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[00:00:04]

WE DO HAVE

[CALL TO ORDER]

A QUORUM.

I WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

I AM PAIGE CHAIR OF THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE.

IT IS MARCH 28TH, 2024.

THE TIME IS 1:02 PM AND WE ARE HERE INSIDE THE CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL.

I AM JOINED BY VICE CHAIR CADRY COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

AND JOINING US REMOTELY IS COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

SO

[Public Communication: General]

WE WILL START WITH OUR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE FIVE SPEAKERS WHO SIGNED UP, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL THOSE SPEAKERS AND HEAR FROM THEM.

I KNOW THERE WERE A COUPLE FOLKS THAT TRIED TO SIGN UP LATE, SO, UM, OUR LIAISON HAS ASKED THAT THEY SEND THE INFORMATION TO HER SO THAT THAT CAN BE SHARED WITH THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL OUR SPEAKERS FELICITY MAXWELL.

GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS FELICITY MAXWELL, DISTRICT FIVE RESIDENT AND AURA BOARD MEMBER.

I'M HERE TODAY TO SHARE MY CONCERNS REGARDING THE SHOAL CREEK BIKE LANE AND 31ST STREET.

UM, AS YOU WELL KNOW, RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN HAVE LONG SHOWN STRONG SUPPORT FOR ACTIVE MOBILITY PROJECTS IN OUR CITY, BOTH THROUGH THEIR SUPPORT OF SUCH BONDS AT THE BALLOT BOX, AS WELL AS THROUGH ADVOCACY AROUND PLANS LIKE OUR UPDATED BIKE SIDEWALK AND URBAN TRAILS PLAN, WHICH WAS JUST UPDATED LAST FALL, WHICH IS WHY MANY OF US FOUND IT PER SO PER PERPLEXING TO HEAR THAT MUCH LOVED AND WIDELY USED PROJECT ALONG THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL WAS BEING REMOVED ON 31ST STREET.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS AN ACTIVE MOBILITY TRIAL AND AS SUCH AS SUBJECT TO REFINEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT IN DISTRICT FIVE, WE'VE SEEN THAT EXACT SCENARIO WHERE THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD VISION ZERO IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED AND TWEAKED OVER THE LAST NINE MONTHS.

HOWEVER, IT IS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING TO SEE AN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION TRIAL SUCH AS THE ONE ON 31ST STREET BEING WHOLESALE REMOVED.

THAT IS A DOWNGRADE OF OUR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK AND SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION FOR THESE TYPE OF BIKE AND VISION ZERO TRIALS.

FURTHERMORE, WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S A CONSTRAINED STREET WITH LIMITED RIGHT OF WAY, BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL COMPROMISES OFFERED BY CITY STAFF THAT WOULD'VE PREVENTED THE OVERALL DE DEGRADATION OF THIS PROJECT.

WE WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST THAT THIS DECISION BE REEXAMINED AND THE BIKE TRAIL BE REINSTATED.

THANK YOU DANIEL KAMAN.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

UH, MY NAME IS DANIEL KAMAN.

I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF THE SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY IN RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT ON SHOAL CREEK TRAIL CONNECTIVITY GAPS BETWEEN 24TH AND 34TH.

UM, WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE SOUTH AND MIDDLE GAPS.

THESE ARE INCREDIBLE PROJECTS AND WE REALLY ARE THINKING THAT THESE ARE TOP-NOTCH.

UM, HOWEVER, WE ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE LACK OF A PROTECTED FACILITY ON WEST 31ST STREET FOR TRAIL USERS.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO INSTALLING ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES RATHER THAN REMOVING THEM.

UM, THE SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY, UH, HAS WORKED WITH STAKEHOLDERS, NEIGHBORS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS TO IDENTIFY A SAFE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL CONNECTION ON 31ST STREET.

THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL PLAN PUBLISHED IN 2018 THAT HAD FEEDBACK FROM OVER 100 COMMUNITY GROUPS CALLED FOR A PROTECTED TRAIL CONNECTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF 31ST STREET.

AFTER YEARS OF CONVERSATIONS WITH THE NEIGHBORS OF 31ST STREET AND REPRESENTATIVES OF ST.

ANDREWS SCHOOL, IT IS CLEAR THAT THE PILOT PROJECT TRAIL WAS NOT WITHOUT CHALLENGES.

HOWEVER, THE SHOAL CREEK CONSERVANCY STILL BELIEVES THERE IS A FUTURE ITERATION OF THE PILOT PROJECT THAT COULD SERVE THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL USERS' NEEDS AND COMFORT.

FOR EXAMPLE, RELIEVING CONGESTION OF 31ST STREET WITH THE REMOVAL OF STREET PARKING BETWEEN THE MAR AND THE MIDBLOCK.

SHOAL CREEK TRAILHEAD COULD ALLOW FOR A CAR AND TRAIL USERS TO COEXIST WITH DESIRED LANE WIDTHS.

UM, WE SUPPORT THE PLANE TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES AND WE HOPE TO SEE DECREASED SPEEDS ON 31ST STREET AND INCREASED VISIBILITY AT THE SHOAL CREEK TRAILHEAD.

UH, WE REALLY APPRECIATE TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC WORKS EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY SAFE CONNECTIONS, AND WE CAN APPRECIATE THE CHALLENGES IN THIS CONSTRAINED RIGHT OF WAY.

IT'S WITH US UNDERSTANDING AN APPRECIATION THAT SEC UH, PLANS TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH STAKEHOLDERS IN THE CITY TO FIND A MORE PERMANENT, WIDER AND SAFER TRAIL CONNECTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF 31ST STREET FOR A HIGH QUALITY ALL AGES INABILITY SHOAL CREEK TRAIL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GO AHEAD.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

HI DANIEL.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

UM, YOU SAID DECREASED SPEEDS.

WHAT ARE THEY CURRENTLY AND WHAT ARE YOU PROPOSING? SO, UM, RIGHT NOW THAT'S, I BELIEVE IT'S 25 MILES AN HOUR.

MM-HMM, .

UM, BUT BECAUSE OF STATE LAW AND JUST THE, THE WAY WE DO THINGS HERE, UM, IT WILL NOT IMMEDIATELY BE LIKE IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOWER THE SPEED LIMIT.

UM, BUT WE HOPE THAT WITH THE TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES THAT ARE PROPOSED IN THE PLAN, THAT THEY CAN, UM, REDUCE THE SPEEDS HOPEFULLY TO SOMETHING WHERE BIKES AND CARS ARE GOING AROUND THE SAME SPEED BETWEEN 15 AND 20 MILES AN HOUR.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT WITH SOME HIGH QUALITY TRAFFIC CALMING LIKE, UH, PINCH POINTS OR SPEED CUSHIONS, UM, THAT IS, THAT IS ACHIEVABLE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ADAM GREENFIELD.

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GOOD AFTERNOON COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, ADAM GREENFIELD WITH SAFE STREETS AUSTIN.

I'M ALSO HERE TO ECHO THE CONCERNS OVER THE REMOVAL OF THE SHOAL CREEK.

UH, BY CLAIM BETWEEN LAMAR AND 31ST, UH, 34TH, UH, WE REALLY SHOULD NOT BE SETTING THE PRECEDENT OF DOWNGRADING, UM, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, ESPECIALLY WHEN OUR NETWORKS ARE, ARE SO INCOMPLETE AND SO LACKING RIGHT NOW.

UM, IT'S ESPECIALLY, UH, CONCERNING ON SUCH A SIGNATURE FACILITY AS SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD.

AND JUST JUST TO POINT OUT THAT THIS WOULD BE THE ONLY MISSING PIECE OF PROTECTION FOR PEOPLE ON BIKES, UM, FROM, UH, LADY BIRD LAKE TO HIGHWAY 180 3.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY NEED COUNCIL TO, UH, TO WEIGH IN ON.

SO WE REQUEST THAT THAT COUNCIL ENSURE THAT THE CURRENT FACILITY IS NOT REMOVED UNTIL A, UH, LONG-TERM PROTECTED, UH, WALKING AND, UH, BICYCLE FACILITY IS IS INSTALLED.

UM, WE HAVE OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIGNED OUR PETITION ECHOING THIS, UH, THIS CALL, UH, STAFF HAS DONE INCREDIBLE WORK ON OTHER PORTIONS OF SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD, UM, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THIS SECTION IS UP TO THOSE SAME STANDARDS.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR, FOR HEARING THESE COMMENTS AND WE, WE LOOK FORWARD TO COUNCIL S ACTION ON THIS.

THANK YOU TAMARA STEIN.

GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIR AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS TAMARA STEIN.

I RESIDE IN DISTRICT NINE, WHERE I LIVE IN OLD WEST AUSTIN WITH MY HUSBAND AND TWO AND A HALF YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.

I'M ALSO HERE TO DISCUSS THE SHOAL CREEK SHARED USE PATH AND RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT THE COMMITTEE CONSIDER PLACING THE PATH AND THE PLAN FOR IT ON A FUTURE MEETING AGENDA.

ULTIMATELY, I HOPE THAT THE CITY WILL REVERSE ITS PLAN TO REMOVE THE SHARED PATH.

I AM A BIKER RUNNER AND WALKER.

I'VE BIKED IN AUSTIN SINCE I MOVED HERE, AND WE BEGAN BIKING FOR TRANSPORT REGULARLY ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS OLD ENOUGH TO BEGIN RIDING WITH US.

