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

9/26/15: TX Mamma Jamma Ride Against Breast Cancer last post: 3/18 @ 11:51        Ride the Mamma Jamma Join us for the biggest, best Mamma Jamma Ride yet! We’ll start from the charming community of Martindale, located ...

Look track bike for sale last post: 3/17 @ 10:34        I'm selling my track bike, it is in amazing shape. I got it at the end of last summer and have put about 200 miles on it. All the parts ...

183 North Mobility Project Open House last post: 3/16 @ 19:46        Thanks to anyone who participated in the public feedback sessions. The message was heard loud and clear that continually expanding the...

Edinburgh (not Texas) speed limit study last post: 3/11 @ 16:48        And another article on relative speeds--why are normal cycling speeds thwarted/considered ...

Reflections on my biking after a near head-on collision last post: 3/10 @ 20:46        Another good video of using the bike lane to pass and a bad ...

Ora Houston on bicycle riding last post: 3/2 @ 6:44        Riding on the sidewalk is as safe or unsafe as you choose to make it. It is NOT inherently unsafe, but to ride safely on most sidewalks,...

Cyclist fights for right to ride in full lane, and wins last post: 3/2 @ 6:40        From Florida, [quote]FORT MYERS, Fla. — For a decade, Guy Hackett has been commuting by bike from his Cape Coral home. In that time,...

San Diego Study on Relative Fault in Collisions last post: 2/18 @ 10:17        Interesting article from Austinite Andrew Tilin in OUTSIDE magazine which is a very nice piece. Only relation to this thread is that...

Hit-and-run drunk driver (w/0.27) BAC kills two in Prius, 12/27/13 last post: 2/13 @ 18:13        [url=http://bicycleaustin.info/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3547#p3547]Robert "Chopps" Ramirez[/url]'s killer's next court date is scheduled as...

Austin city council voted to support funding Lone Star Rail last post: 2/13 @ 14:32        I had mixed feelings about the recent urban rail proposal because of the route. As for commuter or intercity rail, one benefit over urban...

Driver who stopped for ducks in road gets jail, no license for 10years last post: 2/13 @ 7:38        A Canadian woman stopped her car for some ducks in the roadway, then a man speeding on a motorcycle with his teenage daughter on the back...

Washington Post columnist urges violence against cyclists last post: 2/13 @ 7:06        Last July, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy...

Fort Collins ambulances equipped with bike racks last post: 2/5 @ 6:17        [quote]Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks...

Stripe on Walnut Creek Trail last post: 2/3 @ 13:28        Saturday, my ride co-leader kept warning the group that the yellow stripe in the middle of the pavement was really slippery. Today a good...

Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban last post: 1/30 @ 9:43        A poll of Community Impact readers shows that 19% don't intend to comply with Austin's new handheld cell phone ban, unless it's...

What do Car2Go and Austin B-Cycle have in common? last post: 1/30 @ 8:50        Chase Hoffberger's [url=http://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2015-01-30/my-life-on-apps/]article in the Chronicle this week[/url] ...

Lauren Gamberger charged with DWI for injuring cyclist @ Koenig/Lamar last post: 1/26 @ 19:37        [quote=KXAN]A woman is facing felony charges after police say she hit a cyclist while driving drunk. The crash happened about 5:30 a.m....

Redd Street (Manchaca Road-Mt Vernon Drive) Bicycle Lanes Notification last post: 1/21 @ 7:13        At last night's BAC meeting, city staff presented a proposal to extend the bicycle lanes to Mt. Vernon and St. Elmo, tying into the...

2014 Protected Bike Lane Study including Austin facilities. last post: 1/14 @ 13:19        [quote=bizikletari][quote=Jack]Mostly, it seems to be analysis of "perceived safety" (...), and thin on actual safety[/quote] "Perceived...

B.C. Court on motorist assaulting cyclists last post: 1/14 @ 13:09        "BC Court Acknowledges Power Imbalance Between Car and Bike in Road Rage Incident" by Patrick...

 


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.)

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

Cycle for Good 2014 (posted 12/15)

November 29, 8:00 AM, Tour de Turkey Ride, Round Top (posted 11/1)

The Ghisallo Foundation Youth Bike Ride @ HOPE Farmers' Market - 10/12 (posted 10/7)

Thurs Oct 2 - Kick-Off Party for Bicycle Laundry Service (posted 9/24)

Visitor Nov 2 to 9 ...routes and lodging (posted 9/20)

City Council Candidates for District One Forum at the YBP Headquarters (posted 9/15)

9/14 - The Ghisallo Foundation Youth Bike Ride at HOPE Farmers' Market (posted 9/13)

9/7/14: The Ghisallo Foundation's Youth Bike Ride At Mueller Farmer (posted 9/1)

32nd Annual Austin Moonlight Cruise *SAT NIGHT*, September 7th, 1:45am (posted 8/29)


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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