• Austin accepting recommendations on bike share locations

    Austin is now accepting recommendations from the public for potential bike share locations. The city is using the location suggestions and votes on the locations to select the upcoming kiosk sites.

    The first 10 stations, with 100 bikes, will open by the end of year, with help from the public suggestions. The remaining 30 stations and 300 bikes will open in the spring of 2014.

    The company will provide the city with 400 bicycles, 600 docking stations and 40 kiosks. The stations will have mapping systems to help riders navigate the city, and the operating functions will be available in English and Spanish. The system’s Apple and Android mobile apps will provide dock and bike locations and give overdue notices to riders.

    In June, Austin City Council approved a $150,000 partnership with Bike Share of Austin as a managing partner and system operator, as well as an equipment contract with vendor B-Cycle. B-Cycle systems are in use in 17 cities around the country.

    People can add a location or vote at www.votebikesharesaustin.com. The interactive map allows voters to create locations, comment or tweet about previous suggestions and view information about the program's progress.

    Follow Christine Ayala on Twitter @christine_ayala.

  • The Morning Texan: Hot temperatures, internship lawsuits and more

    The weather in Texas is only getting hotter as the week goes on. According to the National Weather Service, today's high is 99 degrees. For the rest of the week, the high is at least 100 degrees.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most read story online: Following a federal ruling that broke new ground on the legal requirements businesses have for training their interns, interns around the country are taking employers to court who do not pay them at least minimum wage.

    What you have to read: At Day 2 of the Big 12 Media Conference, Mack Brown told reporters UT was ready to run an "up tempo offense." Read the blog here, and read the other reports from the Big 12 Media Days here.

    In case you missed it: UT President William Powers Jr. has informed the University faculty and staff via email that there will be no centrally funded salary increase for the current fiscal year.