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

Walk and Bike Talks last post: 3/24 @ 13:24        I attended the Walk and Bike meeting held at Spicewood Springs library a couple of nights ago. I think there are a couple more still...

Ride Austin leaves a lot to be desired last post: 3/23 @ 23:30        My friend used the Arcade City ride share facebook group during SXSW. She was very pleased with it and it never...

Hit & run truck drags cyclist Elizabeth English for 1/2mi, 3/29/16 last post: 3/16 @ 14:19        That's unusual. Charges more frequently get downgraded. After nearly 30 years without a car with a bicycle as my sole means of ...

Hit & Run vs pedicab on S Congress 3/15, serious injuries last post: 3/16 @ 12:15        [quote]One person was taken to the hospital after a vehicle hit a pedicab in south Austin Wednesday night. The crash happened on South...

DWI crash @ 4800 East MLK kills cyclist Charlie Bunton Jr, 53, 3/14/17 last post: 3/16 @ 9:12        Thanks for beating me to this one owlman; I've been meaning to post but have been busy. This crash kind of blows the argument by ...

Dangerously obstructed visibility crossing I-35 at 4th St. last post: 3/10 @ 22:42        There's a no parking sign there now- hopefully it's permanent and not only for...

Google self-driving bicycle last post: 3/10 @ 17:15        Similarly, [youtube]ZwzKn6XRH70[/youtube]Their app is better than...

Bicycle Boulevard Improvement last post: 3/8 @ 9:11        So the Bicycle Boulevard has had its issues, (built on wrong street, impenetrable double white line turning out to be penetrable, ...

Scope of Big Jump Project last post: 2/25 @ 20:06        Whatever we can get is good, but visit Portland, Oregon and you will see how dramatically behind Austin...

Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban last post: 2/25 @ 14:38        I will still argue that having rules in place about how to behave in public makes a difference. Especially since a small, but not...

New bike lane on Comal last post: 2/17 @ 23:19        Sweet!...

Stealthy Helmet Camera last post: 2/13 @ 12:57        I don't know the answer to the question about a time/date stamp being necessary. What I can say is that I was once on a jury and we had ...

Austin Considers Lowering Neighborhood Speed Limits last post: 2/12 @ 9:28        Now Texas might do the same: "Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) has filed House Bill 1368, which would lower the default speed limit on...

Looking for a job? Bicyclists need not apply. last post: 2/8 @ 17:32        INJUSTICE OF SUBSIDIZED JOBS ONLY REACHABLE BY CAR -> Streetsblog reports the more far-flung the jobs in a region, the fewer are...

Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin last post: 2/6 @ 17:24        I don't have much reason to use these here in Austin, but I did use them in Alexandria VA last year while I was on a business trip. They...

FOR SALE: 2016 Specialized VENGE PRO VIAS last post: 1/31 @ 15:46        This bike is practically brand new. Ridden about 10 times. Basically brand new. $6000 Obo Serious inquiries only. Located in NW Austin...

CapMetro plans to improve service last post: 1/29 @ 14:19        CapMetro's board is balking at the proposed changes. The citizens group AURA is running a petition asking the board to approve the...

Peds/cyclists get a head start at intersections (all cars stopped) last post: 1/29 @ 13:59        The city has changed traffic signals at eight streets crossing S. Congress, so that all cars have a red light for seven seconds while peds...

5yo child ped hit-and-run'd near Oak Springs Elementary, 1/23/17 last post: 1/28 @ 11:04        There was yet another hit and...

Tommy Ketterhagen Memorial Ride Jan 29 10am @ East View HS Georgetown last post: 1/27 @ 14:11        https://www.facebook.com/events/1223142717723198/ Memorial Ride Date: Sunday January 29th Time: 10am Location: East View High School...

 


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.)

Tommy Ketterhagen Memorial Ride Jan 29 10am @ East View HS Georgetown (posted 1/27)

Full Wolf Moon Bike Ride Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge (posted 1/5)

Thursday Night Social Ride-Holiday Lights Ride III Dec 29, 2016 7:30PM (posted 12/28)

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

The Hell Yes Holiday Parade Tue, Dec 13, 2016 5:30-10:00PM The ABGB (posted 12/12)

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)


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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