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

Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban last post: 5/25 @ 20:39        [quote=Jack]The House tonight concurred with the Senate's amendments to HB No. 62, so it will go to the governor now.[/quote] Which might...

The Mopac Pedestrian bridge over the greenbelt is almost done ... last post: 5/25 @ 11:02        [quote=flatau]I have walked (looking to see if it was a possibility) from Mesa Village Dr. to Gaines Ct. Not great, but probably doable ...

GoFundMe campaign provides bikes for kids makes me uneasy last post: 5/23 @ 8:30        Good list of real-world methods and strategies on "how to ride safely". But what is the purpose of "standing on their pedals and bouncing...

Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Survey last post: 5/22 @ 8:29        Saw this on the Statesman: [quote]Take survey on transportation plan The Austin Transportation Department has opened a survey to help...

Is it charity to pay someone's traffic fines? last post: 5/16 @ 14:39        "Legally blind" is kind of ambiguous. Getting or renewing a driver's license requires vision that's at least 20/40 when corrected, but...

Bike to Work day May 19th, 2017 last post: 5/16 @ 13:52        This is happening everywhere, but if you're in Austin there's some stuff about sponsors, parties and the like at...

Ride of Silence: May 17th, 2017, 6:30pm, Pfluger Ped Bridge last post: 5/16 @ 13:49        On May 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in ...

Double-wall bike box for free last post: 5/16 @ 12:08        Hi all, We have a double-wall bike box down here at the BikeTexas office that we need to get rid of. It is free for the taking. We also...

"Two cyclists injured on Parmer Lane" last post: 5/16 @ 9:28        Does anyone know of an example of a place where a shoulder along a road like Parmer is somehow blocked before it meets a cross street? In...

Elliott McFadden challenges U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith's seat last post: 5/9 @ 21:58        Elliott McFadden (D) is challenging U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R) for his congressional seat. Most of you know McFadden as the founder of...

Creating an East MLK Hike & Bike Trail last post: 5/9 @ 21:30        A fistful of local organizations (including NA's) is pushing for an "East MLK Hike & Bike Trail". Bike Austin is supposedly one of the...

Time to try again for car-free bike lanes on Shoal Creek Blvd.? last post: 5/9 @ 21:28        Well, I don't know what I was thinking, I'm probably not gonna have time in this lifetime to resurrect this issue. On the other hand, it...

Ride of Silence - Far North Austin last post: 5/9 @ 20:54        Thank you very much for organizing this,...

Wheel builder last post: 5/9 @ 18:27        I recall tstarry used to build wheels. Is he still in the...

Trek Domane SLR 9 - eTap last post: 5/8 @ 20:47        [quote=Pineappleroof69]What is it about my ad that offends you?[/quote]If you haven't understood the first few times, I don't know what ...

Can a bicyclist catch Hyde Park sexual predator(s)? last post: 5/5 @ 1:11        One or more persons has been running up to women, grabbing them by the butt, and then running away. There's a huge thread about this on...

Jollyville sidewalk gaps being filled, & Austin sidewalk projects map last post: 5/3 @ 1:16        Thanks, this is awesome! I wish it showed more than just 180 days out, but I'll take what I can get. I shared this on...

14-month-old girl killed by van at mobile home park (3/25/17) last post: 4/29 @ 14:20        The girl was Alyssa Nicol Juarez-Ruiz. [quote=KXAN]The speed limit is 15 miles per hour inside the mobile home park and there are speed...

Pedicabber Louis Palos honored by Austin Police for thwarting assault last post: 4/28 @ 2:11        https://patch.com/texas/downtownaustin/pedicab-hero-be-honored-austin-police-distinguished-service-citation...

DWI driver crashes into West Austin condo (4/16/17) last post: 4/20 @ 14:17        A video says a million...

 


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.)

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)

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)


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.




Put this calendar on your website! Copy and paste the following code:

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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