A Smart Trips Superstar is someone who finds smart solutions to their commute by using sustainable transportation to get around town.
- Maybe you take the bus to work and scoot home?
- Maybe you take the train for the first 10 miles and bike for the last 5?
- Maybe you walk to your local library?
- Maybe you carpool with colleagues once a week to get to work?
- Maybe you longboard, hoverboard, or even paddleboard?
If you incorporate sustainable transportation in your life then you have what it takes to be our next Smart Trips Superstar.
Click here to nominate yourself or a friend, if we choose you as our next Superstar we’ll give you a shoutout so you can inspire others to become Smart Trips Superstars.
Meet Zach, October’s Smart Trips Superstar
We first met Zach back in May when he joined us for our bike trip down to see the Forever Bicycles art installation. He’s been up to so much since then! Zach participated in this year’s Bike to Work Day and won free entry to the Livestrong Challenge race and has been doing long rides on the weekends to prepare. He also lives the car free lifestyle, commuting to work from his home in East Austin to his work downtown by bike every day. Thank you for leading an inspiring lifestyle Zach. We’ll see you on the streets!
“I feel like East Austin is the best place to be a bike commuter than probably anywhere in Texas”
Meet Movetia, September’s Smart Trips Superstar
Movetia’s participation with Smart Trips goes back to last year when she lived in the Central East program area and came along for a bike tour of the murals in the area. She now lives in Mueller and has attended every kind of event we put on, from ice cream bike rides on the Boggy Creek Trail, to transit adventures to the Paramount Theatre, Movetia has done it all! She even joined us for a scooter tour from the Terrazas Library to the Central Library downtown. Thank you Movetia for continuing to bring your spark to our events and sharing what you’ve learned with others. See you next time!
“It’s really made it accessible, took away the fear”
Meet Adriano Neglia, August’s Smart Trips Superstar
As a car-free Austin resident, Adriano showed us how he successfully gets to work using a multi-modal commute. We joined him Monday morning on a ride from his house on East Riverside to Plaza Saltillo Station. With bikes by our sides, we hopped on the MetroRail Red Line to reach the Apple Campus on West Palmer Lane. It only took us about 45 minutes to get there and we used that time to chat and get to know each other without sitting in traffic. On most days, Adriano likes to spend that extra time getting ahead on work emails, reading a good book and catching some extra Z’s; you can’t do all that in a car! Superstars like Adriano show us just how easy it is to make active transportation part of our daily routine!
“I don’t have to deal with traffic and I do my part to help the environment little by little “
Meet Zoe Mantarakis, July’s Smart Trips Superstar
Zoe is a mother of three who passes on her love of active transportation to the next generation by encouraging her children as well as neighborhood kids to bike and use transit. She can often be found riding around town pulling her three-year-old daughter behind her bike in a trailer with her two older kids riding alongside her.
“I’m a mother of three and we just take the show on the road!”