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

AMBUCS collecting clothes/home goods for fundraiser thru 9/29/17 last post: 9/20 @ 17:04        AMBUCS buys adaptive tricycles for kids with disabilities. The local chapter is collecting clothes & home goods in partnership with a...

Lobbying for a 4-way stop at Rosewood & Angelina last post: 9/20 @ 16:53        Jeremy Chichester is lobbying for a 4-way stop at Angelina & Rosewood, following a truck recently running the stop sign on Angelina and...

CP Clarkson last post: 9/15 @ 20:49        [quote=RedFalcon]It is hard to live in 'bike friendly Austin' and not get frustrated after growing up in Den Haag and London. It guess it...

Reflections on my biking after a near head-on collision last post: 9/13 @ 17:42        [quote=MichaelBluejay] Apparently not every cyclist has that same kind of internal radar.[/quote] You have experience. The catch 22 is...

CAMPO Planning Input last post: 9/6 @ 11:47        Sorry I meant to post this before. CAMPO is planning open house feedback sessions. There are still three session left. If you are able,...

Stolen: Electric Bike and Cargo Trailer last post: 9/4 @ 11:34        Do you have any pictures of your exact bike? And what's the brand of the trailer? I assume they didn't get the charger too? edit: I was...

FOR SALE: 2015 Lapierre Pulsium 300 Pro Team Carbon Road Bike last post: 8/30 @ 7:16        2015 Lapierre Pulsium 300 Pro Team Size: 55-56 Medium Carbon Frame Mechanical Condition - Excellent Cosmetic Condition - 9/10 (Some small...

35th Annual Moonlight Cruze Bike Ride Sep 3rd, 2am last post: 8/29 @ 15:15        It's that time of year again, and the ride you've been waiting for is coming ... the 35th Annual Full Moon Cruze bike ride! This year, ...

Gas is the #1 most important "necessity" last post: 8/27 @ 14:36        According to the Texas Attorney General: [quote=Ken Paxton]"During declared disasters, state law prohibits businesses from charging...

FOR SALE KONA Coco Bicycle EXCELLENT Condition $799 OBO last post: 8/23 @ 19:13        Hello, I would like to sell my Kona bicycle; I brought it home in May, however, I have found that I don't use it as often as I thought I...

Help update the official Austin Bike Route Map last post: 8/23 @ 15:48        [quote=RedFalcon]Not sure how the comfort level of the roads is determined and made standard across the city. It seems this is pretty...

Looking for an Austin to San Antonio-Alamodome route last post: 8/21 @ 11:19        [quote=Jack]update: just before the end of the year, the bridge has a temporary fix installed. Two railroad cars fitted into the gap for...

Track the 2016 mobility bond projects online last post: 8/17 @ 4:25        A new tool lets citizens check on the progress of each item in the 2016 mobility...

AISD's recommends kids not cross streets while school bus is stopped last post: 8/15 @ 22:43        This might have something to do with it: "In the last month...AISD Police say between 320 and 330 drivers were caught passing buses while...

Anti-car post on Nextdoor.com last post: 8/13 @ 7:45        Ouch. That reminds me of the old joke, "The only bad thing about Austin is that it's surrounded by Texas." And in fact, as your...

City to install bicycle traffic signals at 12 intersections last post: 8/13 @ 6:33        The intersections, all in the central city, are: * Rio Grande & MLK (this one's already installed) * Wilshire/Aldrich & Airport * 4th &...

Driver gets probation for killing ped Philip Wood on 3/2/14 @ Mopac last post: 8/11 @ 23:57        [quote=MichaelBluejay]Why do you think the sentence was so meagre? [/quote] I think the sentences for these things are light because the...

Austin pedestrian crashes affect more minority, low-income communities last post: 8/10 @ 2:01        A city report covering 2010-15 found 1900 pedestrians involved in crashes, and that certain demographic groups are affected...

Branding environmentalism as macho last post: 7/17 @ 11:20        I like...

The Mopac Pedestrian bridge over the greenbelt is almost done ... last post: 7/14 @ 18:16        [quote=dougmc]No, I don't think it was. The concrete dividers were there in 2015 and the fences were not. (Yes, I've been stalking this...

 


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.




Put this calendar on your website! Copy and paste the following code:

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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