MY FAMILY HAS REPLACED ONE OF OUR CARS WITH BIKES AND WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THE BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE IN AUSTIN, WHICH WE CAN TRULY SEE IMPROVING ALL THE TIME.

THAT SAID, THERE ARE SOME PAIN POINTS IN NAVIGATING AND CONNECTING BIKE TRAILS, BIKE LANES, AND SHARED STREETS.

AS A CYCLIST AND PARENT, EVERY TIME I RIDE MY BIKE, I THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT MY ROUTE AND THE SAFEST WAY TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B.

I'M A RISK AVERSE PERSON AND MY TOLERANCE FOR RISK HAS, UH, DECLINED EVEN FURTHER SINCE HAVING MY DAUGHTER, MY TOP CHOICE IS ALWAYS TO BE IN A DEDICATED PROTECTED LANE WITH PHYSICAL BARRIERS.

IN ORDER TO KEEP MY FAMILY SAFE, MY DAUGHTER GOES TO PRESCHOOL ON SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD, JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE SHARED USE PATH.

WE USE THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL, THE PATH AND SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD TO COMMUTE FOR SCHOOL, FOR WORK, FOR RECREATION.

WE RIDE TO THE TRAIL RIDE TO OUR RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY IN THE NORTHWEST HILLS.

UM, WE REFERRED TO SHOAL CREEK AS OUR BIKE HIGHWAY, AND HONESTLY, MY FAMILY BIKES ON SHOAL CREEK ALMOST EVERY SINGLE DAY, INCLUDING THE SHARED USE PATH SEGMENT.

THIS SEGMENT OF THE PATH HAS BEEN A PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING ONE IN THE VARIOUS PERMUTATIONS OF THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL, BUT THE PILOT HAS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED OUR EXPERIENCE AS BOTH CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS.

THE ROAD IS VERY NARROW AND TRAFFIC CAN BE QUITE HIGH AND QUITE FAST AS AS REFERENCED, UM, ESPECIALLY AT SCHOOL DROP OFF AND PICKUP TIMES, HAVING A PROTECTED BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN LANE MAKES THIS AN EASY AND SAFE WAY TO CONNECT THE TRAIL GOING NORTH, UM, TO THE PROTECTED BIKE LANE ON SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD AND HEADING SOUTH TO THE PATH ALONG LAMAR AND ALL THE WAY TO THE TRAIL.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE SUPPORT FOR MAKING THE PILOT PATH PERMANENT IS QUITE STRONG, AND I WANT TO VOICE MY SINCERE HOPE THAT THE CITY KEEPS THIS SHARED USE PATH AS A SAFE, ENJOYABLE OPTION FOR ALL OF AUSTRIAN'S AUSTIN'S PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION OF THIS ISSUE.

HECTOR MARTEL.

HI.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

UM, I'M HERE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE WINDSOR PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

UM, WE, UH, UH, HAVE PUT TOGETHER KIND OF A VISION.

IT'S, UH, EXPANDING URBAN TRAILS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF WINDSOR PARK.

AS YOU KNOW, WINDSOR PARK IS BOUNDED ON ON THREE SIDES BY HIGHWAYS I 35 2 91 83.

AND CONNECTIONS TO OUR ADJACENT NEIGHBORHOODS IN DISTRICT ONE AND DISTRICT, UH, NINE ARE VERY CHALLENGING.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF NEW HOUSING THAT'S BEING BUILT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND ALONG WITH THAT, WE WOULD LIKE TO KIND OF ENVISION AN UH, UH, EXPANDED BIKEWAYS UH, UH, URBAN TRAILS THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE SHOWING A, A WEST TRAIL THAT WOULD

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GO FROM THE BELFAST BRIDGE AND TRAIL FROM 51ST UP TO CAMERON.

AND ON THAT SIDE, UM, THE SOLOMON, UH, APARTMENT BUILDING IS NOW OPEN.

THEY'RE NOW SHOWING HOUSES AND, UH, THEY HAVE ACTUALLY BUILT A, THE FIRST 200 FEET OF A URBAN TRAIL, A 12 FOOT WIDE CONCRETE PATH THAT GOES ALONG THAT PROPERTY.

THAT PROPERTY IS, UH, ALSO SHARED BY THE LIFE AUSTIN, UH, NEIGHBORS OF LIFE, AUSTIN CHURCH, AND WITH NEIGHBORS.

WE, 10 YEARS AGO, WE, UH, C CONNECTED THE, THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH THOSE, WITH THE CHURCH AND WITH THE CITY AND OBTAIN AN EASEMENT.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO GET EVERYBODY ON BOARD TO HAVE AN EASEMENT.

SO THE ONLY THING MISSING THERE ON THAT SIDE IS A BRIDGE.

AND THEN RETHINKING OF THE ROADS AND HOW THOSE CONNECT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

A BRIDGE WOULD BE REALLY WOULD GO A GREAT WAY OF CONNECTING THE NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, OF WINTER PARK ACROSS 51ST AT THAT LOCATION THROUGH TANA HILL, BRANCH CREEK ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE NOW HAVE A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT A LOT OF OUR, UH, NEIGHBORS ARE ATTENDING AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE AN URBAN TRAIL THROUGH THE EAST SIDE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UH, FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, WE CALL IT THE PARK TO PARK TRAIL.

SO PARILLO PARK DOWN TO BARTHOLOMEW PARK AND CONNECTING TO THE TILLY STREET AND, UH, EAST LINK TRAIL ON THE EAST SIDE.

UM, SO WE WOULD LIKE TO GET THESE, UH, PROJECTS, UH, OFF OF OUR MINDS AND INTO THE CITIES, KIND OF LIKE PLATE, UH, KIND OF HELP MOBILITY BE SAFER WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WITH SAFER CONNECTIONS TO OUR ADJACENT NEIGHBORS.

UM, I ALSO HAVE PRINTOUTS.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I CAN DROP THESE OFF.

YES.

BUT I WILL DELIVER THOSE PRINTOUTS AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

FANTASTIC.

THANK YOU FOR THE INPUT.

THAT IS THE END OF OUR LIST OF PEOPLE WHO HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK PRIOR TO THE MEETING TODAY.

UH, VICE CHAIR CADRE, DID YOU WANNA BE RECOGNIZED? YEAH, UM, WELL, I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TODAY.

GOD, THIS MIC IS VERY LOUD IN MY FACE, .

UM, I NORMALLY DON'T SIT HERE, UM, BUT I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO CAME.

I'M GONNA SIT, GO A LITTLE BIT BACK.

UH, YOU KNOW, AS AN OFFICE, WE'RE, WE'RE COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE, UH, ALL AGES AND ABILITIES, UH, CONNECTION IS AVAILABLE.

UH, AND THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL HAD A LOT OF GREAT, UH, A LOT OF GREAT RECOMMENDATIONS.

WE'RE LOOKING INTO, UH, A LOT OF THEM AS AN OFFICE AND AS SUPPORT LOOKING INTO THOSE MEASURES.

UH, AND I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO CONSIDER, UH, EVERYTHING WE CAN, UH, TO WORK ON VOLUME CONTROL.

AND I KNOW DANIEL, WHO I THINK IS STILL IN THE AUDIENCE SOMEWHERE, ALSO MENTIONED THE SPEED CONTROL ISSUES.

IT'S CURRENTLY ABOUT 25 MILES PER HOUR, GETTING IT DOWN TO, UH, THE, THE 1520 TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THE, THE, THE STREET SAFE.

UH, AT THE SAME TIME, I KNOW WE NEED TO, WE NEED TO HAVE A, A BALANCE TO THE LIMITED RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE.

SO I DO WANT TO SAY I DO APPLAUD THE WORK OF STAFF OF DOING, UH, THE, THE WORK THE STAFF IS DOING TO FILL THE, THE GAPS THAT WE HAVE ON, ON SHILL CREEK TRAIL, WHILE ALSO TENDING TO THE NEEDS OF OUR CITYWIDE HIGH INJURY, UH, NETWORK.

UH, SO I, I REALLY WANNA MAKE SURE, UH, THAT, YOU KNOW, AND, AND MAYBE IT'S SOMETHING WE COULD LOOK AT, YOU KNOW, AS, AS A FUTURE ITEM, UM, UH, UH, ABOUT A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT WERE MENTIONED TODAY, UH, LOOKING INTO A LOT OF THE MEASURES THAT, UH, THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL, UH, HAS BROUGHT UP.

UH, YOU KNOW, MAYBE DEPENDING ON, UH, YOU KNOW, SUBJECT TO AGENDA SPACE, IT'S SOMETHING WE COULD LOOK AT, UH, YOU KNOW, NEXT MEETING.

AND I THINK WE'RE GONNA DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO EXPLORE, UH, KEEPING THE CONNECTION, UH, THAT WE HAVE, UM, UNTIL WE CAN HAVE A REAL TIMELINE AND FUNDING COMMITMENT FOR THE OFF STREET, UH, TRAIL CONNECTION.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE COMMENTS.

I THINK THERE'S CERTAINLY AN INTEREST IN TAKING A, A LOOK AT THIS AND SEEING, UM, EXACTLY WHAT THE NEEDS ARE OF THAT SPACE AND APPRECIATE ALL THE SPEAKERS COMING AND, AND LETTING US KNOW THEY REALLY WANNA KEEP THAT, THAT BIKE LANE THERE.

UM, THAT WILL MOVE US TO

[1. Approve the minutes of the Mobility Committee meeting on February 22, 2024.]

