Bike Austin ( BikeAustin.Org )

Type
Advocacy Group, Education Group
Description
We envision Central Texas as a place where everyone recognizes and embraces the benefits of cycling, whether they ride or not, and where cycling is a common aspect of daily life for everyone. Central Texas has a comprehensive bicycle network enabling people in the region to comfortably, safely and efficiently use a bike for transportation and recreation. Bicycling supports the community as a whole by: increasing roadway capacity and user mobility; strengthening the economy and household affordability; improving the environment; and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

Our Mission
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
We believe that…

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.
 

Through our work, we pledge to…

Respect each other and enjoy the activities we do together.
Partner and collaborate with public servants, government agencies, and members to accomplish our shared goals.
Strive to engage diverse populations, particularly across lines of gender, age, income, race, ethnicity, and capability.
Be conscious of social equity issues in transportation
Support all people who bicycle, whether new to bicycling or experienced.
Ensure tangible and measurable progress.
Be strategic with our political capital and challenge the status quo.
 
Group Rides
This 20 mile loop around Central Austin will be stopping to visit some of the TEMPO 2017 artworks from the Art in Public Places program. It is perfect for visitors that are looking ... moreto stretch their legs a little bit before a longer ride on Sunday. The route starts with a few neighborhood hills along Exposition before we make our first stop at Ramsey Park. Our travels will go through North Loop, Mueller, and East Austin with stops at Bartholomew Park, the Carver Library, the Mexican American Cultural Center plus a photo op at Forever Bicycles. The distance makes this an intermediate ride. We depart from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop so stop by 30 minutes early if you'd like to join us for a coffee.
Type:
Road, Social, No Drop
Level:
Novice, Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
15 - 50 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Saturday, 21 Oct, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
Taking over for William on this ride. This is more or less his classic City Park ride where we go up Lakewood (or Beauford, if you like) and then over to City Park Road, Westminster ... moreGlen, Big View, 620, etc. On the way back, we turn on Centennial (to get off Anderson Mill Rd) and wind our way back to Jollyville with a few new twists and turns in between. There is an option at Floral Park to go right and do a few more hills or keep going on Jollyville straight to the Starbucks finish. This is a fairly hilly ride, so be prepared to climb some 15-20% grades.

Post-ride coffee at Starbucks for those interested.

Ride Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26005040

Helmuts required on all Bike Austin rides.
Type:
Road, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Hilly, Very hilly
Date:
Tuesday, 10 Oct, 2017
Time:
8:00 AM
Here's a new variation of the tried and true Blacks Fort route. Starting at the Elementary School in Bertram, we'll head north toward Joppa, make a swing by Blacks Fort and the continue ... moreon to Lampasas. Mid-point store stop in Lampasas to refuel before we head south for the return leg. Optional water stop in Lake Victor on the return (mile 44). Low traffic and bucolic vistas make this one of my favorite routes. Well worth the drive. Expect moderate rollers with 2500 ft of climbing and classic Texas chip seal. There is a 45 mile option with a water stop in Lake Victor, no store stop.

Helmets are mandatory. Plan to arrive by 7:45AM to sign-in, get ready, and participate in the safety briefing. The ride departs at 8:00AM sharp. Fuel and facilities stop at the midpoint. Minimum of 2 bottles or hydration pack required. This is a hosted ride for the 64 mile route.

Meet around back at the Bertram Elementary School, 315 Main Street in Bertram.
Type:
Road
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Sunday, 1 Oct, 2017
Time:
8:00 AM
Join Amy Gelfand & Magge Valenti on an easy going and friendly ride in Williamson County. RIDE NAME AND DISTANCE: Weir Lost; 30 (plus a couple more to get to the store & back) ... moremiles.

DATE/TIME: Saturday September 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am.

