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

Pardon the Scooter? last post: 4/20 @ 9:08        [quote=Jack]San Francisco is having trouble with electric scooter dockless rental businesses ...

Drunk driver hits another drunk driver last post: 4/18 @ 11:07        Downtown Austin. It was bound to happen sooner or later. So many drunks they're crashing into each...

DWI crash 2 cars+bike; cyclist critically injured 6th & Lamar 6/15/17 last post: 4/13 @ 18:52        "It's a Beautiful World" by Devo comes to...

Jamis Trail X1 For Sale in Austin last post: 4/11 @ 10:08        Selling my mountain bike. I've taken great care of this bike and will post photos of the bike if anyone is interested. Only issue it has ...

Amazing pictures of thousands of abandoned bicycles last post: 4/4 @ 15:25        God bless...

1mi Paved path planned from north end of Shoal Creek to Neils Thompson last post: 3/31 @ 12:18        CTRMA approved a bid last week for various Mopac improvements, including a 10-ft wide shared-use path that will run from the north end of...

Teacher disallows bike/car-free option in "plan your future" assignmnt last post: 3/31 @ 10:57        [quote=MichaelBluejay] I made a calculator that shows that car ownership costs over a million dollars over a normal working lifetime. I...

183 South Project last post: 3/28 @ 8:40        I didn't see this posted here yet, but the US 183 South toll&expansion project includes a new shared-use path on one side and sidewalk on...

Hit-and-run driver kills 19yo cyclist Tommy Ketterhagen, 1/23/17 last post: 3/27 @ 7:29        Killer's lawyer on the sentence: [quote]“I’m glad he’s out,” said Turner. “He’s done enough...

New shared use paths along I-35 between Stassney / William Cannon last post: 3/23 @ 7:32        TxDoT is reconstructing the Stassney and William Cannon bridges. Schematics show the Stassney bridge having 5' shoulders and 10'...

Penalties for fatal DWI's are all over the map last post: 3/20 @ 22:25        I went looking for the average jail sentence for a DWI in which a victim was killed. I didn't find much, but here's what I did find. In...

B-Cycle free for UT students last post: 3/10 @ 19:19        Blurb from the 3/2/18 Chronicle: [quote=Austin Chronicle]B-cycle's University of Texas bike share program launched recently, providing...

Another rider's take on bicycle safety last post: 3/7 @ 8:35        . . . or...

Hyde Park resident arrested for following/assaulting speeding driver last post: 3/3 @ 11:46        I'm not gonna even try to further summarize this...

Hit-and-run driver critically injures ped at S. Austin Walmart, 2/8/18 last post: 3/1 @ 19:09        The vehicle reportedly belongs to an AISD police...

"Bike Like U Mean It" now available on YouTube last post: 2/28 @ 4:46        A friend alerted me that Bike Like U Mean It is now available on YouTube. It chronicles various aspects of the biking scene in Austin in...

Judicial candidate Quinzi: End arrests for driving w/invalid license last post: 2/22 @ 6:05        I see very few transportation-related positions mentioned by candidates in the current primary races. (I mean, without digging deep into...

Cyclists were first advocates for better roads--late-1800s last post: 2/20 @ 21:53        [quote=chavela]We are still at it, aren't we.[/quote] Yeah, the more things change... In other ways, I'm surprised at how much things...

Andrew Tilin killed while changing a flat on 620 this morning last post: 2/17 @ 20:35        http://www.kvue.com/video/news/one-killed-one-injured-in-auto-bike-collision/269-8011753 https://www.outsideonline.com/2282551/author-and-c...

10 y.o. boy crawls 1/4-mile home after being hit & run'd on sidewalk last post: 2/16 @ 0:09        Yeah, something like 50% of serious car-bike or car-pedestrian collisions in Austin are hit & runs. That means half the drivers out ...

 


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.)

"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 6/2)

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)


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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