Welcome! We cover bicycling as transportation, with an emphasis on Austin, TX, USA. We don't cover biking for recreation, sport, or charity. Bicycle Austin is a volunteer project (not an organization) by Michael Bluejay (and not to be confused with Bike Austin, which chose a name similar to ours).  Advertising revenue on this site supports local cycling advocacy.

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Our web forum is the place for discussion about biking and transportation issues in Austin.  You'll probably also want to sign up for the email list (see the box at right), so you can get all the web posts from each day sent to you in a single email message.  So, in practice, it's post to the web, read on the list.

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Current discussions

Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app last post: 9/30 @ 7:01        More detailed info about Ride Report available in this .pdf on blog. Still doesn't say what other US cities are using the app or that have...

Should I accept the award from Bike Texas? last post: 9/29 @ 1:15        Thank you very much. Ironically, my daughter hasn't biked for three years now. When we bought the car after my wife suffered too many...

APD officer hits pedestrian in crosswalk with squad car, 6/30/16 last post: 9/28 @ 10:33        Office Charles Tucker was suspended for three days without pay. Why didn't he also get a traffic citation? APD memo suggests he was...

No one rented bikes in Austin before Barton Springs Bike Rental?! last post: 9/27 @ 11:28        Poking around, I found [url=https://web.archive.org/web/20000829031951/http://bicycleaustin.com/]an archived page dating back to...

CapMetro plans to improve service last post: 9/24 @ 17:43        On the whole this looks good, good suggestions and some new ideas. However, these tweaks will not solve the main problem it's self,...

Does the 3 foot passing law apply in the Austin 2 mile ETJ? last post: 9/24 @ 16:15        [quote=RedFalcon]I have thought about pulling a child trailer everywhere figuring that the same thing may happen. It would be great...

Has Bike Texas fallen off the rails? last post: 9/23 @ 12:34        Since this the title of this topic is whether Bike Texas has gone off the rails, then in the spirit of "biting the hand that feeds you"...

Time to try again for car-free bike lanes on Shoal Creek Blvd.? last post: 9/23 @ 12:09        Ten years ago I tried and failed to convince Council to go with staff's plan of having car parking on only one side of the road on Shoal...

BikeTexas is turning 25! Join us to celebrate last post: 9/22 @ 11:44        BikeTexas is hosting it's annual membership meeting, followed by a party celebrating our 25th anniversary this Sunday, Sept. 25. Come...

Councilmember Don Zimmerman's campaign ad ridicules cyclists last post: 9/21 @ 22:15        Oversight should mean being strategic about your investments. Zimmerman just say's "No," to everything. But he finds time to be proactive...

Bike commuting is the fastest growing mode of transportation last post: 9/21 @ 15:08        You're right, we get more infrastructure than we did decades ago. But so do most other cities, I suspect. My wife quit biking...

APD to enforce 3-foot passing rule with devices donated by Bike Austin last post: 9/21 @ 13:55        According to Bike Austin, the Austin Police Department will start enforcing the three-foot passing rule for vulnerable road users in...

FS:Sondors eBike, High Capacity, Long Range Battery Upgrade last post: 9/17 @ 18:45        Have a Sondors Uber Battery by Kinaye motorsports for sale or trade. It's rated a 44.4volts, 23.4AH, 1KW capacity. It is designed to work...

FOR SALE Raleigh M-60 $80 last post: 9/17 @ 9:06        This is a mountain bike in good condition. Must be under 5'6" to ride it. Not sure of the minimum height. In the 78757 zip code area. ...

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning 9/18 2am 34th Annual Full Moon Cruze last post: 9/16 @ 18:33        I should have posted this earlier -- the ride is a day away, Saturday night! t's that time of year again, and the ride you've been ...

Monday October 10, 2016, 10am start - charity bike ride last post: 9/13 @ 13:04        Start: Lustre Pearl - 10am After Party: 2-4pm Distance: 40 miles Level: beginner/moderate Facebook event: C'mon and TAG along! During...

Two kids exiting school buses hit by cars within a week (Austin, 9/16) last post: 9/12 @ 16:33        [quote=RedFalcon]I'll bet that not a lot happens to the drivers. Even the shitbag making the right turn on red without coming to a full...

Jesus Juarez kills ped in hit & run on Wm. Cannon, 8/20/16 last post: 9/12 @ 10:46        [quote=KVUE]Police have charged a man after he allegedly struck a pedestrian who later died from his injuries. Austin police said Jesus...

Roman Nolasco jailed after hit & runs ped @ MLK/Walnut, 6/16 last post: 9/12 @ 10:44        [quote=KXAN]According to the arrest affidavit, a witness followed the suspect vehicle and saw it pull into a parking garage near a...

Cyclist Panther killed by hit & run in S Austin (Bluff Sps), 7/10/16 last post: 9/12 @ 10:38        [quote=News]Elijah Ponthier, who would have turned 27 on Aug. 9, died Tuesday while being treated for his injuries at St. David's South...

 


Drivers are at fault in over 90% of car-bike collisions (source) and 90% of pedestrian deaths (source).

Upcoming rides & events

Want to get your event listed below? Just post it on the web forum and it will show up here automatically 30 minutes later. Be sure to include the exact date & time of your event in the title, so that shows up too. Do NOT use relative dates like "This Saturday" or "tonight" because your post will still be here weeks from now, and at that time the reader won't know which day you're referring to. (i.e., Do not write your post as though everyone who reads it is reading it today.)

Does the 3 foot passing law apply in the Austin 2 mile ETJ? (posted 9/23)

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning 9/18 2am 34th Annual Full Moon Cruze (posted 9/16)

Monday October 10, 2016, 10am start - charity bike ride (posted 9/13)

Gears for the Years charity ride benefiting Family Eldercare Oct.23 (posted 7/15)

World Naked Bike Ride June 11th, 8pm Pease Park (posted 6/7)

FrankenBike is at BikeTexas May 28th 10am-5pm (posted 5/27)

Freak Bike Friday (posted 4/11)

Bike Out Hunger - May 16-21, 2016 (posted 3/29)

Tour de Cure (posted 10/1)

33rd Annual Full Moon Cruze Bike Ride Sat Night/Sun morning, Sep 26th (posted 9/22)


Bicyclists cheated out of bond money!

Voters passed $150 million in transportation bonds in 2000 (Proposition 1), which was supposed to be spent at $15M per year for ten years, and was supposed to include bike projects.  In March 2006, Councilmember Raul Alvarez asked the city to reveal how the money had been spent so far.  The answer was that the first $67.2 million ALL went for SH 130 right of way, and not a penny for any of the the other things promised to the bond voters on the ballot, including bike projects!  As a result of Alvarez' request, $10 million was proposed (with about $5 million so far for sidewalks). If you read the Chronicle article, you will see that $20 million was being promised for bike and ped projects just before the election. (info courtesy of Roger Baker, May 6, 2005)

The City now has a Bond Oversight Committee which is an important check on the system.  It makes the above kind of bait-and-switch a lot harder to pull off.




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To link to the calendar on its own page, use the address: http://BicycleAustin.com/calendar

I've tried without success to get local groups to add their events to this calendar (Bike Texas, the Yellow Bike Project, City's Bicycle Program, Bike Austin, etc.)
If you'd like to help edit the calendar, or at least add your group's events to it, then please let me know!



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