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. Advertising revenue supports local cycling advocacy.

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In practice, it's post to the web, read on the list.  You're certainly welcome to start a discussion on the list rather than the web if you like, but you'll have a smaller audience if you do it that way.

Current discussions

Police arrest two for taking bait bikes downtown last post: 4/24 @ 14:10        I inquired of the reporter, just after you posted the above, whether the bikes were locked or unlocked and she said she didn't know one ...

ACA - Traffic Skills 101 last post: 4/23 @ 13:10        ACA is again offering Traffic Skills 101 classes (now called "City Cycling") after a period without any formal classes. If anyone is...

Pull the plug on BicycleAustin.info? last post: 4/21 @ 18:04        ^^^ Okay whoever figures that out is the next Zuckerberg or Jobs or...

The Bluejays will buy a car and give up bicycling last post: 4/21 @ 17:19        I'm on my way to Oregon. Follow me there? Likely I'm going to land in the Eugene/Springfield area. Admittedly, things like jobs and...

Four dead, over 20 wounded on Red River Street last post: 4/21 @ 16:31        Just catching up on my reading, and I see in the [i]Community Impact[/i] newspaper that came out prior to SXSW, there was an ad showing an...

TXDOT against bikes ghosts and living last post: 4/21 @ 7:03        Not sure I would call them idiots (I used a different word). Whatever the cause of the decision, I'm sure they think they are truly...

Churchgoers ferried by golfcarts, and cholesterol drugs for kids last post: 4/20 @ 16:57        You're right, Donald. "Disease mongering" (turning otherwise healthy people into patients) is a recognized problem is the medical...

2014 Austin Naked Bike Ride - June 7th, 8:00pm last post: 4/20 @ 8:56        It's almost that time of year again! The Austin edition of the World Naked bike Ride is back and happening on June 7th. We'll gather at ...

Reflections on my biking after a near head-on collision last post: 4/16 @ 10:34        [quote=ggw] . *IF* I am already (practically) in the crosswalk, waiting for a light, my going when the light changes doesn't count as...

South 5th Bottle Neck last post: 4/15 @ 14:54        My comment wasn't specific to this section of road. It's just a general observation that I encounter in most...

Karbach Brewing pub ride *CANCELLED* last post: 4/14 @ 14:07        Due to inclement weather, we have cancelled the pub ride. Bangers will still be tapping the rare barrel aged beer. I will post the ...

Has anyone taken a bike on an Amtrak train? last post: 4/12 @ 20:51        Yes, good idea. I will add this to my list of things to do/pack for my Texas tours that involve trains. I grew up in Europe and traveled...

Hit-and-run driver hits 3 pedestrians on sidewalk downtown last post: 4/9 @ 18:13        Yeah, that rubbed me the wrong way too. If he does bail (I mean, skip town), I wonder if there will be any scrutiny of the judge's...

Are there any bicycle insurance companies? last post: 4/9 @ 16:17        Bicycle insurance has been discussed here ...

Hit-and-run drunk driver (w/0.27) BAC kills two in Prius, 12/27/13 last post: 4/9 @ 15:27        He's facing [url=http://www.fourpointsnews.com/2013/12/29/sre-teacher-picking-vhs-son-movies-killed-drunk-driver/]19 (count 'em)...

Austin driver fled after hitting teen on bike last post: 4/9 @ 15:12        Scheduled for court April...

commuter new bike advice last post: 4/7 @ 13:28        What you posted, Jack, is possibly the most awesome bicycle advertisement of all...

Video of Austin cops' arrest of jaywalker goes viral last post: 4/2 @ 20:55        Yep--sudden pedestrian moves into the path of a bike: I ride at 5:30 am from west Austin through downtown on 5th St. Nice bike lane with...

Just moved back to East Austin last post: 4/1 @ 12:10        The Walnut Creek trail is concrete. Not the smoothest, but definitely road...

Road closure on Red River between MLK and 15th St until Jan 2015 last post: 3/26 @ 14:45        Illustration: ...

 


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.)

2014 Austin Naked Bike Ride - June 7th, 8:00pm (posted 4/20)

Karbach Brewing pub ride *CANCELLED* (posted 4/9)

Vigil, ride, ghost bike installation for SXSW victims March 16, 4:30pm (posted 3/15)

Critical Mass- Austin Texas UT west mall 2/28/2014@6:00p.m. (posted 2/18)

Bike Trails Open House & Bike Rodeo-Sat, Feb 22, 2014 - 10am to Noon (posted 2/6)

Pedal powered machine workshop (posted 2/1)

TxDOT I-35 meeting this Wed, Jan 15th, 5-7:30pm (posted 1/14)

FrankenBike # 101 ~ December 28, 2013 ~ 10am-4pm (posted 12/27)

Memorial Ride for Joe Holan 2013-12-28 Saturday 9am REI Round Rock (posted 12/26)

South Central Waterfront Walkabout Jan 11, 2014 Time TBA (posted 11/30)


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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