Show Notes for MOVEATX podcast with Jim Wick
“We all know that Austin has a mobility crisis, but by implementing some of the least costly and easiest to engineer infrastructure improvements, we can have a big impact on the ability for Austinites to choose different modes of transportation. We can make a safer mobility future for everyone, whether they are traveling on foot, bike, scooter, bus, train, or in a car.”
“MoveATX is a coalition of community leaders, advocates, activists, and organizations that want to see a better mobility future for Austin and all of its residents. We believe that providing more mobility choices, more safety, and more multi-modal infrastructure will result in reduced congestion, fewer accidents, and a more equitable city. There’s peace on the road when everyone has a piece of the road.”
This episode of the Active Towns Podcast addresses the complicated mobility topics and challenges that many cities across North America can relate to.
The actual recording of the episode occurred in the days just prior to the major outbreak of cases in the United States associated with the COVID19 global pandemic.
Austin’s Shoal Creek Blvd Protected Mobility Lane: Video
Fietsstraat (cyclestreet) from Wikipedia
“A fietsstraat (cyclestreet) where bicycles are the main form of transport and cars are considered “guests”.
A fietsstraat (cyclestreet) is a road where bicycles are considered to be the primary and preferred form of transport and where cars and other motorised vehicles are allowed “as guests”. There are four different types of fietsstraat but they are all required to have a speed limit of 30 km/h or less and are usually coloured in the same red asphalt as bike paths.
Fietsstraat streets exist mostly in residential areas where low-traffic roads exist anyway. A fietsstraat was in most cases originally a road that had low-traffic volumes beforehand and was therefore easily converted. They are an important type of infrastructure which makes Dutch towns and cities safer for cyclists. They can also be used for route separation to enable cyclists to avoid busier roads and have direct routes into and through towns.”