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

Temporary protected bike lanes on Congress last post: 7/24 @ 12:36        Well, having ridden the temporary installation a few times now I can report (1) seems really useful for parking and waiting in the car...

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,...

3 new light rail lines approved last post: 6/16 @ 14:16        Will increase property taxes an average of $358/year. THAT's gonna be...

Speed limits going down, downtown (6/2020) last post: 6/16 @ 14:12        https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-city-council-approves-speed-reductions-on-many-streets...

Austin's ranking as a top bicycling city last post: 6/16 @ 13:50        Just added this to my article on Why Austin is not a Top 10 Bicycling City. (1) Austin ranked a pathetic 430th of 480 U.S. cities for its...

The Austin B-Cycle thread last post: 6/11 @ 10:07        CapMetro might take over BCycle and rebrand it as...

Bicyclists "screaming at and harassing pedestrians"? last post: 6/11 @ 10:03        Thank you, Doug. That was pretty much my...

World Naked Bike Ride Austin Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:30PM Pease Park last post: 6/4 @ 2:16        Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM CDT Pease Park 1100 Kingsbury St ยท Austin More details at...

San Marcos ends arrests for driving with invalid license last post: 6/4 @ 2:04        "Driving with an invalid license" is a bit vague, but it's probably a seperate charge from "driving with a suspended license". The...

Shoal Creek, part trois (?) last post: 6/1 @ 15:58        Man; if you think that looks dangerous now, wait until the paint is wet. Geez. I presume they have separate signalization sorted out to...

Austin's first bicycle boulevards, kind of last post: 5/28 @ 16:40        Bicycle boulevards are streets closed to through traffic for cars, often by installing some kind of barrier in the middle of the street. ...

Coronavirus bike boom? last post: 5/26 @ 0:44        [quote=RedFalcon]I guess it could have been worse. And it could have been...

Scathing report blasts Austin roadway changes for prioritizing cars last post: 5/25 @ 13:27        This report faults planners for facilitating car traffic rather than reducing/discouraging it (or at least prioritizing other forms of...

Coronavirus vs. traffic deaths last post: 5/22 @ 22:44        I was apologizing to everyone who was mislead by my post. Anyway, the trend seems to be repeating across the country: the number of...

Licensing of young American drivers has been plummeting last post: 5/22 @ 11:52        One of the best things for overall traffic safety just might be a reduction of younger...

Ride of Silence - North Austin 5.20.2020 last post: 5/16 @ 12:41        The North Austin Ride of Silence is on again this year, but limited to me and the people I already share airborne water droplets with...

Pandemic can lead to some positive change last post: 4/30 @ 9:54        Looks like France is getting smart about promoting cycling. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52483684 For all the suffering from ...

Is this an anti-ped facility change? last post: 4/27 @ 9:35        I agree that Austin Monitor article is difficult to follow. I actually had to read the city document and look at the intersection on...

Peds now get long(er) green downtown before drivers last post: 3/22 @ 1:16        Catching up on my reading, I just read that for downtown intersections, pedestrians now get 5-7 seconds of green light before drivers do. ...

N. University Neighborhood Bikeways survey deadline: Sunday, 3/1 last post: 2/28 @ 8:35        Please check out the website for the N. University-Heritage-Rosewood Neighborhood Bikeways project and leave your feedback through the...

 


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.)

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)

36th Annual Moonlight Cruze Bike Ride Sat night, 9/22 / 9/23, 2AM (posted 9/15)


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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