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I would like the City of Austin to purchase land and build a road that connects Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

Link to drawing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ehi3etkeev7b42r/SW_num4.jpeg?dl=0

What I propose: - A new road extending from Southwest Parkway, directly east of Mission Oaks Blvd, joining up with Industrial Oaks Blvd at Hwy 290W service road that has an existing traffic light. - Put a street light in at Mission Oaks Blvd and Southwest Parkway. - Remove street light at Boston Lane and SW Pkwy and fill in median.

What this will achieve: - Makes a true connector from SW Pkwy to Loop 1 and Hwy 290 and visa - versa. - Eliminates the backup of SW Pkwy at the Best Buy interchange to Loop 1 and Hwy 290. - Relieves the existing congested traffic from Boston Lane in both directions. - Removes the danger that exists when exiting Industrial/Monterrey Oaks Blvd exit from Hwy 290W (while heading west) and crossing over to Boston Lane to get to Southwest Parkway. - Allows residence of Travis Country to be able to leave on foot or bike with access via Industrial Oaks Blvd / Monterrey Oaks Blvd to shopping, schools (Patton Elem and Small Middle), and Westcreek Fields. - Discourages heavy traffic through private parking lots (like Parkwood Complex)connecting Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

69 Votes Under Review
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Update Austin Bike Share is now open! Austin B-Cycle launched on December 21, 2013 with 11 stations in the Downtown area and will quickly expand to 40 stations by March 1, 2014. Find bike share locations and sign up

A managed bike share system should be an integral part of the transit discussion.  For distances of less than one-mile, these are cost-effective systems of getting urban-Austinites and visitors where they want to get to.  The utility of these systems grows with number of stations.  A large bike sharing network is also a superb recreational and tourist amenity.

Examples in use:
1) BIXI - http://www.bixi.com/the-stations
2) B-Cycle - http://www.bcycle.com
3) Nice Ride - https://www.niceridemn.org 

Targeting the following city departments, and possible stakeholders
1) Austin Transportation Dept
2) Economic Growth & Redevelopment Office
3) CapMetro
4) Austin Chamber of Commerce 
5) Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

178 Votes Completed

Hs Hs almost 6 years ago

Studies upon studies have shown harmful effects fluroide has on human brains. In fact, 18 human studies from China, India, Iran, and Mexico finding elevated levels of fluoride exposure to be associated with IQ deficits in children. Fluoride's impact on IQ is exacerbated among children with low-iodineexposure. Several recent studies have found that even adult exposures to fluoride may result in central nervous system disturbances, particularly among industrial workers.  (source: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/brain/) It is time for the City of Austin to act to protect us from this toxic chemical that was purposedly added to our drinking water.

70 Votes Acknowledged

Nathan Waters over 4 years ago

It's the way of the future.  It's the best form of public transportation.

24 Votes Referred

I support these things.

26 Votes Acknowledged

On Jan 26, 2012, I attended a meeting with several parents, kids, teachers, and other supporters of the Austin Parks Department –Dougherty Arts CenterC-Club.

We received notice that our beloved C-Club program may be closed next year or perhaps at best turned into a program at some of the area rec centers.

C-Club teaches K-5 kids art and theater in an on-site after-school program.  It’s a community-based, highly creative, affordable, safe, uniquely effective and engaging program that is universally loved by parents, teachers, and kids.

As it turns out, the funding for the program has largely disappeared due to city-wide budget issues. Although the C-Club program is a money-maker for the city, and by all accounts wildly successful, the money paid into the program goes into the City’s general fund. The money returned to the program through the city’s budget process is not enough to sustain it. At this point, it looks like there is a deficit of about $200k to keep the program afloat.

So, what do we do now?  We need to make some noise and explain why this cost-effective, revenue-generating program is great for our kids, great for working parents, great for our teacher/artists, and great for the community at large. This program should be expanded, not closed.

