Expanding choices for safe, affordable and sustainable travel modes has a positive impact on our environment. By making transit, biking and walking realistic options, we encourage families and residents of all ages to reduce car trips and the reliance on cars. Reduction in motor vehicle trips positively impacts our air and water quality, as well as our quality of life. A recent survey of Austin citizens showed that 80 percent are more likely to ride bicycles more often if more separated paths or trails were available.
All current environmental protections in the City Code will be applied to the construction and design of urban trails. The Urban Trails Program recognizes that many proposed urban trails may be located in greenfield development areas. Therefore, significant care will be taken to promote the utmost sensitivity for environmental concerns. If environmental concerns are not met to the satisfaction of City of Austin staff, the community, or appropriate boards and commissions, a "no build" option may be considered.