Our proposed LAB 4th Street/I-35 Bikeway Landscaping Project is alive! This has been a year in the making and ground has finally been broken. Not only will this result in a much more attractive space (along with the columns we painted during Clean Sweep), it will make it easier to de-litter the area during our monthly/bi-monthly cleanups.
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 it being an attractive nuisance as a trash collector, a visual eyesore, 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.
To read more about the projects and for more pictures, check out the project’s page here: LAB 4th St/I-35 Underpass Landscaping
We have been awarded a Keep Austin Beautiful grant to beautify a public bike parking facility in East Austin!
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).
To learn more about this project visit our project page here: http://www.ghisallo.org/projects/2012/0010/
From the most recent Keep Austin Beautiful newsletter:
Have you ever noticed trash on the sidewalks when you are walking or biking downtown? Thanks to Christopher Stanton, executive director of the non-profit The Ghisallo Foundation, you probably see a lot less. Christopher has organized over 35 cleanups with KAB in the past two years. He and The Ghisallo Foundation support the improvement of cycling conditions in Austin and strongly focus on keeping our urban paths clean and litter free!
We participated in our 1st Clean Sweep event today (which was the 27th annual event hosted by Keep Austin Beautiful. We targeted our 3 adoptions for some special treatment today with the help of additional volunteers.
18 volunteers participated and were split across the LAB 4th/I-35 Underpass, Nueces (5th-MLK) and Rio Grande (12th-24th). We picked up tons of trash (50-60lbs with lots and lots of cig butts) and finished some much needed paint based beautification along the bikeway. Great work everyone!
A big thanks to: Jordan Patik, Bo Stewart, Brain Horras, Lizzie Hannabass, Elizabeth Haynie, Jose M Rivera, Lori Bergeron, Hannah Calvert, Sarah DeShong, Andrew Stauch, Mary Stanton, Matthew Whetstone, Jesse Duncan, Theron Sweet, Cary Choate, Christopher Stanton, and Beck (the business not the band).
We would also like to recognize Ruben Sandoval and the City’s Graffiti Abatement Program for coming out a few days before the event (with short notice from our end) to get the piers sprayed off and the various wheat pasted posters taken down so we would have nice surfaces to paint.
The Rio Grande ribbon cutting event for Austin’s first “Green Lane Project” is on Monday, April 23rd. The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 3:45pm with the inaugural bike ride on this new cycle track following at 4:30pm.
This stretch is part of our Rio Grande adoption though Keep Austin Beautiful.