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October 1, 2014

From our friends at BikeAustin!

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Have you noticed that Austin Cycling Association has changed its name to Bike Austin?

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We are hard at work creating a top notch bicycling education and advocacy organization for the citizens of Austin.

Be A Super Volunteer

We are looking for more volunteers to help with our ACL Challenge. We are committed to ferrying B-cycle bikes around for the Austin City Limits festival.

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Volunteer for ACL Weekend 2

356As a volunteer, you will sign in at Zilker Park with B-cycle staff, grab a bike from the crowded station, and ride it to a parking lot a few blocks away – and then walk or run back to the festival to do it again. Each shift is 4 hours long. Think like you are a triathlete. You will be getting a brick workout while you raise funds for Bike Austin Education Fund.

Each shift you sign up for and complete counts towards the match. Sign up for multiple days to increase your chance of winning a Fairdale bicycle. Each shift you work gives you a drawing ticket. Invite a friend to make your shift more fun.

The Bike Austin Education Fund helps  fund  bicycling education and encouragement programs. Your volunteer shifts will not only help the bike share program and Bike Austin, it will help make our streets more safe for all cyclists.

CAMPO Headed The Wrong Way
345At the last CAMPO board meeting, some board members were suggesting the board back away from setting aside 15% of federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects, a policy they adopted in their CAMPO 2035 Plan. Not only could this jeopardize funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects for our entire region, it could jeopardize additional funding for B-cycle.
Austin’s Bike share program, B-cycle, has been a tremendous success. Our B-cycle program has doubled projected usage, passed the 100,000 trip mark, and set a national bike share system record for usage during SXSW. It has helped replace over 27,000 automobile trips and brought over 13,000 new people to cycling.

The City of Austin has applied for a $4 million federal Surface Transport Program – Metropolitan Mobility (STP-MM) grant which would triple the size of the bike share system, growing to 130 station locations. B-cycle and CAMPO need direction and support from the bicycling community. More bike share means more people on bikes.
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Take the Survey: You can cast a vote in favor of the bike share expansion proposal, item LC-29 on page three of the survey (you are not required to weigh in on other items if you do not want to). Feedback is due by Monday, October 6.

Ask CAMPO to honor their commitment to fund bike/ped projects. Urge CAMPO Transportation Policy Board to honor the CAMPO 2035 Plan they adopted by voting to spend at least 15% of STP-MM funds on bicycle and pedestrian projects.
Each of these actions will only take a minute and will have a big impact on making our region a safer place for all of us.

Sincerely,

Carol Reifsnyder
Interim Executive Director

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