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

Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban last post: 12/19 @ 10:53        I hope the new city council repeals it. People are going to move their phones from being in line of sight with the road to below waist...

Probably drunk idiot crashes into car, at 8:30am! last post: 12/15 @ 12:36        [quote=RedFalcon]Not to mention the physics of it. A couple of years ago I worked out what the kinetic energy would be for me blowing...

Cycle for Good 2014 last post: 12/15 @ 6:10        Coming up on Sunday, December 21st, the JCC of Austin will be participating with other JCC’s across America to ride for our health and a...

Man charged in hit-and-run that broke cyclist's leg(11/30/14 W.Parmer) last post: 12/12 @ 8:10        [quote=RedFalcon][quote=MichaelBluejay] I wonder if there's a correlation between the type of vehicle and whether the driver hits and ...

Austin city council voted to support funding Lone Star Rail last post: 12/12 @ 7:08        I was not a supporter of the most recent failed urban rail plan (I favored the proposal) but this is a project I have been following and...

YBP Holiday Bike Sale 10% Off last post: 12/11 @ 11:02        Our mechanics have been hard at work cranking out bikes and there we have a Texas-sized selection for you to choose from. We have...

MoPac Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Project Update last post: 12/11 @ 5:47        Thanks for chiming in with the scoop, Nadia! ...

Yellow Bike Project December Newsletter. last post: 12/9 @ 6:17        ...

San Diego Study on Relative Fault in Collisions last post: 12/4 @ 22:31        Grain of salt always, of course. The thing that most struck me about the conclusion of the study was the emphasis on "most" collisions...

Car hits man+infant on bicycle (11/22/14, St. Elmo Rd.) last post: 11/24 @ 11:07        I was thinking "wow, the comments are a bit out there, but not too bad" ... and then I got to the KXAN article, reminding me what a...

Solar-Panel Bike Path Installed last post: 11/24 @ 11:05        [quote]although it would be less pleasant on sunny days[/quote]Or more pleasant if it were in Texas. In any event, it seems to me the...

What do Car2Go and Austin B-Cycle have in common? last post: 11/18 @ 9:29        Looks like bad reviews are from people who are not familiar with how the B-Cycle rentals work. It's the same in every city, but for a new...

November 29, 8:00 AM, Tour de Turkey Ride, Round Top last post: 11/1 @ 9:44        Rides of 15, 25, and 50 miles through Fayette and Washington counties. Ride begins and ends at the Round Top Rifle Association Hall. $45...

Assaulted/Arrested by APD 9:10pm Tues 10/29 last post: 11/1 @ 6:47        Whether it was a good idea or not to confront an officer about parking in the bike lane, I hope we can all agree that it's not appropriate...

"Two cyclists injured on Parmer Lane" last post: 10/30 @ 10:38        Kudos....

Recent Austin Area Cycle Crashes/Accidents last post: 10/22 @ 9:38        Yesterday evening--after 6--at the Barton Springs intersection at the south end of the 1st Street bridge there appeared to be an emergency...

For Sale: 2010 Specialized Tarmac Expert last post: 10/22 @ 7:33        $1500obo. Specialized Mondo Pro II Tires. SHRAM Force Exact Actuation hardware (brakeset, crank, gears, shifters and derailleurs). "52"...

Latvian bicyclists' brilliant demonstration of how bikes reduce traffi last post: 10/14 @ 8:54        An interesting idea on showing how little space bikes take compared to cars. In Latvia, as part of International Car Free Day, some...

The Ghisallo Foundation Youth Bike Ride @ HOPE Farmers' Market - 10/12 last post: 10/7 @ 9:24        Join the Ghisallo Foundation in partnership with Cycle Academy and HOPE Farmers’ Market. We will be performing bike safety checks, helmet...

YBP will be gardening last post: 10/5 @ 11:23        The Yellow Bike Project will be working on a restoration program in the front yard. Check the website if you want to lend a hand or...

 


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.)

Cycle for Good 2014 (posted 12/15)

November 29, 8:00 AM, Tour de Turkey Ride, Round Top (posted 11/1)

The Ghisallo Foundation Youth Bike Ride @ HOPE Farmers' Market - 10/12 (posted 10/7)

Thurs Oct 2 - Kick-Off Party for Bicycle Laundry Service (posted 9/24)

Visitor Nov 2 to 9 ...routes and lodging (posted 9/20)

City Council Candidates for District One Forum at the YBP Headquarters (posted 9/15)

9/14 - The Ghisallo Foundation Youth Bike Ride at HOPE Farmers' Market (posted 9/13)

9/7/14: The Ghisallo Foundation's Youth Bike Ride At Mueller Farmer (posted 9/1)

32nd Annual Austin Moonlight Cruise *SAT NIGHT*, September 7th, 1:45am (posted 8/29)

LCI Seminar in Austin (posted 8/14)


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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