RIDE LEADER/CONTACT: Maggie Valenti. 512-917-7322. margaretevalenti@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION: Starting behind the Salt Lick in the Dell Diamond parking lot we will travel through the sports complex and ride to the town of Weir and back. We will mostly be on farm roads but there are a couple of roads with high traffic where single file will be required. There are some small hills but the bigger challenge will be the wind.

AVERAGE SPEED: 12 to 17 mph. This all depends on the group and how tired Maggie & Amy are. We aren't that fast and are fine if folks ride off the front and wait at turns & intersections. And the wind.

TERRAIN: Flat to rolling??

RIDE START ADDRESS: 3350 East Palm Valley Blvd.Salt Like BBQ in Round Rock Texas - Park in the back away from the restaurant

MAP/CUE: Old school paper maps with turn by turn will be available.

Please note:

· Helmets are mandatory.

· Ride will be “no drop” but only assuming riders have properly matched themselves to the ride description, average speed and terrain.

· Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, sign in and have the 5-minute safety briefing to be ready for an on-time departure.

· In case of inclement weather, check this posting on the morning of the ride.
Type:
Road
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Saturday, 30 Sep, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
Join us for a variation on the ride to Creedmoor. We'll go out via the Mueller subdivision and the east side and return on the near west side. There will be some stop and go urban ... moreriding, but also some flat semi-rural straightaways.

Riders should bring helmet, water and a spare tube. Please leave earbuds and headphones at home.

The average speed overall will be 13-15 mph, but speeds will probably be faster on some intervals. This is a no-drop ride and we will regroup at hills and corners as necessary.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for sign-in and route briefing.

Parking is available north of 51st on Duval and on the side streets around the Flight Path. Please don't park in the alley behind the Peddler and the Flight Path.

Coffee and conversation at the Flight Path after the ride.
Type:
Road
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling, Hilly
Date:
Sunday, 24 Sep, 2017
Time:
7:30 AM
We will ride through east, south and west Austin with an extension in Northwest Hills before returning to the Peddler. Be ready for some hills in South and West Austin. A store stop ... morein South Austin or at 7-11 on Lake Austin Blvd. Ride Leader: Jeff Hufford, jeff_hufford@hotmail.com. Cell: 512-657-9381 (can receive texts). Please arrive 5-10 minutes early as a courtesy to your fellow riders for sign in and the ride speech; we aim to leave on time. Route may vary somewhat from the linked map depending upon conditions and participants. Ride will be cancelled in case of rain or wet roads. Join us for coffee/breakfast/conversation afterward at Flight Path Coffee.
Type:
Road
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
15 - 50 riders
Terrain:
Hilly
Date:
Sunday, 17 Sep, 2017
Time:
7:30 AM
Shorter Options Available
RIDE NAME AND DISTANCE: Joby’s Oatmeal (aka Milmor’s Man Revised). 64 miles. Shorter options available. DATE/TIME: Saturday 23rd September @ 8 am.... more

RIDE LEADER/CONTACT: William Hudson; 210-387-7340; WilliamPedalsOn@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:

AVERAGE SPEED: 15 - 17 mph. A guide only; actual pace depends on the group and to maintain this average, there will be some significantly faster stretches.

TERRAIN: Rolling to moderately hilly

RIDER LEVEL: Experienced, self-confident riders who are comfortable and very safe in a group riding situation which could include pace-line riding, hilly terrain and exposure to significant urban traffic.

RIDE START ADDRESS & url: Liberty Hill Elementary School, 1385 Main St, Liberty Hill, TX 78642. https://goo.gl/maps/t6Na6SJdwYy

MAP/CUE/RideWithGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22170944

LUNCH/COFFEE? Possible lunch at the nearby Liberty Hill Deli.

OTHER:

· Helmets are mandatory on all my rides.

· Ride will be “no drop” but only assuming riders have properly matched themselves to the ride description, average speed and terrain.

· Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, have the 5-minute safety briefing to be ready for an on-time departure.

· In case of inclement weather, check this web site and/or my emails early on the morning of the ride.

