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Where you can ride electric scooters in Austin — and where you can’t
Riding an electric scooter on the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail, and other off-street park paths, is illegal, city officials say. But riding one of the stand-up scooters now available for rent around Austin is legal on most Austin vehicle lanes and in all bike lanes. And what about sidewalks, where the scooter riders are safest, but risk running into pedestrians?
April 20, 2018


Dockless scooters| Do they work and are they legal?
There’s some new competition in the short-term vehicle rental market in Austin. California based Bird launched their dockless, electric scooters in Austin Thursday, targeting individuals who need a short “last-mile” trip that may be too long to walk, but too short to drive. As KVUE’s Jason Puckett tested out in the video above, the service works pretty well. Users simply download an app, put in a payment option and can then see all the devices across the city.
April 08, 2018


Austin wants to make dockless bike program work
Like several cities around the country, Austin is going to start a new biking program that gives you more freedom. The concept is simple: you can pick up a bike and leave it where you want.
April 05, 2018


Transit is pretty safe. What can we do to erode misleading stereotypes?
Despite transit’s strong safety record, the cultural stereotypes portraying it as crime-ridden and lawless persist. Such stereotypes make transit expansions more challenging and scare away would-be riders. Racism is often deeply embedded in these stereotypes, as a recent Google glitch regarding Atlanta’s MARTA system demonstrated. It is true that, in serving diverse cities and towns, transit systems may expose riders to people with different backgrounds than their own (which is a good thing). It’s inevitable that some transit passengers have criminal records. But issues that plague our society such as sexual harassment and violent crime adversely affect every member of the traveling public, regardless of their preferred mode of transportation.
April 05, 2018


This Kids Carpool App Won The SXSW Accelerator Transportation Category
Getting your kids back and forth to school safely is a very important task. The chaotic lives of millennial parents can translate to stressful mornings and afternoons, worrying about drop offs, pickups and making it to each house on time. When you’re not the carpool driver, worry sets in when kids are even a couple of minutes late. Technology can definitely improve the carpool experience.
March 13, 2018


A New Approach to Easing Traffic Jams Starts with CEOs
When people talk the power of CEOs, they generally mean over their businesses, their workforces, political lobbying, or the economy. It’s time to add traffic to the list. That’s right: It might sound strange, or unrelated to business objectives, but CEOs could be the key to eliminating traffic jams.
March 09, 2018


ATX Detour Day
Friday, March 9, 2018, will be one of the most congested days of the year for Austin commuters as students leave for spring break and visitors arrive for the Spring Festival Season/SXSW. Given this historically busy day, the City recognizes March 9, 2018, as ATX Detour Day to encourage employers and employees, especially downtown, to think about alternative commute options for this day and the week after.
March 05, 2018


Cedar Park working on bike-friendly lanes, traffic lights
Cedar Park has been pedaling forward with projects that may make it easier for cyclists to move about the city. Two of the city’s projects include identifying routes for dedicated bike lanes and testing out bike-friendly traffic signals.
February 23, 2018


Capital Metro unveils downtown MetroRail designs, as Austin rail conversation heats up again
During an open houseCapital Metro showed off their nearly-done designs for the new downtown MetroRail station coming in 2021.
February 22, 2018


City of Buda New ADA Accessible Senior Transportation Van
The City of Buda’s Senior Transportation program has a new van and a new name. Buda’s STAR (Seniors Taking a Ride) Program is a new ADA accessible van that provides seniors transportation to enhance the quality of life and promote independence of
persons 60 years or older residing within the Buda city limits.
February 21, 2018


Free electric cab service expands into downtown Austin, sees success at Domain Northside
After successfully launching its free first-mile, last-mile service at Domain Northside in November, Electric Cab of North America has expanded the service to the downtown Austin area.
February 16, 2018


San Marcos, Texas State University partnering to offer dockless bike sharing
The city of San Marcos and Texas State University will issue a joint request for proposals to get at least one station-free bike sharing company to operate in the area.
February 07, 2018


Austin City Council approves pilot program to test dockless bicycles 
Austin is joining the ranks of cities testing out dockless bicycles. City Council approved a pilot program for the bike-share program. The idea is to have bicycles that can be located and unlocked with a smartphone application
February 02, 2018

Want more bikes in Austin? So does Katie Smith Deolloz, Bike Austin’s new executive director
Look for Katie Smith Deolloz riding a bike, walking or taking a bus, but don’t expect to see her driving a car. And now, look for her at the helm of Bike Austin.The non-profit organization, which promotes cycling for transportation and recreation, has selected Deolloz as its new executive director.
January 18, 2018


Cap Metro Ramps Up Commuter Service
On Jan. 7, Austin’s public transit provider will roll out new and improved changes to its commuter services for both MetroRail and MetroExpress. In an effort to alleviate train car overcrowding, rail service will expand service with six additional trips.
January 03, 2018 


Austin bike routes peddled as best in U.S. for 2017
Two Austin bikeways have been named best in the U.S. On December 19, People for Bikes, an organization that lobbies for government funding and infrastructure for cyclists, release their picks for the top 10 bikeways in the country.
December 20, 2017 


Red Line Trail project aims to connect Northwest Austin-area commuters
The city of Austin is proposing a new trail in North Austin that would run along Capital Metro’s MetroRail line and connect to the Northern Walnut Creek Trail.
December 14, 2017 


Austin City Council greenlights new hybrid traffic signals for needed areas
The Austin City Council has approved a $2.85 million contract to build 10 new traffic signals across the city in locations with identified safety needs. The signals, called pedestrian hybrid beacons, are pedestrian-activated traffic control devices that help pedestrians safely cross major roadways where traffic signals are not present.
December 12, 2017 


Leander City Council approves testing bike lane barrier system
Bike lane separators to be installed at Vista Ridge/Municipal Drive and Bagdad Road intersection.
September 08, 2017 


Austin Invests in Rider Safety by Adding New Bike Signals to its Traffic Lights
Austin’s Transportation Department is adding 12 new bicycle-specific signals to traffic lights around the city in hopes of creating a safer commute for cyclists.
August 02, 2017


Capital Metro blames cheap parking for one sector of ridership declines
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors learned that a partnership with Austin Community College has seen dwindling fortunes since its launch at the beginning of the decade.
August 01, 2017


Increased MetroRail capacity, faster MetroRapid bus service funded in Capital Metro’s proposed 2017-18 budget
The city of Austin’s transit agency, Capital Metro, is planning for significant service increases, according to its proposed fiscal-year 2017-18 budget.
July 31, 2017


B-cycle is expanding. So why are all the new stations near downtown?
B-cycle, Austin’s bike-share system, recently added three new stations as part of an 18-station build up over the next 18 months. All of these new stations will be close to or in downtown, adding to the company’s existing 51 docks. An expansion might seem like an opportunity to finally build a station outside of B-cycle’s limited coverage – once you cross I-35, bike-share stations do not exist north of East 11th Street.
July 20, 2017


Work Starts on Plaza Saltillo Development
The roughly 10-acre development, between Fifth and Fourth streets and stretching east from I-35 to the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail station, will turn six blocks into roughly 800 apartments (with 141 units, or roughly 18 percent, reserved for low-income renters), 140,000 square feet of office space (mostly in an eight-story tower next to the interstate), 110,000 square feet of retail space with restaurants and 1.4 acres of public space.
June 30, 2017


Capital Metro Moving Forward with Studying use of Buses on I-35
The reignited Project Connect regional transit study moved forward Monday after Capital Metro’s board of directors approved a list of corridors to analyze, including I-35. The goal of Project Connect is to propose high-capacity transit in Central Texas, and efforts restarted in March 2016 with public input on potential corridors.
June 27, 2017


Travis County looks to get into the Transit Game
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority could soon expand its transit operations into unincorporated parts of Travis County. Commissioners Court voted unanimously to begin crafting a transit development plan to expand Capital Metro Service into more of Travis County.
June 26, 2017


Austin’s new street design guide aims to make roads less automobile-focused
Austin transportation officials rolled out a draft version of its updated Austin Street Design Guide that shows new designs for streets with travel lanes, bicycle facilities, and sidewalks, including raised bike lanes that would put those facilities at the same height as sidewalks.
June 23, 2017


Shoal Creek Trail may triple in length, from downtown to Domain
From outdoor enthusiasts to history lovers, Austinites on Wednesday night met to plan the possible tripling of the length of the Shoal Creek Trail, which runs 3.25 miles from Lady Bird Lake to 38th Street.
June 22, 2017


Capital Metro is Bringing Ride-Hailing to Public Transportation
Capital Metro is testing out a new service called The Pickup! The Pickup service will replace Capital Metro’s MetroFlex Upper Eastside pilot route.
June 06, 2017


Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards
I was going to skip my daily swim the other morning. I had already walked three miles with a friend and taken my dog to the park for his exercise.
July 20, 2015


The Clearest Explanation Yet For Why Millennials Are Driving Less
The ongoing discussion about Millennial driving trends is not about whether they’re declining, but why.
July 13, 2015


Transportation Officials Planning a Bike Lane for SPI Causeway
Pete Sepulveda, Jr., executive director of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, says it is “extremely doable” to build a dedicated bike lane on the South Padre Island Causeway.
June 19, 2015


Here’s How Much Americans Spend on Their Daily Commute
Take your annual take-home pay and subtract $2,600 from it — that’s how much you’re really making after you factor in how much it costs you to get to and from your job all year.
June 9, 2015


A Comeback for the Carpool
For decades after World War II, the carpool to work was a daily ritual for millions of Americans, mostly suburban (and, in those days, mostly male).
June 8, 2015


Four Cities Race to Finish the Country’s First Protected Intersection
Sometimes, change builds up for years. And sometimes, it bursts.
May 28, 2015


Why Salt Lake City Chose to Build the First Protected Intersection for Bicycling in the U.S.
The latest innovation in bicycle infrastructure isn’t happening in Portland, Oregon, or New York City, or even Minneapolis.
May 8, 2015


Why Great Transit is Worth Loads of Money to Local Businesses
Jobs are moving back into city centers, but there’s still an awful lot of them in the urban fringes and the suburbs—places typically hard for public transportation to serve.
May 5, 2015


Bike Month: It’s for EVERYONE.
Did you know that May is Bike Month? You better believe it! And regardless of your level of expertise on a bicycle, Bike Month still has something for everyone.
April 27, 2015


7 Ways Transit, Bikes & Walking Move Us to a Brighter Future
According to the nation’s pundits and prophets, the future of transportation is all figured out for us.
April 27, 2015


How Washington State Convinced Big Companies to Dramatically Reduce Drive-Alone Commutes
The state’s Commute Trip Reduction program is a model for the nation.
April 6, 2015


Survey: 100 Million Americans Bike Each Year, But Few Make It a Habit
Many Americans have bikes at their disposal and go for a spin at least once a year, though few bike regularly for transportation…
March 4, 2015