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

Does Ben Wear own a bicycle? last post: 8/25 @ 13:03        He owns one now, he ...

Red light camera stats for Austin last post: 8/23 @ 23:09        I don't think the "large, dangerous vehicles" he was referring to were bicycles. And I suspect that there *are* more than 10k people in...

SOLD - For Sale: Used TerraTrike Rover 8 Speed Recumbent Trike - $750 last post: 8/19 @ 11:54        Selling my TerraTrike Rover 8 Speed Recumbent Trike. She's in very good condition - just gave her a big tune up and she's ready to ride....

LCI Seminar in Austin last post: 8/16 @ 17:13        one caution...read the terms and conditions very carefully before you send any money to the League....their refund policy is draconian and...

Howard Station to Dell Round Rock last post: 8/16 @ 12:43        BTW... there are usually around 16 bikes on the train headed south out of Howard station (well a bunch get on at Kramer) but it is nice to...

For Sale: LeMond Chambery Alloy Carbon Ultegra Road/Triathlon Bicycle last post: 8/16 @ 3:46        Im selling my 2005 LeMond Chambery 57cm road bike $1000 or best offer. Aluminum/carbon hybrid frame and Shimano Ultegra components,...

YBP Newsletter August 2014 last post: 8/15 @ 7:23        Enjoy...

Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin last post: 8/14 @ 22:19        The last time I looked the statistics showed that the by-mile fatality statistics for cyclists were about twice that of motorists...

Hart Elementary - Volunteers Needed last post: 8/13 @ 6:52        Good morning! The City's Safe Routes to School Program is kicking off an amazing and exciting new pilot program for Hart Elementary. ...

Hit and run against cyclist (8/1/14, Airport at 12th) last post: 8/11 @ 20:00        That the very thought I had after reading the previous posts. We don't want a possibly injured person left unattended. What happened is...

700c rim strength? last post: 8/11 @ 9:20        You have little to worry about with 700c wheels as far as strength goes if you have a decent wheel. It's not the size that matters so ...

"Protected Bike Lane" performs as expected last post: 8/9 @ 12:07        Video from Canada shows segregation leading to expected motorist behavior. Well, expected if you have followed the good...

Full Moon Cruise Saturday 8/9 11:59pm Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge last post: 8/8 @ 22:15        The sturgeon, a large fish common to the Great Lakes and other nearby bodies of water, is most easily caught during this month. The...

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Homicidal/idiot driver vs. cyclist (silver Honda #843 YTZ, 7/29/14) last post: 8/7 @ 14:48        [quote=Jack]It's human nature . . . .[/quote] Of course, I don't mean to say that the behavior of the two careless (carefree?) cyclists...

Southern Walnut Creek Trail last post: 8/7 @ 11:08        Dear neighbors, Over the next three weeks, the City’s contractor will be mowing and working on and along trail segments north of the YMCA...

How to ride a bicycle in a skirt last post: 8/7 @ 9:40        Simple trick: Use a...

Three recent hit-and-runs (not against cyclists) (July 2014) last post: 8/7 @ 9:34        " A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured earlier this month after being hit by a car passing by a crash on Interstate 35. The car then...

North Carolina U. Study Survey last post: 8/7 @ 8:45        Short survey for a study on traffic ...

Ghisallo Foundation's Youth Bike Ride @ Mueller Farmers' Market - 8/10 last post: 8/5 @ 20:43        Join the Ghisallo Foundation in partnership with Cycle Academy, Youth Bike, East Side Pedal Pushers and Mueller Farmers’ Market for...

 


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.)

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)

Bike Austin's Hottest Day of the Year Ride Aug 9 (posted 7/26)

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)


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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