The first Austin City Council meeting of the year took place yesterday, and for council members it was a busy one. 99 items were on the agenda. A number of items were passed by general consent, including the authorization of a study to dissect the city’s alarming traffic fatality rate, based on last year’s numbers.
The city is determined to find out what was behind 2012’s disturbing statistics, as last year marked one of the deadliest in Austin’s history. The council is invested in finding solutions to help reduce those numbers. Austin City Manager Marc Ott is slotted to open the study on 2012’s traffic fatalities.
The APD has already conducted a study of its own, and presented its findings to the council, showing where and how the crashes were occurring.
Other transportation-related items up for approval: an ordinance requiring pedicabs to pass third-party inspections, and a new bike rental program to be authorized. The program would be similar to the Car2Go program and would be run by the non-profit organization Bike Share Austin.
We are grateful for the council members who meet regularly to serve our city. We can only hope that 2013 will be a safer one for Austin drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
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