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

Justin Lewis threatens cyclist Ben Trettel w/screwdriver 9/25 last post: 12/13 @ 15:25        I got the letter, but it didn't say anything about where the first court appearance is beyond what was online. So it's the "County Court ...

Discounts for bicyclists last post: 12/11 @ 14:01        I updated above to indicate that Unit D is now closed. Does anyone know of any other discounts? Of course the biggest discount is just...

NoHelmetLaw.org free to a good home last post: 12/7 @ 21:04        Don't answer all at...

Austin no longer bike-friendly according to LAB?! last post: 12/3 @ 17:27        Updating -- The League of American Bicyclists announced its Fall 2019 Bicycle Friendly Community awards. Of the 65 communities LAB...

Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app last post: 11/13 @ 20:36        [quote=Darron][quote=Jack]Perhaps we will find a great deal of useful information on what routes riders find comfortable to and from...

Georgetown's Bicycle Plan - public meetings and council vote dates last post: 11/8 @ 11:14        That's good news! I'll keep my fingers...

New Cedar Park cycling infrastructure last post: 11/8 @ 9:30        A few years ago Cedar Park had a successful sidewalk gap closure project based on public feedback that we needed more ways to get around...

Bike Tour of Affordable Housing in East Austin (Saturday Nov 2 @ 10am) last post: 10/30 @ 11:41        See and support affordable housing in our local community! Join Austin Habitat Young Professionals on a leisurely 10 mile ride this...

Temporary parks in parking spaces last post: 10/21 @ 14:08        You call it ad hominem, I call it an assessment of a group based on observed behavior of the group members, over decades. Could I ...

UT claims no liability for its driver hitting cyclist April Garner last post: 10/20 @ 12:22        I think the bigger problem is the anti-bicyclist bias that allowed the court to find an excuse to blame the...

Shoal Creek, part trois (?) last post: 10/18 @ 17:47        [quote=Donald Lewis]Plastic posts are all there is to discourage someone of jumping on or off a Mopac toll lane in a non-approved spot. ...

Where is it still legal to park in bike lanes? last post: 10/17 @ 12:50        [quote=MichaelBluejay][quote=dougmc]And if you want a specific places that I can think of where people still park in the bike...

Drivers never yield at bike and ped crossings last post: 10/11 @ 12:44        FYI: btrettel is presenting findings from the Dean Keeton/I-35 study: --------------------------------- Bicycle Advisory Council Tues, Oct...

New Benefit for Travis County employees last post: 10/2 @ 18:05        My daughter just told me about this new Travis County program to encourage their employees to drive less. It's called CLIP, and it just...

Cost of Car2Go vs. car ownership last post: 9/30 @ 11:03        I thought about the impact of scooters, but those are mostly for pretty short trips according to the data, so I don't think that impacted...

Percentage of commuters bicycling to work last post: 9/27 @ 23:56        I looked up the stats and found that we're making essentially no progress. Whenever the percentage goes up a tiny amount, various outlets...

Amazon deliveries yield carnage on the road, abuse of drivers last post: 9/12 @ 8:11        I have noticed an increase in bad driving involving these delivery drivers. (3 just yesterday on the commute home) They are like pizza...

Local bicycling icon Fred Meredith passed away in April 2019 last post: 9/8 @ 17:44        Thanks for posting this, I didn't know either. I remember Fred giving me advice when I took a bike commuter work shop from him, YEARS ago...

2019-09-14 Sat night/Sun morning 2am 37th Annual Full Moon Cruze last post: 9/1 @ 1:39        It's that time of year again, and the ride you've been waiting for is coming ... the 37th Annual Full Moon Cruze bike ride! This year, ...

Austin Chronicle encourages violence against bicyclists (6/27/08) last post: 8/31 @ 11:08        Stephen MacMillan Moser passed away, at age...

 


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 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)

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)


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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