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Bluejay (and not to be confused with Bike
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Texas curriculum for parent-taught driver's ed last post: 12/14 @ 23:19
When I got my license four years ago (still can't believe I've been driving for four years), the driving test was for just a few minutes...
City considering plan to overhaul Guadalupe between MLK & 29th (2017) last post: 12/12 @ 13:08
A KXAN article says that UT's supercomputer will be tasked with finding Austin traffic solutions. The article doesn't mention bicycles at...
Austin no longer bike-friendly according to LAB?! last post: 12/12 @ 12:48
Well, I guess that explains it. Austin got its award in 2015, so it's good until 2019. But pretty poor explanation of that by LAB. They...
Reason #36 why Austin is a bike-friendly city last post: 12/7 @ 17:24
Bike Austin just sent out their email newsletter. No update on Shoal Creek Blvd., of course, but this bit from a family which splits its...
Shoal Creek, part trois (?) last post: 12/6 @ 17:56
dougmc, I didn't just *document* previous attempts, I *spearheaded* the 1996 attempt. Pretty much by myself, but only because I couldn't...
Cost of Car2Go vs. car ownership last post: 12/4 @ 22:17
Thanks for sharing your experience, ecloera. I was car-free when I was single, but it was just too hard to do here with a family. When ...
Austin pedestrian danger stats are a mixed bag last post: 11/30 @ 19:11
[quote=RedFalcon]Surely, they have passed that critical point in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
Don't call me Shirley!
Sharon McKendrick says police did nothing about driver who hit her last post: 11/30 @ 14:12
Sharon McKendrick of the Downtown West neighborhood posted the following on Nextdoor.com, though you can see the post there only if you...
Williamson County Seeking Public Input for Parks and Trails last post: 11/29 @ 8:27
Saw this on the wilco.org website:
Parks Master Plan Needs Your Input
Williamson County is updating its Comprehensive Parks Master Plan...
CapMetro plans to improve service last post: 11/28 @ 13:18
Over two years later, the plan still has not been implemented, but last week the CapMetro board finally voted to approve the overhaul,...
Bicycle commuting is getting more popular last post: 11/28 @ 2:10
I wondered, is bicycle commuting getting more popular? So I looked it up, and it is. A 2014 Census report says bike commuting is up a...
KXAN: "Big rigs repeatedly run through East Austin stop sign" last post: 11/23 @ 0:56
Looking through the comments and the article...
SUNDAY BMX 24 for sale. 2016 last post: 11/23 @ 0:52
selling my baby to make rent. sunday/odyssey complete. 440 asking. 24inch chrome frame black components pegs available
Gov. Abbott: "Read my lips: No new toll roads" last post: 11/21 @ 15:51
Harvey Kronberg's noted yesterday:
November 20, 2017 12:54 PM
Amid fresh controversy over...
Planned locations for speed bump installation last post: 11/17 @ 14:58
[quote=MichaelBluejay]I dunno, seems like speed bumps in the bike lane are a recipe for disaster.[/quote]
Well, a "speed bump" can be...
Free electric bike kit via sweepstakes (11/17) last post: 11/16 @ 12:23
eBikeKit.com is giving away a free electric bike kit via sweepstakes.
Male 50s cyclist killed in collision at South 1st & Mary St, 3/28/17 last post: 11/15 @ 0:55
I very much appreciate the various updates, owlman. I never get around to looking them up.
And they just depress me anyway, when the...
DWI crash 2 cars+bike; cyclist critically injured 6th & Lamar 6/15/17 last post: 11/15 @ 0:49
Nice article from August about APD honoring the seven people who lifted the car off the pinned rider, likely saving her life: ...
Hit-and-run driver kills 19yo cyclist Tommy Ketterhagen, 1/23/17 last post: 11/15 @ 0:15
I was curious what's new on this case. Turns out not much... it's still going through the early pretrial stages.
The charge is up to ...
Cyclist hit by a car on 620 gets a ticket for riding on the shoulder last post: 11/10 @ 23:25
Driver illegally hits law-abiding cyclist, cyclist gets the ticket. Yep, that's the very *definition* of "bike-friendly...
at fault in over 90% of car-bike collisions (source)
and 90% of pedestrian deaths (source).
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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
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.