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

Insurance (bicycle and low-mileage car) last post: 7/23 @ 14:15        I'm sure your car insurance premium covers liability too, right? That's actually the biggest part of the premium; damage/theft is much...

LBL to Walnut Creek South? last post: 7/21 @ 18:02        Hey Scott, So if you're on the Boardwalk and riding eastbound, or if you're on the north side of the lake that's fine too. You can cross...

bike/ped collision last post: 7/20 @ 0:09        It's not clear that the cyclist deserves any punishment beyond a ticket for riding with no brakes (and even that can't be 100% confirmed...

Bike/car collision at HEB (Hancock) exit on I-35 frontage road last post: 7/19 @ 16:04        I didn't talk to the witness, so I don't know. But I think the gloating cop did. Yes, I'm always going through that intersection by...

Violet Crown Trail last post: 7/18 @ 15:14        The City of Austin Urban Trails Program, who is currently analyzing the feasibility of a portion of the Violet Crown Trail though Sunset...

Why women don't cycle last post: 7/18 @ 6:39        When I saw this tread I almost thought it was going to be related to "bicycle...

Driver/pssgr. deaths dropped since 2008; cyclists/peds not so lucky last post: 7/15 @ 22:24        I made a chart showing the annual deaths by mode of travel in the U.S.: No clue as to why driver/passenger deaths dropped sharply...

Need volunteers to post Bike Austin and Bike Texas news last post: 7/15 @ 21:48        Bike Austin and Bike Texas regularly send out news by email. And among our hundreds of members, surely we have some who are also members...

July YBP Newsletter last post: 7/10 @ 6:50        ...

Half of car collisions in L.A. are hit-and-runs last post: 7/9 @ 16:03        Exactly. A cyclist crossing the line from the bike lane to enter the car lane is never going to kill a motorist, but when drivers drift...

Local bicycle blogs last post: 7/7 @ 19:56        [quote=tstarry]yeah, it is a shame that Old Guy gave up the blogging thing...anybody seen him around?[/quote] I saw him in the distance...

Seeking orgs to donate to Yellow Bike's new Kids Program - thoughts? last post: 7/7 @ 6:38        Howdy, all - If you haven't heard, Yellow Bike is starting a kids program this fall. Its freshman showing will consist of two 7-week...

Freewheeling Bicycles, RIP May 2013 last post: 7/6 @ 23:55        My favorite Austin hamburger joint is closing. Player's on MLK at the end of the drag is shutting down at the end of November to make way...

Cycling Courtney Cavanaugh hurt by hit-and-run driver 6-11-14 last post: 7/6 @ 19:45        Courtney Cavanagh was riding her bicycle on Pleasant Valley when she was clipped by a driver, who typically didn't stop. Cavanagh ...

KVUE: Austin's Drinking Problem last post: 7/4 @ 15:07        It all comes to money. The death of innocent people is just collateral damage. Keep pumping the booze, do a weak effort to enforce the...

Drunk L.A. motorist drives for miles with pedestrian on windshield last post: 7/2 @ 19:20        "A [drunk] substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and ...

Roller-coaster trains use half the energy of traditional trains last post: 7/2 @ 13:14        Today I had the idea to use roller-coaster type cars and tracks for transport. They wouldn't be useful when it's raining, but that's a...

Ladies Rock Le Driveway last post: 6/25 @ 15:41        If there are any ladies out there that are curious about trying out criterium racing, there is a wonderful opportunity to do so NEXT week,...

Lamar Sidewalk Closure last post: 6/25 @ 15:38        Beginning on July 7, 2014, North Lamar Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 24th and 28th Streets as part of ...

TX Mamma Jamma Ride- September 27, 2014, 100 mile 7:30 AM, Others 8:30 last post: 6/25 @ 9:57        The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is an annual bike ride that raises funds to make sure everyone in Central Texas can get the care and support...

 


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.)

Violet Crown Trail (posted 7/18)

Ladies Rock Le Driveway (posted 6/25)

TX Mamma Jamma Ride- September 27, 2014, 100 mile 7:30 AM, Others 8:30 (posted 6/25)

YBP announces a party! (posted 6/18)

Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Trail Grand Opening 06/07 10am (posted 6/5)

Getting to Circuit of the Americas* (posted 11/5)

Ride of Silence Wednesday 5/21 (today), Pfluger Ped Bridge, 6:30pm (posted 5/21)

Karbach Brewing pub ride, Rescheduled (posted 4/9)

Bike to Work Day on Friday May 16 (posted 5/9)

BIKE SALE @ YBP:: May 17th for our 17 years riding smooth. (posted 5/6)


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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