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING ON FEBRUARY 22ND, 2024.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? YES.

MADE BY VICE CHAIR CADRE.

SECONDED.

I SEE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, UH, ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

I SAW YOUR MOUTH MOVE, MCKENZIE AND YOUR HAND WAS UP, SO I'M GONNA COUNT YOU.

SO THAT IS THE FOUR OF US IN ATTENDANCE.

UM, THAT IS UNANIMOUS FROM THE FOUR OF US.

THAT MOVES US ONTO OUR UPDATE FROM THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REGARDING, UM, ACTIONS FROM THEIR MEETING ON MARCH 5TH.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE SUSAN SUMMERS WITH US TODAY.

WE ARE HAVING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE WEBEX CURRENTLY GETTING HER ACTUALLY LOGGED IN.

I'M SORRY, SAY THAT AGAIN.

WE, SHE'S HAVING ISSUES GETTING LOGGED IN THROUGH WEBEX CURRENTLY.

OKAY.

WELL, LET'S GIVE HER A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME AND JUST FLAG ME WHEN, WHEN SHE'S LOGGED IN, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM AND THEN WE'LL FILL HER IN AS SOON AS WE'RE ABLE TO MAKE THAT WORK.

THANK YOU.

THANKS A LOT.

THAT WILL MOVE US

[3. Vision Zero update.]

TO ITEM NUMBER THREE, A VISION ZERO UPDATE.

WELCOME.

GOOD AFTERNOON, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY

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NAME IS JOEL MEYER.

I'M THE ACTING TRANSPORTATION SAFETY OFFICER FOR THE VISION ZERO PROGRAM WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION IN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

UM, ALSO JOINED BY OUR ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LOUIS LEFF, WHO IS FORMERLY IN THIS ROLE, WHO, WHO CAN HELP ANSWER, UH, THE COMMITTEE'S QUESTIONS AS WELL AS AS THEY COME UP.

UM, WE LIKE TO START ALL OF OUR MEETINGS, BOTH KIND OF PUBLIC FACING AND, AND INTERNALLY, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT VISION ZERO, REALLY REMINDING OURSELVES WHY WE DO THIS WORK.

AND SO A A METRIC WE USE A LOT IS, IS YEARS OF LIFE LOST, WHICH, WHICH REALLY REPRESENTS THE YEARS OF LIFE THAT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY DON'T GET TO LIVE BECAUSE THEY WERE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES.

AND SO IN 2023, WE HAD OVER 2,900 YEARS OF LIFE LOST IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND SO IT'S GOOD TO JUST REFLECT ON THAT FOR JUST A MOMENT.

SO I WANTED TO SPEND SOME TIME TODAY GOING OVER THE 2023 STATISTICS AND TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE TRENDS THAT WE'RE SEEING BOTH LOCALLY AND AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND HOW THAT FITS INTO SOME OF THE INITIATIVES WE'RE PURSUING WITH VISION ZERO.

SO IN 2023, WE ACTUALLY SAW A DECREASE IN BOTH SERIOUS INJURIES AND FATALITIES COMPARED WITH 2022.

SO A 16% DECREASE IN SERIOUS INJURIES, A 22% DECREASE IN FATALITIES.

AND WITH THE YELLOW BARS THERE, YOU CAN SEE, UM, WE ACTUALLY HAD THE FEWEST NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURY, SERIOUS INJURIES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS EXCEPT FOR THE, THE 2020 PAN PANDEMIC YEAR, WHICH SAW SOME, UH, YOU KNOW, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN TRA TRAVEL PATTERNS.

UM, BUT SO THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, POSITIVE SIGNS THIS LAST YEAR.

OBVIOUSLY, WAY TOO MANY STILL OCCURRING IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THIS IS A, A LARGER TREND, AND WE'RE ALREADY STARTING TO, TO SEE SOME DECREASES AGAIN THIS YEAR.

AND I'LL, I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT HERE IN A MOMENT.

LET'S SEE.

YEAH, IF YOU COULD ADVANCE THAT.

THANK YOU.

SO WHEN WE LOOK AT, UH, FATAL CRASHES BY MODE, UM, WE DID SEE DECREASES IN THE, THESE FATAL CRASHES ACROSS ALL NODES EXCEPT FOR, UH, CYCLISTS LAST YEAR.

SO 17% DECREASE IN, IN PEDESTRIANS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

UM, 50% IN MOTORCYCLISTS AND 24% IN MOTOR VEHICLES.

UM, PEOPLE RIDING BIKES DID SEE A, A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT INCREASE.

THERE IS A LOT OF YEAR TO YEAR VARIATION WITHIN THAT MODE.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, SIX IS IS PRETTY CONCERNING, BUT, UM, WE'RE STILL TRACKING THAT AS SORT OF A LONGER TERM TREND.

AND WE WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT AS THE BIKE NETWORK CONTINUES TO GET BUILT OUT, THAT NUMBER WILL BECOME MORE STABLE AND GETS CLOSER TO ZERO EVERY YEAR.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SAME, SAME STATS, BUT JUST LOOKING AT SERIOUS INJURIES.

UH, WE ACTUALLY SAW DECREASES ACROSS ALL MODES LAST YEAR, UM, UH, IN COMPARED WITH THE, THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

UH, ONE QUESTION WE TYPICALLY GET IS, IS OTHER MODES THERE AT THE BOTTOM.

UH, THOSE ARE TYPICALLY, UH, PEOPLE USING PETTY CABS OR THINGS LIKE THAT THAT DON'T NEATLY FIT INTO SOME OF THOSE OTHER MODES.

ANOTHER TREND WE'RE TRACKING AND THAT WE'VE BEEN TRACKING FOR A WHILE ARE FATAL CRASHES ON CITY OWNED STREETS VERSUS TEXTILE OWNED FACILITIES.

SO YOU CAN SEE IN THE, THE DARK GRAY LINE THERE AT THE BOTTOM, THOSE ARE FATALITIES OCCURRING ON LOCALLY CONTROLLED STREETS.

SO THE STREETS THAT WE HAVE THE MOST ABILITY TO IMPACT CHANGE QUICKLY, UM, AND WHERE A LOT OF OUR INVESTMENTS ARE GOING THROUGH VISION ZERO AND OTHER, UH, BOND PROGRAMS. AND YOU CAN SEE OVER THE LAST DECADE OR SO, WE HAVE REALLY HAD EITHER A, A FLAT OR DOWNWARD TREND.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE KIND OF SEEING SOME STAGNANT NUMBERS OVERALL, IF YOU FOCUS ON THOSE AREAS WHERE WE'RE MAKING IMPROVEMENTS, WE ARE SEEING A VERY SLIGHT DOWNWARD TREND.

AND WE'RE, WE'RE HOPEFUL TO ACCELERATE THAT HERE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

UM, ONE BIG CHANGE LAST YEAR THAT, THAT WE SAW WAS A, UM, 20 FEWER PEOPLE WERE KILLED ON TEXT STOP FACILITIES GOING FROM 83 TO 63.

SO, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY GETTING TO OUR VISION ZERO GOAL IS GONNA REQUIRE A LOT OF, UM, SUBSTANTIAL DECREASES ON THOSE STATE-OWNED FACILITIES AND HIGHWAYS.

AND SO WE WERE, WE WERE REALLY GLAD TO SEE THAT, UM, TREND KIND OF REVERSE COURSE LAST YEAR.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT TREND THAT, THAT WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT, AND THIS IS BASED ON SOME NEW, NEW ANALYSIS WE'VE DONE RECENTLY, UM, PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS CONTINUE TO MAKE UP A, A DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE OF OUR PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST FATALITIES.

SO LAST YEAR, BICYCLISTS, UH, MADE UP 50% OF THOSE SIX FATALITIES, 43% OF OUR PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES.

AND YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE TRENDS THERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, A LOT OF FLUCTUATION YEAR, YEAR BY YEAR, BUT THIS IS REALLY A, A FOCUS AREA OF OURS THAT WE'RE REALLY GONNA NEED TO WORK ACROSS DEPARTMENTS AND ACROSS OUR, OUR REGION TO, UM, REALLY BRING THESE NUMBERS DOWN.

ANOTHER TREND THAT, THAT WE, WE

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ALWAYS LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT IS JUST THE DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE OF THESE SERIOUS INJURY AND FATAL CRASHES THAT ARE OCCURRING AMONGST OUR, UM, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND ESPECIALLY THE BLACK AND HISPANIC POPULATION OF AUSTIN.

SO THE, THE NUMBERS WE'RE SHOWING HERE, FOR EXAMPLE, SHARE THAT THE AUSTIN AUSTIN'S BLACK POPULATION IS AROUND 7% OF THE, THE POPULATION, BUT MAKES UP 17% OF THE SERIOUS INJURY AND FATAL CRASHES.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT JUST FATALITIES, THAT THAT NUMBER IS EVEN, UM, MORE DISPARATE.

SO A LOT OF WHAT WE WE DO IS TRY TO LOOK AT SAFETY, NOT, NOT, NOT JUST FROM THE SAFETY LENSS, BUT ALSO HOW THIS IS IMPACTING DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW WE CAN REPRIORITIZE RESOURCES TO ADDRESS AREAS OF TOWN THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY, UM, UNDERINVESTED IN.

AND THEN JUST QUICKLY LOOKING AT THE, THE 20 20, 24 YEAR TO DATE NUMBERS, LIKE I SAID, WE ARE SEEING, UM, THESE DECREASES CONTINUE.

