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

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...

Austin's planned "Dutch" interesections last post: 6/22 @ 10:56        His comments on the Riverside and Lamar intersection should be taken with a grain of salt as his biggest complaint is "In this example...

FOR SALE VINTAGE ITALVEGA NUOVO RECORD (Original Jones Bike Shop) $600 last post: 6/22 @ 5:38        VINTAGE ITALVEGA NUOVO RECORD (Original Jones Bike Shop) $600 Vintage Rare Italvega Nuovo Record (Original Jones Bike Shop) Canyon Lake,...

Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin last post: 6/19 @ 11:16        [deleted] [i]I removed this post because it consisted entirely of a link to a product for purchase, which had nothing to do with Austin...

Cycling Route from Stephenville to Lampases last post: 6/11 @ 5:12        We are looking for an alternate route from Stephenville to Lampasas. We have 18 cyclists and 5-6 SAG vehicles. We have a route on 281 ...

Looking for an Austin to San Antonio-Alamodome route last post: 6/7 @ 8:23        Yesterday i was riding my route to San Marcos. The bridge over the water just south of "5 mile dam" just past the railroad overpass has...

No cellphone for 2 years for Michigan driver in fatal bike crash last post: 6/5 @ 11:27        Seems like the judge got it exactly backwards when he said that owning a phone is a privilege, not a right. Property ownership is well...

Red alert on the Drag last post: 6/4 @ 13:41        That is a lot of slides! Looking at the accident map it is clear that the majority of accidents involving peds/cyclist occur at...

Travis County judge Gisela Triana arrested for DWI, 3/20/15 last post: 6/1 @ 20:14        Lifetime lose of driver's license is in order. They should be held to a higher standard....

Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban last post: 5/31 @ 22:25        Cell phone bans cause cell phones to be moved from line of sight with the road to below waist level to avoid detection. In places that...

APD officer cited for DWI/speeding; will he be fired? last post: 5/31 @ 10:48        [quote=Austin Chronicle]APD officer Albert Arevalo, 37, got popped for a DWI Monday after he got pulled over for doing 91mph on MoPac and...

Allstate insurance commercial slams Austin pedicures last post: 5/30 @ 8:29        Somebody mentioned it on twitter: (I haven't heard it,...

Job Posting: City of Atlanta last post: 5/28 @ 8:42        The City of Atlanta is seeking candidates to lead our bicycle planning, design, and implementation efforts as well as coordination with ...

Hands-free cellphones just as dangerous as handheld cellphones last post: 5/27 @ 18:23        I looked up that Mythbusters report and found some interesting things. First, I found many more studies concluding that hands-free...

Bike commuting is the fastest growing mode of transportation last post: 5/27 @ 7:56        Yeah, we're #18 for biking but we're #11 for population -- meaning we're way behind cities of a similar...

Pedernales 2-Way Cycle Track criticized last post: 5/23 @ 7:27        From this morning's paper: The link includes an informative video of a drive near the facility. Though a lot of the complaints from...

183 North Mobility Project Open House last post: 5/18 @ 15:00        No problem. I'm just excited to have an alternative to Parmer that is specifically designed for cycling. Parmer is great (especially...

Political (back)Pedal last post: 5/17 @ 9:27        I didn't do the Political Pedal this year either. But thanks to Dougmac's post I found the most concise description of the ride, and to...

YBP celebrates its 18th birthday last post: 5/14 @ 19:50        We'll celebrate this Saturday 16th with a bike Ride, a Double Feature, Pop-corn and Beer. come and join us. See the ride description at...

WTF at YBP. last post: 5/12 @ 8:21        It delights me that this exists. I'll need to get my girlfriends out there, especially since one of them just started...

 


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.)

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)

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)


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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