Austin City Council votes to put $460 million transportation bond on November ballot

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council voted Thursday to bring a transportation bond to voters in November.

Nine city council members voted in favor while Council Member Jimmy Flannigan voted against and Council Member Alison Alter abstained.

The $460 million bond proposal includes bike lane improvements and making it safer to walk near schools. It also targets building sidewalks in high-priority areas that are missing sidewalks altogether or have deteriorating sidewalks.

“There are vast areas of Austin with no bike infrastructure at all. Or if there is bike infrastructure, it’s a five-foot unprotected bike lane on a four-lane or six-lane road,” said Adam Greenfield, board member of Bike Austin and board president of Walk Austin.

Greenfield told KXAN he doesn’t own a car.

“I bike almost everywhere, and I walk as much as I can,” he said.

He believes safety improvements are needed, so more people can feel comfortable biking

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