Celebrate Our Trails Day 2021

On national Celebrate Our Trails Day, Saturday, April 24th, 2021, we encourage you to visit the Red Line Parkway and its connecting trails:

  • Red Line Parkway from Trinity & 4th to Cherrywood Road (Use E. 4th St. and Comal St. for the existing gap east of Navasota)
  • Red Line Parkway from Denson Drive to Lamar Blvd.
  • Northern Walnut Creek Trail from Amherst Drive to Walnut Creek Park Rd.
  • Red Line Parkway from Avery Ranch Blvd. north to Brushy Creek Trail, then to 183A Path to Hero Way

You can view these routes on our maps page.

For other trails in your area, visit the national Rails-To-Trails Celebrate Our Trails Day page.


Amplify Austin 2021 is Here

Amplify Austin officially kicks off this Thursday! Support the Red Line Parkway with your donation in Austin’s 24-hour day of giving. Amplify Austin officially begins this Thursday, March 4th at 6pm, but donations are welcome anytime, including today. All donations this week are matched.

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Looking back on 2020; Our 2021 plans

Read below about our 2020 Annual Report, 2021 Work Plan, Q&A on February 25th (updated), and first Amplify Austin.

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Join us for our Q&A on February 25th (updated)

We will be hosting a live video informational session on our 2020 and 2021 work, including answering your questions, on Thursday, February 25th 4:30-5:30pm. RSVP at Eventbrite. (Update: We moved this one week later to Feb. 25th due to the weather and utility outages.)

You can review our 2020 Annual Report and a summary of our 2021 Work Plan on our website.

If you’re ready to share your questions via email, please do, and we’ll answer them via email and/or on February 25th. Your fellow Parkway supporters may have the same questions, so please speak up!


Annual Report 2020

Red Line Parkway Initiative
Annual Report 2020

Last year was our first full year as a staffed organization. We had big plans, and big adjustments. We nevertheless accomplished a good deal, though we had to shift some of our focus toward opportunities that arose and away from opportunities deferred. Our 2020 work is described below among our four programs.

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One Year Since Our Launch Party

We thank our donors. They've helped make possible all that the Initiative has accomplished since our November 2019 Launch Party.

That includes the victory earlier this month with passage of Austin’s Propositions A and B, providing the largest amount of transit and active transportation funding to-date, including more than $80MM for urban trails. The Initiative worked tirelessly in partnership with Austin Outside, Bike Austin, Walk Austin, and others to put Prop B - Safe Mobility for All on the ballot and to ensure its passage.

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Vote & Action for Props A & B

Thank you to all who showed your support in July to Austin City Council to place funding for trails, sidewalks, bikeways, and safety on the Austin ballot in the form of Prop B!

My estimation is that most of you have already voted and have voted in support of Prop B, and for Prop A to significantly expand our high-frequency, high-capacity, and dedicated-lane transit network. Thank you, if you’ve voted in support! If you haven’t already, the Initiative encourages you to vote ‘yes’ to both propositions. They complement each other: Better walking and bicycling improves access to transit, and better transit extends the reach for walking and bicycling trips. Together, these propositions will provide funding to build networks that will serve hundreds of thousands of people every day.

Even if you have already voted, there is more you can do within the next several days to help Prop A and B win voter approval:

  1. Visit the Prop A campaign website to take action.
  2. Visit the Prop B campaign website to take action.
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The latest from The Initiative

(This post was originally sent as a newsletter on February 27th, 2020. Join our newsletter list here.)

 

Thank you for being a part of the Red Line Parkway community! I’d like to give you an update on what’s going on at the Initiative and provide some news of what’s going on along the Red Line corridor.

  • We’re continuing to build relationships, including in Leander, with local staff of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), new friends of parks, and others along the corridor,
  • We are actively pursuing Parkway funding to be on the November 2020 Election ballot,
  • We continue to work with partners and other stakeholders on active trail projects to ensure that there is enough space to build the Parkway,
  • We are preparing our next phase of outreach and Parkway planning for this year,
  • And more.
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Launch Party Recap

We are thankful for the great showing of support for the Red Line Parkway at our Launch Party on November 21st, 2019!

Thanks again to our special guests Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool and Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke for their inspiring words. From Council Member Pool, "Remember: This is just the Launch. There is a lot more work ahead," and from Mr. Clarke, who relayed how trails complement urban rail on Boston's Red Line, e.g., at the Alewife Station.

Pictured (l to r): Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke, Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool, RLPI Executive Director Tom Wald

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