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

Help update the official Austin Bike Route Map last post: 8/20 @ 10:28        I have seen this in a couple of places now. It looks like the Austin Bike map is getting an update and they want input: The input map ...

Track the 2016 mobility bond projects online last post: 8/17 @ 4:25        A new tool lets citizens check on the progress of each item in the 2016 mobility...

AISD's recommends kids not cross streets while school bus is stopped last post: 8/15 @ 22:43        This might have something to do with it: "In the last month...AISD Police say between 320 and 330 drivers were caught passing buses while...

Anti-car post on Nextdoor.com last post: 8/13 @ 7:45        Ouch. That reminds me of the old joke, "The only bad thing about Austin is that it's surrounded by Texas." And in fact, as your...

City to install bicycle traffic signals at 12 intersections last post: 8/13 @ 6:33        The intersections, all in the central city, are: * Rio Grande & MLK (this one's already installed) * Wilshire/Aldrich & Airport * 4th &...

Driver gets probation for killing ped Philip Wood on 3/2/14 @ Mopac last post: 8/11 @ 23:57        [quote=MichaelBluejay]Why do you think the sentence was so meagre? [/quote] I think the sentences for these things are light because the...

Austin pedestrian crashes affect more minority, low-income communities last post: 8/10 @ 2:01        A city report covering 2010-15 found 1900 pedestrians involved in crashes, and that certain demographic groups are affected...

Branding environmentalism as macho last post: 7/17 @ 11:20        I like...

The Mopac Pedestrian bridge over the greenbelt is almost done ... last post: 7/14 @ 18:16        [quote=dougmc]No, I don't think it was. The concrete dividers were there in 2015 and the fences were not. (Yes, I've been stalking this...

Robin Camp intersection plan to illuminate bike lanes last post: 7/13 @ 11:48        Well-spoken on all...

FOR SALE: 2014 CoMotion Periscope Torpedo Tandem 700c *Like New* last post: 7/9 @ 11:29        A Ferrari Red tandem in mint condition...barely used. Size: Medium. Stoker position adjusts to accommodate riders ranging from 3'3" to...

Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin last post: 7/7 @ 12:23        B-cycle is putting in 3 new stations now and plans to add another 15 over the next year and a half. ...

Civilization comes to Round Rock last post: 7/5 @ 12:39        The Round Rock buses will be able to carry three bikes in their front racks. Just in case anyone needs to take a bus to Round...

Car-Free Day on Congress Ave. in 2018? last post: 7/2 @ 12:28        Kathie Tovo was the lead sponsor of the Ciclovia resolution. Some here might recall that Bicycle Austin (this website, not Bike Austin)...

Lyft driver pulls a gun on Austin pedicabber (6/24/17) last post: 6/28 @ 19:03        Six years ago I was walking my family over to a makeshift memorial to a pedestrian who'd been killed by a reckless driver. The light ...

Gears for the Years- September 24th, 2017 last post: 6/27 @ 13:13        Join Family Eldercare and the Central Texas cycling community for a day of cycling and celebrating life at all ages! Designed for the ...

Jollyville sidewalk gaps being filled, & Austin sidewalk projects map last post: 6/26 @ 11:29        If any one is interested there is a sidewalk project completion celebration this week: Community news: Sidewalk project’s completion...

"Austin hit-and-run victim wonders why no charges filed..." last post: 6/17 @ 20:10        "Austin hit-and-run victim wonders why no charges filed months after crash" That's the headline of this KXAN article about a case in ...

Driver shoots E. Austin bicyclist with shotgun (6/7/17) last post: 6/16 @ 19:43        KXAN is reporting that after the shooting, witnesses failed to call...

Teen cyclist hit, killed by driver on Spicewood Springs Rd. 6/6/16 last post: 6/16 @ 17:21        The parents of the victim are suing the City (for dangerous signaling) and the...

 


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.)

Car-Free Day on Congress Ave. in 2018? (posted 6/26)

Gears for the Years- September 24th, 2017 (posted 6/27)

World Naked Bike Ride Austin June 10, 2017 (posted 6/3)

Bike to Work day May 19th, 2017 (posted 5/16)

Ride of Silence: May 17th, 2017, 6:30pm, Pfluger Ped Bridge (posted 5/16)

Ride of Silence - Far North Austin (posted 5/9)

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)


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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