Council approves bike repair station and bike racks

Published 10:36 am Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bikers in Austin could soon get a welcome place to patch up their rides.

The Austin City Council has approved $1,500 and $1,200 out of funds set aside for Vision 2020 for a bike repair station in Lions Park and more bike racks throughout the city.

Council members discussed the measure during their special session Monday night after Vision 2020’s Bike/Walk Trails Committee asked to use part of the $10,000 set aside this year for the committee.



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The bike repair station would come with a variety of tools and an air pump designed for bikers to fix their bikes while out on the trail. Public Works Director Steven Lang said the station would have cables attached to all of the tools to prevent them from being stolen, but the station would fall under the city’s watch in case of vandalism.

“We would be responsible for it,” he said.

In addition, the bike racks would be placed around town in spots where there are a lot of bike traffic. Committee Chairman Steve Kime said the racks would help generate more bike traffic throughout the city as bikers would have more places to use their bikes.

In other news,

the council:

—Voted to remove sidewalk from three households at the 1400 block of 19th Avenue Southwest after the homeowners requested it. Public Works Director Steven Lang said the households have the only sidewalks on that stretch of road and there is sidewalk on the south side of 19th Avenue Southwest for residents to use. The council approved the homeowners’s request 5-1, with Council member Michael Jordal dissenting.

—Formally welcomed Travis Martin as Austin’s newest police officer. Martin transferred to Austin from Woodbury and was sworn in Monday morning.