Currently more than 8,000 Austinites wake up during the workweek, and instead of grabbing the keys to their car, they check the tires, brakes and chain of their people-powered machines before hitting the road. The Public Works Department's Bicycle Program staff knows that encouraging more Austinites to ride a bicycle to work means appealing to as many different types of riders as possible. To get people excited about sustainable, healthy, active transportation, the department has put together a program of events for Bike Month that will encourage and promote cycling for people of all ages and abilities.
Officially, Bike Month will begin with a proclamation at a City Council meeting on April 25th. The mayor will proclaim:
- May as Bike Month
- May 8th as Bike to School Day
- May 17th as Bike to Work Day
To gear up for Bike Month, the Bicycle Program and local non-profit group Please BE KIND to Cyclists have partnered with the Austin Police Department (APD) to raise awareness about cycling safety and the Vulnerable Users Law. This spring and summer, officers with APD will conduct sting operations to catch motor vehicles in violation of the “3-foot” or Vulnerable Users Law that requires motor vehicles to give bicyclists and other vulnerable road users at least 3 feet of space when passing. Large trucks and buses are required to provide at least 6 feet of space when passing a vulnerable road user.
Log Your Commute and Win a Prize with MyCommuteSolutions
The Bicycle Program is working closely with MyCommuteSolutions, which is a regional ride-matching and trip-planning system in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. MyCommuteSolutions allows you to find a carpool buddy, explore new biking or walking routes, plan a transit trip, and utilize a single-trip finder for a conference or one-time event. The tool includes an easy tracking system, "Log Your Commute," that allows users to follow their costs and fuel saved, calories burned and pollution reduced. Register for their Commuter Challenge and log your trips throughout the month of May for a chance to win an Ortlieb Velocity Cycling Backpack or a $100 REI Gift Card!
Austin Bike Buddy is the newest way to connect with bicyclists and bicyclists-to-be in your area. Whether you're interested in commuting by bike or are already an experienced cyclist wanting to help a new friend, this site can bring you together!
Get Prepared for Bike Month at Giddyup Bikespokes!
The Austin Public Library and the Austin Police Department will be sponsoring a kid and adult-friendly Bike Rodeo on May 2nd at the Ruiz Branch Library from 4:00 to 6:00pm. The event, called "Giddyup Bikespokes!," will offer an obstacle course, helmet fitting, ABC bicycle safety check, bike lights for adults, and bicycle-themed crafts for kids and adults! Get the full details here.
Chow Down During Bike to Eat Week
Coordinated by the Ghisallo Foundation, Bike to Eat Week starts on Wednesday, May 1st and ends on Sunday, May 5th. This free event encourages cyclists to take advantage of a 10% discount at 15 participating restaurants - just for riding your bike!
Feast on Free Breakfast for Bike to Work Day
For Bike to Work Day (May 17th), the Austin Cycling Association - along with multitudes of enthusiastic volunteers - will be giving free breakfast to cyclists as they ride their bikes to work from 7-9 a.m. View more information as it becomes available on Bike to Work Day as well as a full Bike Month calendar of events.
The Public Works Department's Bicycle Program recently completed the Barton Springs Cycle Track and Bicycle Improvements Project, which involved the installation of a one-way cycle track on Barton Springs Road headed westbound and a protected bike lane headed eastbound. Public Works will be offering free breakfast from 7:00-8:45am on May 17th (Bike to Work Day) at the northwest corner of Barton Springs Road and South 1st Street. View the full invitation here. Breakfast will be followed by a short presentation and a group ride on the new facility. View the event and RSVP on Facebook.
Get Inspired by two new Artist-designed Bike Racks
The City's Art in Public Places Program and the Downtown Austin Alliance will hold dedication celebrations for two new artist-designed bike racks on Congress Avenue. Stem Rack by Ann Armstrong, located at 111 Congress, depicts two vertical steel “stems” rising up from the sidewalk, each ending in a singular leaf. Stop by on Thursday, May 16 at 5:00pm for a cookie and meet artist Ann Armstrong. Gear Grove by Ben Harman, located at 816 Congress, uses recycled bike parts to form three spires connected by supports reminiscent of bicycle crossbars. The dedication ceremony with the artist will take place at 8:30 a.m, Friday May 17th. Breakfast treats and coffee will be available. View more information about these events here.
Join the energetic fun at Viva Streets! - a free festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people-watch and celebrate good health. On Sunday, May 19, over two miles of Sixth Street will become a car-free playground for thousands of Austinites.
Everyone is welcome! Bring friends, family, your whole team or neighborhood. Connect with the community, celebrate Austin, enjoy the spectacle and be part of the show. Come equipped for your favorite activity - whether it’s walking, biking, running, skateboarding, hula-hooping or inline skating - and discover new ways to get your move on.
This family-friendly event will take place on 6th Street from Brazos to Robert T. Martinez from 12pm – 5 pm and will include activities, games and healthy food options in an open-street atmosphere.
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