Provide street sweeps on heavely used bike routes/lanes on a weekly or monthly basis. Provide sweeps on bike lanes in the downtown area and anwhere that is longer than a 1 mile stretch. Examples are Parmer leading up to Ronald Reagan Hwy to Andice. Provide a calendar with information pertaining to these street sweeps: When & where they were performed, the next scheduled street sweep for that area, upcoming street sweeps (time & date). Give users the ability to nominate other bike lanes & routes for a scheduled street sweep. 

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Tim Starry over 5 years ago

get your checkbook out - regular, periodic bike lane and shoulder sweeping is expensive

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Coapublic Information admin over 5 years ago

Chris and Tim, thanks for your comments.

Do either of you have suggestions on how such an initiative might be funded?

-Larry Schooler, Moderator

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Austin Common Sense over 5 years ago

City of Austin bike registration. Residents in Austin would be required to register their bikes with the city. A small license plate would be installed on the back of the bike. This way, when a cyclist runs a red light or stop sign and a police officer pulls him/her over, the officer can identify the person by the license plate. As it stands now, cyclists are not required to have their ID's on them. So currently, when giving a ticket, how do officers know if the person is who they say they are?

A yearly registration fee of $15 would bring in around 2.1 million in funding. (Based upon 20 percent of Austin's population owning a bike. Austin Population 700,000 x .20 x 15)

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Chad Greene over 5 years ago

Bike registration would keep many people off of their bikes and would therefore put more cars on the road.  Worse yet, it would effectively tax the poorest Austinites who cannot afford a car.  For anyone who does not have the financial means to pay this fee, or for anyone who is unwilling or unable to fill out the paperwork, this would turn law-abiding Austinites into criminals.  Registration fees or licenses for any form of non-motorized transportation are not a good solution. 

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Austin Common Sense over 5 years ago

Chad- We would do like we do with every other registration fee that the poorest Austinites can't currently pay- they would get a waiver. Can't afford your electric bill? AE has you covered! Can't afford your speeding ticket? Court dismisses it down to community service! Can't afford bike registration of 15 bucks? Just file a paper with the city and they waive the fee. (as long as you prove you can't afford it)

Don't act like we don't do that already with services...

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Jeff Jeff over 5 years ago

If the poorest Austinites cannot afford a car, then how exactly is bike registration going to put more cars on the road? Or was there a different group of people that were going to forego cycling? 

And I guess if you're going to register some form of transportation, vehicle registration (license, registration, inspection, insurance) is obviously simpler and cheaper than bike registration (only registration)...

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Kelso Kelso over 5 years ago

The cost to administer a bike registration and license program would likely exceed the amount of revenue received.

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Sean Brown over 5 years ago

There is mandatory bike registration in Long Beach, CA and it seems very unpopular. Looks like the city council there is about to repeal it.

http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/garcia-proposes-elimination-of-mandatory-bicycle-registration/

There is currently a proposal for it in revenue-starved NJ (at the state level) but seems to be going nowhere.

http://blog.nj.com/nj_off-road_biking/2011/01/proposed_mandatory_bicycle_registration_in_nj_-_follow_up.html

Generally, if you want more of an activity, it is better for the government subsidize it (or at best leave it alone) than tax it. If someone would rather ride their bike or walk to a destination than drive, I think that choice should be encouraged or at worst not DIScouraged by increasing the carrying costs of bicycles (especially considering that a disproportionate number of bike owners are kids and teens). 

At the same time, regular street sweeping, especially on highways like Parmer, would get extremely expensive (particularly compared to the current amount of bike traffic on some of these roads). Maybe a web survey of the current Austin bikers (~7500 per day) could identify the CURRENTLY heavily-used routes, which could then be better-maintained at the margin. 

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Chad Greene over 5 years ago

Jeff, I apologize for being unclear; I was referring to two separate groups of people.  For anyone who owns a car but occasionally bikes to HEB or anywhere else, a mandatory bike registration would make them likely to drive more often.  For these people, the cost of bike registration may be negligible, but it just wouldn't be worth the effort of applying, filling out forms, jumping through bureaucratic hoops.

The other group of the people I was referring to includes anyone who does not have the financial means to own a car, or does not have the physical or mental capacity to drive.  I do not support creating a new tax on these most vulnerable neighbors of mine.  And again, I do not support criminalizing the simple act of riding a bicycle.

There are also logistical complications of such a law.  For example, would tourists be required to register their bicycle before entering the city?

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Austin Common Sense over 5 years ago

Sounds like convenience is why they want to repeal the mandatory bike registration in Long Beach, not cost.-

"Currently, bicycle registration in Long Beach is only available at certain fire stations for three hours on weekends, and then only if firefighters are available. Most cyclists do not register their bikes, and Long Beach is the only city in the area where registration is mandatory, not voluntary."

