERNATIVES.

AND BEING ABLE TO DO THAT REALLY MEANS WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO TRANSFORM OUR ENVIRONMENT, KIND OF WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT IN THAT EARLIER SLIDE.

IT'S GONNA MEAN CHANGING OUR ROADWAYS, HOW THEY LOOK AND HOW THEY OPERATE.

UH, JUST WANNA POINT TO A RECENT EXAMPLE ALONG SOUTH PLEASANT VALLEY, OVER THE LONGHORN BRIDGE AS WELL AS THE, THE STRETCH OF ROAD OF SOUTH PLEASANT VALLEY.

YOU KNOW, OUR BIKE WAVES PROGRAM HAD A GREAT, UH, CONCEPT HERE AND THEY WERE GONNA MOVE FORWARD WITH ADDING SOME SHARED USE PATHS, DOING WHAT THEY COULD WITH THE AVAILABLE RIGHT AWAY TO THEM.

WE STARTED TO DO SOME CRASH ANALYSIS AS OUR, OUR CRASH DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS GOT A LOT BETTER IN IN RECENT YEARS, IDENTIFIED THIS AS A HIGH CRASH ROADWAY, STARTED TO PARTNER TOGETHER TO FIND A, A BETTER OUTCOME FOR THAT PARTICULAR STRETCH OF ROAD AND WHAT WE COULD DO WITH THAT, KNOWING WHAT THE VOLUMES WERE, KNOWING WHAT THE TURNING MOVEMENTS WERE.

SAW A LOT OF REAR END CRASHES AS PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO TAKE LEFTS INTO CREG FIELDS OR ONTO CANTERBURY OFF OF PLEASANT VALLEY.

SO WE KNEW THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING WE COULD DO TO INCREASE SAFETY FOR DRIVERS, INCREASED SAFETY FOR PEOPLE WALKING, BIKING, ROLLING AROUND THIS AREA, PARTICULARLY AS A CONNECTED TO THE TRAIL.

AND SO WE WENT FROM THIS FOUR LANE UNDIVIDED CROSS SECTION WITH A LOT OF REAR ENDS, SOME HEAD ON COLLISIONS, UH, SOME BIKE AND P RELATED CRASHES TO SOMETHING.

NOW THAT LOOKS REALLY TRANSFORMATIVE.

IT'S, IT'S CHANGED THE LOOK AND FEEL.

UH, IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO GO DOWN AND, AND GO ACROSS THAT BRIDGE, IT'S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE.

UH, YOU'VE GOT MUCH WIDER SPACE.

IT'S NOT CONSTRAINED AS MUCH FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE, UH, OUTSIDE OF VEHICLES.

WE'VE GOT PHBS, THE PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACONS TO ALLOW FOR SAFE CROSSINGS.

THEY'RE, UH, MUCH MORE FREQUENT THAN THEY USED TO BE.

WE'RE SEEING A LOT MORE ACTIVITY OUT THERE, PARTICULARLY WITH FAMILIES THAT ARE, THAT ARE OUT THERE ENJOYING THIS STRETCH OF ROAD.

SO EXCITING TO SEE A PROJECT LIKE THAT CAN REALLY BE TRANSFORMATIVE AND, AND AT A, A VERY REASONABLE COST.

I'M GONNA BE, UH, AN ADVOCATE, YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME A LOT THIS YEAR AND, AND OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS TALKING ABOUT ROUNDABOUTS.

UM, ROUNDABOUTS JUST WORK.

THEY WORK AGAINST SEVERE CRASHES, ALMOST AN 80% REDUCTION OF SEVERE CRASHES WHEN YOU HAVE, UH, UH, GOING FROM A SIGNAL TO A ROUNDABOUT, THEY WORK 24 7, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE NEXT STORM COMING THROUGH.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND WHAT THAT COULD LOOK LIKE ON OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK ROUNDABOUTS WORK, WITHOUT HAVING TO GO AND SIGNAL SIGNAL TEXTS WHENEVER THAT THAT POWER GOES OUT.

WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE BACKUPS, WE DON'T HAVE TO REPLACE THE HEADS.

MAINTENANCE IS IS A LOT EASIER WITH ROUNDABOUTS AND WE CAN DO THIS, UH, ALSO BY INCREASING CAPACITY AND THROUGHPUT THROUGH THERE ON A CONSISTENT BASIS, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO DRIVE THROUGH AND THEY, THEY MUCH PREFER TO KEEP GOING SLOWLY THAN TO STOP AND WAIT FOR THEIR SIGNAL TO GO.