I also have a Google Group (Austin and Central Texas Cycling) in which we discuss upcoming rides and miscellaneous cycling stuff. Email me (address above) if interested in joining – you can always unsubscribe yourself if you later decide you have no interest.
Type:
Road, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling, Hilly
Date:
Saturday, 23 Sep, 2017
Time:
8:00 AM
Max 1 hour for demo. Hands-on is optional. Free & no registration.
Do you feel awkward when on a group ride and need to ask for help in fixing a flat? Don't fret .... we've all been there. Stop by and pick up a few hints on taking the wheel and tire ... moreoff, changing the tube and replacing them. You can either simply watch or bring your bike to practice. If you do the latter, you might want to bring a spare tube just in case of a mishap (pinched tube). If we have time, we can also touch on repairing a tube.
Type:
Social
Level:
Novice, Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Date:
Wednesday, 20 Sep, 2017
Time:
7:00 PM
This 28-mile intermediate ride will visit 4 neighborhood parks, home to Art in Public Places TEMPO exhibits: Brentwood Park, Ramsey Park, Bartholomew Park, and Schroeter Park. The ... moreArtRides TEMPO North Route has fewer stops and more mileage than the South Route, finishing with a visit to Shroeter Park off of Duval Rd in northwest Austin. The plan is to explore portions of the new Mopac Bike Path with a cut-through back into the neighborhood via the Hyde Park Baptist Church property which is open for public access. Most of this ride is along fairly comfortable routes but our finish is on Jollyville Rd to the Arboretum. Please judge your abilities fairly against the route description for the safety and enjoyment of other riders. If the ride is a stretch for you, make plans to ride with us on Nov 18th for TEMPO Convergence when the works will be located in East Austin.
Type:
Road
Level:
Intermediate
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Sunday, 17 Sep, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
This evening bike ride exploring Art in Public Places TEMPO exhibits is beginner and B-Cycle friendly. We'll adjust the route to be between 4 and 10 miles with 2 or 3 stops depending ... moreon the riders in attendance and the heat of the evening. Our targets are art works at the Mexican American Cultural Center, the Carver Library and the Austin Nature Center. We'll meet at Open Room Austin - one of my personal favorites in Austin's public art collection - it's the Alice in Wonderland-looking table with the glowing lights just off the Pfluger Bridge.
Type:
Road, Social, No Drop, Family Friendly
Level:
Novice
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Saturday, 16 Sep, 2017
Time:
6:00 PM
Recreation Rides
The Central Texas Community Ride New name, same great ride! The annual event is returning in 2017, this time starting in Georgetown, Texas. Beginning from Rentsch Brewery, the ride ... morewill be a scenic route through the Georgetown and Austin area with 4 different mileages- approximately 12, 21, 40 and 62 miles for varying riding expertise. Along the path will be rest stops and after the ride, beer will be served from local breweries along with a barbecue meal.

Regular Registration is $60 and is tax-deductible. Non-riders wanting to support the cause can purchase a meal ticket or make a donation on the registration page.

Packet pickup will be Thursday, September 7 before the ride from 6:30-8:30

Event Details: http://www.dontfearthefinger.org

+1 (303) 709-8596
contact@1400miles.com
@1400_miles
Date:
Saturday, 4 Nov, 2017
The Armadillo Classic is an amazing ride for cycling enthusiasts of all ages, ride preferences and abilities that wanders through the Texas Hill Country and The Balcones Canyon-lands ... moreNational Wildlife Refuge.

The ride will start and finish at Liberty Hill Elementary with various routes for all ages and abilities.

Registration Rates Through October 27 until 11:59PM
Adult Registration – Current Member – $ 50.00
Adult Registration – Non Member – $ 60.00
Kids 17 and under (must be accompanied by a paying adult) – $ 10.00

Day of Event Registration
Adult Registration – Current Member – $ 65.00
Adult Registration – Non Member – $ 75.00
Kids 17 and under (must be accompanied by a paying adult) – $ 20.00

Register to support the only cycling event around town that helps raises money for cycling. We need your support to allow us to keep doing what we do: To improve the quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.

