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

The Scooter Thread last post: 6/22 @ 15:41        [quote=Austin Chronicle]A study commissioned by Austin Public Health in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control found that about...

12,000 hit and runs per year in Austin (30 per day) last post: 6/22 @ 15:22        I know I made a post about this before, probably 2015 or 2016, but I can't find it. Maybe it got erased somehow. So I'll take another...

Drivers never yield at bike and ped crossings last post: 6/6 @ 12:05        [quote=MichaelBluejay] Seems like I recall that eastbound *used* to put the straight-through bike lane between the straight-through car...

Surprising neighborhood support for white hockey-stick barriers last post: 6/5 @ 13:05        Nice to see, for a...

Why no contiguous paved trails? last post: 6/4 @ 13:00        Of course! Walnut Creek facility is nice and pretty long. Incidentally, it can be used for a few A to B points and in the future even...

Ignore your rights and they will go away last post: 6/4 @ 9:09        Yep, those other reasons for riding with a camera are also true. You can review incidents and think about what you might have done...

Round Rock commute to downtown Austin. Route ideas please! last post: 5/30 @ 14:27        From 620 / Oakland I would ride east through the back of the business center that is on north side of 620. Cross at the light onto Deep...

Texas law would let teens get licensed without a DMV road test last post: 5/30 @ 5:35        The proposed bill would let parents give the...

UT claims no liability for its driver hitting cyclist April Garner last post: 5/22 @ 14:37        I'm no lawyer so I'm not really up on this, but looking at the referenced Texas law, a few things stick out -- 1. this law sucks. 2. ...

Ride of Silence Wednesday, May 15, 2019 last post: 5/22 @ 14:15        The central Austin ride was fairly well attended. Photos. The general sentiment seemed to not be much different than what you saw,...

Take back those 3' with a pool noodle last post: 5/19 @ 15:28        That's a great idea! I'm gonna try...

Recall on some rental bikes--brakes issue last post: 5/5 @ 17:03        And more. Perhaps it's a lack of a recommended power modulator for the Shimano drum brakes, not a wear/maintenance issue. ...

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...

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...

 


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 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)

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)


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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