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[00:00:05]

WE'LL NOT

[CALL TO ORDER ]

DISCUSS THINGS OFF THE MIC.

WE WILL BRING THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

IT IS 5 0 5 ON FEBRUARY THE SEVENTH, AND WE HAVE A QUORUM.

SO WE ARE GONNA BRING THE, UH, REGULAR MEETING OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TO ORDER FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA, AS ALWAYS, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

CHRIS, IS THERE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ANY TOPICS? THERE IS NOT, NO, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

CHECK.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Urban Transportation Commission REGULAR MEETING on January 10, 2022.]

NEXT ITEM, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

UH, YOU SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR PACKETS THE MINUTES FROM JANUARY 10TH.

IS THERE ANY MOVE TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES OR TO DISCUSS THOSE MINUTES? COMMISSION .

ALL RIGHT.

COMMISSIONER BURKES AT THE, UH, MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND? ALL.

UM, I'LL DO THE SECOND.

UM, ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MINUTES? ALL RIGHT, RAISE YOUR HAND.

UM, AND IF ATHENA AND WAYNE, IF YOU COULD TURN YOUR CAMERAS ON.

THANK YOU.

IF YOU WANNA RAISE YOUR HAND OR SAY, AYE, FOR APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, ANY OPPOSED? ANY ABSTAIN? ALL RIGHT.

MOVING ON TO THE MEET OF THE MEETING.

UM, AND FOR THOSE FOLLOWING ALONG AT HOME OR WHO DO NOT KNOW, WE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY NOT HAVE THE, UM, PROPOSED SOUTH CONGRESS PARKING MANAGEMENT TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT ITEM.

AND WE ARE ALSO NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SIGNS AND MARKETING OVERVIEW.

WE WILL GET THOSE AT A LATER DATE.

SO IF YOU ALREADY HAD YOUR POPCORN READY AND WE'RE WAITING, YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO PUT YOUR POPCORN IN THE FREEZER, WHICH IS THE BEST, BEST WAY TO STORE POPCORN.

ALL RIGHT.

THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION IS LISTED FOR IT, IS THE ATX WALK, BIKE ROLL UPDATE FROM JOHN EASTMAN.

BUT NATHAN ARE, I DUNNO IF WE WANNA START, IF WE WANNA, WELL, DO WE HAVE JILL HERE? WE CAN SWAP THE ORDER.

WE HAVE JILL, SORRY.

WE DO HAVE JILL, I'D RECOMMEND WE PAUSE ON THIS TO GIVE ATX SOME TIME AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK TO ATX WALK BIKE.

WE'LL, OKAY.

THEN WE CAN DO THE GREAT STREETS.

OKAY.

JILL, DOES THAT WORK FOR YOU? OKAY.

OKAY.

WE'RE GONNA, UH, JUST FOR THE RECORD, WE'RE, UH, NOT DOING THE ATX WALK ROLL UPDATE QUITE THIS MOMENT.

WE'RE GONNA WAIT FOR SOME PEOPLE TO SHOW UP, AND WE'RE INSTEAD GOING TO DO THE GREAT STREETS PROGRAM PRESENTED BY JILL.

ALL RIGHT.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

I'M R AV PERSON IS DOING ONE MOMENT.

JUST ONE MORE MOMENT.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUILD THE TENSION, GET SOME ANTICIPATION GOING?

[5. Discussion and possible action on the Great Streets program Presenter: Jill Amezcua ]

THERE WE GO.

READY WHEN YOU ARE, JOE? YES.

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SO CURRENTLY THESE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT STRAIT PLAN OBJECTIVES, AND JUST A FEW THAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT ON THIS SLIDE INCLUDE, LIKE I SPOKE, SPOKE TO BEFORE, WAS ELEVATING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND REALLY CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

NOT ONLY SOME PLACE THAT PEOPLE ARE WALKING THROUGH, BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW, ENJOYING THEIR TIME ON, UM, THE RIGHT OF WAY SPACE THAT IS IN DOWNTOWN.

AND THAT INCLUDES THOSE AMENITIES.

SO YOU HAVE, LIKE I SAID BEFORE, YOUR BIKE RACKS, YOUR STREET TREES, PEDESTRIAN SCALE LIGHTING AND BENCHES.

IT'S ALL INCLUDED IN THAT KIND OF BUFFER ZONE BETWEEN THE PEDESTRIAN SPACE AND THE ROAD ITSELF.

AND WITHIN THAT SPACE TOO.

UM, IN THE PEDESTRIAN REALM, THE SIDEWALK CAN ALSO BE ACTIVATED THROUGH THE INCORPORATION OF LIKE A SIDEWALK CAFE, FOR EXAMPLE.

SO NOT ONLY HAVING, LIKE I SAID, A SPACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN WALK THROUGH, BUT WHERE THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, SIT AND RELAX AND EN ENJOY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

AND THAT ALSO KIND OF TIES INTO SAFETY AS WELL IN JUST HAVING ALTERNATE FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION, BUT LOOKING AT HOW TO MAKE THOSE PEDESTRIAN AREAS SAFE, UM, AS THEY COME INTO CONFLICT WITH THE ROADS THEMSELVES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS SLIDE IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

THIS IS A QUOTE THAT CAME FROM, UM, THE CURRENT GREAT STREETS PLAN THAT WAS ADOPTED IN 2001.

DOES ALL DOWNTOWN USERS BECOME PEDESTRIANS AT SOME POINT? SO EVEN IF YOU'RE DRIVING TO DOWNTOWN AND PARKING IN A PARKING GARAGE OR ON THE STREET, YOU'RE GONNA WALK TO WHERE YOU'RE GOING.

SO THIS REALLY SPEAKS TO EQUITY AND INCLUSION AND THINKING ABOUT HOW THE STREETS ARE FOR EVERYONE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS NEXT SLIDE TALKS ABOUT, UM, THE PROGRAM BOUNDARIES.

SO WHAT IS IN THE DASHED GREEN LINE IS THE CURRENT BOUNDARIES OF THE GREAT STREETS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

SO THAT'S BORDERED BY 35 TO THE EAST, AND THE NORTH IS 11TH STREETS.

THE WEST SIDE IS LAMAR AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE CAESAR CHAVEZ.

AND SO THAT'S REALLY THE CORE

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OF OUR GREAT STREETS IS, UM, INCORPORATED INTO THAT CROSS SECTION TODAY.

UM, WE ARE LOOKING INTO EXPANDING THAT BOUNDARY TO RAINING STREETS AS WELL AS TO THE AREA TO THE NORTH WHERE IT'S AROUND THE STATE CAPITAL.

JUST AS DEVELOPMENT INCREASES IN THOSE AREAS, GREAT STREETS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THOSE AREAS AS WELL.

AND SOMETHING ELSE THAT I WANTED TO POINT OUT ON THIS MAP WAS, UM, THE SOLID RED LINES AND THE SOLID PURPLE LINES.

SO THE, THE SOLID RED LINES ARE THE HIGH PEDESTRIAN AREAS, AND THOSE ARE DETERMINED FROM, UH, PEDESTRIAN COUNTS AS WELL AS, UM, JUST INCREASED DEVELOPMENT IN THOSE ALONG THOSE, UM, STREET CROSS SECTIONS AS WELL.

CAN I JUMP IN WITH ONE QUESTION REAL QUICK? SURE.

UH, HAS THERE BEEN ANY DISCUSSION OF INCLUDING THE SOUTH WATERFRONT OVERLAY DISTRICT, WHEREVER IT'S CALLED? THERE HAS NOT, BUT THAT IS SOMETHING, UM, THAT WE ARE LOOKING TO, I KNOW WE HAVE THESE BOUNDARIES OUTLINED ON THE MAP, BUT EVEN EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES EVEN FURTHER, LIKE, LIKE I WAS SAYING, LIKE AS DEVELOPMENT INCREASES MM-HMM.

AND CONTINUING TO EXPAND GREAT STREETS ACROSS, UM, OTHER AREAS TOO.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT, SO IMPLEMENTATION.

SO CURRENTLY THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO IMPLEMENT GREAT STREETS, AND THE FIRST ONE IS THROUGH S C I P PROJECT, WHICH IS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT THAT CAN, UM, WHEN YOU LOOK AT REDOING A SEGMENT OF A STREET, YOU CAN, YOU KNOW, INCORPORATE GREAT STREETS INTO THAT CROSS SECTION.

UM, AND THE SECOND ONE IS THE GREAT STREETS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, AND THAT IS FOR IMPLEMENTING GREAT STREETS VOLUNTARILY, AND THAT INVOLVES COST SHARING BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE DEVELOPER.

AND THE LAST ONE THAT I SEE THE MOST OFTEN IS THE GRAPE STREETS, UM, BEING IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

AND AGAIN, THAT IS A GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENT FOR, UM, THE LARGER SKYSCRAPERS THAT ARE IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT, UH, FUNDING.

SO, UM, INITIALLY IN 1998, UM, BOND FUNDING WAS THE WAY THAT GRAY STREETS PROJECTS WERE IMPLEMENTED, BUT IN 2003, COUNCIL ADOPTED, LIKE I SAID, THE PARKING METER FUNDS AND 30% OF THOSE PARKING METER REVENUES WENT TO GREAT STREETS, OR CURRENTLY ARE GOING TO GREAT STREETS.

AND THAT, UM, GENERATES OVER ALMOST $730,000 PER YEAR GOING TO THAT FUND.

AND THERE'S ALSO A PROPOSAL FOR A FEE AND LIEU OPTION.

SO ALONG TEXT DOT, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, ALONG THE FRONTAGE ROAD, THERE'S UM, SOME PLACES WHERE GREAT STREETS CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED.

