We are developing Infrastructure Reports to identify and prioritize sidewalk and bicycle route improvements near 131 public elementary and middle schools in the City of Austin. The goal of these reports is to create safer options for students to get to and from school. This project is made possible by the 2016 Mobility Bond, which included $27.5M for improvements to sidewalks, streets, bikeways and trails that improve safety and access to school for Austin children.
This is truly a community effort. We want input from school officials, parents, guardians, and students on how to best prioritize safety solutions. Community Workships have been held in each Council District so we could hear directly from residents. You can also participate online using our innovative WikiMaps tool, available in English and Spanish.
The City of Austin hired consultants to evaluate and prioritize improvements to streets, trails, intersections and sidewalks around 130 elementary and middle schools in the City. A robust public engagement effort was also conducted to inform reccomendations.
The following reports explain the process used to develop the recommendations for schools in City Council District 10, and presents a prioritized list of projects. The ideas presented are planning-level concepts, many of which will require further feasibility study and engineering evaluation before they can be implemented.
These reports explain the process used to develop the recommendations for schools in City Council districts, and present a list of projects broken down by cost-benefit. Each report also presents a map and matrix showing all the recommendations made for each school in the district. Recommended improvements aim to address identified safety or access issues for students walking and biking to school.
How did the City determine which projects to include in these reports?
To identify projects for each report, the City of Austin hired consultants to evaluate improvements to streets, trails, intersections and sidewalks around elementary and middle schools in Austin. Staff conducted walk audits at 130 schools, receiving input from both faculty and parents. The development of these reports includes strong public engagement efforts to receive recommendations. This effort is taking place over two years and is divided into phases based on the school calendar, with two to three Council districts in each phase.
Will all of the projects listed in the reports be implemented?
No. Each Council district is allotted $2.75 million for Safe Routes to School-related improvements. Ideas presented in this document are conceptual and preliminary. Many projects will require further feasibility study and engineering evaluation before they can be implemented. In some locations, alternate approaches to address the issue may prove more practical.
When will all of the reports be finalized?
The District 1 report will be released soon, most likely in February or March. Reports for Districts 2, 8, 9, 3, 5, and 7 will be released within the next 6 months.
Will these reports be updated in future years?
The plan is to update these reports every 5 years depending on the availability of future funding.
How will projects be selected?
Staff will focus on projects that are listed as Very High or High benefit, their proximity to the school, opportunities for cost sharing and interconnected projects.