ESPECIALLY OVERNIGHT WHEN WE'RE SEEING THE MOST SEVERE CRASHES, THERE'S A LOT OF RED LIGHT RUNNING BECAUSE OF PEOPLE'S FRUSTRATION.

THIS RESOLVES THAT COMPLETELY RESOLVES THOSE ANGLE CRASHES RESOLVES THOSE OPPOSITE DIRECTION CRASHES.

SO THEY'RE A LITTLE BIT MORE EXPENSIVE UP FRONT, BUT THEY PAY OFF DIVIDENDS FOR, FOR DECADES TO COME.

SO I'LL JUST CLOSE WITH THIS.

UH, ACHIEVING OUR POLICY GOALS, YOU KNOW, IS REALLY GONNA TAKE NOT JUST VISION ZERO EFFORTS, VISION ZERO BOND PROJECTS, BUT IT'S GONNA TAKE SAFER ROADWAY DESIGNS AND SAFER UH, UH, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE'VE GOT FUNDED THROUGH OUR BONDS.

AGAIN, WITH THAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT, IT'S BEEN TRANSFORMATIVE.

IT'S GONNA TAKE LIGHTING TO BE THERE FOR ALL MODES TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FEEL SAFE AS THEY GET AROUND.

IT'S GONNA TAKE SOME

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NARROWLY FOCUSED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT ON THOSE ROADWAYS WHERE WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OF THE DESIGN AND WHERE IT TAKES DECADES TO CHANGE THE DESIGN OF A FREEWAY OR A FRONTAGE ROAD.

WE NEED TO HAVE THAT SPEEDING AND IMPAIRMENT BE PART OF THAT CONVERSATION, PARTICULARLY OVERNIGHT ON THE WEEKENDS.

PROJECT CONNECTS A CRITICAL PIECE WHEN WE LOOK TO OTHER LOCATIONS THAT HAVE REALLY MADE PROGRESS ON REDUCING THEIR SEVERE CRASHES AND FATALITIES.

THEY'VE GOT A HIGH FUNCTIONING MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM AND THANKFULLY WE'VE GOT THE FUNDING TO DO THAT AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS THAT OVER TIME.

WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH TECH DOT, AS WE MENTIONED, THE HIGH PERCENTAGE OF OF ON SYSTEM FATAL CRASHES THIS YEAR IS ALARMING IN A WAY.

AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM ON FINDING SOLUTIONS THAT ARE ACCEPTABLE TO BOTH.

THANKFULLY, WE'RE ALIGNED ON THE POLICY.

WE BOTH HAVE A GOAL OF ZERO AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL, AND NOW WE'VE GOT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AS WELL.

SO WORKING TOWARDS THAT POLICY GOAL THAT WE SHARE IS, IS CRITICAL.

AND THEN STATE AND LEGISLATIVE CHANGES AT THE, AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, WE DON'T TALK ABOUT IT ENOUGH, BUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE PEOPLE GOING TOWARDS DESTINATIONS OF WORK OR, OR FOR PLAY? AND HOW CLOSE ARE THEY AND CAN THEY GET THERE? MOST TRIPS ARE WITHIN THREE MILES.

THOSE TRIPS ARE A LOT EASIER TO MAKE OUTSIDE OF THE VEHICLE.

AND SO HOW DO WE START TO, TO TRANSFORM KIND OF OUR OVERALL THINKING AROUND THIS, TOWARDS THAT SYSTEMS BASED APPROACH, WHICH WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT LAST WEEK WITH THE THINK BIKE WORKSHOP THAT WAS HERE IN TOWN AND THEN ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTION.

A LOT OF, A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT THERE ON THE STATE AND UH, ON THE STATE LEVEL IN PARTICULAR, AND CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TO PUSH FOR THOSE CHANGES THAT ARE NEEDED.

SO I WILL PAUSE THERE AND MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF TIME FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR DISCUSSION WITH THAT SECTION.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

UM, ALRIGHT.

LOOKING AT THE FOLKS REMOTE ON THE SCREEN.

UH, YES, COMMISSIONER FRANCO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PRESENTATION, UH, THUS FAR.

