The City of Austin wants to know how it can improve mobility using an interactive map

AUSTIN, TEXAS (KXAN) – The City of Austin wants to help Austin residents get around town more easily.

On Friday, a new ATX Walk Bike Roll public admission pass was launched that helps Austin residents show the City of Austin exactly where they’d like to see improvements to its pedestrian and bike network.

Austin Public Works and Austin Transportation are accepting comments through the online tool until March 6, 2022.

Using the mapping tool, residents can determine where they would like to see improved street crossings, new bike lanes and urban pathways, and where barriers need to be removed.

“Together, we can deliver the safety and connectivity everyone deserves,” said Laura Dierenfield of the Austin Department of Transportation. “It’s very interactive. You can also upvote, where you can say: Hey, this person found the one I was thinking of. »

The City of Austin kicked off its 2021 summer with a bang by looking at themes around Austin like how to get you where you need to go. Their next step focuses on residents who are the neighborhood experts.

“We’re also looking at ways to address disparities in nature and parks,” Dierenfield said.

Much of the parks access is in central Austin along the Lady Bird Lake Nature Trail, which can be a problem for some people struggling with affordability.

“Central Austin is getting so expensive and people are being moved to the outer areas that traditionally have less walkability, less connectivity,” said Katie Wettick, manager of urban trail programs. “Now they also have to have a car to get where they need to go. How to make connections and find ways for displaced people from the central part of the city to get around on foot. »

Residents who cannot use the online mapping tool can request a physical feedback form by calling (512) 974-7182 or emailing [email protected]

This geographic input will be used to update and improve Austin’s urban trail, bike path, and sidewalk maps as part of the ATX Walk Bike Roll project.

Updates to the plan will take two years to develop and are expected to be finalized in 2023. The updated plans will influence where and how people walk, cycle and ride in the future.

Many milestones have now been completed in the ATX Walk Bike Roll planning process, including:

  • Perform an equity analysis and create an equity framework to guide how the project team will make decisions with an equity lens
  • Launched a Community Ambassador program to gather feedback and build relationships with residents of communities that have historically been underrepresented in the city of Austin’s planning processes
  • Perform travel potential analysis to identify where people are expected to walk or cycle
  • Analyze where accidents involving people walking or cycling occur, and which populations are most affected by traffic accidents
  • Gather public feedback on how people currently walk, cycle and ride in the city and how their experiences could be improved

Currently, the project team is analyzing Austin’s existing pedestrian and bicycle networks and evaluating whether they provide efficient access to key destinations, including transit stops, job centers, grocery stores, schools and parks.

The project team continues to analyze all public comments received to date and expects to publish a summary of these comments by spring 2022.

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