Bike to Work Day, vaping restrictions & 4 others things for Northwest Austinites to know, May 15-21

Bike to Work Day is May 19.

Bike to Work Day is May 19.

Here are a few things for Northwest Austinites to know this week.

1. Bike to Work Day is Friday.

The event promotes biking as a commute option and encourages people to try it out. Several businesses signed up to be fueling stations to provide riders with free coffee, snacks and merchandise. Participating businesses in Northwest Austin include Austin Beerworks, Bicycle Sport Shop, Capital Metro’s Kramer rail station, the National MS Society and Whole Foods Market.

2. Residents can now drop off their pets for boarding at the airport.

Bark & Zoom opened Saturday, May 13 and offers cat and dog boarding. The facility is located at 2601 Cardinal Loop near the main entrance to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and includes indoor and outdoor play yards, a pet swimming pool, cat condos, grooming services and onsite vet services.

3. Round Rock ISD trustees approved a 2 percent salary increase.

The increase means eligible teachers, librarians and registered nurses will see a general pay increase of $1,000, and counselors and other licensed professionals will receive an increase of $1,212 in general pay. Administrative and operations support staff, along with other staff members, will also see an increase.

4. Austin to tighten its vaping restrictions.

City Council unanimously directed the city manager to draft a code amendment that adds electronic smoking devices to the city’s prohibitions against the sale, delivery, and use of cigarettes and tobacco products, as well as clarify code definitions of “smoking” and “electronic smoking devices.”

5. Austin Community College graduated one of its largest classes to date on Thursday.

The students—who finished certificate programs, associate degrees, and high school equivalency tests—were among ACC’s largest graduating class to date. The class contained 1,861 individuals, up by 14.3 percent from 2016. The years prior saw similar increases—growing from 1,205 graduates in 2014, to 1,432 in 2015 and 1,628 in 2016.

6. A new nonprofit fund launched to help Austin’s growing Hispanic community.

Austin Community Foundation launched its Hispanic Impact Fund designed to support the economic viability of the Hispanic community, which is expected to make up the majority of the population in Texas by 2040.


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