AND SO BECAUSE OF THE REGULATIONS OF TEXT DOT, AND SO THERE'S A PROPOSAL TO CONSIDER THE COST OF GREAT STREETS AND PUTTING THAT INTO THE FEE IN LIEU TO, UM, GO BACK AND, UH, APPLY THAT MONEY TO A C A P PROJECT AT A LATER DATE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

SO LOOKING AT GREAT STREETS, NOT ONLY ON ITS OWN, BUT HOW IT RELATES TO THE AUSTIN URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES.

SO THESE WERE ADOPTED, UM, BY AUSTIN DESIGN COMMISSION BACK IN 1990, OR ESTABLISHED IN 1999.

AND THESE PROMOTE POSITIVE AND ENRICHING DEVELOPMENT BY ENSURING THAT IT ASPIRES TO A GREATER ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN SCIENCE STANDARD.

SO GREAT STREETS IS ONE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISMS FOR THIS VISION, AND THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES ARE CURRENTLY ALSO UNDERGOING AN UPDATE AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF GREAT STREETS.

SO YOU HAVE YOUR TREES, YOUR BENCHES AND BIKE RACKS ALL NICELY PLACED AND EIGHT FOOT CROSS SECTION WITH A 10 FOOT PEDESTRIAN SIDEWALK.

BUT THIS IS A PARKING GARAGE.

SO YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT ACTIVATING THE SPACE AND HOW THE BUILDING FACADE SPEAKS TO GREAT STREETS AND HOW THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WORKS AS IT RELATES TO EACH OF THESE ITEMS. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO NEXT, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE STATE OF THE PROGRAM.

SO THE PROGRAM SUCCESSES, UM, THE FIRST ONE IS ALMOST OR APPROXIMATELY 211 BLOCKS OF GREAT STREETS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED CURRENTLY.

UM, AND THE PROGRAM HA HAS, LIKE I SAID, BEEN A PRIORITY FOR COUNCIL, AND THAT IS PART A GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENT FOR THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

AND THAT PROGRAM, UM, THE PROGRAM IS ALSO, UH, FUNDED AND, UH, HAS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR SOME OF THE PROJECTS.

AND THESE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING CREATIVE DESIGN SOLUTIONS.

SO EVERY SINGLE PROJECT THAT WE A DEVELOPER BRINGS TO MY DESK AND WE, UH, TALK ABOUT THERE'S ALWAYS SOME UNIQUE ISSUE THAT COMES UP.

AND SO, WHICH IS WORKING THROUGH THOSE CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENT GRAY STREETS ON THOSE PROPERTIES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF, UH, JUST GREAT STREETS BEING IMPLEMENTED.

SO THIS IS COLORADO STREET AND THE BEFORE PICTURE AND THE TOP LEFT, AND LOOKING AT HOW THERE'S A VERY SMALL CROSS SECTION FOR PEDESTRIANS JUST SHOVED UP AGAINST THE BUILDING PIAT AND THEN HAVING A ONE-WAY TRAVEL LANE

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FOR VEHICLES, UM, IN THAT CROSS SECTION.

BUT THEN THE AFTER PICTURE IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT SHOWS, YOU KNOW, THE STREET TREES BEING INSTALLED AND THE PAVERS AND HAVING A LARGER PEDESTRIAN SPACE THAT'S MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE TO WALK THROUGH.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO CURRENTLY SOME OF THE PROGRAM CHALLENGES INCLUDE JUST THE COMPETITION FOR RIGHT AWAY SPACE AND HAVING VEHICULAR AND ACCESS AND MOVEMENT THROUGH THAT CORRIDOR AND UTILITY CONFLICTS.

SO EVERY SINGLE PROJECT THAT I'VE WORKED ON HAS UTILITY CONFLICTS, THERE ARE UTILITIES EVERYWHERE AS PROJECT GLIDER CONSTRUCTION THAT WE HAVE TO, UM, UTILITIES WILL COME UP.

AND SO LOOKING AT HOW TO NAVIGATE THOSE ISSUES AS WELL AS, UH, THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS ON THOSE PROJECTS.

SO I'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER THAT GRAY STREETS IS REALLY EXPENSIVE, UM, NAVIGATING THOSE WATERS, UH, CURRENTLY AND THEN LOOKING AT STANDARDS, UH, AND MATERIALS AND MODERNIZATION AND JUST LACK OF PROCEDURAL, UH, CONSISTENCY AND LACK OF DATA AND METRICS.

CAN I JUMP IN WITH A QUICK QUESTION? SURE, SURE.

UM, SO I ACTUALLY JUST SPOKE WITH A, A BUSINESS OWNER THAT ON SOUTH CONGRESS RECENTLY THAT TALKED ABOUT THIS, UH, PROJECT AND HOW THEY REALLY LIKE IT.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS YOU KIND OF MENTIONED HERE UNDER THE PROGRAM CHALLENGES, THE UTILITY CONFLICTS, UH, THEY'RE THE AREA FOR THEIR GREASE TRAP WHERE THE CITY MANDATED THEY PUT THAT IS NOW INTO THE SIDEWALK.

AND SO FOR THEM TO HAVE THE SERVICE DONE, THEY HAVE TO BASICALLY HAVE THIS LIKE, YOU KNOW, TRUCK COME ON AND DO THIS UTILITY SERVICE THERE.

AND OF COURSE, GREASE CAN SOMETIMES SPILL ONTO A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND THEN THAT CREATES A SLIPPING HAZARD.

UH, I KNOW YOU KIND OF MENTIONED YOU GUYS ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT, BUT LIKE, IS THERE, UH, A WAY TO TRACK WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THAT? OR IS THERE LIKE ANOTHER FORUM TO WHERE, YOU KNOW, BUSINESS OWNERS COULD POSSIBLY GET MORE INFORMATION ON, UH, POSSIBLE FIXES OR UPDATES? YEAH, SO, UM, WE'LL GET INTO THE UPDATES OF JUST GREAT STREETS IN GENERAL HERE IN THE COMING SLIDES, BUT I'M JUST, IT'S REALLY ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

I KNOW IT'S A TERRIBLE ANSWER, BUT IT'S REALLY WORKING WITH, YOU KNOW, THE UTILITIES OR, UM, WHOEVER'S INVOLVED EACH OF THESE UNDERGROUND COMPONENTS TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES.

AND IF IT'S MAYBE MOVING THAT ELEMENT OVER SLIGHTLY OR IF THERE'S AN ALLEY FOR EXAMPLE, WE'LL MOVE THE ELEMENT TO THE ALLEY AND JUST THINKING THROUGH EACH OF THOSE, UM, ISSUES, AS YOU KNOW, YOU WANNA HAVE YOUR TREES AND ALL THE GREAT STREETS ELEMENTS INSTALLED, BUT HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTANCES BETWEEN THOSE ELEMENTS, IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANSWERING.

SURE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

SO LIKE I SAID, NEXT WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED, EXCUSE ME, JILL.

SURE, GO AHEAD JILL.

CAN WE GO BACK ONE SLIDE, UH, SINCE WE WERE DISCUSSING QUESTIONS, UM, SO THAT ONE, WHEN I SAW THIS EARLIER, THAT BUBBLE ABOUT BEING DOMAIN LIKE AND PEOPLE WANTING IT TO BE WEIRD.

UM, IS THERE ANY, UM, I MEAN IT'S A VERY INTERESTING CONCEPT IN AN INTERESTING CONUNDRUM.

ARE THERE ANY WEIRD GREAT STREETS? ARE THERE ANY LIKE, PERSONALIZED GREAT STREETS OR WHAT, CAN YOU DISCUSS THAT, THAT CONCEPT THERE A BIT AND WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY IS AMENABLE TO THAT CONCEPT? YEAH, SO IT IS CURRENTLY IN THE EXISTING GREAT STREETS PLAN, THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ART IN PUBLIC PLACES IN THAT RIGHT OF WAY.

AND SO, UM, I THINK THAT SPEAKS TO WHAT YOU'RE, YOU'RE ASKING ABOUT.

AND JUST HAVING, YOU KNOW, AN ART ELEMENT FOR EXAMPLE, WHETHER IT BE AN UNIQUE BIKE RACK OR SOME OTHER, YOU KNOW, SCULPTURE THAT IS IN THE RIGHT OF WAY.

AND I THINK THAT CURRENTLY IS HOW IT IS ADDRESSED IN THE PLAN, UM, TO HAVE JUST MORE ARTISTIC TOUCHES IN DOWNTOWN.

ALRIGHT.

HAVE THERE BEEN PROPOSALS FROM MERCHANTS WHO WANT TO DO X OR Y THAT, UM, OKAY.

AND THERE'S A PROCESS FOR THAT? YEAH.

UM, THAT IS DONE THROUGH, UM, LICENSE AGREEMENTS.

SO IF SOMEONE WANTS TO INSTALL LIKE A PIECE OF ARTWORK, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT'LL COME THROUGH IN THAT PROCESS AND THEY'LL, UM, JUST VERIFY, YOU KNOW, THE EXISTING SITE PLAN TO THE LICENSE AGREEMENT AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING MATCHES UP.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

THERE'S NO OTHER QUESTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO NEXT WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE UPDATE.

SO THE GOALS OF THE UPDATE, AND YOU CAN READ 'EM ON YOUR SCREEN, BUT I'M JUST GONNA TOUCH ON SOME OF THESE.

SO THE ONE I WANTED TO TOUCH ON WAS THE TOP CENTER ONE, WHICH IS FOCUSING ON THE ENTIRETY OF THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE AND LOOKING AT HOW GREAT STREETS IS PRIMARILY FOCUSING ON, YOU KNOW, HOW YOU FEEL IN DOWNTOWN AND, UM, JUST REALLY THE USER EXPERIENCE IN THAT AREA.

UM, ANOTHER ONE I WANTED TO POINT OUT WAS CREATING CHAMPION CHAMPIONS INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY FOR THE PROGRAM.

