Stroll along the sidewalk cafes and food trailers of Downtown Austin, and stop for a snack, as you learn about the new way sidewalk cafes are being permitted by Austin Transportation Department. To encourage a livable and walkable urban realm, ATD has moved from a laborious License Agreement to a more cafe-friendly permit process. This tour will discuss the role of sidewalk cafes in Complete Streets, and will visit recently permitted Temporary Sidewalk Cafés, Sidewalk Vendors, and a parklet in parking spaces in front of Royal Blue Grocery. We will discuss the economic benefits of sidewalk cafes, the implementation process, coordination with the Downtown Austin Alliance (business improvement district), street design and public safety issues.
Danielle Morin and Tracy Linder, Austin Transportation Department, Right of Way Permitting
This tour will travel on foot. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, wear comfortable business casual attire, and bring sunscreen. Refillable water bottles will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring cash for street food (optional).