Why not set up booths in shopping malls like you used to be able to do for boat registration? People could then come and go during weekend hours and it would be more convenient.

And bike registration is just one idea. I love to incorporate more biking infrastructure, services, and the like for cyclists, but the question of who is going to pay for these services and improvements is the question we must first answer... My opinion- "why not the cyclists?"

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Chris Gomez over 5 years ago

@ TIm yes it would probably cost $$ nothing is free. Would I pay a small fee for this to be done? yes, I cycle enough & use these lanes enough to pay the charges, if it's reasonable. How would the fee's be managed & how much would it cost? where & how would it be funded? don't know. I'm sure the cycling community would have some ideas though & would be up for having the lanes, shoulders & routes cleaned up. They're NEVER cleaned up to begin with. replacing tires, tubes or chipped paing on bikes isn't cheap either. 

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Ali Hussain over 5 years ago

One thing to note with bike registration and license requirements is it is creating a solution for a strawman problem. The damage done by a cyclist during a collision or in general road use is no where close to what a motor vehicle would cause. At the same speed because of nearly ten times the mass of a light car vs a bike and rider would make a 40x difference to the energy transferred. If the issue is fairness and responsibility the cost for bike registration should be proportionately less and I'm guessing it really won't be productive to have registration for less than a dollar. I would have a different opinion about a 1-time 15$ police registration if it helps against theft.

I hate the treatment around cyclists caused by breaking laws which ends up affecting me but a lot of it is irrational and I would much rather not enter into a race to appease irrational demands vs making more irrational demands. A bike registration is not the way. It only creates obstacles and taxes something that is considered good. It is especially silly to do that to the high return investments when the transport fund is 5M$ in the hole (if I read the doc correctly) instead of other road improvement projects.

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Coaaustin Resource Recovery admin over 5 years ago

Thank you for your comments about sweeping bike lanes. Bike lanes that are situated on residential curbed streets within the City of Austin boundaries are swept a minimum of six times per year by the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department (SWS). Bike lanes that are on boulevards are swept approximately once per month. Our residential street sweeping schedules are posted at http://www.cityofaustin.org/sws/residential_stsweep_schedule.htm. However, different situations can cause schedules to change either to an earlier or later date. On occasion, SWS will receive a request to sweep a bike lane because of an unusual amount of debris and those requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. The portion of Parmer Lane within the City limits of Austin is swept approximately once per month. However, some portions of Parmer Lane are located outside the City limits. For areas outside the City, please contact Mr. David Browning with the Texas Department of Transportation at 832-6676. For more information about street sweeping within the City limits, please contact Vidal Maldonado at 974-7687.

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Alvaro Garcia over 5 years ago

Adding to Ali's comment.  Cars push gravel and trash into the bike lane, so cleaning the bike lane is a universal problem with the majority of the responsibility falling on cars.  Taxing bikes only is not fair.

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David Villa over 5 years ago

There's no bike lane on Howard Ln, but it's just as annoying to cyclists that CMC Recycling always has a bunch of debris in front of it.

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Eleanor Langsdorf about 5 years ago

Work with TX DOT to improve foot access on North Lamar, north of 183.  Many parts have no sidewalks open culverts.  Thus people, including those in wheelchairs go in the street, endangering themselves and frustrating motorists.

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David Villa about 5 years ago

Eleanor, that's a fairly timely comment considering yesterday there was a bicycle fatality on this stretch of roadway.

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Amy Jo about 3 years ago

One of the first things I noticed about the very few bike lanes Austin had back in 2000, when I moved here from Oregon, was that the street sweepers just brush all the debris into the bike lane. This is a continued problem. Since we don't have a bottle deposit, there is A LOT of broken glass in the streets of Austin, most of it in bike lanes. The street sweepers do not appear to resolve this issue. And yes, I have ridden behind one that was sweeping and you can see the debris being pushed into the shoulder of the road. What we really need is a bottle deposit law.

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john hafernik over 2 years ago

comment...in windsor hills subdivsion so many people park on the street and sometimes in front of your house that the homeowner is paying for strret sweeping but not getting a clean street because of other people parking. it then becomes a tax on that homeowner. i think street sweeping should be contained to major roadways and quit charging the homeowner for a service they are not getting thru no fault of their own.

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Jason Spangler over 2 years ago

We see many bike lanes (Parmer Lane for example) filled with gravel and other junk kicked over by automobile tires - junk that is dangerous to bicycles and their riders (due to kicking tires in odd directions, puncturing tires, etc). More street sweeping of bike lanes should help reduce this accumulation of junk dangerous to cyclists in the bike lanes.

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Richard Maness about 2 years ago

I quit riding S Congress/Ben White as I have had several close calls with motorist and there is always debris in the road from Stassney to Oltorf

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