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#26 2013-01-18 13:18:36

MichaelBluejay
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Re: Bicycling in Austin 2012 recap [and Austin's bikeability Bike Score]

Since I went to the trouble of tabulating it, I might as well share it:  Here's the percentage of commutes by bicycle in the most populous U.S. cities:

(01) 0.83%  New York
(02) 1.04%  Los Angeles
(03) 1.40%  Chicago
(04) 0.42%  Houston
(05) 1.77%  Philadelphia
(06) 0.76%  Phoenix
(07) 0.31%  San Antonio
(08) 0.94%  San Diego
(09) 0.20%  Dallas
(10) 0.98%  San Jose
(11) 0.44%  Jacksonville
(12) 0.45%  Indianapolis
(13) 1.88%  Austin
(14) 3.44%  San Francisco
(15) 0.54%  Columbus

And ranked by bike commuter share:

(14) 3.44%  San Francisco
(13) 1.88%  Austin
(05) 1.77%  Philadelphia
(03) 1.40%  Chicago
(02) 1.04%  Los Angeles
(10) 0.98%  San Jose
(08) 0.94%  San Diego
(01) 0.83%  New York
(06) 0.76%  Phoenix
(15) 0.54%  Columbus
(12) 0.45%  Indianapolis
(11) 0.44%  Jacksonville
(04) 0.42%  Houston
(07) 0.31%  San Antonio
(09) 0.20%  Dallas

After the top four cities, it drops dramatically.

One out of 53 workers in Austin commutes by bike, vs. 1 in 500 for Dallas.  Ouch.  Reminds me of why I don't live in Dallas.

Population data from Wikipedia, bike commuter % from the Governing map mentioned earlier.

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#27 2013-01-19 19:50:13

bizikletari
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Re: Bicycling in Austin 2012 recap [and Austin's bikeability Bike Score]

tomwald wrote:

bizikletari:  (...)If you disagree with the City's status quo on this, then I recommend that you argue your case with the BAC and not just here.

For some silly reason I thought the Bicycle Austin Forum was the appropiate forum in Austin to talk about Bicycle issues. But if it weren't; my recollection, from my days at the BAC, is that the BAC does not have the power to add items to the transportation bonds brought to the voters. At most, the BAC will express support for the bond as is related to them by staff. Not expressing support does not exist.
And on top of that, unfortunately, I do not have the skills to navigate those sessions with a polite countenance.
Thanks for the suggestion, though. I hope I am still allowed to post my ideas here.

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#28 2013-01-20 01:00:45

dougmc
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Re: Bicycling in Austin 2012 recap [and Austin's bikeability Bike Score]

bizikletari wrote:
tomwald wrote:

bizikletari:  (...)If you disagree with the City's status quo on this, then I recommend that you argue your case with the BAC and not just here.

For some silly reason I thought the Bicycle Austin Forum was the appropiate forum in Austin to talk about Bicycle issues.

To be fair, he did say "and not just here".  He didn't say "don't post here" -- he basically said "don't just post here -- argue your case with them too".

Thanks for the suggestion, though. I hope I am still allowed to post my ideas here.

Of course you are.  Though we do all tend to be preaching to the choir here -- it's the City Council that would be the ones to convince to make a real change.

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#29 2013-01-20 06:36:48

MichaelBluejay
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Re: Bicycling in Austin 2012 recap [and Austin's bikeability Bike Score]

Yes, bizikletari, your posts are more than welcome here, I definitely appreciate the contributions you've made, and I very much hope you continue to share.  Tom Wald is the director of *BIKE* Austin (a separate organization), not *BICYCLE* Austin (this forum), so he can't tell you not to post here.  (Though as Doug pointed out, Tom wasn't telling you not to post here anyway; he was just saying that posting here *alone* doesn't get anything changed.  If all it took to get the City to changes something was to post it to this forum, then we would have had car-free bike lanes on Shoal Creek Blvd. a long time ago, believe me.)

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#30 2013-01-20 13:53:00

tomwald
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Re: Bicycling in Austin 2012 recap [and Austin's bikeability Bike Score]

bizikletari wrote:

For some silly reason I thought the Bicycle Austin Forum was the appropiate forum in Austin to talk about Bicycle issues. But if it weren't; my recollection, from my days at the BAC, is that the BAC does not have the power to add items to the transportation bonds brought to the voters. At most, the BAC will express support for the bond as is related to them by staff.

Post away here.  I had no intention of discouraging you from posting here.  By recommending that you _also_ take your case to the BAC, I was suggesting how your voice could be more effective at accomplishing your interests.

As for the BAC's input on the transportation bonds, the BAC certainly does have some influence on bond elections, but they rarely choose to exercise it, and when they do, they tend to agree with those others who have already looked into the matter.  The BAC could certainly make a resolution for a bond election, and then send a representative to the citizens' bond committee and/or Austin City Council to relay that information.

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#31 2013-02-01 12:20:14

m1ek
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Re: Bicycling in Austin 2012 recap [and Austin's bikeability Bike Score]

Speaking of parking - how's that pilot process for Shoal Creek alternatives going, five years later? I'm sure that wasn't just a throwaway designed to get people to stop bugging the city about it, right?

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