Proceeds will again support the Bike Austin and the Education Fund to advocate for your rights and to educate the community of all ages and abilities to safely experience the joys of bicycling in Central Texas. We will offer free classes to community at large and corporations alike on how to utilize active transportation methods.

Register today and enjoy the beautiful rolling scenery and wildflowers, get a great ride in & do something good for the Austin & Central Texas community at the same time.

Sponsor & Vendor Opportunities are available.
Please contact Mercedes Feris, Executive Director: mercedes@bikeaustin.org
Date:
Saturday, 28 Oct, 2017
Mission to Mission Charity Bike Tour celebrates Mission Park Pavilions . This beautifully redesigned public space was formerly known as Mission County Park #1. On the historic missions ... moretrails, Pavilions is the perfect gateway by dedicated bike paths to the Spanish Colonial Missions - now a World Heritage Site!

Mission to Mission is a non-competitive event set in the heart of the Missions National Historic Park. All routes are level to gently rolling and include paved roads maintained by the city, county and state.
The family ride touches four Spanish Colonial Missions along the San Antonio River and provides a family opportunity for historic tours or just enjoying the restored missions' grounds. The Family Tour features small rider groups along dedicated bike lanes & hike/bike paths. Family group tours can be adjusted to fit interests and skills.
The extended tours offer an a self paced rural route that traverses the historic Missions Trails, rural neighborhoods, and Braunig & Calaveras Lakes. Mobile SAG and staffed break points provide support for all three tours.
Date:
Saturday, 3 Dec, 2016
Tour de Gruene 2016 will be hosted once again at the scenic Lazy L & L property on beautiful River Road. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and encircled by the Guadalupe River it’s ... morehard to imagine a more scenic location than this property. It is a time to enjoy the camaraderie alongside fellow cyclists who share your love of cycling the magnificent central Texas countryside.

Team Time Trials are a competition but no racing license is required. Two person teams begin 30 seconds from the next team and then race 26.4 miles against the clock for awards in various gender, equipment, age, and ability divisions. We also have tandem and co-ed divisions! Teams will be seed started according to their predicted average mph for the course. Last year's winner(s) and any course record holders are given the honor of being seeded last.

Our Post Ride Celebration will include a catered lunch awards ceremony under the spacious and modern pavilion at the Lazy L & L. Horseshoes, washers and sand volleyball courts surround the pavilion. Like to camp or RV? Reserve a site through L & L and gather with other cyclists along the river for the weekend.

Also included in your entry is a ticket into Wurstfest – a local German festival with good food and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment. And of course our classic, quality t-shirts featuring a graphic as redesigned by Roger Christian and Company rc-co for our event.

We look forward to seeing everyione in November for a spectacular race and fun gathering. The Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation of New Braunfels is our chosen charity as well as a few local church and school groups.
Date:
Sunday, 6 Nov, 2016
Travis County Sheriff ’s Office and Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) invite you to participate in Road Share, a cycling ride benefitting SOTX athletes in the Central Texas area. Your ... moreparticipation helps provide sports, inclusion and health programs for children and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities. Road Share is also a collaborative effort to promote safety standards for cyclists and motorists of Travis County by encouraging the community to join in the commitment that all passengers on the road look out for each other, so that we can all reach our destinations safely.
Date:
Saturday, 22 Oct, 2016
Tour de Gruene 2016 will once again race along beautiful River Road. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and encircled by the Guadalupe River it’s hard to imagine a more scenic start location ... morethan the Lazy L & L valley property. It is a time to enjoy the camaraderie alongside fellow cyclists who share your love of cycling the magnificent central Texas countryside.

