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Car-less condos (no parking) planned for downtown last post: 8/24 @ 16:39
From the CenterLines newsletter
CARLESS RENTERS PAY $440M/YR FOR PARKING THEY CANíT USE
-> A Streetsblog article notes many residents...
$29 device tracks stolen items with GPS last post: 8/22 @ 18:49
Well, you're right, it's not actual GPS, it's more like "crowd-sourced GPS". And I checked the reviews, and they were middling, with many...
$126M transportation bond on 11/2016 ballot last post: 8/21 @ 14:37
[quote=BikeTexas]$126 million for Active Transportation in the bond proposition on the November ballot.
BikeTexas congratulates the...
Forbes: "Austin's Commuter Rail Is A Monument To Government Waste" last post: 8/3 @ 16:35
I agree that this rail system has huge problems. I will say this for it, though. It has been a big help to me at times. I won't have a...
Bicyclist robbed at gunpoint, Red River/Clarkson, July 2016 last post: 7/29 @ 21:44
No credit cards for train tickets last post: 7/21 @ 13:59
The Chronicle reports that starting in October (2016), CapMetro vending machines at its nine MetroRail stations will no longer accept...
Gears for the Years charity ride benefiting Family Eldercare Oct.23 last post: 7/15 @ 13:48
Join Family Eldercare and the Central Texas cycling community for a day of cycling and celebrating life at all ages! Designed for the ...
Want to buy a recumbent trike for disabled wife last post: 7/13 @ 9:01
Rear wheel drive, geared, a Shimano IGH 8 speed would be ideal. I would put a two speed crank on the front for greater range if not...
Hit & run truck drags cyclist Elizabeth English for 1/2mi, 3/29/16 last post: 7/11 @ 17:26
The Chronicle just posted an article about English and her recovery. There's also a plea for financial assistance -- insurance covered...
Hit-and-run truck kills 3-year-old boy at 5900 Cameron Rd., 5/25/16 last post: 7/9 @ 10:23
[quote=MichaelBluejay]Which have you heard more outrage/complaints about in your lifetime: hit-and-run drivers killing pedestrians, or...
Austin ranks ninth in #RoadRage Instagram posts last post: 7/8 @ 15:06
Austin ranks ninth in #RoadRage Instagram posts. And since we're 11th by population, that means we have more road rage per capita. Maybe...
Google's driverless cars have special considerations for bicyclists last post: 7/8 @ 13:26
[quote=RedFalcon]We need to be ready to stand up for our rights and needs as these things become a reality.[/quote]Agreed. But I don't...
Austin police arrest 155 people for DWI over 11 days (June-July '16) last post: 7/6 @ 11:58
That's about 14 people a day. That's a lot of drunk drivers.
But, you know, bicyclists sometimes run red lights. That's the real...
Hit-and-run on cyclist, 6/26/16 4:45 @ Chestnut & 18th St. last post: 7/6 @ 11:51
From a post on Nextdoor.com:
[quote]My friend was riding her bike at 18th and Chestnutt when a driver in a large white sedan turned right...
Council approves sidewalk plan update (6/16) last post: 7/3 @ 11:54
The City Council recently approved a plan to spend a lot of money to build new sidewalks and improve existing ones. The article seems to...
California to toll every single road/street? last post: 6/28 @ 17:41
The Cato Institute supports the "free market" solution of user fees on all roads--even for municipal streets. Of course, paying per ...
Bike lane requirements for new development? last post: 6/25 @ 17:50
How about Mueller? Nothing on Mueller Blvd. or Barbara Jordan Blvd. I mentioned that to someone in the City's Bike Program a couple ...
Great Northern plan last post: 6/21 @ 11:19
Great Northern has a pretty bad bicycling facility already--a two-way bike lane on one side of the street.
Pedestrians like to walk...
Teen cyclist hit, killed by driver on Spicewood Springs Rd. 6/6/16 last post: 6/21 @ 10:04
I think I called it: not hit-and-run, and not DWI, and hit-and-run/DWI are so prevalent that society is getting conditioned to think that...
mealsonwheelsandmore last post: 6/16 @ 9:17
Iím still biking MEALS ON WHEELS. At the top of my delivery list for a couple weeks theyíve put: ***SUMMER SUBSTITUTES...
at fault in over 90% of car-bike collisions (source)
and 90% of pedestrian deaths (source).
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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)
Spirit of Texas Ride-Wimberley, Sun.Oct.4 (posted 9/22)
Violet Crown Trail (posted 7/18)
Come Ride in El Tour de Tucson! Nov. 21st in Tucson, Arizona (posted 8/11)
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
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.