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

W 5th Street: Bye bye buffered bike lane, hello bus lane :-/ last post: 1/16 @ 20:33        "One day we had a bike lane. And then the next day we have to share that lane with buses. And there is no universe in which it is safer...

Scandalous alleged car+ped collision, 11/2017 last post: 12/27 @ 3:51        This was posted last year on Nextdoor.com. The link no longer works for me, and even when it did, one would have to be in a neighboring...

Bridge out between Krieg Fields and Roy Guerrero River park last post: 12/20 @ 19:05        This bridge was discussed at the 12/18/18 BAC. Janae Spence of C of A Public Works Department explained what was going on. Here's a...

Male 50s cyclist killed in collision at South 1st & Mary St, 3/28/17 last post: 12/20 @ 18:16        So, another slap on the wrist. Bicyclists' lives don't matter. Thanks as usual for looking these up,...

DWI driver Zachary Davis hit & runs cyclist on S 1st, 10/6/17 last post: 12/20 @ 17:53        [quote=owlman]Davis charged with 3rd degree felony intoxication assault w/ vehicle, next court date 1/27 for "APR" whatever that...

Driver shoots E. Austin bicyclist with shotgun (6/7/17) last post: 12/20 @ 15:15        Shooter got 7 years, eligible for release...

DWI crash 2 cars+bike; cyclist critically injured 6th & Lamar 6/15/17 last post: 12/20 @ 15:00        Driver in first crash (Bykowski) charged with 3rd degree felony: INTOXICATION ASSAULT W/VEHICLE SERIOUS BODILY INJURY Second driver...

Shoal Creek, part trois (?) last post: 12/14 @ 12:21        Thanks for posting the survey link, RF. In terms of false "bike friendliness" the proposed two-way lane hits a lot of notes for those who...

Austin no longer bike-friendly according to LAB?! last post: 12/12 @ 16:02        The new LAB BFC announcement: ...

2016 Santa Cruz 5010 CC XT/Carbon Wheels Size Small For Sale last post: 11/25 @ 8:33        Purchased this beauty back in 2016 in hopes that I'd love mountain biking as much as I love trail running, unfortunately just not that...

Bike Houston Does Training in Response to High Accident Year last post: 11/20 @ 12:34        A recent article from the Houston Chron: ...

Longhorn Dam bike/ped bridge public meeting - 11/13 @ Fiesta Gardens last post: 11/1 @ 6:53        [quote]The City began Preliminary Engineering in July 2018 and is currently identifying needs and issues for the construction of a new...

Hit-and-run drunk driver (w/0.27) BAC kills two in Prius, 12/27/13 last post: 10/19 @ 20:37        [quote=dougmc]Robert "Chopps" Ramirez's killer's next court date is scheduled as 2015-04-23. He's got potential for substantial jail time...

Cyclist Robert Ramirez killed by hit-n-run driver 9/23/12 Cngrs/B.Spgs last post: 10/19 @ 20:35        The driver got only two years. Big surprise. When the victim is another driver, the sentence is generally longer. When the victim is a...

Biketober Ride & Roll in Mueller, Sat. October 27 last post: 10/17 @ 8:19        We'd like to invite you to a bike riding event involving your Mueller and Bouldin Creek neighbors! (to get to know them and your...

Who wants BicycleAustin.info? last post: 10/10 @ 0:09        Thank you Michael! I got your email and sent a reply a few minutes ago. ...

Training for cycling instructor--where are the classes and seminars? last post: 10/5 @ 6:43        The on-bike part of the TS101 course has now been pushed back a week to 10.13. Also, the two LCI courses to be held in November are in...

Right Hooks and Situational Awareness Studies last post: 9/28 @ 11:47        Revisiting the Oltorf/S. Congress intersection, after reading about the signalization part of the scheme, I've taken the facility route...

IDIOT scooter operator almost ruined my day. last post: 9/25 @ 14:16        I just saw (about 15 mins. ago) my first e-scooter crash. Luckily, it didn't ruin anyone's whole day. The rider was going east on the...

Austin Chronicle: Driving is a privilege, not a right last post: 9/23 @ 15:35        The local "alt"-weekly has always been a friend of the car culture. This is the paper that celebrates "Best DWI Lawyer" as one of the...

 


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.)

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)

Gears for the Years- September 24th, 2017 (posted 6/27)

World Naked Bike Ride Austin June 10, 2017 (posted 6/3)


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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