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

No credit cards for train tickets last post: 7/21 @ 13:59        The Chronicle reports that starting in October (2016), CapMetro vending machines at its nine MetroRail stations will no longer accept...

Gears for the Years charity ride benefiting Family Eldercare Oct.23 last post: 7/15 @ 13:48        Join Family Eldercare and the Central Texas cycling community for a day of cycling and celebrating life at all ages! Designed for the ...

Want to buy a recumbent trike for disabled wife last post: 7/13 @ 9:01        Rear wheel drive, geared, a Shimano IGH 8 speed would be ideal. I would put a two speed crank on the front for greater range if not...

Hit & run truck drags cyclist Elizabeth English for 1/2mi, 3/29/16 last post: 7/11 @ 17:26        The Chronicle just posted an article about English and her recovery. There's also a plea for financial assistance -- insurance covered...

Hit-and-run truck kills 3-year-old boy at 5900 Cameron Rd., 5/25/16 last post: 7/9 @ 10:23        [quote=MichaelBluejay]Which have you heard more outrage/complaints about in your lifetime: hit-and-run drivers killing pedestrians, or...

Austin ranks ninth in #RoadRage Instagram posts last post: 7/8 @ 15:06        Austin ranks ninth in #RoadRage Instagram posts. And since we're 11th by population, that means we have more road rage per capita. Maybe...

Google's driverless cars have special considerations for bicyclists last post: 7/8 @ 13:26        [quote=RedFalcon]We need to be ready to stand up for our rights and needs as these things become a reality.[/quote]Agreed. But I don't...

Austin police arrest 155 people for DWI over 11 days (June-July '16) last post: 7/6 @ 11:58        That's about 14 people a day. That's a lot of drunk drivers. But, you know, bicyclists sometimes run red lights. That's the real...

Hit-and-run on cyclist, 6/26/16 4:45 @ Chestnut & 18th St. last post: 7/6 @ 11:51        From a post on Nextdoor.com: [quote]My friend was riding her bike at 18th and Chestnutt when a driver in a large white sedan turned right...

Council approves sidewalk plan update (6/16) last post: 7/3 @ 11:54        The City Council recently approved a plan to spend a lot of money to build new sidewalks and improve existing ones. The article seems to...

California to toll every single road/street? last post: 6/28 @ 17:41        The Cato Institute supports the "free market" solution of user fees on all roads--even for municipal streets. Of course, paying per ...

Bike lane requirements for new development? last post: 6/25 @ 17:50        How about Mueller? Nothing on Mueller Blvd. or Barbara Jordan Blvd. I mentioned that to someone in the City's Bike Program a couple ...

Great Northern plan last post: 6/21 @ 11:19        Great Northern has a pretty bad bicycling facility already--a two-way bike lane on one side of the street. Pedestrians like to walk...

Teen cyclist hit, killed by driver on Spicewood Springs Rd. 6/6/16 last post: 6/21 @ 10:04        I think I called it: not hit-and-run, and not DWI, and hit-and-run/DWI are so prevalent that society is getting conditioned to think that...

mealsonwheelsandmore last post: 6/16 @ 9:17        I’m still biking MEALS ON WHEELS. At the top of my delivery list for a couple weeks they’ve put: ***SUMMER SUBSTITUTES...

Five bicyclists killed by hit & run driver in MI; others injured 5/16 last post: 6/7 @ 21:03        A driver plowed into a group of cyclists killing five of them and injuring others, and then, of course, fled the scene. (He was later...

World Naked Bike Ride June 11th, 8pm Pease Park last post: 6/7 @ 13:44        Hi y'all! We're working on a route to start and finish at the same location. As soon as we have those details we will post them. For now...

Austin rethinks whether to jail poor people over traffic fines last post: 6/4 @ 13:01        As much as I like the idea of getting unsafe drivers off the road, this is simply an instance of punishing a poor family for being poor in...

Supreme Court to hear DWI no-refusal case last post: 6/3 @ 9:38        All states say that motorists suspected of DWI can lose their licenses if they refuse to submit to an alcohol test. After all, driving is...

FrankenBike is at BikeTexas May 28th 10am-5pm last post: 5/27 @ 15:41        FrankenBike Austin is back at BikeTexas for Bike Month! Come check out our new location at 3301-B East 5th Street, at the corner of 5th ...

 


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.)

Gears for the Years charity ride benefiting Family Eldercare Oct.23 (posted 7/15)

World Naked Bike Ride June 11th, 8pm Pease Park (posted 6/7)

FrankenBike is at BikeTexas May 28th 10am-5pm (posted 5/27)

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)


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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