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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Current discussions

At-fault driver seriously injures cyclist Colin Camp 6/'13, no penalty last post: 8/31 @ 21:00        [Moved here from the wrong thread] [quote=badgnome]Now if the police had done a proper search the Ambien could have been used as evidence...

Mopac Mobility Improvements last post: 8/29 @ 12:11        Discussion continues...

MoPac Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Project Update last post: 8/29 @ 12:10        [quote=dougmc, Jan. 6, 2015]The City of Austin just sent out an email giving the status of the Mopac Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over ...

Car kills cyclist Tom Wilkinson, 53, in Lost Creek, 4/1/15 last post: 8/25 @ 15:07        Per the [url=http://imgur.com/2uOG8AU]crash report[/url]: "Driver stated he did not see [the bicycle] approaching when he made the left...

More collisions: 59yo at 290/WC, 30yo at Manchaca/Slaughter last post: 8/25 @ 13:49        That was my guess, but I had to guess, because there was no identifying information in the original post, and the link in that post is now...

Charges against Sergio Lejarazu of Jumpolin last post: 8/23 @ 19:32        Okay looks like in another article it indicated he pled down to a misdemeanor charge. No indication of what punishment was handed...

Demographics: bike commuting increasing fastest among the rich last post: 8/20 @ 14:14        Interesting--note that we are looking at rates of growth, not prevalence. We can hope that it reflects a reduced stigma of riding a...

Violet Crown Trail last post: 8/14 @ 5:32        REI will donate to the trail based on votes: If you are like me REI already has all my marketing data so no loss in voting....

Officer transcript from a bike crash in Austin last post: 8/13 @ 16:02        It was a left cross from the turn lane(westbound) on BSprings to Dawson. Cyclist was heading East. It's a little confusing. I had to read...

Come Ride in El Tour de Tucson! Nov. 21st in Tucson, Arizona last post: 8/11 @ 13:39        Easter Seals Blake Foundation (ESBF) has been named Primary Beneficiary for El Tour de Tucson Adventure Bicycle Ride hosted on Saturday,...

Does no one care about an injured rider on the trail? last post: 8/11 @ 10:06        Most people on the trail on too engrossed in listening to their music to be aware of anyone around them. I hope you recover...

La Loma Trail Clean-Up days last post: 8/10 @ 9:18        La Loma Trail at the East Boggy Creek Greenbelt August 15th (Small Number of Volunteers) TIME: 8:30am to 12:00pm, September 26th,...

Hit/run driver kills cyclist Chops Ramirez, gets only 2 yrs in prison last post: 8/7 @ 18:46        [Killed Ramirez 9/23/12, sentenced 8/6/15] Not enough, better than...

Anyone suggest a good wheelbuilder? last post: 7/23 @ 6:43        Old thread but still relevant topic. Looking for someone to build a set of 700c 32/36 spoke wheels for commuting. East side is...

Cases recently gone to trial last post: 7/22 @ 19:19        Thanks for the update owlman. The Eggenberger case is chilling and an awful legal...

Cyclist Justin Patrick Murphy killed by a hit-and-run Ford F-150, 2012 last post: 7/22 @ 13:00        Just to add the sad conclusion to this thread, the failure to stop and render aid charge was dropped in 2014. He used the Nestande "I...

($725) 2012- Women's- Bianchi - Dama Bianca - VIA NIRONE 7 DAMA last post: 7/17 @ 8:11        Beautiful women's celeste Bianchi. I bough the bike new and used it for a few triathlons, but now that I am moving I need to give her up....

Jerry Milner DDS slams on brakes in front of cyclist, flees scene 7/15 last post: 7/17 @ 6:41        Couple things that stood out to me - The assailant works on Jollyville and there a lot of cycle traffic so if he was this angry yesterday...

Progress on Cycing/Ped bridge over railroad tracks near the Domain last post: 7/15 @ 12:22        Final span is in place now. more info facebook: [img=Mopac Share Use...

2012 Specialized Crosstrail Disc ~ $400 last post: 6/29 @ 22:26        Great commuter bike. I bought is used from Bicycle Sport Shop about a year ago and it has been great. I'm letting go of this one since I...

 


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.)

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)

YBP celebrates its 18th birthday (posted 5/14)

WTF at YBP. (posted 5/9)

Mamma Jamma Ride Kick-Off Party (posted 4/22)

9/26/15: TX Mamma Jamma Ride Against Breast Cancer (posted 3/18)

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)


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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