SO AS OF MARCH 8TH, DOWN AROUND 40% FROM FATALITIES COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AND AROUND 36% WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.

SO, UH, WE HAVE MORE UPTODATE INFORMATION ON OUR VISION ZERO VIEWER.

UM, REALLY GREAT RESOURCE IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN UNDERSTANDING CRASH PATTERNS IN, IN AREAS OF TOWN THAT ARE MOST IMPACTED.

UM, I'M GONNA QUICKLY GO OVER SOME OF THE INITIATIVES THAT WE'RE REALLY FOCUSED ON TO BRING THESE NUMBERS DOWN.

AND I THINK WITH VISION ZERO, OUR MAIN FOCUS, THE THING THAT WE CAN MOST CONTROL AND THAT HAS THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON REDUCING THESE, THESE TRAGEDIES IS BY CHANGING THE DESIGN OF OUR STREETS.

AND SO THROUGH INVESTMENTS, THE COMMUNITY'S MADE FROM THE 20 16, 20 18, AND 2020 MOBILITY BONDS FOR VISION ZERO.

WE'VE BEEN REALLY HARD AT WORK OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OR SO TO REALLY CHANGE THE DESIGN OF DESIGN OF OUR STREETS ON OUR HIGH ENTRY NETWORK AND OUT ON THESE HIGH CRASH LOCATIONS.

AND WE ARE REALLY SEEING PRETTY SIGNIFICANT RE REDUCTIONS IN SERIOUS INJURY AND FATAL CRASHES AT THESE LOCATIONS.

SO 31% DECREASE IN THOSE SERIOUS INJURY FATAL CRASHES, 30% DECREASE IN CRASHES OVERALL, AND THOSE ARE BENEFITS THAT ARE GONNA ACCRUE YEAR OVER YEAR.

SO IT'S A ONE-TIME INVESTMENT, UM, THAT, THAT IS GONNA SAVE LIVES IS ALSO REDUCING COST TO OUR COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF PROPERTY DAMAGE AND INSURANCE COSTS TO INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY THESE CRASHES.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE REALLY PROUD TO REPORT THAT.

UM, ON THE 2016 BOND FRONT, UH, WE ARE ON TRACK TO SUBSTANTIALLY COM COMPLETE THE VISION ZERO PORTION OF THAT, OF THAT BOND PROGRAM BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

UH, SO REALLY, UM, FOLLOWING THROUGH ON OUR COMMITMENT TO ADDRESS THE HIGHEST OF THE HIGH CRASH LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND THEN JUST SOME OTHER STATISTICS.

UH, WE COMPLETED SEVEN MAJOR INTERSECTIONS, UH, IN 20 23, 1 COMPLETE SO FAR THIS YEAR AT SOUTH LAMAR BOULEVARD IN WESTGATE.

UM, ANOTHER 11 THAT WE EXPECT TO START CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR, AND THEN 14 MORE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF SCOPING OR DESIGN.

SO, UM, OUR STAFF ARE, ARE CERTAINLY VERY BUSY RIGHT NOW AND HAVE DONE GREAT WORK, UH, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THESE TOP LOCATIONS.

BUT BEYOND THOSE TOP INTERSECTIONS, WE'RE ALSO STARTING TO, TO LOOK MORE AT LONGER CORRIDORS.

AND, AND THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, VISION ZERO SPONSORED PROJECTS USING THESE BOND FUNDS TO LOOK AT SOME OF OUR HIGHEST CRASH CORRIDORS.

SO ONE, ONE RECENT PROJECT THAT WAS COMPLETED WAS ON BLUFF BLUFF SPRINGS ROAD.

THIS IS A STRETCH OF TOWN THAT HAD, UH, O OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD, 62 PEOPLE INJURED OR KILLED.

SO, I MEAN, THIS IS REALLY HUGE NUMBERS FOR SUCH A SHORT STRETCH OF, OF ROADWAY, UM, IN, IN, IN SORT OF ONE OF OUR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN.

SO WE REALLY MADE THIS ONE OF OUR FOCUS AREAS FOR THE LAST YEAR TO DEDICATE VISION ZERO FUNDS TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON THE STREET, REALLY PARTNERING WITH OTHER TPW PROGRAMS AND, AND PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMS. AND SO WE RECENTLY COMPLETED THIS, THIS PROJECT.

UM, YOU CAN SEE WE WENT FROM TWO LANES IN EACH DIRECTION TO A, UM, ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION WITH A CERNER CENTER TURN LANE CONCEPT.

THIS FROM OTHER PROJECTS WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST, IS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST POTENT TOOLS WE HAVE IN OUR TOOLBOX TO REALLY DECREASE SPEEDS TO PROVIDE PEDESTRIANS WITH A SAFE, SAFE CROSSING OPPORTUNITIES AND PROVIDE PEDESTRIAN AND, UH, PEOPLE ON BIKES WITH A PROTECTED FACILITY.

SO THIS, THIS WAS JUST COMPLETE EARLIER THIS MONTH.

WE'RE GONNA BE COLLECTING DATA TO KIND OF SHOW THE IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT, BUT, UM, IT'S SOMETHING WE'RE, WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT AND WE'RE ACTUALLY GONNA BE COMING IN LATER THIS YEAR WITH, WITH SOME STREET LIGHTING.

SO REALLY MAKING IT A, A COMPLETE PROJECT.

ONE OTHER PART OF OUR, UM, KINDA STREET DESIGN CHANGES THAT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT WAS THIS IDEA OF SY SYSTEMIC SAFETY.

SO THESE ARE LOW COST, HIGH IMPACT TREATMENTS THAT WE CAN DO AT DOZENS OR HUNDREDS OF LOCATIONS ACROSS THE CITY.

AND THIS IS REALLY CONSISTENT WITH WHAT THE APPROACH HAS BEEN IN OTHER VISION ZERO CITIES AND ACROSS THE WORLD TO REALLY TRY TO TOUCH AS MANY LOCATIONS AS YOU CAN AND PROACTIVELY ADDRESS THOSE RISK RISK FACTORS.

SO THINGS LIKE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, STREET LIGHTING, UM, DIFFERENT TRAFFIC SIGNAL TIMING AND PHASING.

THESE ARE

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THINGS WE'RE DOING ALL OVER THE CITY, WORKING WITH OUR OTHER PROGRAMS IN TPW TO REALLY GET THAT SYSTEMIC BENEFIT.

AND, AND ONE RECENT HIGHLIGHT, UH, THAT, THAT, THAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WAS SOME, UH, A REALLY GREAT PARTNERSHIP THAT VISION ZERO HAS MADE WITH OUR, UH, SIGNAL ENGINEERS RECENTLY TO LOOK AT SOME OF OUR TOP LOCATIONS AND TOP RISK LOCATIONS FOR THESE LEFT TURN CONFLICTS, WHICH, WHICH YOU CAN SEE IN THE GRAPHIC.

SO THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE A LEFT TURNING VEHICLE SORT OF HAS TO NAVIGATE GAPS IN TRAFFIC, UM, YOU KNOW, MAY HAVE A, A, A GREEN BALL WHERE THEY HAVE TO JUDGE THE GAPS.

UM, WE KNOW FROM THE DATA THAT CONVERTING THOSE TO EITHER FLASHING YELLOW ARROWS OR PROTECTED LEFT TURNS WHERE YOU GET A GREEN ARROW REALLY HAS SIGNIFICANT SAFETY BENEFITS.

AND SO WORKING WITH OUR SIGNAL ENGINEERS, WE'VE IMPLEMENTED OVER 70 OF THESE TREATMENTS ACROSS THE CITY, AND SOME OF THE EARLY RESULT RESULTS WE'RE SEEING ARE A 70% REDUCTION IN THESE, THESE SPECIFIC KINDS OF CRASHES AND A 50% REDUCTION IN INJURY FATAL CRASHES OVERALL.

AND I THINK THE SIGNIFICANT THING HERE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE LOW COST THINGS WE CAN, WE CAN DO ALL OVER THE CITY AND THAT WE ARE RAMPING UP.

UM, WE CAN'T DO THEM EVERYWHERE, BUT IN, IN THE LOCATIONS WHERE WE CAN.

AND IT MAKES SENSE.

UH, WE'RE SEEING REALLY, REALLY GREAT RESULTS.

UH, ONE OTHER UPDATE IS ON OUR SAFE STREETS AND ROADS FOR ALL GRANT.

UH, SO THIS IS A FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAM THAT CAME THROUGH THE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW A FEW YEARS AGO.

AUSTIN WAS AWARDED A $23 MILLION GRANT THROUGH THAT PROGRAM, UH, IN LATE 2022.

UM, WE'VE BEEN REALLY BUSY OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, UM, REALLY STANDING UP THE CONTRACTS AND GETTING THE RESOURCES IN PLACE NEEDED TO DELIVER THIS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

UM, SO WE'RE, WE'RE WELL UNDERWAY WITH ENGINEERING AND DESIGN FOR SOME OF OUR MAJOR INTERSECTION PROJECTS, PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACONS.

UM, WE'RE GONNA DO A LOT OF THOSE SYSTEMIC SAFETY KINDS OF TREATMENTS AND, AND, AND A FEW OTHER COMPONENTS AS WELL.

