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|Barton Creek Bike Bridge Receives Seed Funding from Austin Corporations|
AUSTIN, Texas— SolarWinds, a leader in network management software, along with Brandywine Realty Trust and Commercial Texas, today announced the launch of “Friends of Barton Creek Bike Bridge,” an effort to raise funding and support for the bicycle bridge slated for MoPac Expressway, located South of Highway 360 over Barton Creek, with a gift of $30,000. The first of its kind in Austin, the hanging bridge will provide easy and safe bicycle access from the urban core of Austin to Southwest Austin.
The three companies—joined by Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt and Austin City Council Members Sheryl Cole, Lee Leffingwell, Mike Martinez and Brewster McCracken, along with officials from the Austin Parks Foundation and the City of Austin Public Works Department for the announcement—are donating $10,000 each as a show of support for the bridge project and to announce SolarWinds’ signed lease at The Park on Barton Creek, a commercial development located within walking distance of the planned bridge.
SolarWinds signed the lease for 65,000 square feet, or three floors, at The Park on Barton Creek, earlier this month. The two-building, 210,000-square-foot project was completed in late 2007 by Brandywine Realty Trust.
“We’re excited about the city’s plans to build a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists under MoPac at Barton Creek, right at the front steps of our new corporate home,” Mike Bennett, chief executive officer, SolarWinds, said. “As a corporate resident of this area, we are delighted that we’ll be part of an effort to reduce car trips and to encourage biking and walking.”
The current bridge at South MoPac has been identified by the Mayor’s Street Smarts Task Force as being one of the major barriers to bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in Austin for recreational and transportation purposes.
According to the City of Austin Department of Public Works, currently, approximately 8,000 people commute to their jobs by bicycle every day in Austin. That number is expected to quadruple by 2015.
The Barton Creek Bike Bridge has been approved by the City of Austin. Funding for the bridge will come from bond monies or through funding from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). Corporate and private donations increase the project’s ranking in the CAMPO matrix that determines which projects will receive funding first.
“Efforts such as these by Austin's corporate community are commendable, as they help the City implement multiple transportation goals,” Joe Ramos, acting director, Department of Public Works, City of Austin, said.
Contributions to the bike bridge may be made to the Austin Parks Foundation with a reference to “Friends of Barton Creek Bike Bridge.”
Brandywine Realty Trust