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

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...

36th Annual Moonlight Cruze Bike Ride Sat night, 9/22 / 9/23, 2AM last post: 9/15 @ 23:03        It's that time of year again, and the ride you've been waiting for is coming ... the 36th Annual Full Moon Cruze bike ride! This year, ...

Google's driverless cars have special considerations for bicyclists last post: 8/13 @ 12:42        Interesting the mention of stop signs as visual cues. Drivers can miss a stop sign completely when it's view is blocked by a low branch ...

Brief rant about drivers and phones last post: 8/12 @ 16:59        I feel your pain. People are just basically selfish. I've said many times, it doesn't matter how many miles of bike lanes we stripe in,...

Pardon the Scooter? last post: 7/26 @ 12:38        Thanks for posting these, Jack. Twenty years ago when this forum was email only, I predicted that when the price of gas exploded (as it...

dougmc hit by a motorist last post: 7/11 @ 12:53        I have never collided with a car while riding on my bike*, but I feel you. After I was hurt by crashing my bike at speed, I had a really...

LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin 10/21/2018 last post: 6/7 @ 11:19        Join us for the 2018 LIVESTRONG Challenge to help benefit the revolutionary LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School at The...

Vie Cycle - Bike Workshops for Women+ last post: 6/2 @ 21:03        Vie Cycle offers bicycle maintenance workshops for women+*. Through experiential education techniques, discussions and group activities...

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...

 


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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