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

Driver intentionally hits bicyclist in Jacksonville, FL (2/25/20) last post: 10/29 @ 0:03        The bicyclist...

Cyclist killed by hit-and-run driver on I-35 near Tech Ridge, 10/22/20 last post: 10/28 @ 23:58        Just after 11pm, on the service...

San Antonio to Austin in 3 or 4 days last post: 10/27 @ 17:17        [quote=dougmc][quote=MichaelBluejay]Here's a route/map I made a gazillion years ago. I don't have any current info.[/quote] "Note: Fred...

Auto passenger dies after killing bicyclist (Vegas, 10/25) last post: 10/27 @ 17:14        Police found the driver and charged him with murder. I would normally identify him as a suspect, but he...

Temporary protected bike lanes on Congress last post: 10/23 @ 12:59        Are you gonna ask...

Where are the Electric Bike Riders in Austin? last post: 10/11 @ 13:56        There is a new Austin EV Club (eBikes, eScooters, EUCs, eSkate) group in Austin:...

Speed limits going down, downtown (6/2020) last post: 10/4 @ 5:37        Lower speed limits and signs coming to Austin...

Where to recycle bicycle tires? last post: 10/1 @ 13:10        Bicycle Sport Shop used to take old tires. Not sure if they still...

Austin gets the first electric buses in Texas last post: 9/30 @ 6:26        https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2020-09-04/headlines-quote-of-the-week/...

Metro Rail uniforms last post: 9/30 @ 4:26        I don't know the answer to your question, but I liked your reference to The Before Times. Reminds me of a South Park...

Coronavirus vs. traffic deaths last post: 9/28 @ 21:02        Austin traffic now down only...

August 2020 has been rough on Central Texas cyclists ...three dead. last post: 9/25 @ 3:16        Authorities identify suspect in Donnie Prado's hit and run...

The Austin B-Cycle thread last post: 9/24 @ 23:17        CoA/CapMetro has taken over Austin BCycle, rebranding it as...

Electric Bikes and conversions last post: 9/15 @ 10:55        Several years ago I installed a motor on my front wheel, and that was an economical way to give me extra power. It has performed very...

Mike Dahmus slams AURA last post: 9/1 @ 8:50        I mentioned the above in my listing of AURA on the Organizations page. A few months ago, AURA's Transportation chair wrote to me to...

38th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2020-09-06 2:00 AM last post: 8/31 @ 14:53        The date for the 38th Annual Moonlight Cruise is approaching ... this coming Saturday night, with the ride itself starting (wheels down) ...

City of Austin Repair Series last post: 8/25 @ 11:49        Kudos; I'll try to spread the...

Societal costs of driving, bussing, biking, and walking last post: 8/24 @ 9:19        Thanks for posting this. It is surprising they did not include the cost of parking as well: "Not Included:Costs and benefits that were...

e-bike boom? last post: 8/21 @ 16:42        on that, some info: ...

The RideAustin thread last post: 6/19 @ 11:46        [quote=MichaelBluejay]RideAustin, R.I.P. Now all we've got left is Uber and Lyft,...

 


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.)

38th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2020-09-06 2:00 AM (posted 8/31)

World Naked Bike Ride Austin Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:30PM Pease Park (posted 6/4)

Ride of Silence - North Austin 5.20.2020 (posted 5/16)

Bike Tour of Affordable Housing in East Austin (Saturday Nov 2 @ 10am) (posted 10/30)

2019-09-14 Sat night/Sun morning 2am 37th Annual Full Moon Cruze (posted 9/1)

Austin Chronicle encourages violence against bicyclists (6/27/08) (posted 6/28)

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)


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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