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

Lisa Torry Smith Act last post: 6/19 @ 12:27        The cynic in me didn't think it would fly, especially based on past experiences (Gov. Perry vetoing the 3-foot passing rule, and looking ...

Elon Musk's first tunnels in Las Vegas last post: 6/18 @ 16:07        (1) The tunnels were constructed by Elon Musk's "The Boring Company" (nice pun) (2) The tunnels shuttle convention-goers around in Tesla...

Public comments for I35 from SE Inner Loop/1431 project by 6/26 last post: 6/17 @ 10:40        The I-35 from SE Inner Loop to RM 1431 project virtual public hearing will be hosted from Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 26, 2021....

Fuji Auric 27.5 1.1 Mountain Bike for sale last post: 6/16 @ 21:44        I have a Fuji Auric for sale, Like New, contact me for info. 2,100.00,...

Delivery robots to use the bicycle lanes last post: 6/16 @ 10:18        Maybe monied business interests will get us better data on "protected" lanes and such. OTOH, since so much of "bike safety" is "get the...

Facilities updates in Cherrywood last post: 6/14 @ 21:38        Traffic calming, crosswalks, pedestrian crossing islands, etc. https://data.austintexas.gov/stories/s/vd82-y4mp And on Alexander Avenue...

Any data on the increase in cycling due to the pandemic? last post: 6/14 @ 14:20        The report here https://thebikeadviser.com/bike-commuting-united-states/ shows a significant increase in bicycle commuting over the...

Bicyclist killed on 360, 6/12/21 last post: 6/14 @ 9:50        A bicyclist was killed on 360 on 6/12/21. Almost no other details were...

Bicycling has attributes that keep it a life long pleasure last post: 6/11 @ 8:33        Thank you very much for the thoughtful post. You're lucky to have such a peaceful commute, but maybe part of your 9 miles is added...

What kinds of questions should P&Z and City Councils ask developers? last post: 6/5 @ 8:38        Those are all excellent questions. I don't have any to add. I applaud your...

"Cars are problematic" idea is now mainstream last post: 5/29 @ 16:46        we all try to do our bit on that...

City hiring bicycle ambassadors: "Walk Bike Roll" last post: 5/17 @ 16:22        LOL...

"Protected" bike lanes now live on Manor from Cherrywood to Airport last post: 5/14 @ 0:27        Agreed—definitely better than nothing. To those who object, I'm reminded of the phrase, "Perfect is the enemy of good", otherwise known ...

Coronavirus vs. traffic deaths last post: 5/10 @ 21:12        Lying requires that the speaker knows that what he's saying is wrong, otherwise it's just ignorance, not lying. In the case of Huffines,...

Ride of Silence - North Austin last post: 5/8 @ 10:31        When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 6:45; Ride starts at 7:00 PM Where: On all 7 continents, but locally, we will start from the parking ...

"Copenhagen Wheel" makes electric bike conversion easy last post: 4/17 @ 19:23        Heh. An hour or so ago that guy and his family rode by Shipe Park. He didn't even bother to pedal. (The whole family never slowed down for...

Bicycle Sport Shop selling to Trek last post: 3/14 @ 23:48        Dave W. sent me this: "BSS closed the Guad shop, former Ozone, long before the sale to Trek. That location has been closed, empty for ...

58 year-old cyclist killed @ 3400 W. Slaughter, 2/3/21 last post: 2/22 @ 12:46        https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin-police-identify-cyclist-killed-after-collision-on-slaughter-lane/...

Driver hit-and-runs cyclist in bike lane in Barton Hills, 2/5/21 last post: 2/10 @ 11:35        I did watch the video. The kid got up and ran toward home immediately--He could've been very badly hurt or killed, but was not badly hurt...

San Antonio to Austin in 3 or 4 days last post: 11/5 @ 17:35        Similarly, I worked out the route on my own for weekend recreation rides when I moved south in 2002, finding the old Bikecentennial map...

 


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.)

Ride of Silence - North Austin (posted 5/8)

38th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2020-09-06 2:00 AM (posted 8/31)

World Naked Bike Ride Austin Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:30PM Pease Park (posted 6/4)

Ride of Silence - North Austin 5.20.2020 (posted 5/16)

Bike Tour of Affordable Housing in East Austin (Saturday Nov 2 @ 10am) (posted 10/30)

2019-09-14 Sat night/Sun morning 2am 37th Annual Full Moon Cruze (posted 9/1)

Austin Chronicle encourages violence against bicyclists (6/27/08) (posted 6/28)

Ride of Silence Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (posted 5/6)

Memorial ride for Jessica Saathoff Wednesday 2019-04-10 (posted 4/6)

Memorial Ride for Anthony John Diaz 2019-02-13 (posted 2/12)


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: https://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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