UH, WE, WE EXPECT THE FIRST PROJECTS TO START CONSTRUCTION, UH, LATER THIS YEAR AND THEN GONNA KICK OFF A CITYWIDE LIGHTING PLAN IN CONJUNCTION WITH AUSTIN ENERGY, UH, LATER THIS SUMMER.

UM, SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT WE THINK IS, IS GONNA HELP US NOT JUST WITH A, WITH ENVISION ZERO, BUT AS A CITY, HAVE A MORE HOLISTIC STRATEGY WHEN IT COMES TO STREET LIGHTING.

UH, WE WERE ALSO AWARDED A 20, UH, 2023 SS FOUR A GRANT FOR 288,000, AND THAT'S GOING TOWARDS A, A DA TRANSITION PLAN FOR CROSSINGS AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS.

SO REALLY MAKING SURE ALL OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS, UH, ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE.

AND THEN THERE'S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY, UH, THIS SPRING THAT, THAT WE'RE LIKELY GONNA BE PURSUING.

AND WE'LL, WE'LL COME BACK TO COUNCIL FOR, UH, A, AN ITEM ON THAT AT, AT A LATER POINT THIS SPRING.

UM, AND REALLY FOCUS ON PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS.

SO A LOT OF FEDERAL MONEY RIGHT NOW.

AND, YOU KNOW, OUR CHARGE IS TO SCALE UP THESE K KINDS OF TREATMENTS THROUGH, THROUGH GRANTS LIKE THIS LAST SLIDE.

UM, JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW UPCOMING INITIATIVES THROUGH FOR VISION ZERO.

APRIL IS DISTRACT NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH, AND WE'RE GONNA BE DOING A BIG CAMPAIGN, UM, MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO GET THE WORD OUT OF THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AND, AND HOW THAT CAN IMPACT PEOPLE'S LIVES.

UH, WE'LL DO A BILINGUAL RADIO AND SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN, UM, SOME, SOME BUS ADS ON THE BACK OF CAP METRO BUS BUSES, AND A FEW IN-PERSON EVENTS AS WELL.

KIND OF, UM, TARGETING SOME MESSAGES MESSAGING TOWARDS, UH, YOUNGER DRIVERS AND KIDS WHO CAN REMIND THEIR PARENTS TO NOT DRIVE DISTRACTED.

UH, WE'VE GOT SOME BIG PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, UM, EFFORTS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER.

UM, THAT VISION ZERO IS, IS, UH, EITHER A SPONSOR OR CO-SPONSOR ON, UM, RUTLAND DRIVE, UH, LOOKING, UH, AT BURNETT TO LAMAR.

THE, FOR MULTIMODAL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE CO COMING TO THE COMMUNITY, UM, TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

AND SOME INTERSECTION PROJECTS WE HAVE PLANNED THERE.

UM, CAMERON DESA, UH, ANOTHER REALLY HIGH CRASH CORRIDOR THAT, THAT, UM, WE'RE PLANNING TO HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH THE PUBLIC ABOUT, UM, THE, THE TRADE-OFFS OF DOING DIFFERENT SAFE SAFETY TREATMENTS ON THAT CORRIDOR.

AND THEN, UH, AUGUST, WE'LL MARK OUR 12 MONTH, UH, MILESTONE FOR THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD SAFETY PILOT.

SO WE'LL HAVE A LOT OF DATA AND, UM, UPDATES TO SHARE.

THEN, UM, WE, WE WILL ALSO HAVE HERE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, UM, SOME MORE UPDATES ON THE, ON THE SIX MONTH MILESTONE.

SO, UM, WE'D BE HAPPY TO, HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THAT AS WELL.

AND THEN, UH, THERE'S A LIST OF THE 11 MAJOR INTERSECTION PROJECTS.

WE, WE EXPECT TO START CONSTRUCTION IN 2024.

TWO OF THOSE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER, UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

AND THEN WE'RE ALSO, AS I MENTIONED, STARTING TO GET MORE INVOLVED WITH STREETLIGHT STREET LIGHTING PROJECTS ON SOME OF THESE HIGH CRASH CORRIDORS WHERE THERE'S EITHER GAPS IN LIGHTING OR, OR NO LIGHTING AT ALL.

SO SLAUGHTER LANE, HOWARD LANE, PIERCE LANE, AND THEN 14 OF OUR MAJOR INTERSECTIONS THAT HAVE A HIGH HISTORY OF CRASHES.

SO, EXCITED TO SHARE MORE ABOUT THAT WHEN THAT, WHEN THAT HAPPENS.

AND WITH THAT, UH, HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

IT WAS A VERY THOROUGH PRESENTATION.

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THANK YOU.

DO WE HAVE QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS? LET'S START WITH COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I'M HOPING THAT YOU CAN HELP ME TRY TO EXPLAIN, IF FOR NO OTHER REASON I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO BE AN ACTIVE SUPPORTER AND PARTICIPANT, AND IF IT'S, YOU KNOW, A MATTER OF EDUCATION, IF IT'S A MATTER OF, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE DISPARITY IS.

YOU SAID 7% OF THE POPULATION IS BLACK, BUT 17% OF THESE, UM, FATAL INCIDENTS ARE BLACK.

UH, CAN YOU EXPLAIN SOME POTENTIAL REASONS FOR THAT? YEAH, IT'S, IT'S CERTAINLY A, YOU KNOW, MULTIDIMENSIONAL COMPLICATED KIND OF DYNAMIC, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE SEE HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

UM, OUR PROGRAM ACTUALLY PUBLISHED A FULL REPORT THAT'S AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE ABOUT THIS TOPIC WHEN WE REALLY DUG INTO THE DATA AND SOME OF THE, THE LITERATURE TO TRY, TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS OCCURRING, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH HISTORICAL LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION POLICIES WHERE, YOU KNOW, RED THINGS LIKE REDLINING AND DEED RESTRICTIONS DIDN'T ALLOW PEOPLE OF COLOR TO LIVE IN SOME OF OUR CENTRAL CITY NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE NOW THE MOST WALKABLE AND DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES OF COLOR NOW, YOU KNOW, TYPICALLY LIVE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN WHERE THERE'S LESS ACCESS TO TRANSIT, HIGHER SPEED ROADWAYS, UM, LONG DISTANCES BETWEEN CROSSING.

SO A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH JUST THE EXPOSURE TO RISKIER CONDITIONS.

MM-HMM.

.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE'VE SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

UM, SO I THINK THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT.

UM, BUT YEAH, WE'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS BETTER AND WHENEVER WE PRIORITIZE PROJECTS, WE TRY TO APPLY THAT UNDERSTANDING TO IT, NOT JUST WHERE THE CRASHES ARE OCCURRING, BUT, YOU KNOW, WHERE ARE THE EMERGING HOTSPOTS AS THE, THE LAND USE AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES HAPPEN IN AUSTIN.

HOW, HOW CAN WE ACCOUNT FOR THAT? SO, UM, I, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU SPEAKING TO THAT BECAUSE AS PEOPLE ARE MOVING FURTHER AND FURTHER OUT, YOU KNOW, I, FOLKS THAT ARE MOVING TO HARKER HEIGHTS AND TAYLOR AND RIGHT.

SAN MARCOS, YOU KNOW, SO I, AS PEOPLE ARE MOVING FURTHER AND FURTHER UP BUT STILL COMMUTING TO CITY CENTER, UM, I APPRECIATE THAT Y'ALL ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THOSE DETAILS.

YOU KNOW, I'LL TELL YOU A STORY REAL QUICK.

MY MOM TOLD ME ONE TIME THAT WHEN SHE WAS GROWING UP, BLACK PEOPLE KNEW THEY MADE IT WHEN THEY GOT A CAR.

SO HAVING A CAR WAS LIKE, YOU MADE IT.

AND SO NOW I ASKED A FRIEND ONE TIME, I WAS LIKE, WHY DON'T YOU JUST TAKE THE BUS? THERE'S BUS .

SHE'S LIKE, I'M NOT BROKE.

AND SO THAT TO SAY THERE'S SOME STIGMA ATTACHED TO THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STILL THAT HASN'T BEEN SHAKEN.

RIGHT.

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE DO THAT, BUT THERE'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE OF COLOR RECOGNIZE THAT USING PUBLIC TRANSIT IS NOT A STATUS, YOU KNOW, SYMBOL.

IT'S CONVENIENT AND CHEAP, AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE IN MOST PLACES.

SO I'D LOVE TO, I'M GONNA READ THIS REPORT, BUT I'D LOVE TO, YOU KNOW, AFTER I DIG INTO THAT, REALLY TALK ABOUT SOME STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN DEPLOY IN PARTNERSHIP.

'CAUSE I THINK SOMETIMES MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY'RE AT, I'M THERE WITH THEM AND SO I CAN SPREAD THE WORD.

YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SAYING? ABSOLUTELY.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE COMMENTS.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, AND THEN VICE CHAIR CADRE.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON FOR BRINGING UP THAT DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES AMONG PEOPLE EXPERIENCING, UM, COMMUN, WELL PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, BUT THEN ALSO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

SO I, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO DIGGING INTO THAT REPORT ALSO.

UM, AND MAYBE WE COULD WORK TOGETHER ON THAT BECAUSE I'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE SPECIFICALLY WHAT STRATEGIES ARE BEING PLANNED FOR 2024 WITH THAT SO WE CAN HELP CURTAIL SOME OF IT.

MY QUESTION WAS ABOUT THE TIMELINE FOR THE REMAINING VISION ZERO BONDS OR PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE MOBILITY BONDS THAT WE PASSED IN 20 16, 20 18, AND 2020.

