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

Need help with finding and making a ghost bike last post: 5/13 @ 21:43        Thank you gentlemen. It is devastating. Nate and I had spent nearly every waking hour together the week and a half before this ...

Drunk driving judge arrested for drunk driving last post: 5/13 @ 2:14        Today in "You can't make this sh!t up", Judge John Lipscombe was arrested for drunk...

Ride of Silence - North Austin last post: 5/7 @ 9:59        Ride of Silence - Takes place all around the world at 7pm on Wednesday 18th of May. Join us in North Austin on a free family-friendly 8...

W 5th Street: Bye bye buffered bike lane, hello bus lane :-/ last post: 5/2 @ 16:40        [quote=sevenspurs]nice humble brag, i don't recall asking you for your SAT scores. [/quote] It was because until today, nobody has ever...

Cell Phone Ban in a School Zones not enforaceble without signage last post: 4/15 @ 13:18        I learned something interesting at the Cedar Park city council meeting last night. Apparent the state ban on cell phone use in a school...

Cyclist dead in SE Austin hit and run last post: 4/6 @ 21:50        Article AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 73-year-old man died last Thursday after being hit by a car while biking in southeast Austin. Police are now...

Casino offered pedicab service a quarter-century ago last post: 4/3 @ 20:42        Just came across this article from 1999, about a Las Vegas casino that offered pedicab service to shuttle guests to their cars in the huge...

Hit and run -- possibly intentional -- caught on video last post: 4/1 @ 15:16        Yeah, I probably understated how important the video is here. I mean, sure, it doesn't capture a plate or the driver's face -- two things...

21yo drunk driver kills pedestrian on sidewalk in Cedar Park (3/25/22) last post: 3/29 @ 11:59        Thanks Doug, I dug into it a little more and our 39% with no location data (2012-2021) is on the high side. State wide only 27% of ped...

Pawn shops pretending that stolen bikes aren't? last post: 3/25 @ 23:22        You can register your bike with APD here: https://secure.coplogic.com/dors/en/filing/selectreporttype?dynparam=1648268099387 Also, it's a...

Advice for taking a bike on CapMetro? last post: 3/24 @ 11:44        I ended up riding the whole way since the weather was nice, but I'm still open to hear tips/tricks for taking a bike on the bus for next...

Two pedestrians killed by hit-and-run drivers in early 2022 last post: 3/19 @ 11:31        Zelibanos Mekuria Sean, 30, at 1000 E. Anderson Lane, on 2/20/22. Welmer Moises Aquino Lopez (26) arrested. (KVUE) Ricardo Alvarado, 68,...

Woman charged with hit-and-run death of cyclist in Kyle (3/14/22) last post: 3/14 @ 20:38        Seems like the rural police are more on the ball than the big city police. Charged with Accident Involving Injury or Death, the max she...

City cracks down on parking in bike lanes (Jan. 2020) last post: 3/5 @ 17:44        Catching up on my reading, I came across a couple articles from Jan. 2020 about the city cracking down on cars parking in bike lanes. I'm...

Death Count 2021 last post: 3/3 @ 17:59        Thanks for sharing that, trentsky. I remember Amy Babich said something similar about the ethics of choosing big SUVs to be the victor in...

Go car-free and save $1.5 million last post: 2/19 @ 2:44        Nice to know that I beat Salon to the punch by over a...

To turn, you have to steer in the opposite direction last post: 2/18 @ 12:23        I, for one, think that Sheldon Brown was almost always right on the bicycling subjects he addressed. I understand that some adult-sized...

Drunk driving culture last post: 2/15 @ 17:29        Drunk driving isn't something that's done by just a small percentage of people, it's deeply ingrained as part of the culture. Percentage...

"Pedestrian Deaths Spike in U.S. as Reckless Driving Surges" last post: 2/14 @ 7:29        "Authorities cite drivers’ anxiety levels, larger vehicles and fraying social...

Councilmember Harper-Madison's stinging rebuke of car culture last post: 2/10 @ 7:48        I'm catching up on reading old issues of the Chronicle. In the 5/14/21, Councilmember Harper-Madison's op-ed contains this gem: "When ...

 


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 5/7)

Upcoming Charity Spin Class 1/29 @ 11:45 (posted 1/25)

Tour das Hugel, Saturday 2021-11-13 wheels down at 7:15am (posted 11/10)

World Naked Bike Ride Austin Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 7:00PM Pease Park (posted 8/28)

39th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2021-09-19 1:30 AM (posted 8/29)

Bike-In Guerrilla Theater! ATX BFF 2K21, then Full Moon Cruise 07/23 (posted 7/19)

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)


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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