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

Coronavirus vs. traffic deaths last post: 4/5 @ 1:07        In New York State, COVID-19 is now the #1 killer, even beating things like heart disease and cancer. In fact, as far as I know ... it's...

Peds now get long(er) green downtown before drivers last post: 3/21 @ 23:16        Catching up on my reading, I just read that for downtown intersections, pedestrians now get 5-7 seconds of green light before drivers do. ...

N. University Neighborhood Bikeways survey deadline: Sunday, 3/1 last post: 2/28 @ 6:35        Please check out the website for the N. University-Heritage-Rosewood Neighborhood Bikeways project and leave your feedback through the...

Justin Lewis threatens Austin cyclist w/screwdriver 9/25/2019 last post: 2/27 @ 12:20        A checklist is a fantastic idea. When things go crazy, in any situation, it can be hard to keep a clear head and make the most of the...

Tonight! St. Johns Avenue Open House last post: 2/25 @ 13:18        St. Johns Avenue from North Lamar Boulevard to Berkman Drive is being evaluated for changes to enhance the safety and mobility of everyone...

Open House this Thurs.: Bluebonnet Ln, 1/23, 6-7 PM, Zilker Elementary last post: 2/22 @ 8:55        Reminder! Deadline for the Bluebonnet Lane survey is February 23, SUNDAY (tomorrow): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W2JYJPZ Project...

Extra gruesome drunk hit-and-run killing of ped, 2/15/20 last post: 2/19 @ 4:52        Driver hits pedestrian, pedestrian crashes through windshield and winds up in passenger seat, driver keeps...

Shoal Creek, part trois (?) last post: 2/19 @ 0:42        The Chronicle ran a photo of the newly-opened portion of the bikeway on Shoal Creek Blvd., noting "the 2-mile segment has already seen an...

Another open house today (Thursday): REDBUD TRAIL BRIDGE last post: 1/30 @ 9:29        REDBUD TRAIL BRIDGE OPEN HOUSE Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Stop by anytime and give your input about the proposed...

Open House this Thursday (TODAY): North University-Heritage-Rosedale N last post: 1/29 @ 23:08        Date: Thursday, January 30 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Swing by anytime!) Place: Bryker Woods Elementary - Cafeteria (3309 Kerbey...

S. PLEASANT VALLEY, TODD, BURLESON project survey (deadline is 1/26) last post: 1/25 @ 10:09        Survey closes on Sunday, 1/26, please take a few minutes to give your feedback!...

Stassney Ln. BIKE LANES survey, deadline is this SUNDAY (1/19) last post: 1/19 @ 15:17        I don't usually bike on Stassney Ln., but have a few times in the relatively distance path. So I have refrained from doing the survey. I...

How to support physical protection of Stassney bike lanes last post: 1/14 @ 14:21        Correction: I meant to write Duval Street, not Duval Road. The planned improvements of Duval Street from San Jacinto Blvd to 53rd St. are...

Memorial Silent Ride in memory of Merry Katheryn Daye 1/18/20 last post: 1/13 @ 12:03        There will be a memorial ride for Merry Katheryn Daye who was killed in a hit and run on December 16th, 2019. She was the 84th person to...

Aaron Chamberlain biked every single street in Austin last post: 1/11 @ 5:54        Man, that's a...

Cyclists can now treat Stop signs as Yield signs in Oregon last post: 1/10 @ 11:03        Yeah, the state law has some pretty big loopholes that the city ordinance did not have. That said, looking at the preemption clause of ...

AISD police officer named in 2/18 hit-and-run on pedestrian last post: 1/10 @ 5:26        Apparently the plea deal happened a month ago but I just saw it mentioned on the news this morning (maybe the sentence finally went...

Google's driverless cars have special considerations for bicyclists last post: 12/16 @ 14:06        Looks like this article is a few years old, but wow, the folks at Mercedes don't play around: "When they crash, self-driving Mercedes...

Discounts for bicyclists last post: 12/11 @ 12:01        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 @ 19:04        Don't answer all at...

 


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 8/31)

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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