I'M ALSO WONDERING IF ANY ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN DISTRICT SIX, UM, AT ALL THIS YEAR? UM, IN TERMS OF PROJECT SPECIFICALLY IN DISTRICT SIX, OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, I, I, I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

I'D, I'D HAVE TO GET BACK WITH YOU.

UM, AND THEN IN TERMS OF THE BOND SPENDING OVERALL, LIKE I SAID, THE 2016 BONDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE, UM, SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE, UH, FOR VISION ZERO BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE SAYING, YOU KNOW, 95% SPENT, UM, YOU KNOW, WITH, WITH A FEW KIND OF CLOSEOUT THINGS WE HAVE TO DO AFTER THAT.

BUT, UM, THROUGH THAT BOND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO, TO ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, DOZENS OF, OF LOCATIONS THAT, THAT WERE NAMED IN THAT BOND.

AND, UM, WE'RE, WE'RE EXPECTED TO CLOSE THAT OUT THIS YEAR, 2018 AND, AND 2020 ARE ALSO ON TRACK, UH, TO BE SPENT OVER THE, THE TIMELINE OF, OF THE BOND HORIZON.

WE, WE HAVE A LOT OF PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE THAT ARE, THAT NEED TO GO TO CONSTRUCTION.

AND SO WE'RE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO GET THOSE OUT THE DOOR.

BUT, UM, THOSE ARE ALSO ON TRACK.

AND I SEE THAT LEWIS LEFT IS STANDING BEHIND YOU.

, LIKE I COULD JUST ADD A LITTLE CONTEXT.

I, UH, COMMITTEE MEMBERS, ASSISTANT ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR LEWIS LEFT, TPW JUST WANTED TO MENTION, WE DO HAVE THAT MOBILITY ANNUAL PLAN THAT LAYS OUT WHERE THE ANTICIPATED PROJECTS ARE GONNA HAPPEN ACROSS

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MOST OF OUR MOBILITY BONDS.

AND SO YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THAT FOR ANY DISTRICT SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

WE'VE ALSO GOT A GREAT WEBPAGE WITH ALL OF OUR SPECIFIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PROJECTS, AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE THOSE, UH, ARE COMPLETED ANTICIPATED AND WHERE THEY'LL BE, UH, IN CONSTRUCTION OVER TIME.

SO HOPEFULLY THOSE TWO RESOURCES WILL POINT YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO GO.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT INFORMATION AND THANK YOU LEWIS, FOR COMING UP.

UM, I JUST WANNA SAY THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM WELCOMED MY TEAM TO THE SIGNS AND MARKINGS DIVISION AND WE LEARNED QUITE A BIT ABOUT HOW THE SIGN DEPARTMENT TAKES CARE OF ALL OF OUR MAJOR ROADWAYS AND SIGNS THAT ARE THERE.

AND I THINK THEY'RE DOING INCREDIBLE WORK.

AND I POSTED A SHORT VIDEO ABOUT IT ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS.

SO IF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WATCHING AT HOME WANNA GO TAKE A LOOK, IT'S, IT'S REALLY INFORMATIVE AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE OUT THERE IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER AFTER SERIOUS INCIDENTS AND, AND INJURY TO OUR SIGNS TO GET THEM FIXED SO THAT OUR CITY IS IN PROPER WORKING CONDITIONS.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THAT'S ALL THE QUESTIONS I HAVE.

VICE CHAIR CADRE.

GREAT.

UM, WELL I WANT TO THANK Y'ALL FOR PROVIDING THE UPDATE TO THE COMMITTEE.

I REALLY, UH, AM EXCITED ABOUT THE CITYWIDE LIGHTING PLAN.

UH, AND YOU KNOW, GOING INTO DIVISION ZERO, IT'S SOMETHING THAT, THAT I'M GLAD WE TAKE SERIOUSLY AS A CITY.

UH, I DUNNO IF I'VE SAID IT BEFORE IN A MOBILITY MEETING, BUT WHEN I WAS AN UNDERGRAD AT UT I WAS WALKING IN WEST CAMPUS, UH, AND A CAR WAS SPEEDING AND WENT THROUGH A STOP SIGN AND RAN ME OVER, UH, TO DROP THAT SEMESTER.

UM, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, I I'M GLAD THAT YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING, BUT I KNOW THERE'S A LOT MORE WORK TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE REDUCE, UH, TRAFFIC.

THAT'S TO ZERO.

UH, AND I'M GLAD WE'RE GETTING THIS, UH, UPDATE ONLY A FEW WEEKS, UH, SINCE A VERY HIGH PROFILE CRASH THAT HAPPENED IN THE CITY, IN THE DISTRICT, UH, WHERE TWO PEOPLE WERE CROSSING THE STREET DURING SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

UH, UNFORTUNATELY ONE PERSON LOST THEIR LIFE.

THE OTHER PERSON WAS CRITICALLY INJURED.

UM, IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE'S BEEN, UH, STRUCK, UH, IN DOWNTOWN AND, AND AND KILLED.

UH, AND UNFORTUNATELY, UM, I DON'T, I DON'T BELIEVE IT'LL BE THE LAST TIME.

UH, WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY FIRST QUESTION, UM, OF, YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE HOW MUCH WORK WE'VE DONE TO ADDRESS POSITIVE PERMANENT CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS.

COULD YOU SUMMARIZE WHAT WE'RE DOING TO COMPREHENSIVELY ADDRESS THE DOWNTOWN GRID OF HIGH INJURY NETWORK STREETS? AND BY THAT I MEAN, DESIGNING OUR STREETS FOR, FOR, FOR SLOWER SPEEDS.

SURE, YEAH.

AND, AND FIRST OF ALL, THOUGHTS, THOUGHTS TO THE, YOU KNOW, FAMILIES AND PEOPLE IMPACTED BY THAT CRASH IS A VERY ALWAYS TRAGIC SITUATION.

UM, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY IN, IN DOWNTOWN, JUST GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF PEDESTRIAN VOLUMES OVERALL, AND PARTICULARLY DURING SPECIAL EVENTS, IT'S, IT'S DEFINITELY A FOCUS AREA OF OURS AND DEFINITELY SHOWS UP ON OUR HIGH INJURY NETWORK AS A, AN AREA TO FOCUS ON.

UM, WE'RE, WE'RE DOING SEVERAL THINGS DOWNTOWN.

UM, ONE THING WE DID A FEW YEARS AGO THAT THAT SORT OF FLIES UNDER THE RADAR BECAUSE IT'S NOT THAT APPARENT TO PEOPLE WALKING, BUT IS ACTUALLY LOOKING AT ALL OF OUR TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND, AND, AND RETIMING THOSE TO ADD A PEDESTRIAN HEADSTART.

SO GIVING PEDESTRIANS THREE TO FIVE SECOND HEADSTART TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN THE CROSSWALK BEFORE VEHICLES, UM, GET TO TURN.

AND THAT'S A REALLY PROVEN SAFETY COUNTERMEASURE THAT THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO REDUCE, UM, PEDESTRIAN INJURIES.

AND SO WE, WE DID THAT AT, AT 110 LOCATIONS DOWNTOWN, UH, BACK IN, UH, I BELIEVE 2020.

UM, AND, AND HAVE SEEN SOME, SOME, SOME PRETTY GOOD RESULTS FROM THAT.

UM, I THINK THIS CITYWIDE LIGHTING PLAN IS REALLY GONNA GONNA ADDRESS PEDESTRIAN CRASHES AS WELL.

UM, THAT, THAT WAS AN EFFORT THAT ACTUALLY CAME OUT OF THE, THE WEST CAMPUS LIGHTING STUDY, WHICH WAS, UM, UH, A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TRANSPORTATION AND AUSTIN ENERGY A FEW YEARS AGO.

UM, AND THROUGH THAT WE WERE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT A LOT OF GREAT LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS IN WEST CAMPUS.

THE IDEA OF THIS LIGHTING STUDY IS TO THEN APPLY THAT ACROSS THE CITY AND INCLUDING DOWNTOWN AND GET VERY SPECIFIC LIGHTING DESIGN GUIDES BASED ON CONTEXT, UM, INCLUDING FOR PEDESTRIAN PEDESTRIAN LIGHTING.

UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOES NOT HAVE A PEDESTRIAN SCALE LIGHTING PROGRAM CURRENTLY.

AND SO THIS PLAN WILL ALLOW US TO, FOR THE FIRST TIME, ESTABLISH THAT ACROSS THE CITY AS AS A STRATEGY.

UM, AND THEN IN, IN RELATION TO, UM, SPECIAL EVENTS AND, AND THE, THE TRAGEDY THAT OCCURRED EARLIER THIS MONTH, UM, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A SORT OF DEBRIEF WITH THE AUSTIN CENTER OF EVENTS, WHICH IS A KINDA MULTI-DEPARTMENTAL GROUP THAT, THAT, UH, THAT'LL DEBRIEF ON KIND OF ALL THINGS SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST AND, AND TRAFFIC CONTROL AND, AND WHAT WORKED AND WHAT DIDN'T.

AND THEY'LL, THEY'LL DEFINITELY TALK ABOUT THIS.

UM, FOR VISION ZERO WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT THAT FATALITY WITHIN OUR FATALITY REVIEW BOARD, WHERE WE BRING TOGETHER ENGINEERS AND PLANNERS, UH, TO KIND OF SEE IF THERE'S ANY OTHER ENGINEERING, UH, COUNTERMEASURES THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THAT.

