Media Information for Keep Austin Moving & Austinites for Downtown Mobility

There has been increased interest in the city’s plan to turn Nueces into a bicycle boulevard. It has been discussed several times and at length on the KLBJ AM Morning Show, the Jeff Ward Show, and on the Bucky & Bob Show on 98.1 KVET. By all this coverage, we know that the citizens of Austin are concerned with what is going on and how their tax dollars are spent.

April 6, 2010: News 8 Austin: News 8 Austin Staff: City of Austin releases ‘bike boulevard’ recommendations. A new bike boulevard plan proposed by the City of Austin includes changes for Rio Grande and Nueces streets, but not to the extent originally thought.

April 6, 2010: Austin American-Statesman: Ben Wear: City scales back ‘bike boulevard’ plan. A “bike boulevard” plan that City of Austin officials will release later today does not include diverter islands or other devices that would block car traffic, according to a city official who has seen the plan. The revised plan apparently accommodates concerns from Nueces Street business owners who say a designated street for bicycles with limited access to vehicles would hurt their businesses.

April 6, 2010: KVUE: Jessica Vess: Austin moves forward with Nueces bicycle boulevard plans. The City of Austin is moving forward with plans to turn Nueces Street in downtown Austin into a bicycle boulevard.

April 5, 2010: KXAN: Erin Cargile: Vandals caught on camera stealing signs. Businesses against bike boulevard deal with damage.

March 1, 2010: The Daily Texan: Collin Eaton: Plans for ‘bicycle boulevard’ halted by citizen opposition. Business owners fear lack of traffic will cause decrease in customers.

February 24, 2010: KLBJ 590AM: Jarrod Allen: VIDEO: Nueces bikeway tug of war continues. A nearly $300,000 project to convert Nueces Street into a bike boulevard drew another huge crowd to central Austin’s Pease Elementary School on Rio Grande Street Wednesday night.

February 24, 2010: KVUE: Nueces Bicycle Boulevard. People packed a meeting Wednesday night at Pease Elementary School to discuss a controversial proposal by the city of Austin to create a Bicycle Boulevard. The proposal is to make either Nueces Street or Rio Grande from 2nd to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard more bicycle friendly.

February 22, 2010: Austin-American Statesman: Bike boulevard foes form opposition group.

February 22, 2010: News8Austin: Nueces businesses create ‘Austinites for Downtown Mobility’.

February 18, 2010: Downtown Businesses Organize to Oppose Nueces Bicycle Boulevard.

February 4, 2010: News8Austin picked up the story and interviewed an opponent of the proposal who stated that

“… what we’re going to end up with – if there was a bicycle boulevard – is a very fancy nice street for bikes that’s used by a very, very small minority of Austinites.”

February 3, 2010: Jarrod Allen from 590KLBJ.com had an interview that was used during their news broadcast. Our story (Nueces Street property owner livid over proposal) ran on KLBJ AM and was discussed on the air.

The issue was discussed again on the Todd and Don Show where a proponent called in and made claims that this idea would not hurt the businesses along Nueces, even though he agreed that it would inconvenience those driving on Nueces, ie customers and clients of those businesses located there.

February 1, 2010: Ben Wear of the Austin American Statesman wrote “Recommended Nueces bike plan not likely until April” after the recent Austin City Council’s Comprehensive Planning and Transportation Committee meeting.