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

Manor Road re-do, red bus lanes last post: 10/27 @ 23:15        The City is painting some bus lanes red: https://www.kxan.com/traffic/seeing-red-check-out-austins-new-bus-lane-initiative/ They're also...

Living Streets Program Info last post: 10/26 @ 10:35        Article about new Living Streets Program, expanidng the Healthy Streets program: ...

Woman cyclist & dog hit & run'd on Manor Rd., 9/28/21 last post: 10/11 @ 12:43        No argument. Neither account has the detail of whether it was a matter of hit from behind or right hook, for instance, so it's hard to...

World Naked Bike Ride Austin Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 7:00PM Pease Park last post: 10/9 @ 13:02        The new date and time for this is tonight, Saturday, October 9th. Looks like wheels are down at 8pm, so don't be...

Austin crosswalks now talk to smart cars to warn of pedestrians last post: 10/5 @ 9:09        Cool, I was just talking with a city manager here in CP last night and he was telling me about this tech and how they plan to use it here...

New Grass Roots Transportation Advocates in Cedar Park last post: 9/29 @ 18:55        If any of ya'll are in Cedar Park there is a new group advocating for better transportation: http://www.wyld.net/atacp/ Right now we are...

16yo who hit six cyclists in Houston faces no arrest or charges (9/21) last post: 9/29 @ 16:33        Ahh, his attorney released a statement! [quote]"My client is a young man in high school with college aspirations. He’s a very new and...

What does it take to be charged with killing a non-driver? Being black last post: 9/27 @ 22:37        Here's my coverage from 23 years ago. Damn I'm old. [quote]Motorists frequently face no consequences for injuring or killing cyclists in...

Bike Austin opposes Proposition A about police staffing (2021) last post: 9/22 @ 20:41        Thank you for replying Chris. Yeah, I forgot the obvious: Double the police budget, less money for everything else, including bike...

Remembering Reed Murray and Fred Meredith last post: 9/18 @ 4:37        Thanks for posting this, Michael. I was saddened when I heard of Fred's passing in 2019. So many people I knew respected and liked him...

The Bluejays will buy a car and give up bicycling last post: 9/17 @ 11:07        "3) You correctly surmised that my commute to work (or anywhere else I go .. your prompt for self evaluation pointed out to me) was...

Three views on separated two-way protected bike lane in Columbus, Ohio last post: 9/17 @ 10:15        https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nipFKhMJeGlMblxDTybx9Ly-c3r0Icc5/view Review of Columbus Summit St bike lane by Patricia Kovacs,...

The Man in Black on Trains last post: 9/15 @ 14:47        Thanks for posting this, interesting. This reminds me, a while back I hacked the forum code to allow YouTube videos to be embedded. I...

New chinless, beltless bicycle last post: 9/6 @ 8:49        Pedaling generates electrical energy, which is supplied to a motor in the rear wheel. Clever. I'm feeling that battery backup is...

BMW is making electric bicycles last post: 9/6 @ 8:47        https://electrek.co/2021/09/06/bmw-unveils-high-speed-electric-bicycle-with-300-km-of-range-plus-an-electric-motorcycle/ How big a thing...

39th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2021-09-19 1:30 AM last post: 8/29 @ 0:18        So ... the moon still waits for no one and no virus, so ... annual Full Moon Cruze is always a go come September, and this will be the ...

No jail for South Dakota AG who killed pedestrian last post: 8/27 @ 12:05        https://www.npr.org/2021/08/27/1031638625/jason-ravnsborg-south-dakota-deadly-crash...

Here lies the body of William Jay... last post: 8/25 @ 1:36        This is an old, famous poem, which maybe everyone knows, but I was only recently made aware of it. It apparently dates back to circa...

Cyclist David Lutz killed in Cedar Park Sunday morning 8/22/21 last post: 8/23 @ 11:52        "Police say it happened around 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and El Salido Parkway - near Cedar Park High School. ...

Some towns banning new gas stations, and BEV sales last post: 8/18 @ 1:48        Some towns are banning new gas stations. Never thought I'd see 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, Oct 9, 2021 7:00PM Pease Park (posted 8/28)

39th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2021-09-19 1:30 AM (posted 8/29)

Bike-In Guerrilla Theater! ATX BFF 2K21, then Full Moon Cruise 07/23 (posted 7/19)

Ride of Silence - North Austin (posted 5/8)

38th Annual Moonlight Cruise Sat night/Sun morn, 2020-09-06 2:00 AM (posted 8/31)

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)


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: https://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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