GREAT, THANK YOU.

UM, AND THEN ONE THING THAT STOOD OUT ON, ON PAGE FOUR TO ME WAS THE 500% INCREASE IN CYCLISTS.

THAT'S, AND I GUESS I HAVE TWO QUE TWO QUESTIONS RELATED TO THAT.

WERE THERE ANY SYSTEMATIC REASONS IDENTIFIED AS TO WHY BIKE DEBTS INCREASED IN 2023 BY 500%? IT

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WAS THE ONLY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION THAT'S OFF YOUR, UM, SORRY.

ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION INSIDE OF BICYCLIST STUFF.

YOU FATAL CRASHES IN 2023 THEN 2022.

SO I GUESS MY FIRST QUESTION IS, ARE THERE ANY SYSTEMATIC REASONS? MY SECOND QUESTION IS ARE THERE ANY STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR, FOR CYCLIST SAFETY? THEY'RE NOT, THAT MAY NOT BE CUR, THAT MAY NOT BE CURRENTLY BEING IMPLEMENTED? SO MORE BIKE LANES, BIKE LANE, BLOCKAGE, UH, BIKE, A BIKE LANE, BLOCKAGE RESOLUTION, MAYBE, I DON'T KNOW, .

YEAH, YEAH.

THE, THE, THE INCREASE LAST YEAR WAS CERTAINLY UNFORTUNATE, UH, IN, IN BICYCLIST CRASHES AND, AND FATALITIES, UM, YOU KNOW, THREE OF THOSE CRASHES WERE INVOLVING PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

SO THAT'S CERTAINLY A, A FACTOR THAT WE'RE SEEING PLAY OUT, UM, FOR VULNERABLE USERS.

UM, CERTAINLY AT NIGHT IN DARK CONDITIONS.

THAT'S ANOTHER, UH, SYSTEMIC FACTOR.

AND THEN A LOT OF THESE CRASHES ARE HAPPENING ON LIKE LEVEL FOUR STREETS, SO OUR HIGHEST SPEED ARTERIALS, UM, YOU KNOW, PLACES WHERE THERE'S REALLY HIGH SPEEDS AND, AND LONG DISTANCES TO CROSS.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'VE, WE'VE SEEN IN IN AREAS WHERE, WHERE OUR BIKE PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED PROTECTED BIKE LANES AND, AND BIKE FACILITIES OVERALL THROUGH THE AGE ALL AGES AND ABILITIES NETWORK, WE'RE, WE'RE REALLY NOT SEEING A LOT OF THESE FATALITIES HAPPEN ON, ON THOSE ROADWAYS.

THAT'S REALLY MORE OF THE, THOSE HIGH SPEED AND, AND A LOT OF STATE OWNED ROADWAYS AS WELL.

UM, AND MY LAST QUESTION AND UH, THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN TOUCHED ON, I, I APOLOGIZE, BUT WHAT, WHAT HAS TP W'S COORDINATION WITH THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE? UM, WHAT, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? SO WE'VE HAD VARIOUS TOUCHPOINTS WITH THE HOMELESS, UH, STRATEGY OFFICE OVER THE YEARS.

UM, LATELY WE'VE PROVIDED THEM WITH SOME DATA ON WHERE THESE CRASHES ARE HAPPENING SO THEY CAN OVERLAY THAT WITH THEIR DATA ON, UH, HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS.

UM, THE, THE CAVEAT THERE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS VERY IMPERFECT INFORMATION.

IT'S DIFFICULT TO, TO, FOR CERTAIN CLASSIFY SOMEONE AS BEING HOMELESS OR EVEN THE CHANGING NATURE OF THESE HOMELESSNESS ENCAMPMENTS.

SO THAT'S, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF IT'S BEEN DATA SHARING.

UM, DAVID GRAY, THE, THE, THE HOMELESSNESS OFFICER, UH, ACTUALLY USED TO BE ON THE VISION ZERO TEAM.

SO WE, WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

AND I THINK IT'S JUST GIVEN THESE STATS THAT WE'VE UNCOVERED RECENTLY, IT'S, IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO RE-ENGAGE WITH HIM AND UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

'CAUSE THEY REALLY ARE INTER INTERTWINED ISSUES AND, AND SO, UM, YEAH, WE, WE PLAN TO DO MORE WITH THEM.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

UH, THANK YOU AND APPRECIATE THE, THE PRESENTATION WITH REGARD TO THE, AND A COUPLE OF QUICK COMMENTS.

CAMERON ROAD, AND I'M THINKING OF THE PORTION BETWEEN 54TH STREET AND TWO 90 WENT FROM THAT FOUR LANE TO THE TWO PLUS ONE 10 PLUS YEARS AGO.

UH, AND THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL DECREASE IN ACCIDENTS AND MUCH EASIER FOR PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS BECAUSE THE TURN LANE NOW IS A, A LITTLE BIT OF A, OF A BUFFER, UH, AND A LOT LESS ACCIDENTS FROM FOLKS TRYING TO GO AROUND A LEFT TURNING VEHICLE THAT WOULD THEN CAUSE AN ACCIDENT.

SO, UH, GOOD TO SEE THE, THE BLUFF SPRINGS ROAD, I BELIEVE IT WAS THE NAME AGAIN, SIMILAR SITUATION, UH, THE DA THE DATA AGAIN THAT I'M FAMILIAR WITH SURE.

SEEMS TO BEAR OUT THAT THAT FOUR LANE ALIGNMENT DOES SEEM TO BE ONE OF THE MORE KIND OF DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS, BOTH FROM A VEHICULAR POINT OF VIEW AND FROM A A, A PEDESTRIAN, UH, UH, POINT OF VIEW, PEDESTRIAN BICYCLIST POINT OF VIEW.

UM, THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT Y'ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT, CAMERON, UH, DESSAU, THOSE WOULD BE FARTHER NORTH ON CAMERON, OR, OR COULD YOU, COULD YOU, UH, DISCUSS THAT A LITTLE BIT? YEAH, I, I BELIEVE THE, THE, THE CAMERON DESSAU PROJECT IS, IS REALLY ALMOST THE, THE FULL LENGTH OF, OF CAMERON DESAL FROM, FROM 51ST UP NORTH, UH, ALL THE WAY UP TO PALMER STAFF CAN CORRECT ME IF I'M, I'M WRONG ON THAT.

BUT, UM, AND I, I DON'T, I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S BEEN A, A FINAL CONCEPT LANDED ON THAT.

WE'RE, WE'RE GONNA BE GOING BACK OUT TO THE PUBLIC THIS SPRING AND SUMMER TO TALK ABOUT THE TRADE OFFS BETWEEN THOSE KINDS OF LANE CONVERSION PROJECTS VERSUS, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE COULD DO BEHIND THE CURB WITH A SHARED USE PATH, FOR EXAMPLE.

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UM, SO WE, WE REALLY WANT TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION FIRST BEFORE WE PRESENT A A, A CONCEPT.

GOT IT.

UH, I ALSO WANTED TO, TO GIVE Y'ALL CREDIT FOR THE, THE 51ST STREET, THAT LITTLE SHORT STRETCH OF 51ST STREET BETWEEN, UH, I 35 AND AIRPORT BOULEVARD, THERE WAS A, A TREATMENT DONE AND SOME, UH, PEDESTRIAN ISLANDS PUT IN AND, UH, BIKE LANES PUT IN.

UH, AND MY SENSE OF IT, UH, IS THAT IT'S A MUCH BETTER SAFER ROAD THAT, AGAIN, SIMILAR TO THE, THE KIND OF CAMERON SWITCH, THERE WAS THIS KIND OF LIKE, OH, IT'S GONNA BE A NIGHTMARE.

IT WAS, IT, IT REALLY WAS.

I COULD NOT TELL YOU THE DIFFERENCE REALLY IN TERMS OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, AND IT DOESN'T, IF THERE'S

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A DELAY, IT'S IN THE SECONDS CATEGORY, IT'S NOT IN THE, YOU KNOW, MINUTES CATEGORY SIMILAR TO THE 51ST STREET, I THINK AFTER THE KIND OF INITIAL SHOCK, UH, UH, FROM THE, THE RECONFIGURATION, IT FLOWS JUST ABOUT AS THE SAME AS IT AS IT DID BEFORE.

UM, SIMILAR TO THAT, HOW IS, AND I SAW THE UPDATE ON, UH, FOR THE FUTURE, BUT HOW IS THE, THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD A CONVERSION, ANOTHER, UH, TWO, UH, AND TWO ANOTHER FOUR LANE CONFIGURATION THAT THAT'S, THAT'S CHANGED? HOW IS THAT COMING ALONG? YEAH, SO WITH, WITH THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD SAFETY PILOT, UM, IN LATE FEBRUARY, WE KIND OF MARKED THE SIX MONTH MILESTONE FOR THAT, THAT PILOT.

UM, AFTER THAT PERIOD WE, WE'VE BEEN COLLECTING A LOT OF DATA ON SPEEDS AND VOLUMES AND HOW TRAVEL PATTERNS HAVE CHANGES.

ALSO, ALSO HAD A PUBLIC SURVEY WHERE WE COLLECTED 1600 RESPONSES.

SO CURRENTLY WE'RE STILL KIND OF SORTING THROUGH ALL THOSE COMMENTS AND TRYING TO SYNTHESIZE THOSE INTO A, A REPORT.

