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The Domain is part of the North Burnet/Gateway development plan, and as such is governed by a plan that mandates and requires bike and pedestrian access.  So far this has been all lip service and no action.

Three years ago WXNA proposed to The Domain and the COA that an abandoned underpass under Mopac that parallels the train tracks be turned into a bike/ped access point to the Domain.  The COA bike folks embraced the idea, but thus far The Domain has not been forthcoming to develop the pitifully short distance between its fence and the parking lot or to at least remove the fence.

If the management of the Domain can be motivated to do its very small part, and the COA help out with some signage and minor improvements, this access point can be a done deal in months.

Here is a summary of the proposed path (it has a googledoc redirect and loads slow because of images, but lays out the path pretty plainly):

http://tinyurl.com/44lzjvy

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In a case of left hand knowing what the right hand is doing, the summer Large Brush Collections encourage those who do not know about Oak Wilt to prune trees at the wrong time of year.  It would be helpful in spreading information about Oak Wilt if the notices sent out during beetle season would include a WARNING: PRUNING OAK TREES FROM FEB-JULY CAN RESULT IN OAK WILT INFECTION AND POSSIBLE DEATH OF TREE.  or something like that, and the website address for Oak Wilt information the city maintains.  Thanks for listening.

20 Votes Completed

I am on the board of two neighborhood groups.  Each month I can receive a dozen or more mailings from the city (from Planning Dept, etc).  In order to disseminate anything of note to members or committees or others who are interested I have to type it out to post it or scan it, etc.  Most of these mailings wind up unread.  Usually the mailings to the two groups are duplicates of each other.  In other words, most of this is a huge waste of money and time.  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to receive these informations in email format, easy to forward, easy to post, easy to delete, and cheap cheap for the city.  Can we please have an option for that and save the city thousands of dollars in paper and postage?

19 Votes Under Review

3) The current Metro Rail only runs til 7-8 pm. Why  not run it until 2-3 am so that visitors to 6th street can ride the train home? Start with providing service Thursday-Sat/Sun and if the ridership improves, expand it to late night for every night of the week. This will decrease the number of drinking and driving cases.

26 Votes Referred

2) Review and analyze all traffic signals to ensure they are working at maximum efficiency and are timed accordingly to ensure smoother traffic flow. Especially do this for highways like 183, 290, and 71 in which traffic flow is seriously impeded by traffic lights.

24 Votes In Progress

1) City council should try to work with trucking companies to have their trucks use I-30 toll. If that means paying a subsidy, signing a contract with incentives, etc. do it! We do it for Formula 1, why not to relieve traffic?

 

27 Votes Referred
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My street was swept this morning (thanks!!!) , however according to the city website this wasn't scheduled to take place until 8/1/2011-8/5/2011.

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/downloads/stsweep_schedule.pdf

My guess is that few people check the website to find out exactly when street sweeping is scheduled to occur anyway.  The city distributes flyers for bulk trash pick-up day and brush pick-up.  A similar flyer for street sweeping would give residents the prior notification necessary to know when to move their vehicles off the street.  Notification would allow residents to be more proactive and reduce the number of street obstructions to make sweeping service more effective. 

4 Votes Completed
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A UK company named 'Cyclehoop' was  commissioned by the London Festival of Architecture to create a bike rack capable of parking multiple bikes in a single parking space.  

http://www.cyclehoop.com/products/      (click on 'car bike rack')

The design is clever, the racks are portable and they can park 10 bikes in a single car spot and there's even a built-in bicycle pump.  This style of rack is being purchased and installed in cities across Europe.

These racks or some similar design should be installed in areas of high bicycle traffic.  Dispite the number of bike racks already installed, it's still difficult to find a spot to chain up at night in certain areas like 6th st. (west and east of I-35),  Red River, Rainey st. etc. 

26 Votes Under Review

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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Basic GPS tracking devices are cheap and could affordably be installed on all city buses.  Once this technology is installed and GPS data made public, someone could then develop a smart-phone application capable of tracking buses on specified routes in real-time.  Riders would then be able to see how many miles/blocks away the bus is and could more easily anticipate how long it will take before the bus will arrive at their stop.

This idea came about because this morning I missed my bus due to it arriving earlier than scheduled and then the following bus arrived late, in the mean time I no idea how long it would be until the next bus would arrive. What good are paper-based time schedules if the buses can't / don't stick to designated arrival times?

Members of the Car2Go network can track the location of any Car2Go vehicle in the city on a smart-phone device (using the free ‘Find2Car’ android app. or Get2Car iPhone app), it seems that Capital Metro could do the same thing with their bus network. 

This technology already exists in other cities, but the same thing could be done here without proprietary software or expensive hardware:

http://www.gpsfortoday.com/bus-gps-tracking-software-used-for-the-common-good/

69 Votes In Progress