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Vote FOR Prop 1!

October 28, 2010

Let’s Get Austin Moving! Early voting is already happening, Election Day is November 2, and one thing on the ballot that is close to all of us here in Austin is the Mobility Bond, also known as Proposition 1.

Prop 1 is a $90 million bond initiative to fund road repair and construction as well as sidewalk, trail and bikeway projects all over Austin. Aside from the day-to-day benefits for all drivers and other road users that these improvement projects bring, the best part is that Prop 1 does not require a tax increase.  As explained by getaustinmoving.com, “the City can service the debt on these bonds within the existing tax rate.  In fact, the City is only utilizing half of its ‘tax-free’ bonding capacity; The City could have proposed to issue up to roughly $200 million in bonds without requiring a tax increase.  This is a financially prudent proposal, which preserves bonding capacity for the 2012 comprehensive bond package.”  That sounds pretty good to us!

The reason to do this now, as opposed to 2012, is that the cost of construction has never been less expensive.  With the recession now having an impact on the cost of everything now is the time to pay for and make these investments in our city.

For Austin’s many cyclists and pedestrians, Prop 1 will see the completion of the Lady Bird Lake Trail from Congress to east of I-35, something that our city’s many recreational riders, walkers and runners have yearned for for years.  And there are a host of other projects that Prop 1 will fund, including, but not limited to:

  • East Riverside Drive Corridor Sidewalk and Bicycle Improvements
  • 3rd Street Reconstruction
  • Manchaca Road Sidewalk and Bicycle Improvements
  • FM 969 (East Martin Luther King Boulevard) Corridor Improvements
  • Kramer Lane Multi-Use Trail
  • Waller Creek Street and Trail Improvements and Sabine Street and 6th Street Pedestrian Promenade
  • MoPac/Loop 1 Corridor Connections
  • Guadalupe Street Bicycle Facilities
  • 4th Street and IH 35 Crossing Improvements
  • Johnston Terrace Neighborhood Safe Routes to School
  • 7th Street and 8th Street Conversion to Two-Way Traffic
  • Bicycle Crossing at Jollyville and US 183
  • Pleasant Valley Road – 5th Street to 7th Street Improvements
  • RM 620 at RM 2222 Intersection Improvements
  • South Congress Avenue Widening near William Cannon Drive
  • Brodie Lane Sidewalks
  • Dessau Road/Cameron Road Bicycle Lanes
  • Continuous Bicycle Lanes on Barton Springs Road
  • “Y” at Oak Hill Intersection Improvements
  • IH 35 and East 51st Street Intersection Improvements
  • Austin to Manor Rail Trail

Many Austin groups, over 40 of them, of various political and social stripes, support Prop 1.  Bicycle Sport Shop is proud to support this important piece of legislation!

Get Austin Moving and vote FOR Prop 1!  More information about supporting Prop 1 can be found at http://www.getaustinmoving.com.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Justin permalink
    October 28, 2010 4:21 pm

    You guys should post info on where to vote. I think that’s a major deterrent for people; they just don’t know where to go or how easy it is to vote.

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