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

Hit & run speeding driver kills 77 year-old ped on Parkfield 10/10/17 last post: 10/19 @ 19:11        RedFalcon, that sounds exceptionally stressful. I forgot that part: That even when drivers aren't doing things that are ...

Reason #36 why Austin is a bike-friendly city last post: 10/19 @ 1:00        Our local "alternative" weekly newspaper, the Austin Chronicle, is running its annual Reader Poll, and one of the just 21 categories in ...

Mike Dahmus slams AURA last post: 10/18 @ 17:23        Noted local transit pundit Mike Dahmus, who has a long track record of spot-on analysis, has this to say about the transit advocacy group...

Hit-and-run driver kills ped @ E. Stassney/Nuckols 10/16/17 last post: 10/16 @ 9:32        "The driver of the car believed to be responsible initially left the scene but pulled over at a gas station down the street, authorities...

Balance CycleWear Hurricane Relief Jerseys for American Red Cross last post: 10/13 @ 14:11        Greetings to cycling friends in and around Austin, see you at the next MS150! This post is to let you know about a Non-profit effort to...

Hit-and-run driver kills ped in her 60s near Rundberg 10.10.17 last post: 10/13 @ 9:21        Okay, I see. Sorry I misunderstood. I'm reminded of a 1985 ad for American cars showing a (stereotypical) Japanese car salesman ...

DWI driver Zachary Davis hit & runs cyclist on S 1st, 10/6/17 last post: 10/9 @ 14:00        Good point, I was thinking attempted as in he didn't get away with it. He did hit and run (all the way back to his house!), and should be...

Distracted driver leaves cyclist Tommy Levario in wheelchair 9/5/17 last post: 10/9 @ 13:12        [quote=owlman] According to DPS, the driver said he didn’t see the bike. [/quote] It's hard to see what drivers aren't even bothering to...

Tsunami Cycles sells Used/Consignment Bikes last post: 10/3 @ 13:21        I don't doubt it. I get content for the rest of the site from the forum. Not as much as I used to, since I don't have as much time any...

20% of electric bike kits through 10/6/17 last post: 10/2 @ 9:54        Thanks, chavela, I checked them out and they certainly have very attractive prices. The only big difference I see is that the e-BikeKit...

"Copenhagen Wheel" makes electric bike conversion easy last post: 10/1 @ 21:09        Somehow I didn't even know about the City's rebate. Here's their page. Yeah, it looks like complete electric bikes only. They also have...

Lobbying for a 4-way stop at Rosewood & Angelina last post: 9/25 @ 11:50        Thanks for the data, Darron! I'm posting it here and I'll point my neighbor to it: [code] Crash ID Crash Severity Crash Time...

AMBUCS collecting clothes/home goods for fundraiser thru 9/29/17 last post: 9/20 @ 17:04        AMBUCS buys adaptive tricycles for kids with disabilities. The local chapter is collecting clothes & home goods in partnership with a...

CP Clarkson last post: 9/15 @ 20:49        [quote=RedFalcon]It is hard to live in 'bike friendly Austin' and not get frustrated after growing up in Den Haag and London. It guess it...

Reflections on my biking after a near head-on collision last post: 9/13 @ 17:42        [quote=MichaelBluejay] Apparently not every cyclist has that same kind of internal radar.[/quote] You have experience. The catch 22 is...

CAMPO Planning Input last post: 9/6 @ 11:47        Sorry I meant to post this before. CAMPO is planning open house feedback sessions. There are still three session left. If you are able,...

Stolen: Electric Bike and Cargo Trailer last post: 9/4 @ 11:34        Do you have any pictures of your exact bike? And what's the brand of the trailer? I assume they didn't get the charger too? edit: I was...

35th Annual Moonlight Cruze Bike Ride Sep 3rd, 2am last post: 8/29 @ 15:15        It's that time of year again, and the ride you've been waiting for is coming ... the 35th Annual Full Moon Cruze bike ride! This year, ...

Gas is the #1 most important "necessity" last post: 8/27 @ 14:36        According to the Texas Attorney General: [quote=Ken Paxton]"During declared disasters, state law prohibits businesses from charging...

Help update the official Austin Bike Route Map last post: 8/23 @ 15:48        [quote=RedFalcon]Not sure how the comfort level of the roads is determined and made standard across the city. It seems this is pretty...

 


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.)

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)

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

Ride of Silence: May 17th, 2017, 6:30pm, Pfluger Ped Bridge (posted 5/16)

Ride of Silence - Far North Austin (posted 5/9)

Tommy Ketterhagen Memorial Ride Jan 29 10am @ East View HS Georgetown (posted 1/27)

Full Wolf Moon Bike Ride Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:59PM Pfluger Bridge (posted 1/5)

Thursday Night Social Ride-Holiday Lights Ride III Dec 29, 2016 7:30PM (posted 12/28)


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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