I JUST HAVE, YOU MENTIONED, UM, IN THE FEDERAL FUNDING EQUITY AND I WAS WONDERING WHAT, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FILTERS Y'ALL ARE USING TO MAKE SURE YOU GUYS ARE DISTRIBUTING THESE FUNDS EQUITABLY? ARE THOSE FROM THE FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE? AND IF NOT, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FILTERS THAT THE CITY IS USING TO, TO PERFORM THAT ANALYSIS? YEAH, I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.

SO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, THEY ACTUALLY REQUIRE YOU TO SHOW HOW MUCH OF THAT INVESTMENT THAT YOU'RE ASKING FOR FROM THE FEDERAL GRANT, HOW MUCH OF THAT WOULD BE TARGETED TOWARDS AIR OF THE CITY THAT MATCHED THE U S D O T HISTORICALLY UNDERINVESTED AREAS.

SO THEY'VE ALREADY GOT A MAP LAID OUT ACROSS THE CITY, UM, AND I, I CAN'T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT THAT CRITERIA IS, BUT I'M GLAD TO FORWARD THAT INFORMATION TOWARDS YOU AS FAR AS HOW THEY DEVELOP THAT, THAT, UM, THAT DEFINITION OF HISTORICALLY UNDERINVESTED.

AND SO WE ARE AIMING FOR NOT ONLY JUST MEETING THE MINIMUM OF WHAT THE GRANT REQUIRES, BUT GOING FAR ABOVE THAT AS FAR AS WHERE WE WOULD INVEST THOSE FUNDS AND TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING MOST OF THOSE PROJECTS IN THOSE LOCATIONS WHERE THEY'VE BEEN DEFINED AS HISTORICALLY UNDERINVESTED.

WE ALSO AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, UH, WE'VE GOT A GREAT SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT GROUP, THE POLICY AND PLANNING GROUP AT ATD, AND THEY'VE DEVELOPED EQUITY ACTION ZONES AND THEY WENT OUT AND THEY WORKED WITH COMMUNITY TO DEFINE WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE, HOW DO WE DEFINE THE CRITERIA? SO AGAIN, I'LL FOLLOW UP WITH INFORMATION THERE, BUT THAT WAS A LOT OF THE KIND OF LOCAL AVAILABLE DATA AS FAR AS PERCENTAGE OF, UM, UH, CAR OWNERSHIP IN THOSE PARTICULAR AREAS.

HOUSEHOLD INCOME, UH, USE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT OR, OR USE OF MASS TRANSIT.

SO A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SCORING TO, TO RATE RELATIVE TO OTHER PARTS OF TOWN.

WHAT ARE THESE HIGH PRIORITY ZONES, MEDIUM HIGH PRIORITY ZONES AND, AND GOES DOWN THE LIST.

SO, UH, IN CON IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE, I THINK, AND, AND, UH, OTHER STAKEHOLDERS FROM THE COMMUNITY, THEY DEVELOP THIS PROCESS AND IT'S RESULTED IN A REALLY NICE MAP TO, TO HELP US PRIORITIZE WHERE WE'RE GONNA INVEST FUNDS IN THE FUTURE.

AWESOME, THANK YOU.

ARE, UM, JUST OUTTA CURIOSITY, ARE THOSE, ARE SOME OF THOSE MAPS AVAILABLE ONLINE? YEAH, I BELIEVE SO.

I THINK THEY'RE, THEY'RE WORKING TOWARDS PUTTING SOME OF THE METHODOLOGY AND THINGS ALONG WITH THE MAP, SO LET ME DOUBLE CHECK WITH THEM AND I'LL, I'LL CIRCLE BACK WITH THE, WITH THE CHAIR AND DISTRIBUTE THAT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

DO WE HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? OKAY.

SEEING DONE.

I WANT TO, UH, SECOND THE, UM, GREAT PRESENTATION.

A GOOD AMOUNT OF DATA, A GOOD AMOUNT OF STORY AND NARRATIVE.

LIKE THERE'S, THERE'S A WELL DONE .

I ENJOY IT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YEP.

ALL RIGHT.

ARE WE, UM, UM, YEAH, THIS IS THE RIGHT ONE.

.

UH, ALRIGHT, MOVING ON TO

[4. Discussion and possible action on Placemaking updates]

THE NEXT ITEM LISTED FOR DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION IS THE, UM, PLACE MAKING UPDATE.

LUKE RIE IS ONLINE OR HERE? ONLINE.

HI EVERYONE.

UH, I'M ONLINE SO I MEAN, GOOD EVENING CHAIRS AND COMMISSIONERS.

