Austin Cycling Association and Bike Austin have combined forces. We appreciate your patience as we combine and update our website in order to be able to communicate with you more effectively. Please check the Bike Austin website for more up to date information. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Upcoming Events & News


Next hosted ride leader training class now scheduled for September.

On Sunday afternoon, 7th September (2-5 pm) , the next hosted ride leader training will be held at REI (North Lamar). Leading hosted rides is so very easy and gives you the opportunity to guarantee riding companions on a route of your choice, at your pace and on your schedule!  How cool is that?  Email me if you have any interest in joining us and I will add you to our list. William Hudson at hostedridesataustincycling [dot] org

Complete Streets Passes In Austin

The City of Austin passed Complete Streets design last week. Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

Join The Bike Austin Tour de Cure Team

Join Team Bike Austin (formerly Team Austin Cycling Association) for the Central Texas Tour de Cure on September 13 at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. 

The Tour de Cure is a fundraising ride for the American Diabetes Association. With routes ranging from 11 to 100 miles and a fun, family-friendly venue, it's a truly inclusive event. Whether you are a seasoned roadie or a neighborhood cruiser, we encourage you to get on your bike and join us in the fight to stop diabetes.

Click here to go to our team page and sign up. Regular registration is just $15, but Team Bike Austin members can use these coupon codes for a discount:
ACA2014 from now to June 7 for $5
ACA2014 from June 8 to September 14 for $10
Join us for our weekly team ride Thursday evenings at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. 
Questions? Contact team captain Amy Gelfand at cycle_roundrockatyahoo [dot] com.

Two Leading Austin Bicycling Groups to Combine Forces

Austin Cycling Association and Bike Austin leadership forming unified organization, propelling the city’s ambitious bicycling vision forward
 
AUSTIN – Two of the city’s non-profit bicycling organizations, Austin Cycling Association (ACA) and Bike Austin, are combining leadership to form a unified organization dedicated to promoting cycling for transportation and recreation in Austin. The groups have decided that a focused, effective cycling advocacy organization is key to helping Austin achieve its ambitions to become one of the country’s top bike cities and improve quality of life for people living in Central Texas.
 
The newly combined organization will be known as Bike Austin, a 501(c)(4), and will have an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization.
 
A task force of members from each organization’s board of directors and staff met for several months to work out the details of creating a new organization and to develop a new, draft, five-year strategic plan. The combined group will conduct a range of activities and programs, including advocacy, organized rides, events and education.
 
“Our aim is to make cycling a common part of daily life for more and more Central Texans,” said Tom Wald, Executive Director. “We know that bicycling for transportation, recreation and exercise alleviates congestion, strengthens the economy, and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle that, whether one rides or not, supports the community as a whole.”
 
The two groups are working with the Washington, DC-based consulting firm S & G Endeavors (www.SGEndeavors.com) to guide them through the strategic planning process. The firm has extensive experience in the bicycling and transportation field, as well as guiding strategic planning processes that engage the community, including BikeCleveland, Cycle Toronto, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and recently formed WalkAustin.
 
The organizations believe that combining their resources and memberships will greatly enhance their efforts to educate and advocate for a better environment for all cyclists in Central Texas. The new Bike Austin will benefit from the combined strengths and focus of each group.
 
The task force will engage the community in the strategic planning process. Bike Austin is holding a summit meeting of bicycling advocates across Central Texas on May 3-4 to seek feedback on its new strategic plan with the aim of galvanizing even greater public support behind the newly strengthened organization.
 
The final integration should be completed by late 2014, resulting in a strong, community-driven organization to work with the city, local regional planners, and others to transform cycling for all people in Austin.
 
Since it was founded in 1975, the Austin Cycling Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, has focused primarily on educating people about safe cycling skills, and promotes cycling through numerous weekly recreational rides for riders of all ages and abilities.
 
“A city that is well-suited for cycling benefits all of its citizens, even those who choose not to ride a bike, by providing more choice in transportation options,” said Stanton Truxillo, ACA Board President. “Cycling is an ideal means for people of all ages and abilities to have fun and stay healthy, and we believe that combining forces can help us achieve greater progress through a shared vision.”
 
Bike Austin, a 501(c)(4) organization originally founded in 1996 as the League of Bicycling Voters, advocates for cycling laws, policies, and the creation of a comprehensive regional cycling infrastructure, in addition to outreach education to help Austinites fit bicycling into their everyday lives.
 
“The visions of these two organizations have always been substantially the same: to get more people riding bicycles more often,” said Lane Wimberley, Bike Austin Board President. “I believe that combining our strengths will produce a world-class cycling organization right here in Austin, better able to realize that vision.”
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For more information, please contact:
Stanton Truxillo, ACA Board President 512-450-8118
Lane Wimberley, Bike Austin Board President 512-743-9818
bikeaustin.org  |  austincycling.org

ACA Holiday Party

WHEN: December 13, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: (NEW VENUE) Bicycle Sport Shop - 517 S Lamar Blvd , Austin, TX 78704

Click here to register!

We also need volunteers for this event.  Click here to fill out our volunteer form.

Thank-you REI !!!!!!

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Erica Elder and her colleagues at REI for their gracious help in allowing us to use the store's outreach meeting room for our recent hosted ride leader training class. It is a great facility and greatly contributed to the success of the class. 

Continuous Improvement: Updated Hosted Ride Categories

When the ACA hosted ride program was introduced some years ago, it was established with five ride categories, A through E.  These served us well but it is now time to tweak the system to enable participants to better match themselves to the various rides on offer.  Consequently, we have increased the number of categories from five to six, splitting the former “C” category, which was too "diverse", into two and refining the descriptions of the others. The D and E rides are unaffected. The former C group, is now covered by the new C & B categories. The former B group is now A (which better describes the B rides we have been hosting) and the former A group, which admittedly is seldom posted, is now AA.

The changeover will happen on or near the 29th of September. The new descriptions are:

Levi's Bike Shop Tour

Tuesday, August 20

Levi’s Bike Shop encourages everyone to “get in the saddle” with a specially outfitted trailer mobile FREE bike shop (free basic maintenance/tune-ups and other repairs) followed by an evening concert featuring local artists.  During the show, there will be a FREE bike valet service, with complimentary bike wash for all bikes in the valet.  To learn more about the tour, go to the Levi's Commuter Bike Shop website.
 
We need volunteers for a couple of great opportunities at this event!
1. Membership/Education Table (more info)
2. Bike Valet (more info)
3. Bike Washers (paid by event) (more info)
 
Soon, it will be a requirement in Austin for every large event to provide bike parking for at least 5% of the attendees - bike valet is a great way to do this, and we want Austin Cycling to be the premier bike valet service in town. If you'd like to join us for this event, click here for more information.

Where have ACA’s “Classic” rides disappeared to?

William Hudson, ACA Hosted Ride Coordinator

When ACA’s Hosted Ride Program was introduced some years ago, the traditional rides (at which a ride starter’s obligations are essentially limited to providing sign-in/waiver sheets distributing maps and conducting a safety briefing) were designated as “Classic” rides to distinguish them from the new type of ride, at which a host leads a “stay-together” ride at a pre-designated distance, pace and terrain. However, the title “Classic” does not convey much information to a newcomer or visitor or indeed to anyone without some knowledge of the history of the transition.

Back To Work Membership Drive

Now to the end of September

Your membership is an investment in creating a better community through bicycling. All new members and membership renewals during the membership drive period will be entered into a raffle for a new GoPro Hero HD Video camera with accessories.

Join now!