The status of this site

  • The web forum is live, you can still post and read (and you can sign up for the email list to get a daily digest of posts to the web forum).
  • Other content might be dated.  I don't have time to update the site any more, but I'll update items in the sidebar (only) if you want to report updates or corrections.
  • This site could be yours.  I'll give this site for free to any local bike activist with a good plan.  For example, you can run it as a blog, as the site for a nonprofit, or promote the forum.  You wouldn't have to keep the existing content.

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Discuss transportation (not sport) biking on the web forum..  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.


Current discussions

Opinions on 2022 City Council candidates? last post: 11/16 @ 21:52        Regarding reddit ... not really. There's some activity on r/bikingatx, but not a lot, and r/Austin gets some as well. I imagine that...

The forum is live again last post: 11/7 @ 23:13        I appreciate the offer, dougmc. Unfortunately these days I don't have even ten minutes to gather the messages and I imagine doing so ...

Give some feedback to Cedar Park's Master Mobility Plan last post: 11/3 @ 12:46        The feedback period closes tomorrow. If you have time get in there and either fill out a survey or mark up the interactive map (you can ...

The Bike Austin thread last post: 10/19 @ 21:29        Thanks for the correction, flatau. In 2006 I pushed for car-free bike lanes on Shoal Creek, as a one-person effort, because I couldn't ...

Bicycling magazine flubs "complete proteins" last post: 10/19 @ 13:45        [quote=MichaelBluejay]I wouldn't be writing about a PITCH FOR A NEW ARTICLE, I'd be writing to DRAW ATTENTION TO MISINFO IN AN ARTICLE ...

Long Tail Utility eBikes? last post: 10/13 @ 19:54        I just ordered a basic e-bike from Radpower for my wife -- I should have it in a week or so. She's kind of excited -- she wants to ride,...

Self Driving Fantasy last post: 10/7 @ 15:01        This article argues that progress on self-driving cars is stalled, and no meaningful progress is expected to be made for a long ...

Where to recycle bicycle tires? last post: 9/25 @ 15:21        I found recycling info on this website, though unsure on how up to date it is....

delivery vehicles blocking bike lanes:possible legal action last post: 9/14 @ 23:49        [quote]Council Member Paige Ellis noted that encountering a vehicle in a bike lane where it least expected is one of the most dangerous...

Cyclist Thom Washburn harassed on Springdale, 9/2022 last post: 9/12 @ 23:36        From Nextdoor.com: [quote=Thom Washburn]I was just assaulted by a man in a beat up white Mercedes sedan. I was riding my bike to the far...

The Yellow Bike Project thread last post: 9/12 @ 23:28        Well, they've barely posted here for 26 years, so I didn't expect that, but I thought they didn't even have something about the ...

BIKE BONDS: Invest in the Yellow Bike Project! last post: 9/9 @ 20:42        While this is an ancient thread, I'll post to note that YBP's plan of crowdsourcing the funding for their building was a success. I was...

40th Annual Full Moon Cruise Bike Ride 09/11 1:30am (Saturday night!) last post: 9/6 @ 23:29        t's that time of year again, and the ride you've been waiting for is coming ... the 40th Annual Full Moon Cruze bike ride! This year, the...

Just shoot me last post: 9/5 @ 11:33        Nice to see you here again,...

How to lock a bicycle to a wood fence? last post: 8/26 @ 17:04        I see that inexpensive 5/8" U-bolts are readily available, with 5/8" being the magic number that's impervious to bolt cutters. But it...

Disruptive Electric Vehicle? last post: 8/15 @ 19:41        Interesting, thanks for sharing, and for giving your thoughts. I do think it's a step in the right direction. E-bikes and scooters would...

Hit-and-run driver who killed ped Stephanie Lunt (41) gets 4yrs (7/22) last post: 7/26 @ 18:13        I can't feel too much sympathy for somebody hits somebody else and leaves them for dead. I mean, if they'd just stuck around, there'd...

Critical Mass returns to Austin: July 29th, 6pm, Pfluger Ped Bridge last post: 7/9 @ 20:48        https://www.facebook.com/groups/austintxmass/?ref=share Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to take back the...

South Austin neighbor says bike lane curb to blame for tire blowouts last post: 7/7 @ 13:29        Someone on Nextdoor put it this way: “Area driver hits curb, blames...

Ride with Austin mayoral candidate Celia Israel July 9th, 8:30am last post: 7/6 @ 12:53        https://twitter.com/CeliaIsrael/status/1544403338208452608 Hey Austin, come ride with me on Saturday morning! ? Bikes are freedom and ...

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. )

40th Annual Full Moon Cruise Bike Ride 09/11 1:30am (Saturday night!) (posted 9/6)

Critical Mass returns to Austin: July 29th, 6pm, Pfluger Ped Bridge (posted 7/9)

Ride with Austin mayoral candidate Celia Israel July 9th, 8:30am (posted 7/6)

World Naked Bike Ride Austin Saturday June 11th, 8pm Peace Park (posted 6/7)

Memorial to honor Moriah Wilson 05/29 5:30pm @ Republic Square (posted 5/23)

Ride of Silence - North Austin (posted 5/7)

Upcoming Charity Spin Class 1/29 @ 11:45 (posted 1/25)

Tour das Hugel, Saturday 2021-11-13 wheels down at 7:15am (posted 11/10)

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)


Bicyclists cheated out of bond money from 2000 transportation bonds

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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