Individual Time Trials are a competition but no racing license is required. Racers begin from a starting ramp and start 30 to 60 seconds apart and then race 15.5 miles against the clock for awards in approximately 45 different gender, equipment, age, and ability divisions. Racers will be seed started according to their predicted average mph for the course. 

Our Post Ride Celebration will include a catered dinner awards ceremony under the spacious and modern pavilion at the Lazy L & L. Horseshoes, washers and sand volleyball courts surround the pavilion. Like to camp or RV? Reserve a site through L & L and gather with other cyclists along the river for the weekend.

Also included in your entry is a ticket into Wurstfest – a local German festival with good food and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment. And of course our classic, quality t-shirts featuring a graphic from a repurposed vintage posters as redesigned by Roger Christian and Company rc-co for our event.

We look forward to seeing everyione in November for a spectacular race and fun gathering. The Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation of New Braunfels is our chosen charity.
Date:
Saturday, 5 Nov, 2016
Tour de Gruene Fall Bicycle Classic hosts cycling tours and competitive time trials along beautiful River Road in New Braunfels, Texas. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and encircled ... moreby the Guadalupe River it’s hard to imagine a more scenic location than the Lazy L & L Campground valley property. Tour de Gruene is an amazing ride – offering six different tour routes between 14 and 65 miles. 

Recreational Tours receive medical and mechanical support as well as relaxation stations approximately every 10 miles with restrooms and refreshments. Most intersections are controlled by officers. Our Post Ride Celebration will include music and a catered lunch under the spacious and modern pavilion at the Lazy L & L. Also included in your entry is a ticket into Wurstfest – a local German festival with good food and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment. And we are proud to say that we have one of the best event t-shirts in the state that always features a re-purposed vintage cycling graphic redesigned by Roger Christian & Company. rc-co 

Tour de Gruene is a time to enjoy the camaraderie alongside fellow cyclists who share your love of touring the magnificent central Texas countryside. Horseshoes, washers and sand volleyball courts surround the pavilion. Like to camp or RV? Reserve a site through L & L and gather with other cyclists along the river for the weekend. Current Event rates are posted below in the Registration Information section. We look forward to seeing you in November for a spectacular ride. Our chosen charity to benefit is the Sally M. Kingsbury Sarcoma Research Foundation of New Braunfels.
Date:
Saturday, 5 Nov, 2016
Wheels & Heels for Meals is one of the Food Pantry’s largest fundraising events. It began in 2009 and grows every year. Our 88-mile ride begins at the Food Pantry, in the town ... moreof Fort Davis, TX, and meanders along beautiful, scenic roads to the town of Valentine and then back. It is designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. No one is required to ride the entire 88 miles and it is not a race. Along the way, there are two pit stops with food, shade, portable toilets and wet towels. Then in Valentine, lunch is served with music and surprises. One year we even had an apple bobbing contest!

In 2013, we introduced a new, shorter, fun route called the Princess Tour. And at only 17 miles of mostly downhill, scenic roadways and chock full of pampering extras, you will know why it was named as such. On the Princess Tour, you are treated like royalty. First, you are whisked to the top of the mountain starting point (Bloys Camp) while enjoying scrumptious pastries, orange juice and espresso. At the finish your paparazzi awaits to rejoice with you in your success!

And also, beginning in 2014, the Wheels For Meals event became the Wheels & Heels For Meals. We added a new walking route for those that would like to participate in the fundraising and sights but aren’t comfortable biking the longer distances. The walk portion entails a 1, 2, 4 or 8 mile course.
Date:
Saturday, 1 Oct, 2016
Imagine miles of rolling hills and thickly wooded forests! The Pineywoods Purgatory-fall's premier cycling event-offers four rides ranging from 25 to 102 miles that take you through ... moreTexas Forest Country's best! Don't let the first few miles fool you-the terrain is not without challenge! And to cap off your ride, the Angelina Expo Center and its cadre of volunteers and partners offer unmatched hospitality to riders and their guests. When you finish your course, return to the Expo and a Beer Garden, live music & fajitas. Then it's not just a ride; it's a weekend experience with Lufkin's Downtown Bistro on tap for Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Date:
Saturday, 1 Oct, 2016
The 30th annual Outlaw Trail 100 Cycling Tour will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Old Settlers Park at the Dell Diamond. ... more