14 Votes Acknowledged

Craig Stiles almost 3 years ago

Austin needs a parkour park.

There is a strong regional parkour community teaching safe movement to all ages. The problem is anyone over the age of 12 is too big to play on playscapes. The other option we find is to play in public places not designated for climbing, swinging and jumping. As a result, we are often asked to leave.

There are terrific examples of parkour parks in Europe, particularly Denmark just Google "Denmark parkour park photo".

Paul Graves added: "Parkour is a rapidly growing international sport and pastime that has already become far more popular than virtually every other sport viewed online: http://www.apexmovement.com/blog/is-parkour-a-fad/

There is plenty of precedence showcasing the positive impacts of dedicating public spaces for specialized play. Skate-boarding was once seen as a destructive, reckless, and even criminal act of trespass and misuse of public architecture until cities around the world began building Skate Parks which gave people a place to safely play and train what they enjoyed doing without being seen as a nuisance for it. There are already numerous successful sports-specific parks all over the world, some even in Austin, dedicated to climbing, biking, running, hiking, inline skating, skateboarding, camping, watersports, wintersports, and general fitness. There are also outdoor parkour parks springing up all over the world, such as London's LEAP facility (www.parkourgenerations.com/LEAP). Outdoor Parkour parks already exist in many countries, and are starting to appear in the US, too. The first google result was for Delafield, WI: http://www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/news/company-builds-states-first-outdoor-parkour-course-b99103047z1-225803401.html

Our friends at Parkour Visions in Seattle are seeking a similar project and have a wonderful write-up of their proposal: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Design_Commission/docs/dpdp019293.pdf

With the growing popularity of obstacle course races such as Spartan, Tough Mudder, America Ninja Warrior, and Alpha Warrior, more and more people are seeking places to train in their communities with obstacles and rails, and a Parkour park provides that outlet for a much larger demographic than just the Parkour community. By creating a park with interesting architecture that encourages play and fitness for all ages, we will be creating a space that will both encourage community building as well as fitness in a beautiful location, drawing fun and fitness-minded individuals from all disciplines from dance and martial arts to yoga and circus arts to go outside and play and train together!"

47 Votes Acknowledged

The rationale proposed for a universal 3% wage increase for city employees (to remain competitive with private employers) only applies during periods of rapid employment growth. Private companies do not offer the luxury of guaranteed employment, and even the most financially secure companies (e.g. IBM) periodically trim their budgets through layoffs. In the current economic downturn the majority of city employees should consider themselves lucky to be employed by a stable employer!

8 Votes Acknowledged
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Serious suggestion: instead of Austin Energy spending in perpetuity ~ $9 Million/year to trim trees around power lines, how about they use that $ to retire bonds that are sold to bury all overhead utilities? That way, we eventually don't have this tree-trimming need anymore, the aesthetics of the city may be improved, AND while you are burying the lines, public works can cover them with all the sidewalks our city is missing, and perhaps share in the capital costs. Thoughts?

29 Votes Not Planned

Hello,

I would like to be able to get to my destination without stopping every 1/2 block or waiting for a light to cycle when there is little or no traffic on the road. I propose that we spend a little time analyzing/measuring the amount of traffic and the direction of flow throughout the city and based upon solid data, synchronize the traffic control devices to ease the flow of traffic.

Ideas:

1. Allow lights to flash red/yellow during low traffic hours (after 9pm or later)

2. Remove lights that cause more traffic build up (e.g. 51st and Duval)

3. Synchronize lights on main roads to allow traffic to flow without stopping every ½ block or block.

4. Speed the cycle of lights on major roads where low traffic roads intersect (e.g. North Loop/Lamar) especially where there is only a driveway. 

I estimate that traffic congestion would be reduced by 20-30% or more, vehicle emissions would be reduced accordingly and people would get to their destinations more quickly by making our traffic control device system accurately reflect Austin’s traffic needs.

23 Votes Under Review