Electric bikes, scooters to be allowed on certain Austin trails

Electric bikes, scooters to be allowed on certain Austin trails


SYDNEY:THE CITY OF AUSTIN’S PARKS DEPARTMENT IS ABOUT TO START A PILOT PROGRAM WHICH WOULD ALLOW ELECTRIC SCOOTERS AND BIKES OUT ON CERTAIN TRAILS.TOMTHEY’LL BE ALLOWED ON THE FOLLOWING TRAILS -JOHNSON CREEK-SHOAL CREEK -NORTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL -SOUTHERN WALNUT CREEK TRAIL -ANN AND ROY BUTLER TRAIL (ELECTRIC BIKES ONLY ) TOM: KXAN’S ALYSSA GOARD HAS BEEN GOING OVER THIS NEW PROGRAM.. SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE IT WILL TAKE PLACE THE CITY THINKS, MAYBE USING ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON TRAILS COULD HELP WITH SOME TRAFFIC CONGESTIONBUT SOME OF THES BIKES AND SCOOTERS CAN GO UP TO 20 MILES AN HOUR AND CAUSE SAFETY CONCERNS THAT’S WHY THEY’RE DOING THIS PILOT PROGRAM… TO HELP AUSTIN CRAFT LAWS DOWN THE ROAD THAT ARE EFFICIENT.. AND SAFE. TEHCNICALLY… NOTHING WITH A MOTOR IS ALLOWED ON AUSTIN TRAILSBUT … AS YOU CAN SEE… PLENTY OF E-BIKES AND SCOOTERS ARE MOTORING HERE. AMANDA ROSS// DIVISION MANAGER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT á8 IT’S A PROBLEM FOR US AT THIS POINT, SO WE’RE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR NEXT STEPS ARE TO ADDRESS THEM IN A SAFE WAY OR DIRECT THEM TO THE RIGHT TRAILS THE CITY WILL SOON LAUNCH A 9 MONTH PROGRAM ALLOWING THEM IN CERTAIN PARKS… THE IDEA IS TO GATHER DATA ABOUT SPEED, CRASHES, AND SAFETYAMANDA ROSS// ITS NOT EVERY TRAIL, IT IS NOT OUR NATURE TRAILS, IT IS NOT OUR GREENBELTS, IT REALLY IS MORE OF THE HARD-SURFACE MOBILITY FOCUSED TRAILS ALYSSA GOARD/ @ALYSSAMGOARD SO THERE’S ACTUALLY A SPEED LIMIT ON AUSTIN TRAILS, YOU’RE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE GOING 10 MILES AN HOUR JIM FREEMAN ATTORNEY SPECIALIZED IN PERSONAL INJURY YOU’RE GONNA EXCEED THAT ON THE SCOOTERS, FOR SURE áá ATTORNEY JIM FREEMAN KNOWS THESE SCOOTERS COME WITH RISK.. ESPECIALLY IN PLACES LIKE PARKS WITH UNEVEN GROUND. HIS CLIENTS HAVE SEEN THAT FIRST HAND. ATTORNEY SPECIALIZED IN PERSONAL INJURY 100THOUSAND DOLLAR SURGERY FOR A BROKEN LEG, THIS ONE WOMAN FRACTURED HER EYE SOCKET AND HER CHEEK BEFORE GOING IN THE PARK.. HE RECOMMENDS SPENDING TIME ON THE SCOOTER IN A SAFE PLACE JIM FREEMAN ATTORNEY SPECIALIZED IN PERSONAL INJURY THAT’S WHAT I’VE SEN A LOT OF, THE GET ON THE MACHINE THEY HAVE NO INCENTIVE TO REALLY LEARN HOW TO RIDE IT, THEY ZIP DOWN THE ROAD AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY’RE IN A CHALLENGING BRAKING SITUATION OR WHATEVER, AND BAM ESPECIALLY BECAUSE… THE PARKS ARE DESIGNED TO BE SAFE SPACES.AMANDA ROSSIF THAT CHANGES AT ALL WITH THIS PILOT, ITS IMPORTANT FOR US TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE ALYSSA GOARD KXAN NEWSTHE CITY WILL LAUNCH A WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS… YOU CAN ALSO REPORT SCOOTER OR E BIKE CONCERNS YOU SEE ON THE TRAILS TO 3-1-1/ THIS PILOT IS SET TO START IN MID DECEMBER AND IT WILL GO FOR 9 MONTHS THROUGH FALL OF 2019. BACK TO YOU TOM: THE AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT ALL THINGS PARKS.IT’S LAUNCHED AN ONLINE SURVEY TO HELP PLAN THE FUTURE OF THE CITY’S PARKS SYSTEM.YOU CAN SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, METRO PARKS AND THEIR FACILITES.THE DEPARTMENT’S GOT A LOT TO LOOK AFTER – IT MANAGES MORE THAN 300 PARKS AND MORE THAN 200 MILES OF