UM, IT'S, IT'S GOING THROUGH OUR KIND OF INTERNAL REVIEW CHANNELS RIGHT NOW AND WE EXPECT THAT TO BE READY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

AND I THINK SOMEONE FROM OUR STAFF WOULD BE GLAD TO COME PRESENT TO A MOBILITY COMMITTEE IF, IF, IF YOU DESIRE, GREAT, LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

ANECDOTALLY, I AM NOT SEEING MAJOR TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGES ON THE ROAD.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE NOT SEEING LIKE HUGE BUILDUPS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

AND AGAIN, THAT'S SUCH A HEAVILY TRAFFICKED STREET, ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO PEDESTRIANS AND, AND, AND BICYCLISTS THAT I THINK THEIR SAFETY HAS TO BE PARAMOUNT ON THAT STREET.

SO AGAIN, I JUST APPRECIATE THE WORK Y'ALL ARE DOING.

UM, THIS IS PROBABLY, IF THERE'S ONE AREA MORE THAN ANY OTHER AREA WHERE BANG FOR THE BUCK, UH, IT'S THESE STREET TREATMENTS, YOU KNOW, STOPLIGHTS, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY'RE, THEY'RE RELATIVELY SMALL INVESTMENTS, SIX FIGURE INVESTMENTS.

A LOT OF TIMES THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE CRASHES GO DOWN, YOU SEE, YOU KNOW, INJURIES AND DEATHS GO DOWN.

UH, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I I, I APPRECIATE THE WORK AND, AND IT JUST SEEMS VERY WELL FOUNDED, UH, AND VERY EFFECTIVE.

GREAT.

APPRECIATE IT.

I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, ONE OF MY QUESTIONS WAS GONNA BE ABOUT THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD PILOT.

UM, WHAT EXACTLY AT, AT THE 12 MONTH MARK, ARE YOU DOING ANOTHER ROUND OF FEEDBACK AND COLLECTING INFORMATION FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE TRAVELING THROUGH THAT AREA? OR WHAT, WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION AT 12 MONTHS FOR REASSESSMENT? YEAH, I THINK AT THIS POINT WE'RE, WE'RE HOPING TO SEE WHAT THIS INITIAL DATA RESULTS LOOK LIKE AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO COME BACK OUT, EITHER PRESENT THAT, UH, WE'LL BE SHARING THAT REPORT PUBLICLY, WE'LL HAVE ALL THE SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE SO PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT IT.

'CAUSE I THINK EVERYONE'S EXPERIENCED IT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF DAY, THEIR MODE OF TRAVEL, EVERYTHING ELSE, UH, GENERALLY THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN POSITIVE FROM EARLY INDICATIONS.

AND SO I THINK WHAT WE WANNA DO IS CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT THROUGH THE REST OF THE SPRING AND SUMMER BECAUSE THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRAFFIC PATTERNS THAT HAPPEN, ESPECIALLY GETTING OVER TO BARDEN SPRINGS, KER PARK, THROUGHOUT THE SPRING AND SUMMER TIMEFRAME.

SO WE WANNA BE ABLE TO SEE THAT FULL CYCLE, FULL YEAR WORTH OF DATA AND BE ABLE TO ANALYZE FROM THERE.

WE'VE GOT, YOU KNOW, UH, DYNAMIC SPEED DISPLAY DEVICES ON THOSE ROADS SO WE CAN SEE WHAT THOSE SPEEDS ARE ON A, YOU KNOW, MINUTE BY MINUTE BASIS.

WE'VE COLLECTED DATA ON VOLUMES MULTIPLE TIMES AND WE'LL PROBABLY GO OUT AND DO THAT AGAIN.

SO I THINK WE JUST WANNA BE SURE THAT WE'VE GOT THE FULL SENSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THAT ROADWAY FROM A VOLUME PERSPECTIVE.

IF THERE'S ANY DISPLACEMENT OF THE, OF THE VEHICLE VOLUMES THAT ARE HAPPENING ON OTHER ROADWAYS, SEEING WHAT THOSE SPEEDS ARE.

SEEING A FULL YEAR OF CRASH HISTORY, I THINK WILL BE REAL IMPORTANT.

WE'VE SEEN A REDUCTION IN THAT REPORT.

UH, THE SIX MONTH REPORT WILL POINT TO WHAT WE'VE SEEN SO FAR, BUT WE WANNA SEE IF THAT TREND CONTINUES OVER TIME.

AS, AS COUNCIL MEMBER BAYLA SAID, SOMETIMES THE INITIAL REACTION IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN PEOPLE GET USED TO IT, AND WE WANNA SEE WHAT THAT KIND OF TRANSITION INTO A NORMAL TRAFFIC PATTERN LOOKS LIKE, HOWEVER NORMAL TRAFFIC PATTERNS ARE THESE DAYS.

SO WE WANNA SEE THAT FULL PICTURE, THEN WE WILL MAKE A DETERMINATION OF COMING BACK AT AROUND THAT 1112 MONTH MARK AND, AND HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AT THAT POINT.

I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THAT.

I'VE, I'VE BEEN THROUGH THAT AREA ON A COUPLE DIFFERENT TRAVEL MODES AND CAN SAY THAT IT IS FUNCTIONING MUCH MORE SMOOTHLY THAN IT USED TO.

UM, WE REMEMBER THIS WAS LAUNCHED BECAUSE OF A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT WHERE SOMEONE, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE WAS SPEEDING, HIT ANOTHER CAR, THAT CAR ENDED UP NEAR A FOOD TRUCK WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE.

SO IT'S, IT'S VERY MUCH NEEDED.

UM, AND I CAN SAY MY OWN HUSBAND SAYS, I DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO WORK, AND THEN NOW HE IS A BELIEVER MM-HMM.

AND SEES THAT IT IS WORKING.

SO IF YOU CAN DO THAT, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE, UM, THAT ARE SEEING THAT MORE LANES ISN'T ALWAYS THE ANSWER.

SOMETIMES IT'S ABOUT ENGINEERING AND, AND CREATING A REALLY SAFE PATHWAY IN A, IN A VERY POPULATED AREA FOR, FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT MODES THAT ARE BEING USED THERE.

UM, I DID HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT SOME OF THE, THE CHARTS AND GRAPHS AT THE BEGINNING ABOUT FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURY NUMBERS.

IS THERE ANYWHERE WHERE THESE ARE CALCULATED BASED ON PER CAPITA NUMBERS? I KNOW THAT AUSTIN'S POPULATION HAS GROWN CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND AS MORE PEOPLE MOVE TO THE AREA AND, AND USE THESE SPACES, UM,

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HOW, HOW DO WE BALANCE THAT IN SOME SORT OF CONSISTENT WAY SO WE KNOW ARE ARE WE GETTING BETTER PER CAPITA EVEN IF THE NUMBERS INDIVIDUALLY GO UP AND DOWN? YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

AND YOU KNOW, IT, IT IS SORT OF A TRICKY THING TO DISCUSS BECAUSE WITH VISION ZERO, OUR GOAL ALWAYS IS THAT ABSOLUTE NUMBER OF ZERO.

SO WE'RE ALWAYS FOCUSED ON THAT.

BUT HAVING SAID THAT, WE DO REPORT ON, YOU KNOW, THESE INDICATORS LIKE, LIKE PER CAPITA FATALITY AND SERIOUS INJURY RATES.

AND SO THAT'S INCLUDED ON OUR, UH, VISION ZERO VIEWER WEBSITE.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE FATALITY SERIOUS INJURIES BY PER 100,000 PEOPLE.

AND SO FLUCTUATIONS YEAR TO YEAR, BUT, BUT LAST YEAR DID GO SIGNIFICANTLY DOWN WITH THOSE CRASH REDUCTIONS AND THE POPULATION GROWTH WE'RE SEEING.

SO YEAH, IT, IT'S IMPORTANT TO TRACK AS WELL.

OKAY, SOUNDS GOOD.

AND I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITYWIDE LIGHTING.

UM, AS SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS AN AREA WHERE NOT EVERYBODY'S ON AUSTIN ENERGY, I HAVE BEEN SURPRISED TO FIND THAT AUSTIN ENERGY STILL HAS LIGHT POLES IN PLACES WHERE THEY ARE NOT THE PROVIDER OF ELECTRICITY TO THE HOUSEHOLD.

SO THERE'S AN EXTRA LAYER OF COMPLEXITY IN TRYING TO ASSESS THESE SITUATIONS, BUT I FIGURED IF SOMEONE WAS ON PERELLIS ELECTRIC, THEN PERELLI ELECTRIC MUST BE DOING THE STREETLIGHTS, AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE.

SO I HAVE FOUND THAT TO BE PRETTY FASCINATING AND LOOK FORWARD TO MORE INFORMATION COMING OUT ON THAT.

UM, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT SPEED MITIGATION PROJECTS.

UM, HOW ARE THOSE GOING? YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A BUNCH OF STREETS MOSTLY ON THE OUTSIDE NEIGHBORHOODS OF TOWN.

THE, THE ONES THAT ARE FURTHER OUT FROM THE CITY CENTER THAT HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF CUT THROUGH TRAFFIC, PEOPLE GOING 50 PLUS MILES AN HOUR ON NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS.

UM, WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE HAPPENING WITH SPEED MITIGATION NOW AND DO YOU SEE ANY NEW THINGS COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE SOON? YEAH, SO A FEW YEARS AGO, VISION ZERO