Citywide collaboration brings new transportation access and training to vulnerable Austin communities
Today, a collaboration of six Austin organizations launched an initiative to introduce electric bicycles to residents of the city’s affordable and low-income housing. Austin Energy developed an education and training program that highlights the benefits of choosing an electric bike as a transportation solution. Partnering with the Austin Transportation Department, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), Bicycle Share of Austin, Capital Metro and BikeTexas, Austin Energy is helping to bring Capital Metro’s MetroBike electric bikeshare program to HACA residents. The program includes onsite MetroBike stations, free safety helmets, in-person trainings from BikeTexas (when Covid conditions allow), a safety and usage video campaign by Austin Energy and Capital Metro, and MetroBike subscriptions from the Austin Transportation Department. The first 40 HACA residents to complete the training will be eligible for a free MetroBike subscription.