April 7, 2014

MPO Committee Meetings:

Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee

 

Wednesday

April 9, 2014

8:00 a.m.

 

MPO Conference Room

825 S. St. Mary’s

 

Agenda and Packet

 

Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee

 

Wednesday

April 16, 2014

3:30 p.m.

 

MPO Conference Room

825 S. St Mary’s

 

Agenda and Packet

Transportation Policy Board

 

Monday

April 28, 2014

1:30 p.m.

 

VIA Metro Center

1021 San Pedro

 

Agenda and Packet

Technical Advisory Committee

 

Friday

May 2, 2014

1:30 p.m.

 

MPO Conference Room

825 S. St. Mary’s

 

Agenda and Packet

 

 

 
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Over 50,000 Played in the Streets!

SAN ANTONIO — Bicycles, roller skates, wheelchairs, skateboards, baby carriages, low-riders, scooters and kids' wagons.  You name it. If it had wheels, you could probably find it Sunday morning rolling along South St. Mary's Street in the latest edition of Siclovía. Not to mention dogs of all description and means of conveyance, from bike baskets to special canine wagons. And not a few got a free nail job en route.

 

Under clear blue skies, it was a perfect day for kids, pets, families and just plain having fun in streets temporarily free of cars, trucks, noise, exhaust and having to look both ways. Stretching 2.5 miles from Southtown to Mission Concepción, Siclovía came to the South Side for the first time Sunday after three years on upper Broadway. The crowd was estimated at 50,000 people.

 

Outside the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, people lined up to get free helmets and bike lights provided by the City of San Antonio. Staff from the MPO, City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Police Department, and National Park Service fitted helmets for almost 250 residents ranging from toddlers in bike seats to grandparents renting   B-cycles.

 

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio presents Siclovía, in partnership with the city, and its main theme is the promotion of fitness. Look for another opportunity to play in the street when Síclovía returns on September 28, 2014.

 

Credit: John MacCormack, Express-News, March 31, 2014

 

 

Let’s Walk & Roll in May

 

This May at the 18th Annual Walk & Roll Rally, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, City of San Antonio and Bexar County will be celebrating walking and bicycling as desirable forms of transportation, exercise and recreation.

 

The Walk & Roll Rally pops up for one hour only at 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 2 at Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio! A Mayor’s Fitness Council-endorsed event, the Rally applauds residents who use active transportation in their daily routines as well as encourages others to consider what trips they could make by foot, bike, or bus. Join an organized walk or bike ride to the rally point and enjoy refreshments, door prizes, music and a flash fashion show featuring local bicycling and walking street styles. Robert Rivard reports in as Master of Ceremonies, and invited speakers include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, San Antonio City Councilmember and MPO Chairman Ray Lopez and other transportation and health leaders. VIA Metropolitan Transit is again providing free bus transportation for cyclists with bikes on the day of the Walk & Roll Rally.

 

Active transportation in San Antonio is growing rapidly. Some of the joint transportation partnership initiatives that are helping fuel this momentum include:

·       The Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee holds three Bike Night public meetings yearly. The next one will be 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the VIA Metro Center (1021 San Pedro).

·       The MPO’s Bicycle Travel Patterns Study showed that about 325,000 people – almost one in five Bexar County residents! – ride a bike at least monthly.

·       Recognized as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community, San Antonio has grown its on-road bike facilities mileage 800% from about 30 miles in 2000 to over 240 miles in 2013.

·       San Antonio Parks and Recreation has built 45 miles of off-road hike and bike trails along Leon Creek, Salado Creek and the Medina River as part of the Howard A. Peak Greenways. Another 40 miles are under design or construction.

·       The grand opening on October 5, 2013 of the Mission Reach concluded restoration and enhancement of 13 miles of the San Antonio River, popular with cyclists, walkers and kayakers.

·       San Antonio B-Cycle currently operates 52 bike sharing stations with up to 15 more locations to be added throughout 2014.

·       All VIA Metropolitan Transit buses have bike racks, including inside its Primo Bus Rapid Transit.

 

The Walk & Roll Rally kicks off a full calendar of events in May, recognized since 1956 as National Bike Month, offering everyone in the Alamo Area opportunities to learn more about or share their love of walking and bicycling. To keep track of all local bicycling and walking events going on during May, visit www.walkandrollSA.com or contact the MPO’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planner, Allie Blazosky, at blazosky@sametroplan.org or 210-230-6911.

 

 

 

 

Transportation Commission selects Weber to lead TxDOT

 

 

Joe WeberThe Texas Transportation Commission named Joe Weber, Texas A&M University's Vice President of Student Affairs, as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Weber will succeed former director Phil Wilson, who stepped down in January to take the post of general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority.

 

 There was little fanfare this morning during the Commission meeting when commissioners passed a minute order naming Weber to lead TxDOT, and in the same minute order set his annual salary at $273,000. Commissioners offered their praise and gratitude to Bass for his service during the interim since Wilson's resignation. 

 

After the March 17 meeting, Weber received the endorsement of Gov. Rick Perry, a friend of Weber's since the two were underclassmen together at Texas A&M University in the 1970s. A Perry spokesperson confirmed that the governor had recommended Weber for the job, calling Weber a "proven, successful leader" with experience both leading large organizations and overseeing construction projects like those at TxDOT.

 

Indeed, Weber has been in charge of large organizations. A retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General, Weber was responsible for 74,000 personnel, an annual budget of $80 million and holdings and assets totaling $33 billion in his final active duty assignment as Commander, Marine Forces Command, Commanding General Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, Commanding General Marine Bases Atlantic.

 

He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and earned his master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

 

Credit: Texas Government Insider, April 4, 2014

 

 

 

Earth Day San Antonio

 

 

 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at Woodlawn Lake

 

 

TxDOT Traffic Jam’s Safety Newsletter

 

 

 

 

Transportation/MPO 101 Program Speaker