Dec 5, 2013, 7:51am CST
Austin Leads Texas Cities In Shift Away From Vehicle Use
David Rockwood, outside Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, shows the kind of bicycle common to many bike sharing networks. Austin is getting ready to launch its own bicycle sharing network soon.
Austin Business Journal
Mirroring trends seen elsewhere in the nation, Texans living in urban areas are driving less, according to a report from think tank TexPIRG. The report’s authors say the decreased driving trend means that policymakers should be shifting infrastructure funding priorities away from road projects and into alternative modes of transportation.
“There is a shift away from driving in our cities here in Texas and across the country,” said Sara Smith, Program Director for the TexPIRG Education Fund in a statement. “Policy makers need to wake up and realize the driving boom is over. Based on these national and local trends, we should be investing in public transit and biking for the future.”…