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

Austin City Council election 2014 last post: 9/29 @ 10:02        [b]Matching donations for Chris Riley's campaign[/b] For the next week, my wife and I will match donations made to Chris Riley's...

Cargo bikes last post: 9/24 @ 22:47        Several of the bike shops stock them, and they can order what they don't carry. I've seen them at Bicycle Sports Shop and Ozone, for...

Thurs Oct 2 - Kick-Off Party for Bicycle Laundry Service last post: 9/24 @ 11:20        Wash Cycle Laundry delivers laundry & dry cleaning by bicycle and is launching services in Austin on October 6. We'd love to see the bike...

Video of cars running red lights and crashing last post: 9/24 @ 8:58        "If (motorists/cyclists) want (roads/bike lanes or use of roads) and respect they should obey traffic laws." Hmm....seems like I hear one...

Visitor Nov 2 to 9 ...routes and lodging last post: 9/23 @ 5:28        Thanks badgnome and Don. I understand the group ride mentality. We all have to make choices. I didn't say it to create any debate or...

bike crashes map last post: 9/19 @ 12:27        The bike/ped crashes layer on CAMPO's web viewer has been updated to show incidents between 2011 and 2013....

Austin Energy giving rebates for electric bicycles last post: 9/18 @ 6:36        I've been riding electric hybrids (Li batteries with hub motors) since 2009 and have been very pleased with the results. We have several...

It's official: Austin has some of the worst drivers in the country last post: 9/17 @ 7:03        Austin ranked a dismal 159 out of 200 cities for driver safety, based on the collision rate. Another reason why we're not a true...

City Council Candidates for District One Forum at the YBP Headquarters last post: 9/15 @ 19:38        The Austin Yellow Bike Project along with the Ghisallo Foundation and BikeAustin will be hosting a forum with District One candidates at...

9/14 - The Ghisallo Foundation Youth Bike Ride at HOPE Farmers' Market last post: 9/13 @ 23:08        Join The Ghisallo Foundation at HOPE Farmers' Market for the East Side County Fair. We will have a small bike rodeo setup, a quick bike...

What do Car2Go and Austin B-Cycle have in common? last post: 9/13 @ 18:47        What do Car2Go and Austin B-Cycle have in common? Only two-stars on Yelp. [url=http://www.yelp.com/biz/car2go-austin]Car2Go[/url] on...

Harrassment on Bannister Lane last post: 9/13 @ 7:41        [quote=RedFalcon]Western Trails reported this to the police. Good. But has happened since? A tennis racket was used as a weapon against...

CapMetro unveils new bike shelters last post: 9/12 @ 23:35        The last time I looked, they had repaired* the damage I reported where people had cut the fence in two different places to get in, but ...

Does Ben Wear own a bicycle? last post: 9/12 @ 17:51        If he lives in Mueller and wanted to buy a bike at Academy why would he not go to the one at IH-35 and US 183...

YBP September Newsletter last post: 9/10 @ 14:15        ...

9/7/14: The Ghisallo Foundation's Youth Bike Ride At Mueller Farmer last post: 9/3 @ 9:07        Also, this repeats EVERY 1st SUNDAY of the...

Bike lanes on 290 west of the Y? What will they connect to? last post: 9/2 @ 15:15        Eventually you will be able to connect to YBC Trail ("Y" to Barton Creek Trail): - Build out will probably be 5 - 7 years. Also - the...

reQwip: Local Austin site to buy/sell bikes and outdoor equipment last post: 8/29 @ 13:48        Trying to get the word out for a friend, a UT Austin alum with a startup: reQwip <--- You can buy or sell a bike or triathlon equipment....

Handheld device ban last post: 8/29 @ 12:10        This should be interesting to see how it all pans out ... One of the arguments against the ordinance (and the texting ordinance that...

32nd Annual Austin Moonlight Cruise *SAT NIGHT*, September 7th, 1:45am last post: 8/29 @ 11:52        It's just about September, the weather is cooling (a bit, anyways), the full moon is coming, and you know what that means ... it's time to...

 


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.)

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)

LCI Seminar in Austin (posted 8/14)

Hart Elementary - Volunteers Needed (posted 8/13)

Full Moon Cruise Saturday 8/9 11:59pm Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge (posted 8/8)

Ghisallo Foundation's Youth Bike Ride @ Mueller Farmers' Market - 8/10 (posted 8/5)


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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