% of alternative fuel used out of the total fuel used (City of Austin fleet):

While the City continues to meet the goal of buying electric vehicles or vehicles that are alternative fuel-capable, the consistent use of alternative fuels is another critical component to success.  Over the past two years, the City has returned to primarily using B-20 for its diesel source, and it has seen a large increase in the uptake of E-85 in its vehicle fleet as fleet drivers have become educated and as fueling locations have increased availability of E-85.

Modal share - Total % of pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit users (community-wide): This number comes from annual census data and shows how many people use alternative transportation options to commute to work. While these numbers are for the entire city, some smaller areas within the Austin area are seeing notable increases in alternative commute methods which saves those commuters both time and money.

Miles of new urban trails, new and improved bike facilities, new sidewalks, and reconstructed sidewalks: To address mobility challenges on congested roadways, the City is working to expand alternative transportation options such as walking and biking. This is demonstrated by efforts to create safe new urban trails, new and improved bike facilities, and new and reconstructed sidewalks.


The Austin Transportation Department is committed to providing the safest, most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roadway, bikeway, walkway, and transit system for our community. The various programs listed here highlight many of these efforts, as well as the 2015 infographic below. If you are interested in taking personal action toward the city's mobility goals, go to for additional information and resources.

For questions about these sustainability measures and indicators, please contact Lewis Leff, City of Austin Office of Sustainability: