Bicycle Racing Team [2012-0001]
Continue to develop the small (USA Cycling size Division 3) competitive locally based racing team with a focus on community service and good sportsmanship which engages with locally owned business to help foster the connection between cycling and the community. Expand the team’s participation in community service projects via required community service house and work to encourage the riding of bikes as both a pastime and lifestyle choice.
Keep Austin Beautiful [2012-0002]
During 2012 the cleanup, maintenance, and beautification projects are being expanded and consolidated under one “super project” rather than as individual efforts. Each sub-project we do in collaboration with the Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) organization will be listed and documented with in this new project.
3′ Passing Law Detector Prototype [2012-0003]
Complete the design and fabrication of the systems mounting harness and begin real world on-street trials. If successful, expand to a more formalized data collection regimen which enables statistical analysis of driver passing habits in frequently ridden areas during set times of the day.
After-School Bike Programs [2012-0004]
One of the principle outreach programs undertaken by The Ghisallo Foundation is the After School Bike Program at middle schools within the Austin Independent School District (AISD). The program aims to encourage middle school students to ride bicycles more often by developing the skills and confidence to ride safely in multiple environments. A comprehensive course outline provides the opportunity for students to learn the basic components and workings of a bicycle, general body and verbal signals to use while riding, and rudimentary bicycle maintenance skills useful for riders of all levels. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to participate in an after school activity that is fun, informative, and exposes the students to new experiences while riding bicycles around Austin.
LAB 4th St/I-35 Underpass Mural [2012-0005]
Initiated as a way to beautify the LAB 4th St/I-35 Underpass and add a recognizable identity to the site in addition to presenting a uniform appearance. This in turn will lead to the site being viewed as a used space and will assist in reducing its attractiveness (attractive nuisance) for graffiti and other random defacement and, hopefully, reduce the time that is required to maintain the site.
Bike Month [2012-0006]
A catch all project for the various Bike Month activities and projects we are undertaking. These include our headline projects, Bike Month Map and Bike-To-Eat Week, in addition to our smaller offerings such as the Bike Maintenance Brunch in collaboration with Women.Design.Build, the Austin Wide Women’s Team Ride (part of the Cyclo Femme ride event) and our 3 Bike-To-Work Stations.
Bike Month Map [2012-0007]
This service and site were envisioned as a way to enable riders from all over the US (and the world) to both find Bike Month events and how to get to the event on a bike. We provide location and date based indexing, filtering by event categories, free form tags, and date ranges. Once you find an event you want to attend, you can enter your starting address and will receive a visual biking route as well as the associated queue sheet. Local bike shops are mapped in the event you need a gear or a tune up. Bike corrals are even shown. What is a bike corral? It is a new, to Austin, parking facility made just for bikes. No need to search for on sidewalk parking or a poll, just head to the high volume corral.
Bike-To-Eat Week : reward yourself for being awesome! [2012-0008]
This is an incentive program for cyclists. The full discount is provided directly to the cyclist by the participating restaurant as a thank you for riding to the restaurant (and in general) rather than being a fundraiser for the Ghisallo Foundation.
Rosewood Neighborhood Bike Census [2012-0009]
This project will produce an overview of general bicycle ownership, associated equipment, barriers and desired services, and usage statistics for the Rosewood Neighborhood in central East Austin, TX.
Public Bike Parking Facility Beautification (Rosewood & 11th) [2012-0010]
The goal of the project is to beautify the two un-landscaped ROW areas adjacent to the new 11th and Navasota public bike parking island (concrete platform with 4 bike racks). We will need to excavate 2-3” of soil+weeds which will then be replaced with crushed granite and native low-to-no water plants (examples: Red Yucca, Firecracker Penstemon, Lantana, etc).
Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area Bike Club [2012-0011]
The continued growth of our youth programming led us to the Boys and Girls Club of Austin’s (BGCA) EAST campus. We had previously participated in a Bike Rodeo at Booker T Washington, a low-income housing complex in East Austin, as well as having surveyed the community as part of our Rosewood Neighborhood Bicycle Census. BGCA EAST primarily serves the youth of Booker T Washington and had been interested in restarting a pre-existing on-site bike maintenance workshop which had been in hibernation for a number of years due to lack of volunteers.
Bicycle Parking Facilities Design & Installation [2012-0012]
The City of Austin no longer has a bike parking facilities program, and although it will probably return in some form the future, it was also only for public right-of-way (ROW) installations (street, sidewalk, easement, etc locations). Due to viewed need for a vendor which could provide specialized bicycle parking facilities design and installation on both public ROW and private property, we have incorporated these sorts of services into our organization.
LAB 4th St/I-35 Underpass Landscaping [2012-0013]
This project was initiated as a way to beautify the LAB 4th St/I-35 Underpass and add a recognizable identity to the site in addition to presenting a uniform appearance. This in turn will lead to the site being viewed as a used space and will assist in reducing its attractiveness and reduce the time that is required to maintain the site. The section is one of the main East-West bike routes across and a non-street based connector across the I-35 corridor. Its heavy usage and high visibility makes it a perfect candidate for visual improvements.