SO THAT MEANS OTHER DEPARTMENTS LIKE AT D FOR EXAMPLE, AND AUSTIN ENERGY AND GETTING EVERYONE ON THE SAME PAGE, UH, MOVING FORWARD CUZ THERE ARE SO MANY CHALLENGES.

UM, AND JUST WORKING WITH ALL THESE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS, UM, ON EACH SITE.

AND THEN ALSO LOOKING AT CHAMPIONS IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

SO IF THERE'S, YOU KNOW, INDIVIDUALS, UM, AT SPECIFIC FIRMS, UM, THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH GREAT STREETS OR WANNA GET MORE INVOLVED, UM, THEY CAN CARRY THE TORCH MOVING FORWARD.

AND

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THEN ALSO, UM, SOMETHING I HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT YET WAS MODERNIZATION AND CLARIFICATION OF THE STANDARDS IN MORE DETAIL.

AND THE CURRENT PLAN HAS, YOU KNOW, UM, LIKE KIOSKS AND PHONE BOOTHS, UM, IN THE PLAN.

AND WE NO LONGER HAVE THOSE ITEMS, UM, IN EXISTENCE ANYWHERE.

AND SO, UM, UPDATING THE STANDARDS TO THIS CENTURY AND LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE CELL PHONE TOWERS, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT HAVE 5G AND INCORPORATING THOSE INTO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AND HAVING SOMETHING THAT'S MORE, UM, TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO SOME OF THE OUTCOMES OF THE UPDATE PROCESS INCLUDE REALLY A REINVIGORATED PUBLIC INTEREST.

SO CURRENTLY, UM, A LOT, NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE TO MY, MY KNOWLEDGE OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, UM, INDIVIDUALS THAT DEVELOP PROJECTS IN DOWNTOWN ARE FAMILIAR WITH GREAT STREETS.

AND SO JUST REALLY GETTING THE PUBLIC, UM, UP TO SPEED ON WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS AND GET THEIR, UM, INTEREST RE-INVOLVED, UM, IN THIS PROJECT AND HAVING A HOLISTIC PROGRAM UPDATE.

SO REALLY, UM, CHANGING THE ENTIRETY OF GREAT STREETS AND LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THE PLANET ITSELF.

AND LIKE I MENTIONED, EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES AND MODERNIZING THE STANDARDS.

AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN, UM, ONLY TECHNOLOGICALLY, BUT ALSO LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, IN THE LAST 23 YEARS, DIFFERENT, UM, ELEMENTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, UM, LIKE COLORS OR DIFFERENT BENCHES, FOR EXAMPLE.

AND, UM, THAT JUST SPEAKS TO UPDATING THE MATERIALS AS WELL AND LOOKING AT PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS, UM, WITHIN THE CITY AND INCREASED PROGRAM FUNDING AND THEN HAVING A CLEAR PROCESS OF PROCEDURE.

SO HAVING THAT CONSISTENCY AND PREDICTABILITY FROM PROJECT TO PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS THE GREAT STREETS UPDATE PROCESS.

CURRENTLY WE ARE IN THE FIRST PRE-PLANNING PHASE AND DEFINE THE PROJECT TIMELINE.

AND FROM THERE, UM, WE'LL MOVE ON TO PHASE ONE, WHICH LOOKS AT EXISTING CONDITIONS.

SO THAT MEANS WHAT IS IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THE AMENITIES AND FACILITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CONDITION OF THOSE FACILITIES.

AND MOVING TO PHASE TWO, WHICH IS THE VISION WHICH THAT CAN TIE DIRECTLY INTO THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES IN THAT UPDATE PROCESS AND SHARING, UM, JUST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND THE OVERLAP OF THOSE TWO PLANS AS THEY'RE BEING UPDATED.

FROM THERE, MOVE ON TO PHASE THREE, WHICH IS SCOPING, AND THAT WILL INCLUDE, UM, JUST WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE PUBLIC AND HOW TO SCOPE THE PROJECT MOVING FORWARD.

AND PHASE FOUR, UM, IS PRODUCTION.

SO FROM THERE WE WILL DRAFT THE PLAN, HAVE A REVIEW, AND CREATE DRAFT DELIVERABLES.

AT THE VERY END, WE'LL GO THROUGH ALL THIS PROCESS, UM, IN HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES US, WHETHER IT'S A YEAR TO, TO TWO YEARS, AND THEN HAVE THIS PLAN ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO FINALLY, I WANT TO WRAP UP THIS PRESENTATION WITH ENGAGEMENT OUTREACH.

THIS IS A HUGE DEAL FOR AUSTIN PLANS THAT, UM, HAVE TO HAVE THE PUBLIC INVOLVED, BUT TO HAVE THEM INVOLVED EARLY.

AND SO IDENTIFYING KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEN HAVING THEM REALLY CARRY THE TORCH TO, AS WE GO THROUGH THIS UPDATE PROCESS.

AND THEN, UH, IMPLEMENTING GREAT STREETS AS WE, UH, MOVE FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO IN CONCLUSION, THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL, BUT IT FACES CHALLENGES AND THAT WILL BE UPDATE, UH, ADDRESSED WITH THIS UPDATE.

AND SO WE ARE FULLY STAFFED, SO URBAN DESIGN AND HOUSING AND COMPLAINING.

WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE ON OUR TEAM NOW.

SO WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO GET THIS UPDATE STARTED AND WITH GROWING INTEREST FROM EVERYONE.

WE'RE READY TO KICK THIS OFF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? YEAH, I, I HAVE A QUESTION ACTUALLY.

SURE.

UM, SO, UM, I THINK IT WAS ACTUALLY LAST MONTH THAT WE HEARD, UM, FROM THE, ABOUT FROM THE CORE TRANSPORTATION PLAN, UH, PROCESS AND THEIR PLANNING THAT THEY'RE DOING.

AND, UM, I DIDN'T EVEN QUITE REALIZE, BUT LIKE WHEN I, IN THAT MEETING LAST MONTH, WHEN I ASKED, UM, THOSE STAFF ABOUT IT, I WAS STARTING TO ASK THEM GREAT STREETS QUESTIONS.

MM-HMM.

AND I SORT OF BECAME AWARE OF HER FOR THE FIRST TIME, SOME OF THE CONFLICTS, UM, WELL I I WASN'T IGNORANT OF CONFLICTS THAT MIGHT GO ON WITH BUSINESSES OR DEVELOPERS OR ROGUE CONSTRAINTS OR SOME OF THOSE THINGS, BUT ALSO CONFLICT CONFLICTS THAT MAY HAPPEN EVEN WITHIN CITY DEPARTMENTS, BUT SORT OF HIGHLIGHTED FOR ME.

AND, UM, SO I'M CURIOUS, UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE, I'VE ALWAYS LOVED GREAT STREETS.

I THINK THEY'RE GREAT.

I DON'T THINK THEY'RE DOMAIN LIKE .

YEAH, I DON'T KNOW.

I, I KIND OF BASICALLY LIVE AT THE DOMAIN, SO I DON'T KNOW, IT'S A LITTLE AWKWARD, BUT

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, UM, YOU KNOW, I LOVE THEM.

I THINK THEY HAVE PERSONALITY AND I THINK AS THE, AS THE OUR CITY GROWS INTO THEM, THEY'LL FEEL MORE UNIQUE AS THEY AGE IN AS WELL.

BUT, UM, SO I'M SUPER, UM, SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR PROGRAM, I GUESS.

UM, SO I'M REALLY ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH A PARALLEL PLANNING PROCESS BECAUSE I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT, UM, THE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY THAT Y'ALL HAVE, UH, PRIORITIZED IN THESE DISCUSSIONS, YOU KNOW, AND NOT JUST THINGS LIKE CAR FLOW THROUGH OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

NOT THAT NECESSARILY ANYBODY ON THE CITY IS LOOKING AT AS THEIR NUMBER ONE THING, BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THAT'S, UM, I'M VERY ENCOURAGED TO HEAR YOUR UPDATE.

I GUESS I WOULD SAY TOO, LIKE, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I ASK THE STAFF THERE AND I'LL, I GUESS I'LL ASK YOU NOW TOO, CUZ WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE FUNDING SOURCES AND I WAS AWARE OF THE, THE PARKING METER FUNDING, BUT I, YOU KNOW, WAS TOLD BY THEM, AND YOU CAN CORROBORATE THAT THAT ONLY REALLY IS JUST A DROP IN THE BUCKET FOR THE NEED.

UM, AND SO I GUESS I WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THAT STAFF LESS WE LAST MONTH SUGGESTED IS LIKE A POTENTIAL, ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE BONDS TO DEAL WITH DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS AND STREETS AND DESIGN AND AMENITIES.

UM, AND I WAS CURIOUS TO HEAR, LIKE, DO YOU THINK THAT THAT COULD, THAT, THAT TYPE OF THING COULD BE AN OUTCOME, LIKE A PLAN THAT SAYS THESE, THIS IS OUR PLAN AND WHEN WE'RE GONNA IMPLEMENT THESE DESIGN ELEMENTS AND THAT WILL HELP YOU GET BOND MONEY AS WELL.

IS THAT PART OF THIS, THIS PLANNING PROCESS FOR YOU AS WELL? YEAH, IT WILL BE.

SO, BUT CURRENTLY WHAT THE CURRENT GREAT STREETS PLAN HAS IS A PRIORITIZATION MATRIX.

SO IT GOES THROUGH AND IDENTIFIES, YOU KNOW, IT'S 20 YEARS OLD, BUT IT GOES THROUGH AND IDENTIFIES, YOU KNOW, WHICH STREETS YOU HAVE THE PRIORITY.

SO WITH THAT INFORMATION, WE CAN USE THAT DATA, UPDATE THAT DATA AND UPDATE, AND THEN HAVE THE BOND GO TOWARDS C I P PROJECTS TO UPDATE AN ENTIRE PORTION OF A STREET IS REALLY THE BEST WAY TO IMPLEMENT GREAT STREETS.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? I THINK IT DOES.

