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

How long does it really take to get stuff done? last post: 4/20 @ 10:01        A few months ago, while killing time on the internet, I came across a You Tube channel called "The History Guy: History Deserves to Be...

Hit-and-run driver kills 19yo cyclist Tommy Ketterhagen, 1/23/17 last post: 4/19 @ 14:04        Tommy Ketterhagen's killer violates conditions of his...

Recall on some rental bikes--brakes issue last post: 4/18 @ 18:15        More on that from Streetsblog: NEW YORK, NY: ENTIRE CITI BIKE E-BIKE FLEET GROUNDED -> Streetsblog NYC reported Citi Bike announced...

Austin Hit & Run suspect arrested in Louisiana by US Marshals last post: 4/18 @ 8:01        I saw that. Because the victim was in a car (not a bicyclist or pedestrian), the penalty will probably be...

Govt. says wearing white to increase visibility is a MYTH! last post: 4/14 @ 10:57        Yeah, some of them aren't myths because they're actually true, and others aren't myths because nobody believes them anyway. But yes, they...

"The Trees Have Hooks" last post: 4/13 @ 5:39        Richard Guzman of Rosewood posted the following on Nextdoor circa 4/8: [quote=Richard Guzman]I was biking to H.E.B. Mueller and caught a...

Memorial ride for Jessica Saathoff Wednesday 2019-04-10 last post: 4/13 @ 5:37        Thanks for posting this, I'm very sorry I was unable to make...

SUV hits, kills cyclist in East Austin, EMS says 2019-03-28 last post: 4/2 @ 1:00        Now they're saying the cyclist crossed the double yellow line into oncoming...

Shoal Creek, part trois (?) last post: 3/29 @ 1:14        It would seem that the people against this are also getting their word...

Cyclists were first advocates for better roads--late-1800s last post: 3/15 @ 13:12        Similar to what you were describing, but in the UK -- [quote] The death of Bridget Driscoll (c. 1851 – 17 August 1896) was the first...

Bus strikes, kills cyclist on UT campus 1/28/19 last post: 3/13 @ 17:04        We shall see ... this case has an "orgy of evidence" that most cases do not, and it would be hard to let it fall through the cracks. ...

Cyclist in bike lane on Barton Springs hit by bus 7-15-18 last post: 3/9 @ 16:52        He walked away from it, but damn. The bike lane on Barton Springs is too skinny. There's video. It's...

Pardon the Scooter? last post: 3/4 @ 19:15        [quote=Jack]More on scooters: ... Injuries Associated With Standing Electric Scooter Use: http://bit.ly/2Sr3IpN) The study, published in...

The Austin B-Cycle thread last post: 2/27 @ 21:30        I've seen multiple scooters on Jollyville near Duval a few times. My guess is someone took one all the way back to their apartment one...

1mi Paved path planned from north end of Shoal Creek to Neils Thompson last post: 2/23 @ 17:19        [quote=MichaelBluejay]Are you one of the cyclists quoted?[/quote] Oh no, sorry, that was ambiguous. I'm not in the news...

Cyclist Video Evidence Project last post: 2/20 @ 19:28        Red, this is music to my ears! With all my pessimism, this gives me something to feel hopeful about. I'm a broken record about "until we...

Routes from Austin for road bike last post: 2/14 @ 3:22        [quote=Jack]This may help a bit too, maupertius: ...

Memorial Ride for Anthony John Diaz 2019-02-13 last post: 2/12 @ 13:48        What happened (if you missed it). Facebook event Feb 13th, wheels down at 4:30 PM, 412 Comal Street, Plaza Saltillo First and foremost,...

Lots of recent car-on-pedestrian collisions (March 2016) last post: 2/9 @ 14:48        [quote=dougmc]...it's explicitly stating that the officer does not trust the account...[/quote]I don't read it that way at all; quite the...

Richard Romano, ped., killed by car (4/22/16 9200 Burnet Rd.) last post: 2/8 @ 11:40        [quote=StopTeenDrinking.com]Case: APD 16-1130332 Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 Time: 6:21 a.m. Location: ...

 


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.)

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

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

Biketober Ride & Roll in Mueller, Sat. October 27 (posted 10/17)

36th Annual Moonlight Cruze Bike Ride Sat night, 9/22 / 9/23, 2AM (posted 9/15)

LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin 10/21/2018 (posted 6/7)

Ride of Silence (Far North Austin location) (posted 5/10)

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

"Bike Like U Mean It" now available on YouTube (posted 2/28)

35th Annual Moonlight Cruze Bike Ride Sep 3rd, 2am (posted 8/29)

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


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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