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

1mi Paved path planned from north end of Shoal Creek to Neils Thompson last post: 2/22 @ 17:25        Are you one of the cyclists quoted? Too bad that Union Pacific wouldn't allow a little of their right of way to be used. Welcome to...

Cyclist Video Evidence Project last post: 2/20 @ 19:28        Red, this is music to my ears! With all my pessimism, this gives me something to feel hopeful about. I'm a broken record about "until we...

Bus strikes, kills cyclist on UT campus 1/28/19 last post: 2/19 @ 22:28        I feel for Tony Diaz and those who knew him. Years ago I calculated that biking is 3-8x more dangerous than driving per mile, based on ...

The Austin B-Cycle thread last post: 2/14 @ 11:55        Yes, there are some scooters in Domain. I have even seen a couple at the HEB at the Mopac / Parmer intersection. They aren't there often...

Routes from Austin for road bike last post: 2/14 @ 3:22        [quote=Jack]This may help a bit too, maupertius: ...

Memorial Ride for Anthony John Diaz 2019-02-13 last post: 2/12 @ 13:48        What happened (if you missed it). Facebook event Feb 13th, wheels down at 4:30 PM, 412 Comal Street, Plaza Saltillo First and foremost,...

Lots of recent car-on-pedestrian collisions (March 2016) last post: 2/9 @ 14:48        [quote=dougmc]...it's explicitly stating that the officer does not trust the account...[/quote]I don't read it that way at all; quite the...

Richard Romano, ped., killed by car (4/22/16 9200 Burnet Rd.) last post: 2/8 @ 11:40        [quote=StopTeenDrinking.com]Case: APD 16-1130332 Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 Time: 6:21 a.m. Location: ...

Pardon the Scooter? last post: 2/7 @ 20:17        First scooter death in Austin: [quote=Austin Monitor]A 21-year-old scooter rider was killed in a crash last week, says the Austin Police...

183 North Toll Project last post: 2/5 @ 13:46        Thanks for posting this. I've been waiting to see progress start since the flurry of activity in 2015. I'm interested to see if the...

Austin & U.S. bike/walk statistics last post: 2/5 @ 8:26        [h][color=firebrick]AUSTIN[/color][/h] From the City's data portal: #66: Bus ridership is flat. The number of bus trips is essentially...

Drunk driving: everyone's doin' it! last post: 2/5 @ 5:46        Don, it's commendable of you to publicly admit past mistakes. Even among those who are reformed, I can't imagine that most of them would...

Everyone Gets a Trophy! last post: 2/4 @ 21:25        [quote=MichaelBluejay]It's easy to misread. [/quote] Haha! Yes, VERY easy to misread. In fact before I posted that I went back to...

Heads Up Cedar Park last post: 2/1 @ 11:09        FYI, the city of Cedar Park is making an effort to educate all road and trail users: http://www.headsupcedarpark.com/ I really like how...

Scandalous alleged car+ped collision, 11/2017 last post: 1/26 @ 22:27        Here's another incident in my neighborhood, that I just posted to Nextdoor.com: -------------------- Many of us worry about outsiders...

W 5th Street: Bye bye buffered bike lane, hello bus lane :-/ last post: 1/25 @ 22:17        Thank you for proving my...

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...

 


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.)

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)

Car-Free Day on Congress Ave. in 2018? (posted 6/26)

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


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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