Saddle up Pardner for the 30th Annual Outlaw Trail 100 Cycling Tour scheduled for Saturday, October 8th starting 8am in Old Settlers Park. 10 mile, 25 mile, 40 mile, 50 mile, 100 km and 100 mile loop courses will meander through historic eastern Williamson County. Aid stations, bike repair and sag wagon support will be on all courses to assist cyclists on their journey.

Outlaw Trail isn’t competitive; it is an opportunity to join cyclists from across Texas for a ride across Williamson County. There are rest stops set up along the trail for cyclists to grab some snacks or a drink. Riders can ride at their own pace and rely on support from sag wagons and rest stops thr oughout their ride. The tour closes at 5 p.m. so cyclists should select a course they can finish within that time period.

Date
This event is Saturday, Oct. 8, with 100 mile riders taking off at 8 a.m. with a staggered start. No rider will start after 8:30 a.m. The course will close at 5 p.m. Parking is available in the Dell Diamond parking lot (at park entrance).

Course information
The start/finish line will be located on Harrell Parkway by the Dell Diamond in front of the Old Settlers Tabernacle. Cyclists will park in the Dell Diamond parking lot and walk to the Old Settlers Tabernacle for packet pickup on event day and/or registration.

Please arrive early so you can go to the Tabernacle, get your packet, get your bike, and be ready to take off on time.

Rewards
First 950 bandits receive an Outlaw Trail 100 shirt, ticket to the Cyclist Social Pasta Dinner, and other Miscellaneous items. Plus, as a rider you enjoy sag wagon support on the course, fruit and sports drinks, and a meal after the tour!

Packet Pick-up
Coming Soon.

Fee
Cost for participation in the Outlaw Trail is outlined below:
Early registration ends on or before October 2: $35
Late registration October 3 to October 8: $45
Grub & Pasta Dinner
There is a Pasta Dinner for registered cyclists at the Old Settlers Association Tabernacle on Friday, October 7 from 5 to 8pm. Guests can pay ahead of time or at the door. Cyclists must pick up their packet and pasta dinner ticket prior to entering the dinner. Saturday morning munchies will be provided, and following your ride, we’ll have more grub for you to enjoy.

Travel Assistance
Sag wagons from Round Rock Parks and Recreation will provide road assistance and transport for those unable to complete the tour. Bicycle Sport Shop will provide emergency bicycle repair on the course; however, be prepared to handle your own flats and minor repairs. Remember, the course closes at 5 p.m.

Watering Holes
Rest areas will be located at 12-14 mile intervals. Water, fruit and other snacks will be provided in addition to portable toilets and medical assistance.

Rules

This event will be held rain or shine unless extremely dangerous conditions exist. No refunds will be made. Participants will be started according to distance traveling – longest distance riders will leave first. All traffic laws must be obeyed at all times. Helmets are required. Please ride only what you have trained for. 100 mile cyclist need to pass Aid Station #2 and be on the way to Aid Station #3 by 9:45 am.

Safety

Whether this is your first time riding in a tour, or you’re a seasoned rider, please review the safety guidelines and recommendations for Outlaw Trail. There’s no such thing as being too careful! All cyclists are expected to know the rules of the road and obey them!

If you are new to cycling, you may want to consider a training course from Bicycle Sport Shop and/or joining their riding group on a few pre-rides to make sure you’re ready to ride in a large event. First and foremost, we want you to be careful and enjoy a safe ride.
Date:
Saturday, 8 Oct, 2016
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