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

Bike Friendly Route Twin Lakes YMCA using RR Blvd and Back last post: 2/8 @ 7:29        There are a couple of options that could work depending on the pace/skill level of the participants: If it's just a social ride of less...

FOR SALE: Trico Iron Case - Bike Travel Case - $250 OBO last post: 2/3 @ 17:52        Trico Iron Case - Bike Travel Case This case faithfully got a carbon fiber bike to Italy and back. call or text Elizabeth at...

Mayor & City Council Kick- Off “Year of Mobility” last post: 1/29 @ 8:39        The mayor announced some new initiatives for 2016 (109 total projects) including several cycling/pedestrian related ones. Some examples...

Metric Blvd & Gracy Farms Ln last post: 1/27 @ 10:07        The bike lane as a right turn lane is a common conundrum for drivers and cyclists. We'd like to go forward unimpeded by people waiting ...

Car kills cyclist Tom Wilkinson, 53, in Lost Creek, 4/1/15 last post: 1/22 @ 19:30        "Roads are for everyone trying to get from one place to another, whether for fun, exercise, work, shopping, whatever, should make no...

Bike-friendly route from Austin to College Station? last post: 1/22 @ 7:00        Anyone have experience on this route ? I will be riding to College Station in Feb, camping in Bryan. I am thinking, Southern Walnut Creek...

Gap in road - UT Pickle last post: 1/21 @ 17:32        Update - it's been fixed. Be careful if you take that western road N-S through Pickle. They did some road construction there and left a ...

MoPac Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Project Update last post: 1/19 @ 11:39        Beams are going up! from /u/heyzeus212 on...

Howard Station to Dell Round Rock last post: 1/14 @ 10:55        Does anyone know if Bratton Lane was ever widened? The company I work for is moving to a new location in La Frontera this summer. I am...

New California Segregated Bicycle Lanes Document last post: 1/12 @ 8:30        FYI, Late 2015 guidance document for segregated...

"Copenhagen Wheel" makes electric bike conversion easy last post: 1/8 @ 9:34        I can't believe this is still in the "pre-order" stage. I've been watching this since it was announce in 2009 and honestly I lost ...

Cyclist Stephen Arthur Guiney, 55, killed on 12/22/15 on Brodie Ln. last post: 1/4 @ 12:27        You can also request the crash report from the state, costs $6. Anyone used to be able to order a report from that site in...

Jerry Milner DDS slams on brakes in front of cyclist, flees scene 7/15 last post: 1/2 @ 0:11        You [url=https://www.yelp.com/advertiser_faq]can't pay to remove negative reviews on Yelp[/url]. Yelp might have removed bad "reviews"...

TNCs (Uber, Lyft) trying to avoid regulation last post: 1/1 @ 20:51        If fingerprinting is required of drivers, shouldn't it also be required of riders to protect the...

APD officer cited for DWI/speeding; will he be fired? last post: 1/1 @ 19:33        Yep, fired: Good thing he didn't hit a bicyclist while he was drunk driving -- that might have got him off the...

RFID Traffic Signal Changer Pilot Program last post: 12/17 @ 13:35        Ooh, ooh, I want...

Miles per gallon from bicycling last post: 12/14 @ 11:36        Yes, I used the average U.S. mix of fuels for making electricity in my calculations. Here's [url=http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/]a...

Discounts for bicyclists last post: 12/13 @ 18:00        Let's use this thread to post about known local discounts for cyclists. I'll start with two I know of. [b]$100+ year for Transportation...

Austin bike thief charged with stealing 97 high-end bikes, 12/15 last post: 12/12 @ 22:48        I wonder what the sentence will...

Hauling a piano by bicycle last post: 12/6 @ 13:22        [img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CT0KnwHUYAAfuAG.jpg[/img] I think this works only in a completely hill-free environment, not just for...

 


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.)

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)

Mamma Jamma Ride Kick-Off Party (posted 4/22)

9/26/15: TX Mamma Jamma Ride Against Breast Cancer (posted 3/18)


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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