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

Training for cycling instructor--where are the classes and seminars? last post: 5/21 @ 20:14        The request link at bike Austin may still...

Looking up license plate #'s last post: 5/18 @ 23:53        BicycleAustin.info > Justice > What to do if hit or...

Ride of Silence (Far North Austin location) last post: 5/17 @ 14:25        The second far north Austin Ride of Silence was a success. I guess no one ever took on the downtown ride this year, at least it was never...

311 service requests for cleaning bike lane debris last post: 5/17 @ 8:50        My 311 experiences are mixed. Lately, I seem to be on a good run. We have had two dead cars towed away from our street (A woman had...

Drunk driver hits another drunk driver last post: 5/16 @ 15:53        First we had drunk drivers hitting other drunk drivers. Now we have a hit-and-run killing someone in a...

British Grandma scares speeders in her neighborhood with a hair dryer last post: 5/16 @ 14:19        http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40184757...

Bike to Work day May 19th, 2017 last post: 5/16 @ 12:56        Here: ...

Shoal Creek Trail gap between 5th & West finally fixed after 37 years last post: 5/8 @ 12:59        Well, that finally-complete trail didn't last long. Hope it won't be another 37 years until this part is fixed. The article says...

Bicyclists complain about debris in bike lanes last post: 5/3 @ 12:30        I didn't think so either, but it turns out they do. If you click the flakebook link at the bottom of an article you get to their FB page...

AISD police officer named in 2/18 hit-and-run on pedestrian last post: 5/2 @ 13:34        When even police officers do hit-and-runs, you know that hit-and-run is an accepted part of the local...

Survey: Austin Strategic Mobility Plan last post: 5/2 @ 12:25        We sure seem to get a lot of surveys. It would be nice to think they made some kind of...

Pardon the Scooter? last post: 4/20 @ 11:08        [quote=Jack]San Francisco is having trouble with electric scooter dockless rental businesses ...

DWI crash 2 cars+bike; cyclist critically injured 6th & Lamar 6/15/17 last post: 4/13 @ 20:52        "It's a Beautiful World" by Devo comes to...

Jamis Trail X1 For Sale in Austin last post: 4/11 @ 12:08        Selling my mountain bike. I've taken great care of this bike and will post photos of the bike if anyone is interested. Only issue it has ...

Amazing pictures of thousands of abandoned bicycles last post: 4/4 @ 17:25        God bless...

1mi Paved path planned from north end of Shoal Creek to Neils Thompson last post: 3/31 @ 14:18        CTRMA approved a bid last week for various Mopac improvements, including a 10-ft wide shared-use path that will run from the north end of...

Teacher disallows bike/car-free option in "plan your future" assignmnt last post: 3/31 @ 12:57        [quote=MichaelBluejay] I made a calculator that shows that car ownership costs over a million dollars over a normal working lifetime. I...

183 South Project last post: 3/28 @ 10:40        I didn't see this posted here yet, but the US 183 South toll&expansion project includes a new shared-use path on one side and sidewalk on...

Hit-and-run driver kills 19yo cyclist Tommy Ketterhagen, 1/23/17 last post: 3/27 @ 9:29        Killer's lawyer on the sentence: [quote]“I’m glad he’s out,” said Turner. “He’s done enough...

New shared use paths along I-35 between Stassney / William Cannon last post: 3/23 @ 9:32        TxDoT is reconstructing the Stassney and William Cannon bridges. Schematics show the Stassney bridge having 5' shoulders and 10'...

 


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 (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)

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)


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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