September 3, 2015 - In This Issue:
We're excited to announce that Austin American-Stateman reporter Pam LeBlanc will be dropping by our Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee next Wednesday for a brief presentation and Q & A on best practices for getting media coverage and speaking to reporters. For more information and to sign up to help take your advocacy for safer streets to the next level, check out our Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee meeting

Also, be sure to check out our interview with Google regarding self-driving cars and what it means for bicycling in Austin. Google's Head of Business Operations for the Google Self-Driving Car Project Jennifer Haroon fielded some of our questions: Self-Driving Cars & Bikes: An Interview with Google

Lastly, we are seeking new board members! Bike Austin is 15 months into its new existence since merging with the Austin Cycling Association, and great things are happening at Austin's bicycle advocacy organization.   With an incredibly strong full-time staff and a clearly defined mission, Bike Austin is focused on making Austin the best city for cycling in the US. To make that a reality we need visionary Board members to help us take the organization to the next level of its development. For more information, please visit: Bike Austin Staff & Board.
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Thank you to the following people who signed up or renewed their Bike Austin membership in the last month! Not a member?  Sign up here!
Aleksiina Chapman
Anthony Hamlet
Ashish Deshpande
Biff Farrell
Bob Dooling
Brooke Maudlin
Carolyn Mixon
Chad Shaw
Cheryl O'Connor
Chris Culver
Clark Shaffer
Craig Stalcup
David Foster
David Kazmirski
David Meriwether
Diane & Bill Mereness
Dirk Gosda
DJ Jones
Don Linker
Dr. & Mrs. William H Jefferys
Eric Mickelson
Eugene Garver
Fuqua Family
Gabe Looker
George Maroukis
Glenn Birnbaum
Grimm Family
Jappe Family
Jean Krejca
Jesse Crews
Jesse Devlyn
Jim Maunder
Joel Morgan
John Gutierrez
Katie Sternberg
Kelly Ketter
Kelsey Thompson
Kim Roche
Lee Klancher
Lenore Shefman
Marcia Leigh
Marilyn Rose
Mark Carolin
Mary Lumpe
Mercedes Cordoway
Michael Hill
Michael Klock
Michael McNoldy
Michael Mendez
Paige Kreager Blake
Phillip Barrish
Robert Cordingley
Sarah Eckhardt
Stephanie Downing
Steve Coyle
Stuart Reichler
Ted Middleberg
Tim Burton
Tim Starry
Tom Smerdon
Tony Lopez-Cepero
Vanessa Wagner
William Forbes

Breakfast, Bikes and New Member Love
Friday, September 18 from 7:30am to 9:00am at
4th & I-35
If you've ever wondered about the benefits of a Bike Austin membership, drop by the Lance Armstrong Bikeway (4th St and I-35) for the Breakfast, Bikes and New Member Love event.  Bike Austin members will be on hand to explain what a membership in the organization gets you (discounts at more than a dozen bike shops, for example!). And we'll have free iced coffee on hand for everyone who stops by to say hello! 

Current members who bring a friend to join will get a free gift card to a local bike shop, and new members get a free HOPE tote bag. For more information, contact Miller at

Family Fun Ride
Saturday, September 19 from 8:30am to 12pm at Brushy Creek
Join Bike Austin at Brushy Creek Trail in Cedar Park. This family ride will consist of fun activities for the whole family. Come early for a helmet fitting and bike rodeo!
We will provide snacks to ensure you are off to a great start and be sure to stick around for a light lunch.
Please RSVP here by September 15th.

Moonlight Serenade Social Ride
Each month, Bike Austin's staff and board of directors invite you to join us on an evening social ride around our great city. Join us for a pre-ride discussion on how we can make Austin a safer place to ride and walk. Then go for a short ride, visiting several music venues and wrapping up with beverages and food.
Upcoming rides:
  • Friday, September 25, time and location TBD

Armadillo Hill Country Classic
Saturday, October 24  in Liberty Hill

This year's Armadillo Classic Ride will be one of the best rides around central Texas!


Bike Austin leads the charge to ensure your voice is heard and educates the community at large on bike safety.   

We are the recipient of a grant that will help launch the Bike Austin Education Fund to offer bicycling education in the community to both bicyclist and drivers. We will offer free classes to the underserved population and corporations alike on how to utilize active transportation methods. Per the grant we need a match of $20,000 by September 30 and your registration will help us meet our goal. 


Will you ride? The ride is for everyone so bring the family for a bike rodeo. Bike Austin members registration rate is $45. Want to ride and not join, no problem! Non-member registration rate is $60. REGISTER Today!

Thank you so much for your past support and ask for your continued support!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at ed@bikeaustin.orgSponsorship opportunities are available!


City Cycling-Classroom
Third Friday of every month from 5pm to 9pm at REI Downtown
Riding in traffic is smooth when you're prepared with the knowledge and skills to avoid potential conflicts.  In the City Cycling class, you will learn where to ride safely on the street, how to be visible and predictable to motorists and where to position yourself at intersections.  Even if you are an experienced cyclist, you will be surprised at how much you did not know about safe cycling. $35.Click here to register. Upcoming classes: 
  • Friday, September 18
City Cycling-On Road
Third Saturday of every month from 8am to 1 pm at Thinkery Parking Garage
Practice what you learned in City Cycling - Classroom by getting on the bike and having an on-bike session to improve your riding skills. The course will start with parking lot drills that cover bike handling skills and avoidance maneuvers. Then you will put everything you've learned together for practice on the road.  The on-road experiences include quiet residential streets, minor arterials, multi-lane low- and moderate-speed arterials. Finally, you will learn how to change a flat. $35. Click here to register. Upcoming classes:
  • Saturday, September 19

Ride Leader Training
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.RSVP here! Upcoming Training: 
  • Sunday September 27 from 2pm to 5pm at REI, 601 N. Lamar Blvd. 
Bike Valet
Join other Bike Austin volunteers to greet bike-riding event-goers, sign them in to our bike valet and park their bikes. Upcoming volunteer opportunities:
  • Saturday, September 12 at Tour de Cure in Fredricksburg
  • Saturday, September 26 at Mamma Jamma, RSVP here.
Contact Miller if you are interested in volunteering,

Monthly Volunteer Night
secure-checkout-computer.jpg Monday, September 14 from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Stop by our office to help out with data entry from our bike lane advocacy campaigns.  Free beer, snacks and music on us!  Please bring a laptop if you have one. Contact Miller if you are interested in volunteering, Sign Up Here!.

Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee
Second Wednesday of the Month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Bike Austin's Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee empowers neighborhood residents like you to run grassroots campaigns for "Complete Streets" with safe space for everyone.
Upcoming meetings: 
  • Wednesday, September 9
  • Wednesday, October 14
RSVP here! or contact Miller Nuttle for more information,
Education Committee
Third Wednesday of the Month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Join us to discuss cycling education classes and offerings, learn about teaching opportunities and to give input on curriculum.
Upcoming meetings: 
  • Wednesday, September 16
  • Wednesday, October 21

Marketing Committee
Third Friday of the Month from 12pm-1pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Do you have PR or Marketing expertise and would like to be a part of the Bike Austin movement? Then join us and lend us your talent. Upcoming meetings:
  • Friday, September 18 
  • Friday, October 16

Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.

Guiding Principles:

  • Bicycling should be safe and accessible.
  • Bicycling positively transforms our community.
  • Bicycling benefits all people, whether they bicycle or not.
  • Bicycling is an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system.