October 1, 2015 - In This Issue:
Adult Trike class at Conley-Guerrero
Have you heard about our new partnership with local company Magnus Innovation? If not, check out our blog post on the news. 
Customers that enter "BIKEAUSTIN" coupon code upon checkout will receive a 15% discount and part of the proceeds go to Bike Austin. Check out their website and start shopping today!

Also, be sure to check out our latest interview with Public Works Project Manager John Eastman and Active Transportation Program Manager Laura Dierenfield about the role "Shared Streets" can play in addressing Austin's massive sidewalk construction backlog. Where the sidewalk ends, do shared streets begin?

Lastly, looking for an update on roads in the Hill Country? Check out this brief overview provided by William Hudson.
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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!
Amy Babich
Betsy Evans
Charles Duvall
Chris Butschek
Craig Claassen
Cynthia Lovin
David G & Melanie Wilkes
David Hogan
Dinh Nguyen
Donald Garrett
Fernando Benitez
Gerardo Valle
Gonzalo Ponce
Harvey Pittel
Jessie Attas
Jim Gillespie
Jim Long
Jim Summers
Joe Fuqua
John Quirk
Josh Miller
Kent Little
kevin beadle
Kit Kelly
Lisa Geibel
Margaret Listrom
Mark Williams
Matt Lamantia
Meghan Mcgrath
Mike Moore
Mike Shenk
Nancy Edmonds
Nathan Szalwinski
Nolan Thaler
paul bell
Rebekah Falkner
Richard Slagle
Rick Salvo
Rob D'Amico
Steven Self
Susan Thompson
Tim Burton
Tony Hurson
Zechuan He

Beers for Lights Fundraiser
Thursday, October 8 at 8:00pm at Gourmands
Join us for a fundraiser benefiting Bike Austin and Austin Yellow Bike Project. If you've never experienced the Thursday Night Social Rides, this a great chance to check it out and benefit these great organizations. Click here for the event flyer.

Community Bike Mechanics Workshop
Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am to 1pm at the Dove Springs Recreation Center
Join us for our first ever Community Bike Mechanics Workshop in Dove Springs! Two classes will be help to teach basic bike maintenance in English & Spanish, centered around the bike fix-it stations at the facility. The first 25 people to complete each class will receive free bike locks. Ten sets of bike lights will also be raffled off! Check out the event poster here.
Interested in volunteering?  We have several tabling and teaching opportunities. Contact Miller at miller@bikeaustin.org
Breakfast, Bikes and New Member Love
Friday, October 16 from 7:30am to 9:00am at
8118 Shoal Creek Blvd
If you've ever wondered about the benefits of a Bike Austin membership, drop by 8118 Dental Professionals 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 coffee and fruit 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 Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, and new members get a free HOPE tote bag. For more information, contact Miller at miller@bikeaustin.org.

Armadillo Hill Country Classic
Saturday, October 24  in Liberty Hill
The Armadillo is only 3 weeks away and prices will increase on October 19th so REGISTER today! Click HERE to see routes. Routes range from 11 - 103 miles.

Each participant will receive morning coffee, a t-shirt, fully stocked rest stops, lunch, drink ticket for an adult beverage of your choice post-ride (ladies we will have wine!) and the knowledge that you're supporting people on bikes throughout Central Texas. 

Can't ride but still want to show your support? Volunteer! Click HERE to view volunteer needs.

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

Sunday Funday Ride
Sunday, October 25 at 2pm, meet at Royal Blue, 301 Brazos St.
Help us kick of the Austin NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Conference with a leisurely 5 mile Sunday ride around our great city.
Moonlight Serenade Social Ride
Friday, October 30, wheels down at 8:00pm, meet at JW Marriot
Each month, Bike Austin's staff and board of directors invite you to join us on an evening social ride around our great city. This month's ride will be featured as part of the NACTO conference coming to Austin this year. 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.

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:
  • Tuesday, October 13 at Google Fiber Space for Evolve Austin

Contact Miller if you are interested in volunteering, miller@bikeaustin.org.

Urban Assault Ride
Sunday, November 1 at 9:00am at Camp Mabry
Click here for more information about the ride.

Help fund Bike Austin! For each one of you that volunteers, Bike Austin receives $60 from Urban Assault Ride to help support our initiatives. Sign up here to volunteer!
Monthly Volunteer Night
secure-checkout-computer.jpg Monday, October 19 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!.

Check out volunteer opportunities here!

Rides Committee
Want to lend your talents to Bike Austin's cycling scene and help plan rides? Bike Austin is planning to start a monthly Rides Committee for those interested in leading daily rides, learning to lead rides, etc. If you are interested, please email  mercedes@bikeaustin.org for more information.

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, October 14
  • Wednesday, November 4* (Note the change for November to the 1st Wednesday)
RSVP here! or contact Miller Nuttle for more information, miller@bikeaustin.org
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, October 21
  • Wednesday, November 18
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Becky Moriarty at becky@bikeaustin.org
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, October 16
  • Friday, November 20
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Becky Moriarty at becky@bikeaustin.org
District 9 Mobility Conversation
Friday, Oct. 2nd at 3pm at City Hall Room 1029 (aka the "Staff Bullpen") 
Each year the City of Austin receives funding through our partnership with Capital Metro to be spent on projects enhancing mobility and public transit. Right now, the City Council is engaged in a conversation on how to allocate these "Quarter Cent Funds" and which mobility-related projects in our neighborhoods should be prioritized. Join Council Member Tovo at this informal meeting to discuss the mobility needs in District 9. We will review and share a list of projects that have been identified by City Staff as immediate mobility needs in District 9 neighborhoods. Due to space limitations, we ask that your neighborhood designate no more than two representatives to attend. Please RSVP to Bobby.Levinski@austintexas.gov.
Travis County Bike Rodeo
Saturday, October 10 from 10am to 2pm at NE Metropolitan Park BMX Track
Dust off the bike, grab your helmet, and come join us for some fun in the saddle at NE Metro Park! Learn the basics of bike safety and handling on our exciting road courses. After the rodeo, there will be a guided kids ride around the park and the brave can ride the NEW BMX TRACK! Due to limited space, we request that you RSVP at 512.854. 7275 or parks@traviscountytx.gov.

Evolve Austin's Best Austin Imaginable
Tuesday, October 13 from 6 to 8pm at Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street
Evolve Austin Partners invites you to an evening celebrating a citizen-driven movement to implement Imagine Austin. Enjoy food, drink and conversations with Peter Park and Evolve Austin Partners.
Details and RSVP for the event can be found here.

District One Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, October 17 from 10am to 12pm at Doris Miller Auditorium
Please join us on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10am - 12pm at the Doris Miller Auditorium, 2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702, as Council Member Houston facilitates the discussion between community members and staff from the Austin Transportation and Public Works Departments! Please bring your ideas for how to improve bicycling and walking in District 1.
Team Livestrong Challenge Austin
October 18 at 7:30am at Palmer Event Center
Click here for information on the ride and to register.

Interested in volunteering at the Bike Austin table? Slots are open from 9:00am-noon & noon to 3:00pm, RSVP to mercedes@bikeaustin.org.

NACTO Designing Cities Conference
October 25-31 at JW Marriott
Join us for the Designing Cities conference, convening transportation leaders and practitioners from across the country to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy. Bike Austin will be hosting several local rides as part of the conference! Click here to register.


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.