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

10 y.o. boy crawls 1/4-mile home after being hit & run'd on sidewalk last post: 2/16 @ 2:09        Yeah, something like 50% of serious car-bike or car-pedestrian collisions in Austin are hit & runs. That means half the drivers out ...

Hit & run truck drags cyclist Elizabeth English for 1/2mi, 3/29/16 last post: 2/15 @ 21:16        Thank you too for keeping this site going. I'm always curious how these major cases end up, and there are almost never any followup news...

Drunk driving laws in Japan are STRICT! last post: 2/15 @ 7:10        (1) Drunk driving limit is a mere 0.03 BAC, though in practice the police can decide that you're drunk even if you're less than that. (2)...

Drunk driver kills moped rider in hit & run on Red River, 2/9/18 last post: 2/15 @ 6:35        The police followed a trail of debris to the driver's house, finding the moped lodged under the vehicle. She said she didn't realize ...

Looking for an Austin to San Antonio-Alamodome route last post: 2/12 @ 16:03        [quote=Jack][quote=Jack]update: just before the end of the year, the bridge has a temporary fix installed. Two railroad cars fitted into...

Smart Corridor plan proposes 40 miles of new bike lanes (2016 Bond) last post: 2/7 @ 22:50        Good news for connectivity along major arteries (Lamar, Airport, Burnet, William Cannon and more). From the mayor: "75 miles of sidewalks...

Dockless rental bikes might come to Austin last post: 2/1 @ 10:59        Some cities have bike rental systems more similar to Car2Go, in which you can leave the vehicle anywhere. (Well, anywhere inside the...

Crash on Guadalupe last night last post: 1/30 @ 19:56        Ouch!...

2 Middle Aged Men in Lycra (MAMIL) film tix (Feb 21) available last post: 1/27 @ 18:05        Yes, daveintex13, members can email each other. You'll see an "Email" link under each member's name when you're logged in. You could ...

Hit-and-run driver kills 19yo cyclist Tommy Ketterhagen, 1/23/17 last post: 1/27 @ 17:27        Wow, these are disturbing details. You'll note I wondered in my first post (without having read of the witness account) whether the ...

Examples of bad facilities last post: 1/25 @ 7:55        [quote=MichaelBluejay]Darron, I'd count your earlier examples as bad facilities. I think anyone would. That was kind of my point, to...

Bike Austin hires new executive director last post: 1/19 @ 11:01        Just got this to my email: [quote=Katie Smith Deolloz]Hi! I am Katie Deolloz, Bike Austin’s new Executive Director. It is a privilege to...

The Mopac Pedestrian bridge over the greenbelt is almost done ... last post: 1/18 @ 10:39        Thanks Doug, Definitely looks like it under counted your rides. Did you report this on the City of Austin 311 app? It never hurts to ...

Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app last post: 1/16 @ 8:38        I use both Strava and Ride Report. With RR, a user can rate a route: ‘Stressful’, ‘Mixed’ or ‘Chill’. But that is for the entire route. It...

Speeding as a victimless crime last post: 1/14 @ 16:51        And the context is priceless: [quote=CBS Austin]Paul is the chair of the neighborhood safety committee. [/quote] Truly we live in an age...

Weird things found on the side of the road last post: 1/7 @ 23:04        I run across stuff, also. Roadkill, damaged street signs I will see frequently. I report them using the 311 app and have had good...

bicycle owner search last post: 1/3 @ 13:08        I found a bike that bike has a sticker from Ozone Bikes. Is there anyone that would have a record so the bicycle owner could be contacted?...

CP Clarkson last post: 12/20 @ 23:17        The straightforward answer is that the CapMetro data feed (https://data.texas.gov/Transportation/GTFS/r4v4-vz24) includes several "stops"...

Reason #36 why Austin is a bike-friendly city last post: 12/20 @ 4:34        Taking Jack's suggestion, I wrote a letter to the Chronicle. There used to be a time when the Chronicle not only printed my letters, but...

Two Austin bike routes named best in nation by PeopleForBikes last post: 12/19 @ 17:30        That would be the Mopac Mobility Bridge and the 3rd St. protected bike lane. As usual, the comments section following the article is...

 


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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