In this episode, John has the honor of talking with Austin’s District 8,
City Council Member, Paige Ellis

They discuss her most significant learnings from a 2019 PeopleForBikes study tour to The Netherlands, some recent infrastructure improvements in the city, a game-changing mobility bond she co-sponsored which passed overwhelmingly in the November 2020 election, as well as the current Interstate 35 expansion challenge.
The Austin – PeopleForBikes Study Tour Video Below
Austin Healthy Streets Opening Weekend Video

Show Notes:

In the past three episodes in a row now we’ve explored the theme that transforming our cities into safer, more inviting places that support and promote a culture of activity is hard work that requires strong leadership and competence at all levels.

Council Member Paige Ellis is a fabulous example of a passionate, caring city leader who looks for opportunities to learn from the experiences of other cities, exhibits courage in taking big bold actions for the collective good, and embraces the use of small incremental infrastructure tests, tactical urbanism if you will, to move with a sense of urgency while evaluating the benefits and feasibility of more permanent investments.

Austin, Texas is making huge strides in becoming a more walkable and bike-able city for “All Ages & Abilities” and the community’s willingness to fund critical improvements bodes well for future generations.

Additional Helpful Links:

Austin’s Active Mobility & Safety Bond (2020 Prop B)

Austin Strategic Mobility Plan

Austin’s Project Connect – Transit Plan

Healthy Streets – Austin

Austin Active Transportation & Street Design Division

Bikeshare – MetroBike

Active Towns Podcast w/ Roland Kager Bike Transit Integration


Austin NL Study Tour video

Active Towns Podcast Episodes about Study Tours w/ Zach Vanderkooy and Meredith Glaser

Healthy Streets shortie

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.

Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021

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Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John