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Homicidal/idiot driver vs. cyclist (silver Honda #843 YTZ, 7/29/14) last post: 7/31 @ 7:20
Thanks for saying something to the driver. It's probably too late to get the cyclist to file a police report, but maybe you...
2014 Protected Bike Lane Study including Austin facilities. last post: 7/29 @ 14:33
A preliminary review of the study is posted here: It is worth reading. The "most valuable" part, the video analysis, turns out not to...
Bike Austin's Hottest Day of the Year Ride Aug 9 last post: 7/27 @ 19:47
Thank you. We are young and so what small. But, we have been doing some great things and are growing as fast as we can....
John Fusselman - Austin cyclist killed 5/17/14 last post: 7/26 @ 19:32
KXAN: "Friends remember Austin cyclist killed on ride"
As usual, I didn't know about this one until after the fact.
Freewheeling Bicycles, RIP May 2013 last post: 7/26 @ 19:16
[quote=Jack]"It" I take to mean the sticker on his '95 bike.[/quote]
Oh, right. Duh. ...
Howard Station to Dell Round Rock last post: 7/26 @ 7:47
While the traffic was not terrible, it was a little unnerving as cars zipped by at 50 mph in the lane right next to me. Additionally, on...
Insurance (bicycle and low-mileage car) last post: 7/24 @ 10:48
[quote=AlexG]I work in a financial company, trust me, all insurance companies require your email - because this is where they will send...
LBL to Walnut Creek South? last post: 7/21 @ 18:02
So if you're on the Boardwalk and riding eastbound, or if you're on the north side of the lake that's fine too. You can cross...
bike/ped collision last post: 7/20 @ 0:09
It's not clear that the cyclist deserves any punishment beyond a ticket for riding with no brakes (and even that can't be 100% confirmed...
Bike/car collision at HEB (Hancock) exit on I-35 frontage road last post: 7/19 @ 16:04
I didn't talk to the witness, so I don't know. But I think the gloating cop did.
Yes, I'm always going through that intersection by...
Violet Crown Trail last post: 7/18 @ 15:14
The City of Austin Urban Trails Program, who is currently analyzing the feasibility of a portion of the Violet Crown Trail though Sunset...
Why women don't cycle last post: 7/18 @ 6:39
When I saw this tread I almost thought it was going to be related to "bicycle...
Driver/pssgr. deaths dropped since 2008; cyclists/peds not so lucky last post: 7/15 @ 22:24
I made a chart showing the annual deaths by mode of travel in the U.S.:
No clue as to why driver/passenger deaths dropped sharply...
Need volunteers to post Bike Austin and Bike Texas news last post: 7/15 @ 21:48
Bike Austin and Bike Texas regularly send out news by email. And among our hundreds of members, surely we have some who are also members...
July YBP Newsletter last post: 7/10 @ 6:50
Half of car collisions in L.A. are hit-and-runs last post: 7/9 @ 16:03
Exactly. A cyclist crossing the line from the bike lane to enter the car lane is never going to kill a motorist, but when drivers drift...
Local bicycle blogs last post: 7/7 @ 19:56
[quote=tstarry]yeah, it is a shame that Old Guy gave up the blogging thing...anybody seen him around?[/quote]
I saw him in the distance...
Seeking orgs to donate to Yellow Bike's new Kids Program - thoughts? last post: 7/7 @ 6:38
Howdy, all -
If you haven't heard, Yellow Bike is starting a kids program this fall. Its freshman showing will consist of two 7-week...
Cycling Courtney Cavanaugh hurt by hit-and-run driver 6-11-14 last post: 7/6 @ 19:45
Courtney Cavanagh was riding her bicycle on Pleasant Valley when she was clipped by a driver, who typically didn't stop. Cavanagh ...
KVUE: Austin's Drinking Problem last post: 7/4 @ 15:07
It all comes to money. The death of innocent people is just collateral damage. Keep pumping the booze, do a weak effort to enforce the...
at fault in over 90% of car-bike collisions (source)
and 90% of pedestrian deaths (source).
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Bike Austin's Hottest Day of the Year Ride Aug 9 (posted 7/26)
Violet Crown Trail (posted 7/18)
Ladies Rock Le Driveway (posted 6/25)
TX Mamma Jamma Ride- September 27, 2014, 100 mile 7:30 AM, Others 8:30 (posted 6/25)
YBP announces a party! (posted 6/18)
Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Trail Grand Opening 06/07 10am (posted 6/5)
Getting to Circuit of the Americas* (posted 11/5)
Ride of Silence Wednesday 5/21 (today), Pfluger Ped Bridge, 6:30pm (posted 5/21)
Karbach Brewing pub ride, Rescheduled (posted 4/9)
Bike to Work Day on Friday May 16 (posted 5/9)
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.