UM, BECAUSE I MEAN, I THINK THAT THE OTHER CONCERN IS THERE'S A LOT OF DOWNTOWN THAT'S STILL REDEVELOPING AND BIG BUILDINGS ARE GOING UP, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF DOWNTOWN, EVEN SOME PLACES THAT MAY BE RELATIVELY HIGH TRAFFIC OR MODERATE TRAFFIC AT LEAST, THAT MAY NOT DEVELOP IN THE NEAR FUTURE REDEVELOP INTO SKYSCRAPERS, BUT THEY STILL ARE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE AND NEED THOSE DESIGN ELEMENTS AND AMENITIES, UM, AND NEED TO BE INCLUDED.

SO, UM, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A STRATEGIC, I WOULD JUST SAY MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO DEFINITELY COME OUT OF THIS WITH, YOU KNOW, A STRATEGIC MATRIX THAT'S UPDATED FOR OUR CURRENT CONTEXT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO, TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF FOR THOSE, THOSE DOLLARS.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? YEAH, I HAVE A, MAYBE A ONE OR TWO PART QUESTION.

UM, I GUESS THE UNDERPINNING OF IT, I'LL JUST BE FRANK, IS, UM, CONCERNS AROUND GENTRIFICATION AND THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT IT, IT RESTS ON THE IDEA THAT ACTUALLY UNTIL I READ THIS THING YESTERDAY OR WHATEVER CAME OUT ONLINE, I DID NOT KNOW THAT GOOD STREETS WAS LIMITED TO DOWNTOWN.

AND, UM, IT WOULD EXPLAIN MAYBE FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, WHY EAST SEVENTH OR PARTS OF EAST 11TH WHERE, YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY PRETTY HIGH TRAFFIC IF YOU IMAGINE RIGHT AROUND, UM, UH, THOSE FIRST FIVE OR SIX BLOCKS, UM, BEFORE YOU GET TO ROSEWOOD AND THE SPLIT, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE PRETTY HIGH TRAFFIC, BUT THEY'RE NOT REALLY GREAT STREETS, THEY'RE DECENT STREETS IN PARTS, YOU KNOW, OR THERE'S CERTAINLY PLACES AROUND EAST SEVENTH QUITE A LONG WAY, UM, OR PARALLEL TO THE RED LINE BIKE WAY, ET CETERA.

AND SO I PONDER IF THOSE AREAS WERE TO BE INCLUDED AND TO BE, I GUESS THE FIRST QUESTION IS, ARE THOSE AREAS WHERE YOU COULD DO GREAT STREETS AND IF YOU DID, IT WOULDN'T REALLY BE THE SAME GREAT STREETS CUZ MAYBE THE MONEY IS LIMITED TO THE CURRENT CONTAINED ZONE, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY DOWNTOWN.

AND THEN THE FOLLOW ON QUESTION TO THAT IS HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THE CONCERN THERE THAT, YOU KNOW, THE UPGRADE PART OF EAST 11TH AND UM, NOW IT'S MUCH MORE DESIRABLE AND IT'S ALREADY GENTRIFIED AND KIND OF SKYROCKETING VALUES.

HA HA IS THAT DISCUSSION HAPPENING OR IS YEAH, SO THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT HAS REALLY TAKEN OFF IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE PANDEMIC.

SO I HAVEN'T READ ANYWHERE IN THE CURRENT GREAT STREETS PLAN THAT WASN'T A HOT BUTTON ISSUE 23 YEARS AGO, BUT IT WILL BE, I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, JUST, JUST WITH, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY THAT IS GOING TO BE AN PART OF ADDRESS IN THE UPDATE.

AND SO AS I HAD MENTIONED, UM, JUST LOOKING AT AREAS WHERE GREAT STREETS COULD BE EQUITABLY INSTALLED MM-HMM.

OR EXPANDING THOSE BOUNDARIES THAT WILL BE ON A, YOU KNOW, AREA BY AREA BASIS AND LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, HOW IT CAN, GREAT STREETS CAN BE MORE EQUITABLE AND NOT JUST IN

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DOWNTOWN WHERE WE ALREADY HAVE THE HIGH RISES, BUT LOOKING AT OTHER AREAS, UM, IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

NOT REALLY LEAPFROGGING OVER ANY SPECIFIC AREA, BUT JUST EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES OUTWARD AND IN LOCATIONS WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT AND REALLY LOOKING AT THE DEVELOPMENT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

SO AS I HAD MENTIONED, GREAT STREETS IS FUNDED BY, UM, THE PARKING METER FUND, BUT EACH OF THE DEVELOPERS THAT PARTAKE IN THESE, UH, DEVELOPMENTS ARE PAYING INTO GREAT STREETS AND THEY'RE INSTALLING, UM, EACH OF THE GREAT STREETS ELEMENTS CUZ THEY'RE REQUIRED TO IF THEY'RE GONNA BE DOING THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

DOES IT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? UH, I MEAN THAT'S SORT OF DESCRIBES A BUNCH OF FACTS AROUND IT.

I GUESS THE ISSUE THAT I, I MEAN, I GUESS MY ADVICE WOULD BE IF, IF I WERE GOING TO A, UH, OPEN HOUSE AND WE WERE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION AND I, LET'S SAY I, I LIVE SOUTH AUSTIN, SO THIS ISN'T GONNA BE AN ISSUE SOMEWHERE ELSE, BUT I COULD EASILY SEE SOMEONE SAYING, WELL, QUITE FRANKLY THE WAY THIS IS SET UP IS THE REALLY RICH PARTS OF TOWN ARE GONNA GET GREAT STREETS BECAUSE A, THE DEVELOPER'S DOING IT A, IT'S A REALLY, IT'S DOWNTOWN, SO ALREADY THOSE ARE MILLION DOLLAR PLACES MINIMUM.

RIGHT.

AND, YOU KNOW, EVEN I SUGGESTED EARLIER SOUTH WATERFRONT THAT'S ALSO GONNA BE MILLION DOLLAR DEVELOPMENTS.

AND SO WHY, WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT? BECAUSE YOU'VE LISTED THIS THING ABOUT EQUITY THAT'S DEFINITELY NOT EQUITABLE.

SO I'M NOT SAYING I'M, I'M BEATING YOU UP ABOUT THAT, BUT I WOULD BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD ANSWER THAT SAYS, WELL, IF WE'RE DEPENDING ON DEVELOPERS TO COME IN AND TEAR DOWN SOME PIECES ON EAST 11TH IN ORDER TO BUILD SOME NEW CONDOS SO WE CAN GET ENOUGH MONEY TO DO IT, I FEEL LIKE THAT'S NOT A VERY FRIENDLY, EQUITABLE ANSWER.

SO I, I'M NOT SAYING I HAVE ONE, BUT I WOULD BE, I DON'T THINK THAT'S AN UNREASONABLE PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION TO HAVE.

SURE.

SO I'M, I'M SURE YOU'RE AWARE, BUT PART OF, UM, THE GREAT STREETS PROGRAM AS IT BEING A GATEKEEPER REQUIREMENT TO THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM IS THEY DEVELOPERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN, UM, HAVING AFFORDABLE UNITS MM-HMM.

IN IF THEY'RE DOING LIKE A, A HIGH RISE, FOR EXAMPLE.

SO THAT SORT OF ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION YEAH.

CURRENTLY, BUT MOVING FORWARD, THAT IS, LIKE I SAID, THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE'RE GONNA NEED TO TAKE A DEEPER DIVE INTO AND YEAH.

UM, JUST LOOK AT AND UPDATE.

YEAH, I, I HOPE IT'S OKAY IF I, I JUMP IN AND SAY SOMETHING HERE TOO, BUT I KNOW THAT LIKE A LOT OF, WITH THE CORRIDOR PLANNING AND CORRIDOR BOND FUNDING AS WELL, THERE ARE CERTAIN SIGNIFICANT STREETS THAT ARE GETTING UPGRADES.

NOT, NOT MANY OF THEM ARE GETTING GREAT STREETS LEVEL QUALITY UPGRADES, BUT I THINK THAT THIS IS JUST A COMMENT ABOUT ME AS A CITIZEN ACTIVIST ACTIVIST TOO.

I THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO BE ATTENTIVE TO IN THE CORRIDOR PLANNING PROCESS AS WE PLAN MORE CORRIDORS AND REPL CORRIDORS AND HAVE BOND FUNDING FOR CORRIDORS, IS TO LIKE REALLY USE THE GREAT STREETS, UM, CROSS SECTIONS AS A MODEL.

SO LIKE IN OUR ADVOCACY FOR WHAT THE OTHER CORRIDOR PLANS CAN DO AS WELL.

I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, IN PLACES WHERE IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR THE CONTEXT, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD, WE AS ADVOCATES, UM, YOU KNOW, AND CITIZENS SHOULD, SHOULD ASK FOR.

SURE.

I AGREE.

THANK YOU FOR THAT COMMENT.

ANYONE, DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I HAVE A QUESTION.

SURE, GO AHEAD.

UM, DO THE RESIDENTIAL PERMIT, UM, PARKING SITUATIONS ALSO FUND THIS PROGRAM? UM, THEY DO NOT CURRENTLY, TO MY KNOWLEDGE.

IT'S JUST THE, THE PARKING METER FUND.

OKAY.

SO NO THANKS.

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT.

OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND YOU'RE, UH, BACK AND FORTH QUESTIONING.

THANKS.

THANK YOU ALL.

HI.

[2. Discussion and possible action on ATX Walk Bike Roll update Presenter: John Eastman, Public Works Department ]

OKAY.

AND NEXT UP ON THE AGENDA, UM, ATX WALK, BIKE ROLL UPDATE.

WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE FEEL FREE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELVES.

IS THIS WORKING? UH, YES.

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YES, EXACTLY.

WELL, GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

I'M KATIE ICK.

I'M THE URBAN TRAIL PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND I'M JOINED HERE TODAY WITH NATHAN WILTZ FROM ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION STREET DESIGN AND THEN JOHN EASTMAN WITH SIDEWALK AND SPECIAL PROJECTS WHO IS ONLINE.

AND WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT ATX BLOCK BIKE ROLE, WHERE, WHICH WAS OUR PROCESS TO UPDATE THE URBAN TRAILS, BIKEWAYS AND SIDEWALK PLANS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER, SO WE'RE GONNA GIVE A PRETTY HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF EVERYTHING, AND THEN WE'LL OPEN IT UP FOR PLENTY OF QUESTIONS.

NEXT.

SO AS I MENTIONED,

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HX WALK, BIKE ROLL WAS THE PROCESS WHERE WE UPDATED THESE THREE PLANS, URBAN TRAILS, SIDEWALKS, AND BIKEWAYS, BUT WE STILL HAVE THREE DISTINCT PLANS, AND THOSE DRAFTS ARE ONLINE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.

NEXT, SO SIMILAR TO THEIR PREDECESSORS, THESE PLANS WILL ALL BE ATTACHMENTS TO THE A S M P, SO THE AS SM P WILL BE AMENDED TO REFLECT THE DIFFERENT POLICIES, STRATEGIES, ACTION, AND THE SPECIFIC MODAL PLANS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND A BIG PART OF ATX WALK BIKE ROLE WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE CENTERING THESE PLANS IN EQUITY.

SO WE USED THE EQUITY OFFICE'S DEFINITION THAT EQUITY IS ACHIEVED WHEN RACE NO LONGER PREDICTS A PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WE CREATED AN EQUITY FRAMEWORK, WHICH WAS A GUIDING DOCUMENT THAT LOOKED AT HOW WE CENTER EQUITY AT EACH STAGE OF THE PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

AND A BIG PART OF THIS WAS HIRING COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS.

THESE WERE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO REFLECTED OUR FOCUS POPULATIONS AND WHO SERVED AS CONSULTANTS TO THE PROJECT TEAM AND THEN DID OUTREACH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

AND THEY BROUGHT A LOT OF VALUE TO THE PROJECT AS THEY WERE ABLE TO HAVE MORE IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND THEN BRING US THESE REAL LIVED EXPERIENCES AND STORIES, WHICH IS MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION THAN WE CAN TYPICALLY GET THROUGH A SURVEY RESPONSE.

THAT BEING SAID, WE ALSO WORK TO EXTEND WHO WE WERE GETTING THE SURVEY OUT TO AND TRY AND REACH MORE PEOPLE WITH OUR SURVEYS AS WELL.

AND ALONG WITH THAT, WE ALSO BROKE OUT THE RESPONSES.

SO YOU SEE AN EXAMPLE OF THIS HERE WHERE WE HAVE THE SURVEY QUESTION, THE RESULTS, AND THE RESULTS ARE BROKEN OUT BY ALL RESPONSES, AND THEN RESPONSES JUST FROM OUR FOCUS POPULATIONS NEXT.

AND SO THROUGHOUT ALL OF THIS, WHAT WE KEPT HEARING AGAIN AND AGAIN, IS THAT WE CAN'T EQUITABLY ADDRESS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION WITHOUT FIRST ADDRESSING AUSTIN'S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS.

SO ALL AUSTINITES, REGARDLESS OF INCOME, SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE WHETHER OUR SAFE PLACES TO WALK, BIKE AND ROLL.

AND WERE THERE DESTINATIONS CLOSE ENOUGH TO WALK, BIKE AND ROLL TWO.

AND WE CAN'T DO THIS THROUGH TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE ALONE, BUT RATHER THE CITY NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO AFFORDABILITY, ANTI-DISPLACEMENT, LAND USE, AND MOBILITY.

NEXT.

SO UNDERSTANDING HOW IMPORTANT ADDRESSING AFFORDABILITY WAS, WE LOOKED AT SOME POLICY IDEAS THAT COULD HELP MEANINGFULLY REDUCE TRANSPORTATION COSTS.

AND THESE WERE DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS.

SO WE CAME UP WITH SOME IDEAS SUCH AS SUBSIDIZING TRANSIT AND BIKE SHARE, DEVELOPING A GUARANTEED BASIC MOBILITY PROGRAM, INCREASING SUBSIDIES FOR E-BIKES AND ATTIC LIGHTING ON SIDEWALKS, BIKEWAYS, AND URBAN TRAILS, AND OTHER ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ROUTES TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAD EQUITABLE ACCESS TO ROUTES THEY NEEDED TO USE NEXT.

AND ACROSS THE BOARD, THE PUBLIC HAD STRONG SUPPORT FOR THESE POLICY IDEAS, AND YOU CAN SEE EVEN STRONGER SUPPORT FROM OUR FOCUS POPULATIONS NEXT.

SO BASED ON THIS, THIS IS SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS YOU'RE GONNA SEE GOING INTO THE A S P AND THE DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED, RELEASED CLOSER TO ADOPTION, BUT HERE YOU CAN SEE THE AS MP SECTION THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AND THE TYPE OF ACTION ITEM THAT WE RECOMMEND ADDING NEXT.

OKAY, SO NOW SHIFTING GEARS, I'M GONNA SPEAK, UM, MORE SPECIFICALLY TO THE DRAFT URBAN TRAILS PLAN.

SO CURRENTLY WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THE URBAN TRAILS NETWORK THAT WAS ADOPTED AS PART OF THE 2014 URBAN TRAILS PLAN.

AND WITH THIS UPDATE WE'RE, UM, UPDATING THAT NETWORK, SO UPDATING WHERE THE LINES ARE DRAWN ON THE MAP BASED ON FIELD WORK AND COMMUNITY INPUT.

ADDITIONALLY, WE'RE UPDATING HOW WE PRIORITIZE OUR TRAIL PROJECTS.

SO WE'VE CREATED A NEW DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH TO PRIORITIZATION, AND OUR METHOD WAS BASED ON PUBLIC INPUT AND CITY POLICIES.

AND THE PIE CHART SHOWN HERE SHOWS ALL OF THE DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT ARE GOING INTO THIS DATA-DRIVEN METHOD.

AND THE TOP THREE ARE IMPROVING ACCESS ACROSS BARRIERS, INCREASING ACCESS TO HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT, AND IMPROVING ACCESS TO NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS.

NEXT.

SO HERE YOU CAN SEE JUST A SCREENSHOT OF THE URBAN TRAIL NETWORK, AND IN DARK GREEN YOU CAN SEE THE TIER ONE TRAILS.

SO THESE ARE THE TRAILS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED AS HIGH PRIORITY FOR URBAN TRAILS TO IMPLEMENT IN THE NEAR TERM.

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SOME OF THESE ARE ALREADY ACTIVE PROJECTS, AND THEN OTHERS MEET THOSE GOALS THAT I JUST WENT OVER.

THE TIER TWO IN THE TIER THREE TRAILS, UM, ARE STILL REALLY IMPORTANT TO THE NETWORK, BUT WE'RE JUST RECOMMENDING TO LOOK AT THEM MORE OPPORTUNISTICALLY OVER TIME.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF A SITE REDEVELOPS OR DEVELOPS AND WE CAN ACQUIRE AN EASEMENT THROUGH DEVELOPMENT, OR IF A NEW PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY ARISES, WE MIGHT PICK UP A TIER TWO OR TIER THREE TRAIL BEFORE A TIER ONE NEXT.

SO AS WE IMPLEMENT OUR URBAN TRAILS, WE ALSO WANNA BE SURE THAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THE EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY IMPLICATIONS.

SO WE HEARD CONCERNS FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT URBAN TRAILS CAUSE DISPLACEMENT.

CURRENTLY THERE'S NOT A LOT OF DATA AROUND THIS.

SO THE PLAN RECOMMENDS STUDYING DISPLACEMENT IMPACTS NEAR URBAN TRAILS AND DEVELOPING AN ACTION PLAN TO MITIGATE WHERE WE ALREADY KNOW THAT DISPLACEMENT IS OCCURRING.

UM, WE ALSO RECOMMEND PARTNERING WITH EXISTING ANTI-DISPLACEMENT EFFORTS AND THEN BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF THE ATX WALK BIKE ROLL AMBASSADORS.

THE PLAN RECOMMENDS THAT WE HIRE COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS TO CONDUCT OUTREACH AND EDUCATION AROUND URBAN TRAILS.

WE CAN'T JUST BUILD THIS INFRASTRUCTURE AND EXPECT EVERYONE TO USE IT, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE AND HAVE OUTREACH AND EDUCATION AROUND THAT AND THE AMBASSADORS CAN HELP NEXT.

AND SO ALONG WITH TRYING TO BRING NEW USERS AND MORE, MORE DIVERSE USERS TO THE TRAILS PROGRAMMING IS REALLY KEY TO THIS AS WELL.

SO THE PLAN RECOMMENDS TRAIL STEWARDS WHO CAN SERVE AS A RESOURCE ALONG THE TRAIL PLACEMAKING, WHICH IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER WITH LOCAL ARTISTS THAT REPRESENT NEARBY COMMUNITIES AND TEMPORARY ACTIVATION, WHICH CAN BE, YOU KNOW, A TEMPORARY EVENT ON A TRAIL THAT BRINGS NEW USERS TO A TRAIL AND MAKES THEM MORE COMFORTABLE .

NEXT.

AND THEN LASTLY, BUT PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE NEED TO BE SURE THAT WE HAVE PROPER MAINTENANCE FOR ALL OF OUR URBAN TRAILS.

