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

Austin pedestrian danger stats are a mixed bag last post: 11/23 @ 1:06        From: https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design/ BAD: The Austin metro area is more dangerous for peds than big metro areas...

KXAN: "Big rigs repeatedly run through East Austin stop sign" last post: 11/23 @ 0:56        https://kxan.com/2017/11/22/video-big-rigs-repeatedly-run-through-east-austin-stop-sign/ 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 five1two five64...

Gov. Abbott: "Read my lips: No new toll roads" last post: 11/21 @ 15:51        http://www.quorumreport.com/index.cfm 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. Nice promotion...

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...

Bicycle Sport Shop a co-op? last post: 11/10 @ 20:55        Bicycle Sport Shop replied and said that they did an ESOP in 2013 (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). So, that would mean that the workers...

Hit-and-run driver kills ped Mark Morales near 90 Chicon, 10/31/17 last post: 11/2 @ 7:47        Yet another one. Police say 1/3 of ped fatalities are hit-and-runs. That's a staggering percentage. And presumably some of the 2/3 who...

City of Austin Bicycle Map 2017 update last post: 11/1 @ 17:01        [quote=owlman]Sharing a lane with freeway speed traffic should always be the lowest category in my opinion.[/quote]Absolutely! Doesn't it...

New shared use path on I35 between 1431 and Old Settler's Blvd in RR last post: 10/30 @ 11:18        I've been seeing this built over the last few month but it is next to impossible to find out any information about it on the internet. ...

2222/620 bypass last post: 10/28 @ 15:41        TxDot is planning a new bypass road between 620 and 2222....

Reason #36 why Austin is a bike-friendly city last post: 10/27 @ 20:26        Good idea. I wrote one recently, so I'll need to wait a while if I want it to have a chance of it seeing...

Hit & run speeding driver kills 77 year-old ped on Parkfield 10/10/17 last post: 10/27 @ 18:17        [quote=Donald Lewis] Pull out your water bottle and have a swig or two. Don[/quote] OR, something stiffer....now that I know who the...

Bumper sticker: "You keep tailgating, I'll keep slowing down" last post: 10/25 @ 22:58        The only thing I miss about not having a car is not having a place to put a witty bumper...

Mike Dahmus slams AURA last post: 10/18 @ 17:23        Noted local transit pundit Mike Dahmus, who has a long track record of spot-on analysis, has this to say about the transit advocacy group...

Hit-and-run driver kills ped @ E. Stassney/Nuckols 10/16/17 last post: 10/16 @ 9:32        "The driver of the car believed to be responsible initially left the scene but pulled over at a gas station down the street, authorities...

 


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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