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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...
Allstate insurance commercial slams Austin pedicures last post: 5/25 @ 7:38
I heard a radio commercial about a week ago that went to town on Austin pedicabbers. As it got more and more inflammatory, I was trying ...
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...
APD believes bicycles are "motor vehicles" last post: 5/10 @ 10:52
It's not the Texas Traffic code. It's the Texas Penal code.
To be more precise, CHAPTER 49. INTOXICATION AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE OFFENSES...
Thomas F. Linsley dies in 2012, 16 years after being hit & run'd last post: 5/6 @ 12:15
Thank you very much for posting this. The Linsley case was the very first one I reported on, back in 1996. It was my among my first...
APD wouldn't give crash report to injured cyclist (7-31-14) last post: 5/4 @ 8:58
KUT radio this a.m. had a story on the crash and report issue. Likely easy to find...
Travis County judge Gisela Triana arrested for DWI, 3/20/15 last post: 5/1 @ 11:23
Here's a good symptom of our problem: A Travis County judge was arrested for DWI recently.
(1) If we can't count on JUDGES to not drink...
Progress on Cycing/Ped bridge over railroad tracks near the Domain last post: 4/29 @ 8:15
The first two sections of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge on the southbound side of MoPac south of Duval Road are now in place. Once...
carson creek ranch/psychfest route last post: 4/27 @ 11:28
can anyone recommend a bicycle route from downtown to carson creek ranch/psychfest? is 183 completely unsafe? i'm an...
Challenging mentality of "you can't blame people for making a mistake" last post: 4/24 @ 11:57
I've always wanted to write a short story where someone from the present time travels to the future, where their method of...
Ora Houston on bicycle riding last post: 4/24 @ 7:27
Ms Houston is meeting with our neighborhood assoc in July, I'll be bringing up this and other issues. By then she'll have some time on the...
Bicycle Boulevard Progress last post: 4/22 @ 13:00
No, I see wrong way one way all the time, drivers not seeing stop signs and blowing through them, wrong way down alleys (again not seeing...
Mamma Jamma Ride Kick-Off Party last post: 4/22 @ 12:35
Join us in MammaJammaVille for MammaRitas, munchies, music , and more on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 as the Mamma Jamma Ride celebrates 7 years...
Car kills cyclist Tom Wilkinson, 53, in Lost Creek, 4/1/15 last post: 4/15 @ 16:05
Please Be Kind To Cyclists would like to reach out to the family of Tom Wilkinson, if anyone knows the family we'd appreciate their ...
Driver who stopped for ducks in road gets jail, no license for 10years last post: 4/15 @ 15:39
Unless it was a blind corner, I don't the driver should be at fault. What if she had stopped because of some other road...
at fault in over 90% of car-bike collisions (source)
and 90% of pedestrian deaths (source).
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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
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.