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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Commuter Bicycle Pics last post: 12/10 @ 23:34        produces FluxBB bbcode test Click on BBCode link below 'Write your message and submit' screen and open in new tab. Help List to BBCode...

Feedback Wanted - Jacket for Legs last post: 12/8 @ 8:16        The Legs Jacket is the most funded live fashion project on Kickstarter! Hi, VEAR fans! We want to inform you that our campaign is almost...

Five pedestrian deaths in two weeks, 4 on I-35 (11/29/16) last post: 12/7 @ 23:54        Woman struck pedestrian in Central Austin, drove away Posted: 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, December 07, 2016 A 20-year-old pedestrian was ...

Ghisallo Cycling Initiative - JuiceLand's Un-Believe-A-Bowl Dec 2016 last post: 12/7 @ 23:47        Ghisallo Cycling Initiative We are JuiceLand's Feel Good, Do Good beneficiary this quarter! When you purchase their new ...

Full Cold Moon Bike Ride Tue 12-13-16 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge last post: 12/7 @ 23:26        Full Cold Moon Bike Ride Public · Hosted by Doug McLaren Tuesday, December 13 at 11:55 PM - 4 AM Dec 13 at 11:55 PM to Dec 14 at 4...

Thursday Night Social Ride - Krampusnacht Edition 12-08-16 7:30PM last post: 12/7 @ 22:18        Thursday Night Social Ride - Krampusnacht Edition Public · Hosted by Sean McGaughey Tomorrow, Dec 8 at 7:30 PM to Dec 9 at 12 AM 1100 ...

Bicycle Quotes.......Keep Adding Them If You Choose last post: 12/6 @ 9:12        "It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it's damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person." ~Bill...

Ride The Car-Free Walnut Creek Trail All The Way Sat 12-10-16 9:45AM last post: 12/4 @ 13:37        RIDE THE CAR-FREE WALNUT CREEK TRAIL ALL THE WAY Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:45 AM 1636 S 1st St, Austin, TX Across from Fresa's...

Behold The 'PeanutAbout' : A New Bike-Friendly Intersection Concept last post: 12/2 @ 14:27        I think if I had to navigate that intersection I would just want to take my place in the traffic and stay out of the door zone lanes. ...

How to frame a traffic fatality in a car culture last post: 12/1 @ 23:41        Wow, I've been using that line for years. Ten years ago I spoke at City Council, bringing up a case in which cyclist Ben Clough died at...

Video : If I Ride last post: 12/1 @ 9:56        "If I Ride" is a bicycle rider's poem to biking. Simply put, we believe that life is far more enjoyable when its experienced on two ...

The Secrets of the World's Happiest Cities last post: 12/1 @ 5:00        The Secrets of the World's Happiest Cities 'City life is as much about moving through landscapes as it is about being in them.'...

Austin Considers Lowering Neighborhood Speed Limits last post: 12/1 @ 4:18        AUSTIN (KXAN) — Bill Berman spent Wednesday afternoon stringing his holiday lights at the intersection of fast and dangerous. “There are ...

CAMPO 2045 Regional Active Transportation Plan Survey last post: 11/30 @ 17:34        CAMPO is finally paying some attention to active transportation - so help them out with feedback on their survey. 2045 Regional Active...

Enforcement of 3 foot law by APD leads to citations last post: 11/28 @ 11:00        Some more media follow up for those...

TNSR - Turkey Day Edition 11-24-16 7:59PM last post: 11/23 @ 1:08        TNSR -- Turkey Day Edition Public · Hosted by Timaeus Martinez November 24, 2016 Tomorrow at 7:59 PM Tomorrow · 55–73° Sunny Festival...

The Golden Rollers Program last post: 11/21 @ 7:48        Golden Rollers The Golden Rollers Program is a collaboration between the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative and the Conley-Guerrero Senior...

Ten communities sign on to HikeAndBike network plan Rio Grande Valley last post: 11/18 @ 15:48        Ten communities sign on to hike-and-bike network plan By STEVE CLARK Staff Writer | Posted 2 days ago With completion of the Active...

End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile last post: 11/18 @ 12:59        End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better...

Mammoth Texas oil discovery biggest ever in USA last post: 11/18 @ 10:41        Mammoth Texas oil discovery biggest ever in USA By Steve Visser Updated 6:27 AM ET, Fri November 18, 2016 CNN Article...

 


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.)

Full Cold Moon Bike Ride Tue 12-13-16 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge (posted 12/7)

Thursday Night Social Ride - Krampusnacht Edition 12-08-16 7:30PM (posted 12/7)

Ride The Car-Free Walnut Creek Trail All The Way Sat 12-10-16 9:45AM (posted 12/4)

TNSR - Turkey Day Edition 11-24-16 7:59PM (posted 11/23)

Full Beaver Moon Bike Ride Nov 13, 2016 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge (posted 11/12)

Women and LGBTQ Ride to the Vote 11-08-16 3:30PM Once Over Coffee Bar (posted 11/8)

Bike EAST. Art Attack. NOV 13, 2016 11AM-6PM 979 Springdale Rd 78702 (posted 11/7)

Caffeine Cruise Nov 5, 2016 10:30AM Tamale House East (posted 11/4)

Thur Night Social Ride-Dia de los Muertos Ride Tonight 7:00PM 11-03-16 (posted 11/3)

RIDE THE CAR-FREE WALNUT CREEK TRAIL-Sat, October 29, 2016 8:45AM (posted 10/26)


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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