SO THE URBAN TRAIL PLAN UPDATE INCLUDES AN ADA TRANSITION PLAN AND THE OUTLINE FOR A PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO JOHN EASTMAN.

THANKS, KATIE.

UM, SO I'LL TALK ABOUT THE SIDEWALK CROSSINGS AND SHARED STREETS PLAN, AND IT IS REALLY BASED ON THREE OVERARCHING STRATEGIES THAT FOCUS ON PRIORITIZING EQUITY, WHICH YOU'VE HEARD.

UM, KATIE TALK ABOUT PROVIDING SAFE, COMFORTABLE, AND ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN PASSAGE ALONG AND ACROSS EVERY PUBLIC STREET.

UM, AND THEN COLLABORATING WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERS, UM, USING A COMPLETE STREETS APPROACH TO IMPROVE THE PEDESTRIAN NETWORK PART.

EXCELLENT.

SO THE UPDATE PROCESS REALLY STARTED WITH AN EVALUATION OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM USING EQUITY ANALYSIS ZONES OR EASS.

UM, WE FOUND THAT A DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE OF THE CITY'S PEDESTRIAN HIGH INJURY STREETS ARE LOCATED IN THE FOCUS EASS, WHICH ARE AREAS WITH HIGHER CONCENTRATIONS OF HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS.

THERE WOULD ALSO, UM, A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF GAPS BETWEEN SUITABLE CROSSINGS IN THE FOCUS EASS AS COMPARED TO THE CITY AS A WHOLE.

NEXT SLIDE, USING EASS TO LOOK AT.

THE SIDEWALK SYSTEM DID SHOW A COUPLE OF POSITIVE TRENDS.

BOTH THE EXTENTS OF THE SIDEWALK NETWORK AND THE OVERALL CONDITION OF THE NETWORK WE'RE SLIGHTLY BETTER WITHIN THE FOCUS EASS, WHICH IS REALLY ENCOURAGING OUTCOME OF, OF THE EQUITY-BASED PRIORITIZATION MODEL FROM THE ORIGINAL 2009 SIDEWALK PLAN.

UM, THE OVERALL EXTENS AND FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SIDEWALK NETWORK HAVE ALSO IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE SIX YEARS SINCE THE LAST SIDEWALK PLAN UPDATE.

UM, THE SIDEWALK NETWORK HAS GROWN FROM 2,400 MILES, UM, IN 20 15, 20 16 TO 2,800 MILES TODAY, UM, AND HAS IMPROVED FROM 16% FUNCTIONALLY ACCEPTABLE TO 32% FUNCTIONALLY ACCEPTABLE.

SO OVERALL, A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THE LAST 10 TO 15 YEARS, BUT STILL A LONG WAYS TO GO TO ACHIEVING AN EQUITABLE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

YOU KNOW, HAVING A SYSTEM WHERE SOMEONE WALKING OR ROLLING OR USING TRANSIT, WHETHER BY CHOICE OR FOR PHYSICAL OR ECONOMIC REASONS, HAS THE SAME LEVEL OF ACCESS TO SCHOOLS, GROCERY STORES, OTHER DESTINATIONS, AND THE SAME QUALITY OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES AS SOMEONE WHO'S DRIVING.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO HOW DOES THE PLAN HELP US GET THERE? FIRST OF ALL, IT BUILDS ON LOCAL AND NATIONAL RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCE TAKING A COMPREHENSIVE AND A AND REALLY A VERY PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO IMPROVING THE CITY'S PEDESTRIAN NETWORK.

IT BUILDS ON THE WORK OF SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL, HEALTHY STREETS, VISION

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ZERO, AND LIVING STREETS AND GREAT STREETS THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT EARLIER TODAY.

UM, USING CONTEXT SENSITIVE DESIGN AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CITYWIDE PEDESTRIAN NETWORK PLAN, THE NETWORK WILL INCLUDE SIDEWALKS ON BOTH SIDES OF MOST STREETS, UH, INCLUDING ALL NEW STREETS, WHILE RECOGNIZING THAT IN AREAS WITH MATURE TREES AND LANDSCAPING OR STEEP SLOPES, A SIDEWALK ON ONE SIDE OF THE STREET MAY BE SUFFICIENT.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND ON LOW VOLUME, A LOW TRAFFIC VOLUME, RESIDENTIAL STREETS, GREETING SHARED STREETS AS A MORE SUSTAINABLE, FASTER TO IMPLEMENT AND LOWER COST APPROACH TO IMPROVING THE PEDESTRIAN NETWORK.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO RATHER THAN TAKING OVER A HUNDRED YEARS TO BUILD SIDEWALKS ON EVERY FRONTAGE OF EVERY STREET, WE CAN ENVISION COMPLETING A CITY-WIDE PEDESTRIAN NETWORK IN A 20 TO 30 YEAR TIMEFRAME.

NEXT SLIDE.

A CONTEXT SENSITIVE APPROACH WILL ALSO BE USED TO GUIDE CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS AT ALMOST 2000 LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, AND THIS NEW APPROACH IS REFLECTED IN THE UPDATED PLAN NAME, UM, WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE THREE KEY ELEMENTS.

SIDEWALKS CROSSING IS IN SHARED STREETS THAT WILL MAKE UP A COMPLETE PEDESTRIAN SYSTEM FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, TO HELP STAY, HELP US STAY ON TRACK.

UH, THE PLAN INCLUDES INDICATORS WITH 10 YEAR TARGETS THAT WILL BE USED TO BENCHMARK OUR PROGRESS.

AND, YOU KNOW, WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO NATHAN WILKES, WHO'S GONNA TAKE YOU THROUGH THE UPDATES TO THE VICE COMPLAINT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT, SO THE BICYCLE PLAN UPDATE, IT WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2014.

UM, WE'VE FRAMED, THERE'S ACTUALLY THREE CENTRAL CHALLENGES, UH, IF YOU REVIEW THE DRAFT ONLINE.

BUT, UM, THE FIRST CHALLENGE IS MUCH LIKE WHAT JOHN DESCRIBED IT, IT, UH, THE WORK OF MAKING OUR STREETS SAFE.

UM, IN THE 2014 PLAN, WE INTRODUCED THE IDEA OF THE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES BICYCLE NETWORK.

UM, THIS WAS INTENDED TO BE A LOW COST, UH, VERY COST EFFECTIVE, UM, RAPIDLY, UH, IMPLEMENTED NETWORK WHERE WE COULD START SERVING PEOPLE'S TRAVEL DEMAND.

UH, WE'VE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THAT NETWORK.

IT GOT, UH, AFTER THE 2014 PLAN, SIGNIFICANT FUNDING IN THE 2016 AND 2020 BONDS.

UH, WE'VE SCALED UP OUR INFRASTRUCTURE EFFORTS AND THAT'S WELL UNDERWAY.

UH, LIKE SIDEWALKS, THERE'S A LONG WAY TO GO.

UH, AND THIS PLAN WILL SET KIND OF BIGGER AND MORE AMBITIOUS, UM, KIND OF GOALS FOR THAT NETWORK BUILD OUT.

AND THEN THE SECOND CHALLENGE IS WHAT KATIE GOT TO, OF WHO HAS ACCESS TO THAT MOBILITY CHOICE AS PEOPLE ARE BEING, UH, DISPLACED AND PRICED OUT.

AND IT'S HARD TO LIVE IN CENTRAL AREAS THAT HAVE TRADITIONAL LAND USES THAT, THAT FAVOR WALKING AND BI.

AND, AND THE THIRD CENTRAL CHALLENGE, AND AND THIS WAS REALLY, UM, CAME ABOUT IN THE PLANNED REVIEW BY OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS, WAS REALLY HAVING DEEP EMPATHY, UM, WITH EVERYBODY IN AUSTIN, UM, NO MATTER KIND OF WHAT, UH, SOCIAL STATUS OR, YOU KNOW, COLOR OF THEIR SKIN OR HOW THEY GET AROUND.

UM, AND WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT IN THAT NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE, THIS IS ABOUT THE ALL AGES NETWORK AND KIND OF WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THIS PLAN UP UPDATE.

UM, WE EXPANDED THE NETWORK.

SO IN, IN 2014, THE ORIGINAL NETWORK WAS, UH, ABOUT 400 MILES.

THAT'S WHAT WE KIND OF DISCOVERED AT THE TIME.

WE WERE LOOKING FOR THE STREETS THAT WE THOUGHT WE COULD CHANGE QUICKLY AND EASILY, UH, MAYBE NOT EASILY BUT QUICKLY AND COST EFFECTIVELY.

WE WORKED VERY HARD .

UM, AND IN THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN, UPDATED 2019, WE EXPANDED THAT NETWORK BY ABOUT 50% AND WE'RE EXPANDING IT AGAIN ABOUT 50%.

SO IT'S NOW ABOUT, IN THIS PLAN UPDATE ABOUT A THOUSAND MILES.

WE FOCUSED ON HOW WE GET, UM, CONNECTED TRANSIT, CONNECT TO THE CORRIDOR PROJECTS, CONNECT TO ALL THE NEW I 35 CTMA.

AND, UM, NEW DEVELOPMENTS HAVE HAPPENED THAT, THAT PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COST EFFECTIVE CONNECTIVITY.

SO, UH, AND, AND IN ADDITION, THE, UH, REALLY VALUABLE INPUT THAT WE'VE GOTTEN THROUGH, WE HAD A, UH, COMMUNITY WEB MAPPING PROCESS, UM, TO SUGGEST, YOU KNOW, CONNECTIONS AND BARRIERS.

SO THAT'S THE EXPANDED NETWORK, UM, WITH, UH, URBAN TRAILS AND BIKEWAYS SHARED THREE PRIORITIZATION THEMES, AND KATIE MENTIONED 'EM, THE ACCESS TO NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS, ACCESS TO NATURE, AND CITYWIDE DESTINATIONS.

ALL WERE VERY HIGHLY SUPPORTED.

