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

Run-off election, 5/24/16 last post: 5/24 @ 10:11        I just got a message from Bike Texas. They endorsed Travillion. They weren't specific about...

The Lottery last post: 5/14 @ 17:35        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 @ 11:11        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 @ 10:53        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 @ 6:37        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 @ 8:00        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 @ 7:47        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 @ 13:50        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...

For Sale... Brand New 21 Fuji 1.0 Nevada Hardtail with premium gruppo last post: 4/13 @ 13:08        Brand New 21 inch Fuji 1.0 Hardtail fully Warranteed for 1 year on frame 2 years on gruppo. XCR fork with lockout and adjustments, Shimano...

Hit-and-run drunk driver drags cyclist Brian Lindquist 10/12/12 last post: 4/7 @ 22:38        More on the case: "The 25-year-old already had multiple arrests and convictions for drug possession and driving under the influence ...

Local bike shops Ozone and Windmill now closed (2016) last post: 4/7 @ 12:41        I remember when Ozone opened. They made it about 20 years. Windmill only three. I don't know why either of them closed. I'm especially...

Roger Baker on why adding more lanes to I-35 will *increase* traffic last post: 4/5 @ 23:23        [quote=Darron]It reminds me of some ecomonic studies that showed how making the lighting more efficient over time just increased it's...

Hit & Run injures two children in bike trailer 3/3/16 last post: 4/5 @ 12:02        [quote]The man struck the trailer as he turned onto Wheless Lane and pinned the children underneath the Jeep. The man then left the scene...

Man charged in hit-and-run that broke cyclist's leg(11/30/14 W.Parmer) last post: 4/5 @ 11:56        No problemo, happy to help. (well, I'm not exactly happy to read the outcomes of many of these...

Motorcyclist in coma after hitting telephone pole someone put in road last post: 3/31 @ 16:10        Someone apparently put a telephone pole in the road, which an unsuspecting motorcyclist then hit. She's now in a...

Bike Out Hunger - May 16-21, 2016 last post: 3/29 @ 6:55        The 7th annual Bike Out Hunger – Texas is scheduled for May 16-21, 2016. We’ll continue to raise awareness, money and involvement in ...

Ford Pickup Truck vs Bicycle No Justice in Utah last post: 3/25 @ 10:31        What is being done? Not much, and not much *can* be done. The problem is the car [i]culture[/i] we've created. We don't need to change...

Lots of recent car-on-pedestrian collisions (March 2016) last post: 3/22 @ 16:19        A recent article in Patch runs down lots of recent car-on-ped...

Shawn Day hit & run'd by SUV on Manchaca 3/15/16 last post: 3/18 @ 15:42        Yes, that's much better reporting than we usually get, for sure. Though no matter how good the reporting is, the fact remains that a...

Portland vs. Davis Calif. approaches to cycling facilities last post: 3/17 @ 12:59        Ha! ...

 


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.)

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)

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

WTF at YBP. (posted 5/9)


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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