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

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        I’m still biking MEALS ON WHEELS. At the top of my delivery list for a couple weeks they’ve put: ***SUMMER SUBSTITUTES...

Five bicyclists killed by hit & run driver in MI; others injured 5/16 last post: 6/7 @ 21:03        A driver plowed into a group of cyclists killing five of them and injuring others, and then, of course, fled the scene. (He was later...

World Naked Bike Ride June 11th, 8pm Pease Park last post: 6/7 @ 13:44        Hi y'all! We're working on a route to start and finish at the same location. As soon as we have those details we will post them. For now...

Austin rethinks whether to jail poor people over traffic fines last post: 6/4 @ 13:01        As much as I like the idea of getting unsafe drivers off the road, this is simply an instance of punishing a poor family for being poor in...

Supreme Court to hear DWI no-refusal case last post: 6/3 @ 9:38        All states say that motorists suspected of DWI can lose their licenses if they refuse to submit to an alcohol test. After all, driving is...

FrankenBike is at BikeTexas May 28th 10am-5pm last post: 5/27 @ 15:41        FrankenBike Austin is back at BikeTexas for Bike Month! Come check out our new location at 3301-B East 5th Street, at the corner of 5th ...

Free cardboard bike boxes last post: 5/27 @ 14:56        Maybe you'd like to post about...

ATD is striking out with bike lane proposals this year last post: 5/26 @ 17:05        But I thought Austin was a bike-friendly city? Really, Austin pays a lot of lip service to being pro-cycling, but when it comes...

Run-off election, 5/24/16 last post: 5/24 @ 12:11        I just got a message from Bike Texas. They endorsed Travillion. They weren't specific about...

The Lottery [5-year-old boy killed while crossing the street, 5/13/16] last post: 5/14 @ 19:35        Forty years ago, when I was in high school, we had to read 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson. I found it to be very disturbing and did not...

APD using buses to catch cell phone users last post: 5/13 @ 13:11        Okay, how about this compromise: Loss of license for first offense, then ten years of hard labor for driving without a license if your...

For sale last post: 5/13 @ 12:53        Like-new road bike for sale (ridden only a few times): - Woman's top of the line road bike - "Specialized Dolce" , 54 frame - $550...

MoPac Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Project Update last post: 5/4 @ 8:37        Does anyone know what improvements are planned or happening to access this bridge from the south end? If you want to go west or southwest...

Hit & run truck drags cyclist Elizabeth English for 1/2mi, 3/29/16 last post: 4/18 @ 10:00        RedFalcon, you're singing my song. I did a 100-mile ride without training other than commute, saved a bundle by not having a car for...

Freak Bike Friday last post: 4/18 @ 9:47        Here's an old article about how to start a Critical Mass ...

Gabrielle Nestande DWI hit-&-runs Courtney Griffin on Exposition, 2011 last post: 4/14 @ 15:50        Yeah, sorry, I totally forgot to add that bit originally. Anyway, I'll be curious to see whether this affects cases going forward, or if...

 


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.)

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)

La Loma Trail Clean-Up days (posted 8/10)


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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