UM, NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATIONS RECEIVED THE TOP SUPPORT

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FALLEN CLOSELY BY CITYWIDE, FALLEN CLOSELY BY ACCESS TO NATURE.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE BASICALLY SAYING THAT THE NETWORK NOW, WHICH USED TO BE MORE OF A CITYWIDE FOCUS, AND WE REALLY, WE WERE TRYING TO CREATE LIKE A BASIC BACKBONE OF A WAY TO GET AROUND BY, YOU KNOW, BIKE AND NOW SCOOTER.

UM, BUT ALL THREE OF THESE THEMES ARE, ARE VALID IDEAS OF, OF WHY PEOPLE MIGHT NEED TO GET SOMEWHERE, UM, AND HOW WE MIGHT, MIGHT ORIENT OUR RESOURCES.

AND LASTLY, UH, WE'VE BUILT FOR THE FIRST TIME A GIS BASED KIND OF MODEL TO PRIORITIZE THAT INFRASTRUCTURE.

IT'LL BE DATA DRIVEN AND INCLUDE ALL THOSE, UH, TYPES OF FACTORS IN, IN KIND OF A WEIGHTED, UH, YOU KNOW, DATA DRIVEN PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN WE HAVE A LOT OF NEW FOCUS AREAS.

THIS, SOME OF THIS IS INTERSECTIONAL PLANNING, SOME OF THIS IS THINGS THAT ARE NEW, UM, AND, AND KIND OF CALLING OUR ATTENTION.

UM, THE FIRST ONE WE TALKED ABOUT WAS, YOU KNOW, THE NEED TO RAISE THE FLAG THAT AS A CITY WE REALLY JUST NEED TO MANAGE THAT, THE AFFORDABILITY AND DISPLACEMENT.

UM, AND LIKE KATIE TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, AS TRANSPORATION, YOU KNOW, PROFESSIONALS, WE CAN BRING OUR TOOLS TO THE TABLE WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REDUCING HOUSEHOLD COSTS.

UM, THE SECOND, AGAIN, MOBILITY PROFESSIONALS, UH, YOU KNOW, WE THINK NEED TO PLAY, UH, OR WORK WORK HARDER WITH OTHERS ABOUT THE INTEGRATED LAND PLANNING, AFFORDABILITY, ANTI DISPLACEMENT, UH, I PRESENTED TO THE, UH, E T O D, UM, OR THE, UM, SORRY, THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY, UH, GROUP AROUND THE E T O D EFFORT, UM, THAT, THAT CABINET MENTOR AND PROJECT CONNECTOR FACILITATING AND UNDERSTANDING, YOU KNOW, DO WE LOCATE ALL OF OUR REPORTABLE HOUSING AND ALL OF OUR ANTI DISPLACEMENT EF EFFORTS IN A JUST WALKING RADIUS, OR DO WE THINK ABOUT THE TOOLS OF BICYCLING AND WALKING? UM, SO REALLY FOSTERING KIND OF CROSS UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE TOOLS AND MAKING, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO BICYCLING OR SCOOTERING LIKE, IS IT, UH, UH, E-BIKES ARE UP THERE LIKE ACCESS TO E-BIKES.

THEY'RE EXPENSIVE, THEY'RE GAME CHANGING, BUT EXPENSIVE.

AND, YOU KNOW, CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY, UH, UPDATED THEIR REBATE.

SO RECOMMENDING KIND OF MORE, MORE PROGRAMMATIC, UH, APPROACHES TO REDUCE THOSE TYPES OF BARRIERS.

FEEDING TRANSIT WAS SOMETHING WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE 2014 PLAN, BUT AS A MAJOR FOCUS NOW THAT WE'VE, UH, YOU KNOW, AUTHORIZED A SEVEN AND A HALF BILLION DOLLAR TRANSIT, UM, PROGRAM THROUGH PROJECT CONNECT.

SO WE ARE LOOKING AT EVERY SINGLE METRO RAPID STATION, EVERY SINGLE L R T, EVERY SINGLE COMMUTER RAIL, UH, AS WELL AS THE HARDWORKING BACKBONE OF THE FREQUENT AND, AND OTHER LOCAL SERVICE.

UM, WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, UH, TALKED ABOUT IN 2014, IT WAS ALREADY A GLOBAL ISSUE, EVEN MORE SO NOW.

UM, YOU KNOW, REALLY LOOKING AT HOW OUR PLANS SUPPORT, UH, THESE BIGGER CITYWIDE AND AND AND BROADER GOALS.

ON THE FLIP SIDE OF CLIMATE, THOUGH, WE JUST WENT THROUGH A WINTER STORM.

THERE'S GONNA BE THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT IN THE SUMMER.

AND WE HEARD A TON ABOUT SHADE.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO, UH, I THINK ALL THE KIND OF PLAN SPONSORS, SIDEWALKS, URBAN TRAILS, BIKEWAYS, CONSIDER TREES A BASIC PART OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, JUST LIKE THE CONCRETE.

BUT IT'S VERY, IT'S BEEN CHALLENGING TO PLANT TREES AND WE NEED TO GET BETTER AT PLANTING TREES AROUND, YOU KNOW, NEW AND EXISTING FACILITIES.

UM, WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE NETWORK, GETTING BEYOND FLEX POSTS.

UM, SO THAT'S SPOKEN TOO.

AND, AND IT'S A PRIORITY, UH, BUT IT'S A BALANCED PRIORITY BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE TO KEEP FOCUS ON REALLY TRANSFORMING THE NETWORK, YOU KNOW, THE STREET NETWORKS VERY QUICKLY TO GET THE SAFETY AND MULTIMODAL OUTCOMES AND PHASING IN THE QUALITY OVER TIME.

UH, AND BOTH BETTER SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES.

I, I KIND OF MENTIONED THIS WITH A WELL, UM, JUST WATCHING OUT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE MOST VULNERABLE, UM, PLAYS INTO THE EQUITY OUTCOMES THAT WE WILL SEE, UH, IN TERMS OF, UH, YOU KNOW, ACCESS TO, UH, THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE WHAT MODE YOU GET AROUND IT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THAT'S ABOUT THE BIKE PLAN.

AND, UM, I'LL CLOSE OUT.

UH, THIS IS THE NEXT STEPS, UH, FOR ATX WALK, BIKE ROLL.

WE'RE ON THE HOME STRETCH.

WE'RE, UH, ON THE LEFT.

THERE IS ALL THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS THAT WE'RE BRIEFING IN ADVANCE OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION IN APRIL.

AND THEN HOPING TO GET TO COUNCIL IN MAY.

UH, WE'VE GOT, UH, THE THREE DRAFT PLANS IN PDF IN A NICE, UM, ACCESSIBLE, UH, COMMENT TOOL WHERE YOU CAN COMMENT THE PUBLIC AND COMMENT, UM, UP BOTH THINGS AND, UM, KIND OF DIG INTO THE PLAN.

SO THAT'S AT THE LINK IN THE TOP RIGHT, AND THERE'S A DEADLINE FOR THE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON MARCH 20TH, SO THAT WE CAN QUICKLY TURN AROUND THE PLANS AND, UM, YOU KNOW, ANY, ANY CHANGES TO THE PLANS WE MAKE BASED ON THE COMMENTS,

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UH, AS WE HEAD TOWARDS COUNCIL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN JUST WRAPPING UP, WE'RE WE THINK THAT IT'S BEEN REALLY GREAT TO BRING ALL THESE PLANS TOGETHER THROUGH A CONSOLIDATED PLANNING PROCESS.

THESE ARE ALL WAYS TO GET AROUND THAT.

UH, THEY'RE KIND OF SHORT RANGE MOBILITY, YOU KNOW, LIKE ZERO TO THREE PLUS MILES IS KIND OF THE SWEET SPOT FOR WALKING, BIKING, ROLLING.

AND THEY ALL KIND OF, UM, TOUCH ON REALLY SIMILAR ISSUES, UM, AND KIND OF DEPENDENCIES LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT, LIKE, DO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO PLACES TO, UH, BIKE TOO.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THEY ALL, YOU KNOW, STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT, UM, PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER, UM, WHEN THEY CAN INTEGRATE WALKING AND BICYCLE IN THEIR DAILY LIFE, JUST IN THE KIND OF FABRIC OF THE CITY.

UM, YOU KNOW, ALL THREE OF THESE ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF ACHIEVING THE MODE SHIFT GOALS OF THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN.

UM, AND HAVING THAT CHOICE TRAVEL CHOICE, WE TALK A LOT, A LOT ABOUT, SO THIS ISN'T ABOUT TELLING PEOPLE THEY CAN'T DRIVE.

THIS IS JUST ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE ALTERNATIVES WHERE THEY CAN CHOOSE HOW TO GET AROUND.

AND, UM, PROVIDING THESE MOBILITY CHOICES ALLOW EVERYBODY TO ACCESS RESOURCES, INCLUDING PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE A CAR THAT MIGHT BE PEOPLE THAT ARE YOUNGER OR OLDER OR UNHOUSED OR UNHOUSED, UH, OR PREFER NOT TO.

UH, AND LASTLY, YOU KNOW, REALLY KEEPING FOCUS ON THAT.

ALL OF THESE PLANS ARE REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF, OF VERY HIGH LEVEL GOALS THAT THE CITY HAS.

UM, YOU KNOW, BE THAT THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT, THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLAN, IMAGINE AUSTIN, THE PARK COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, AND ON AND ON.

UH, AND WITH THAT, I THINK WE CAN TAKE QUESTIONS, UH, AND FEEDBACK.

THANKS.

ALL RIGHT.

AND WELL, I, I'LL JUST START OFF, I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS, AND I'M SO GLAD TO SEE THE DISCUSSION OF, UH, INTEGRATED, HOLISTIC, LOOKING AT THE WHOLE PICTURE.

