Upcoming Events & News


Traffic Skills 101 returns as “City Cycling”

In time for Bike to Work day, Traffic Skills 101 returns as “City Cycling”. The class is being offered on May 9th (Class Room) and 10th (On-Road) at a reduced rate of $25 for each session.

Go to the education page and expand the City Cycling sections for more information and class registration.

You are invited May 3-4: Share your wisdom to build a stronger Bike Austin

Ever thought you might feel safer riding on the road if you had a bike lane?

Wish there was a bike rack outside of your favorite restaurant?

Want to feel like you are part of a strong bicycling community that can make a difference in the quality of life here?

As you may know, Austin Cycling Association and Bike Austin have formed a unified organization (to be known as Bike Austin) dedicated to promoting cycling for transportation and recreation in Central Texas. Now we need the help of the entire community as we take the next steps building a focused, effective bicycling organization that can improve quality of life for people living in Austin and Central Texas.

Join biking advocates, Bike Austin and Austin Cycling Association members, shop owners, community leaders, bicycle club representatives, social riders, elected officials, educators, transportation officials, and many more as we capitalize on our community’s growing interest in bicycling: a mode of transportation that is sustainable, healthy, social, and enjoyable – so that we can support it, advocate for it, and grow it.

Please join us on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 to help craft our strategy for the next three to five years. ACCELERATE: Community Strategy Summit on the Future of Austin Bicycling is a 1.5-day event that is key to the success of our organization.

To reserve your place at this important conversation around improving bicycling in Austin, please RSVP by April 28 at http://bikeaustin.eventbrite.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!

3nd Annual CPR Ride and Summer Picnic

Come join us for the 3nd Annual CPR Ride and Summer Picnic, aka the Third Annual Memorial Ride and Picnic for the Formerly Late Stanton Truxillo. This ride and picnic, with a free, hands only CPR class at noon, was inspired by the life and brain saving CPR administered by a good Samaritan when ACA member Stanton Truxillo suffered a massive heart attack on an ACA ride on August 4, 2010.

The picnic will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, August 4th in the Martin Park Pavilion in southeast Austin next to the Martin Neighborhood Pool.  It will be a cook-out for $8.00 per person and the deadline for signing up is Friday, August 2nd. Directions to the park are: drive east on Cesar Chavez to Chicon and take a right (toward the lake). Follow Chicon till you see Jesse Segovia St to the left and look to the right. The Pavilion is right there. It’s across Chicon from the huge Pavilion that Tour de Fat uses.

To sign up for the picnic, please go to the event registration page or send a check for $8.00 per person to ACA, Attn Picnic, PO Box 5993, Austin, TX 78763. Be sure to indicate if you want the vegetarian option.

The ride will start at 8:00 am. See the hosted ride calendar for details. Contact Susie Truxillo at susietruxilloatgmail [dot] com or 512-731-0857 if you have any questions. See you there!