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

Best route to get from Rundeberg/Lamar to St. David's 32nd last post: 1/13 @ 14:58        Not sure, it's been a while since I went that way. At 6am you might just stay on Guadalupe. I was thinking later when getting on less...

VisionZeroATX last post: 1/9 @ 20:31        Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision...

You Need To Wear A Helmet, Sir last post: 1/9 @ 20:27        Yehuda Moon...

Commuter Bicycle Pics last post: 1/6 @ 20:55        1997 Trek 830 This bike was my old backup mountain bike. Rebuilt with better components around 2001. Converted to commuter and child...

Full Wolf Moon Bike Ride Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge last post: 1/5 @ 13:04        Yehuda Moon...

Thursday Night Social Ride-Holiday Lights Ride III Dec 29, 2016 7:30PM last post: 12/30 @ 12:57        Ricardo El Rey Treviño Thanks to everyone that helped. TNSR was a blast. And thanks to Timaeus for putting together such an awesome route....

Yellow Bike Project donates bicycles to refugees last post: 12/27 @ 17:28        I grew up in different countries in Europe and could get virtually anywhere using public transport. When I lived in England I was in...

Cyclist sues after APD vehicle right-hooks him & city denies fault last post: 12/24 @ 1:03        A couple of years ago I was nearly hit by an APD motorcycle cop. I was going straight through an intersection and had the right of way. ...

The craziest bicycles you've ever seen last post: 12/22 @ 14:57        Yeah, the tall bike kind of hurt to watch. But the guy at 1:00 minute was taking safety pretty seriously. It's important to protect the...

Reportedly, Uber Self-Driving Cars Unsafe Near Bike Lanes last post: 12/20 @ 14:19        Quick article ...

Lamar Blvd. & Burnet Rd. to get bike lanes?! last post: 12/18 @ 9:00        There were two public meetings a few weeks ago about this, one for North Lamar, and the other for Burnett. Ironically, I missed the Lamar...

Gondolas in Austin ? last post: 12/15 @ 6:10        This has really been on my mind recently. We know Jared Ficklin and his twin brother, Joey, very well. They are also very involved with...

UPS Begins Delivering Packages via E-Trike in Portland last post: 12/15 @ 5:36        UPS Begins Delivering Packages via E-Trike in Portland Deliveries by e-trike: Now happening in Portland. Photo: Bike Portland By Angie...

Full Cold Moon Bike Ride Tue 12-13-16 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge last post: 12/14 @ 20:03        The new Mopac Pedestrian Bridge over the greenbelt parallel to Mopac is looking very nice. I don't think they'll be done this month like...

Should I accept the award from Bike Texas? last post: 12/14 @ 17:51        History of Critical Mass in Austin, Texas from Simon Evans Very deserved for many reasons, MBJ. Advocacy. Alternate perspective,...

Preston Tyree triking around Mueller last post: 12/14 @ 14:35        Trike'N Trike Neighborhoods This venture comes out of the idea of ONEderment Neighborhood Empowerment to bring all people in the...

Part of 4th St. to be permanently closed to cars? last post: 12/14 @ 14:21        I was at a meeting where the engineering/design firm and city staff presented this plan for 4th St. Facing fierce opposition from the...

Travis County is soliciting input for its longterm Transportation Plan last post: 12/14 @ 4:20        I filled it out, also. I liked that they gave options for biking and walking when asking what things are most important to me. Thanks ...

The Hell Yes Holiday Parade Tue, Dec 13, 2016 5:30-10:00PM The ABGB last post: 12/12 @ 0:31        THE HELL YES HOLIDAY PARADE On Tuesday December 13, say “Hell Yes!” to a bike ride/parade from The ABGB to the Trail of Lights in Zilker...

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...

 


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 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)

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


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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