I MEAN, I KNOW ALL THE DEPARTMENTS CAN'T, YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOT A CZAR WHO COULD COME IN AND SAY, ALL RIGHT, DO THESE THINGS, BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY OUT LOUD, YOU KNOW, HAVING BEEN IN THIS SPOT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, LIKE TRULY WORKING ALL OF THESE THINGS TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME IS, IT'S JUST, IT'S GOOD FOR MY HEART.

UH, IT'S JUST, IT'S REALLY, IT'S REALLY, UM, ASTOUNDING THAT IT'S, IT'S COME THIS FAR AND SO CLEARLY.

UM, AND THEN JUST VERY SUPER SPECIFICALLY, I WANT TO SAY, WHAT'S EVERYTHING I CAN, I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE A GAME CHANGER IF THIS CITY REALLY DOUBLED, TRIPLED 10 X DOWN ON E-BIKES.

THERE'S AN E-BIKE OWNER MYSELF FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, AS EVERYBODY KNOWS.

I MEAN, YOU SAID IT'S A GAME CHANGER.

THEY'RE EXPENSIVE, BUT IT'S WAY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN A LOT OF OTHER THINGS.

IT'S WAY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN A LOT OF OTHER 10,000 E-BIKES IN THE CITY WOULD CHANGE THE CITY'S TRANSIT STRUCTURE.

YOU KNOW, $10,000, I MEAN, 10,000 E-BIKES IS MAYBE 10 MILLION.

I MEAN, WE'RE GONNA SPEND THAT ON, YOU KNOW, TRANSIT CONES ON I 35.

YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST, IT'S, IT'S, UM, SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S, I, I LIKE SO MANY THINGS ABOUT THIS.

UM, SO I'LL JUST STOP THERE.

BUT IT'S, UH, CONGRATULATIONS.

I, I GETTING THIS ALL TOGETHER AND DISCUSSING IT IN THE KIND OF PHILOSOPHICAL WAYS AS WELL, UH, CONCEPTUALLY, NOT JUST TACTICALLY IS, UH, YEAH, IT'S GREAT.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

, UM, WELL ON THE, ON THE E-BIKES, ONE THAT CAME UP LAST NIGHT AT THE BICYCLE ADVISORY AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY, UM, COMMITTEE, AND A GENTLEMAN HAD A REALLY INTERESTING, THIS IS SOMEBODY THAT WORKS, UM, WITH LIKE REFUGEE SERVICES MM-HMM.

AND, UH, LOTS OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT LANGUAGE ACCESS, AND I MENTIONED THAT, YOU KNOW, THE PROGRAMMATIC SIDE OF THE ENCOURAGEMENT IS IN, YOU KNOW, PARTICULARLY THE BICYCLE PLAN AS WELL.

AND YOU KNOW, LIKE, HOW ARE PEOPLE LEARNING ABOUT THE E-BIKE PROGRAM? IS IT ON A WEBSITE OR ARE WE DOING PROACTIVE OUTREACH IN COMMUNITIES THAT COULD, YOU KNOW, AND THERE'S LOW INCOME BENEFIT, UM, DISCOUNTS MM-HMM.

GREATER THAN, YOU KNOW, LIKE, UH, LOW INCOME, LIKE DOUBLING THE YEAH.

LIKE $1,300, UH, REBATES.

SO HOW DO WE GET THE WORD OUT TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE? UH, YEAH.

YEAH.

AND WELL, AND TALK ABOUT TACTICALLY THAT FOR A SECOND, THERE WAS A PLAN OR A PROPOSAL, NOT A PLAN AT SOME POINT FOR, UM, UH, THE, THE, THE VSHARE THAT AT ONE POINT THERE WAS A DISCUSSION, SOMEONE CAME HERE, TALKED ABOUT DOING, YOU KNOW, LIKE TWO E-BIKES AND TWO, YOU KNOW, STATIONS MUCH DEEPER INTO NEIGHBORHOODS, AND IT NEVER REALLY CAME TO PASS.

AT LEAST I'VE NOT SEEN THAT.

BUT I THINK, YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT SORT OF THING WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

I MEAN, I THINK OF MANY NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE I AM ALL THE TIME THAT AREN'T REALLY QUITE CLOSE TO THE MA THE MAJOR PLACES WHERE YOU WOULD FIND AN E-BIKE.

BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE SCOOTERS DEEP IN A NEIGHBORHOOD AND IT SHOWS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

AND IT'S THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO RIDE THE SCOOTER, WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING

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TO JUMP ON THE E-BIKE.

ANYWAY, I CAN TALK ABOUT THAT ALL DAY.

UM, SO YES, I, I'LL, I'LL GIVE THE FLOOR TO OTHERS AND I JUST REALIZED I AM ACTUALLY WEARING SHIRT THAT HAS, BUT, UH, YEAH.

MR. BURKES.

RUBEN.

RUBEN, CAN YOU TURN ON YOUR MIC PLEASE, SIR? I'M SORRY.

YOU SHOULD DELAY A TALK TO AUSTIN IS JUST BEGINNING TO LEARN WHAT COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDS, AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

YOU HAVE A 275 PAGE DOCUMENT.

PROBABLY EVERYBODY WILL ACTUALLY READ THAT DOCUMENT MAY BE IN THIS ROOM ALREADY, BUT THE CONTENT IS RELEVANT TO EVERYBODY.

AND THERE'S, AND EVEN THEN THESE ARE SUMMARY DOCUMENTS.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU DUG ONE LEVEL DEEPER, DO ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW DID YOU DO X? OR WHAT'S THE DATA BEHIND WHY YOU WOULD BE GOING AT A MUCH DEEPER LEVEL? AND ATP HAS LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY.

THERE USED TO BE WAY BEFORE PROJECT CONNECT, CAP METRO HAD SOMETHING CALLED THE MULTIMODAL ACCESS COMMITTEE.

SUSAN DO I SUSAN IS THE CHAIR.

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT WAS, UM, WHAT EVOLVED INTO THE PROJECT CONNECT AMBASSADOR NETWORK.

AND THE MULTI-MODAL ADVISOR COMMITTEE WAS A GROUP THAT WAS ADVISING ON BOTH, UM, THE STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN AND, UM, AND THE EARLY STAGES OF PROJECT CONNECT.

LIKE PRE PRE RANDY CLARK.

GOSH, WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS A WHILE, HAVEN'T WE? ? OH, WE HAS .

THERE YOU GO.

WHEN ATTP WAS FORMED AFTER THE ELECTION, WHEN ATTP WAS FORMED, THE PCAN, WHICH WAS THE SUCCESSOR TO THE MULTIMODAL ACCESS COMMITTEE, IT JUST CHANGED ITS NAME AND IT OPENED TO A WIDER POPULATION, LET'S SAY, BUT PRIMARILY THE CORE POPULATION OF BOTH ORGAN, BOTH BODIES WERE TRANSIT ADVOCATES, NOT PEOPLE OUT IN THE STREET.

SOME OF THEM WERE TRANS ADVOCATES TOO, BUT THAT WASN'T, IT WAS THEIR TRANS TRANSIT ADVOCACY THAT PUT THEM ON THE COMMITTEE.

AND WHEN ATP WAS HOLDING ALL THE HEARINGS, UH, OR ALL THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS ON ALL OF THE DIFFERENT STATION LOCATIONS, THE PECAN WAS NO LONGER MEETING.

AND MY IMPRESSION WAS THAT WASN'T GONNA, WASN'T GONNA MEET ANYMORE.

GREG CANALI STARTED IT BACK UP.

WE HAD AN HOUR AND A HALF.

THOSE WERE ON THE PECAN AT AN HOUR AND A HALF OF THE INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE ATTP.

THE ATP BOARD DOESN'T GET THAT MUCH OF ITS TIME.

AND WHY WAS IT STARTED BACK UP AGAIN? BECAUSE AT LEAST GREG CANALI AND MAYBE THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE FELT THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE TRANSIT ADVOCATES WERE IN FACT, PART OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND I'M SORRY, TREATING, IF YOU'RE TALKING TO AN AUDIENCE OF TRANSIT ADVOCATES, BE PREPARED TO GO EXCRUCIATING WITH THE DETAILS , BUT THAT'S ONE POPULATION.

UH, I THINK ATP HAS DONE A LOT TO SHOW US WHAT OUR NOTION OF COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE.

IT ISN'T JUST PEOPLE SHOWING UP AT A, A MASS HEARING OR AT POPUP HEARINGS.

THERE ARE VARIOUS TYPES, SUBGROUPS AND TYPES OF, OF INPUT THAT YOU GET FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

AND, SORRY, I HAVE A TRAINING IN THE BACKGROUND IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND FOCUSING ON A SURVEY IS NOT GOING TO GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

SO I THINK YOU NEED TO STEP BACK AND DO A MUCH DEEPER OUTREACH PROCESS.

ANYBODY WHO COMES UP WITH A 250 PAGE DOCUMENT HAS JUST GOTTA BE PREPARED FOR THAT.

PAUL.

YEAH, I WOULD JUST ADD THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN DOING OUTREACH FOR ABOUT TWO AND A HALF HERE, THREE OR FOUR PHASES OF OUTREACH.

AND WE HAD THE COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS HIRED, RIGHT? SO WE WEREN'T FOCUSED ON A SURVEY.

THE SURVEY WAS PART OF IT, AND WE DID DON'T KNOW HOW MANY SURVEYS.

UM, I'M SURE WE CAN, WE HAVE IT ALL IN THE DOCUMENT THAT WE CAN REFERENCE AND GET BACK TO, BUT THEN WE HAD THOSE COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS, AND SO THEY WERE THE ONES WHO WERE GOING INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES, TALKING TO THE PEOPLE THEY REGULARLY TALK TO.

SO NOT LIKE, HEY,