UH, IT'S A PLEASURE TO SERVE IN PLACE OF JASON, JOHN MICHAEL, WHO IS UNFORTUNATELY COULD NOT ATTEND THIS MEETING THIS EVENING.

UH, AS YOU MENTIONED, UH, I AM LUKE ERIE, I'M A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM MANAGER AT ATD SMART MOBILITY OFFICE AND I'M ALSO THE PLACEMAKING PROGRAM LEAD DISCUSSING ATDS PLACEMAKING PROGRAM UPDATES.

UH, AGAIN, I APPRECIATE YOU

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SUPPORTING VIRTUALLY TODAY AS I'M FORMING IT COLD, SO HOPEFULLY YOU GUYS CAN BEAR WITH ME AND HEAR ME ALONG THE WAY.

KIND OF GAVE THE INTRODUCTION, SO I'LL KIND OF MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND MOVE INTO THE AGENDA.

UH, TODAY'S AGENDA WILL BE TO DISCUSS AND PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT THE SMART MOBILITY PLACEMAKING PROGRAM, UH, AND THE SUB-PROGRAM.

SO THE ART BOX PROGRAM, THE STREET BANNER PROGRAM, CREATIVE CROSSWALK PROGRAM, LIVING STREETS PROGRAM, COMMUNITY MOBILITY HUBS, AND PUBLIC PLAZA PROGRAM.

AS WE GO THROUGH EACH ONE OF THESE SUB-PROGRAMS, I'LL KIND OF PAUSE FOR A BREAK SO THAT, UM, WE HAVE TIME TO DISCUSS, DISCUSS EACH ONE OF THESE PROGRAMS INSTEAD OF JUST GOING IN FULL LENGTH FOR EACH ONE OF 'EM.

BUT THE SMART MOBILITY PLACEMAKING PROGRAM, IT DOES TRANSFORM UNDERUTILIZED PUBLIC SPACES AND EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND PLACEMAKING FOCUSED OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION RIGHT AWAY.

SO SPECIFICALLY, WE'RE JUST KIND OF LOOKING WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION RIGHT AWAY FOR THOSE PLACE MAKING OPPORTUNITIES AND THE INTENTION IS TO EXPAND THESE SPACES INTO VIBRANT PLACES AND ADDING UNIQUE CHARACTER FOR US TO SEE, LEARN, AND ENJOY FROM THEM AS WE GO THROUGH.

SO THAT WAS THE AGENDA.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND NOW I WANT TO TALK ABOUT LIKE WHAT IS PLACEMAKING? UH, SO PLACEMAKING IS AN INTEGRATED URBAN DESIGN APPROACH INTO PLANNING, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT.

AND WE'RE LOOKING INTO THIS INTO PUBLIC SPACES AND POTENTIAL TO CREATE PUBLIC POSITIVE SPACES THAT PROMOTE HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND WELLBEING.

AND THE MAIN REASON WHY I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT PLACE MAKING IS CUZ THERE'S ALSO PLACE KEEPING, WHICH WOULD BE NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO WHAT IS PLACE KEEPING? UH, PLACE KEEPING IS SAFEGUARDING AND STRENGTHENING THE QUALITIES THAT DEFINE THE CULTURE OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO THIS COULD BE CULTURAL LANDMARKS, POINTS OF INTEREST, HISTORICAL FEATURES, EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES.

IT COULD ALSO EVEN INCLUDE ART.

SO PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF THE CULTURE OF THESE PLACES IS A PIVOTAL PART OF CREATING HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS COMMUNITIES.

SO AGAIN, PLACEMAKING IS A THOUGHTFUL, INTENTIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT AIMS TO REFLECT THE AREA OF UNIQUE CULTURE AND HISTORY WHILE WE EMBRACE THIS INTO THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND WITH THE POLICY AND FRAMEWORK.

SO SMART MOBILITY OFFICE, PART OF, AGAIN, THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT COMPLETED AN ARTS COLLECTION MANAGEMENT POLICY, AND THESE EFFORTS WERE PART OF ATDS COMMITMENT TO CONTRIBUTE TO VIBRANT STREET LIFE.

YOU KNOW, THIS DOCUMENT DOES HELP ATD IN THE SMART MOBILITY OFFICE WITH AS A S M M P INDICATORS AROUND SAFETY, EQUITY, AND EVEN IN PLACE MAKING.

SO THIS DOCUMENT DOES DEFINE THE POLICY AND ESTABLISHES PROCEDURES GOVERNING THE SELECTION, THE