July 2015 - In This Issue:
Announcing the Bike Austin Education Fund    


Bike Austin is proud to officially announce the formation of

our sister organization: The Bike Austin Education Fund. 

This exciting new group will soon be offering hundreds of free bicycle education classes to largely under-served communities throughout Austin, thanks to a major grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. 


To kick things off this month, our network of certified cycling safety instructors and volunteers, including Robert Turner, Janis Connell, Scott Jenney, Tomasita Ligons, Camille Baptist and Preston Tyree, trained over 500 Capital Metro and UT bus drivers on responsibly sharing the road with bicyclists. Bus drivers for Capital Metro and the University of Texas take their jobs extremely seriously, and Bike Austin is proud to support them in implementing best practices to protect the safety of everyone on the street - especially pedestrians and bicyclists.  Want to support even more free bicycle education in Austin?  Make a donation today


Armadillo Registration Open
October, 21st, 2015, Liberty Hill

Bike Austin's premier ride, benefitting the Bike Austin Education Fund, will wind through beautiful Hill Country this fall. Register now and enjoy early bird rates.  And as always, Bike Austin members get discounted registration. Join or renew today to save!




Hottest Day of the Year Ride
Saturday, August 8th, 2PM
Starting locations: Wheatsville South (4001 S Lamar), Performance Bike (2900 W Anderson Ln) and in.gredients (2610 Manor Rd)

THE SUMMER IS COMING!  Or so they say, at least. And when it gets here, Bike Austin is ready. Our scorching summer ride comes complete with free beverages and snacks from Wheatsville Co-Op and Royal Blue Grocery, access to Austin's best swimming holes, a custom bandana and an after-party at Scholz Garten with live music and everything you need to make riding in the sun a breeze. 


Join People For Bikes

If a butterfly's wing can affect change around the world, the collective stories, elbow grease and grit of America's bicycle advocacy groups can mold our concrete jungles into bike-able, walkable paradises. Few National bike groups do as much to elevate these stories and efforts, and make real change for a bike-friendly America, as People for Bikes.  Consider joining their ranks to lend your voice to the national bike movement. It's free! 



Summer Bike Valet Schedule

Bike Austin is expanding our bike valet operation at several events around town. Bring your bike, sans lock, and leave the rest to us! Be sure to check our facebook and twitter pages for up to date information and new valets.  Want a bike valet for your event?  Visit our bike valet page to request one.

  • Austin's Big Gay 4th of July Wedding, July 4th, 4PM on the South Steps of the Capitol(Bike Valet at 11th St and Congress)
  • MileStone Community Builders Picnic, July 11th, 12:00-3:00PM Bull Creek and 45th Street
  • Cinema EastFree outdoor movie nights at the French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, 9:00PM. Movies include: 

Hosted Ride Highlight: Trailer Food Tuesday
Tuesday, July 7th, 6pm - Meet at Rosedale Park (Corner of Rosedale Ave and 43rd St)

Join us on an easy-paced social ride to downtown Austin's premier mobile food event - Trailer Food TuesdayUpon arriving at the Long Center we'll take a dinner break, sampling the assortment of 15-20 food trailers, spread out on the lawn, and enjoy free live music.  Riders must wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws. Lights and reflectors are recommended for the 5-mile return trip after dinner. Visit our Ride Listings page for more details.  (Photo: Long Center)


July Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 8th, 6:30PM at Bike Austin - 1000 Brazos Street



Join our volunteer-led effort to organize a Street Safety Forum in East Austin and bring "Complete Street" improvements to Riverside Drive and Pleasant Valley Road.



Upcoming Classes


City Cycling - Classroom

Friday, July 17th, 5:00-9:00PM, REI Downtown (601 N Lamar)


City Cycling will help you ride safely and effectively - to work, to the store, around your neighborhood or around the state.  $35.




City Cycling - On-Road

Saturday, July 18th, 8:00AM-1:00PM


If you would like to ride (or drive) your bicycle in traffic safely, legally, and confidently, this course is for you!  Designed for people who have taken the Classroom component of City Cycling.


Ride Leader Training

Sunday, July 19th, 2:00-5:00PM, REI, 9901 North Capital of Texas Highway

Bike Austin's ride leader training class is a three-hour presentation that is intended to give a prospective Leader the tools that he or she needs to design, post and lead rides. To RSVP, email William Hudson at WilliamPedalsOn@gmail.com.
Volunteer Orientation at Bike Austin


Monday, July 20th, 6-7:30PM, at Bike Austin


Ever wanted to get more involved in Bike Austin, but not sure how to chip in?  Stop by our office for some beer, snacks and conversation about the myriad ways you can help out fueling the movement for safer streets in Austin.  Whether you're an event planner, a hyper-organizer, an activist, artist or a musician, we'll find a role for you at Bike Austin.  



July Moonlight Serenade Ride
Friday, July 31st | 5:30 PM Meet up | Wheels Down 7 PM | The Buzz Mill 


Last month's ride guided over 50 Austinities to some of Austin's best music venues, with free beverages along the way.  Join us on this month's ride for an even better celebration of two things that make Austin great: bikes and music!