Austin Bicycle News Roundup for March 23, 2019

Update: The bus driver who apparently murdered Anthony John Diaz was arrested for manslaughter. The woman was fired from Capital Metro and will have to answer for taking four prescription drugs that had side effects of drowsiness. Let’s hope there is some justice. For more about this developing story, see this Austin American-Statesman article. You can read my two posts about him here: First Austin Bicyclist Death of 2019 – Anthony John Diaz and also here: Ride of Silence to Ghost Bike for Anthony John Diaz – Presente!. For more, and cheerier, Austin cycling news, keep on reading!

Franken Bike

Source: FrankenBike

This is a place to buy and sell bike stuff with events around Central Texas, has its monthly happening in Austin coming up on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Check out their site for more details and future events. I hope to finally be able to attend. Ironically, I need a car ride. Here’s the fun graphic for this one, to be held at the Bike Farm, a shop for used and new bikes.

Bike Night at COTA (Circuit of the Americas)

It’s back! The weekly event began March 14, and continues through June 25. A Dude Abikes has been there a few times and always enjoyed the experience. Riding a bike on a track meant for race cars is just a ton of fun. After there’s beer and burgers if you want. The cost is $15 in advance, and it does take a bit to get out to the track, but some even bike there. Here’s the link to check it out.

Source: Circuit of the Americas

Austin Bike Zoo

The ABZ had a bicycle dressed up to look like an armadillo at South by Southwest (SXSW). I stopped for a few photos of it and also caught part of their snake bike. You can hire them for events, and they will often turn up at things like SXSW. It’s a pretty cool organization I hope to learn more about. For more about them, visit this link.

The back end of the armadillo.
Inside is the operator!

The Bike Zoo’s rattlesnake, from the asp end.

City of Austin & Bike Austin

The CoA Transportation Department is hosting three Open Houses on March 26, 28, and 30 to discuss revamping the bike lanes and resident parking along a popular but congested corridor called Shoal Creek Boulevard. Bike Austin and Walk Austin are urging supporters to attend and say “I want PROTECTED bicycle lanes and pedestrian improvements on Shoal Creek”. We need to be unified in our message that, whatever the bike lane design, it must be protected with some kind of barrier. For more about this, see this City link.

Then, at 6:30 pm on March 28th, directly after the second of three Open Houses, Bike Austin (not the City of Austin) will host an after-party with free pizza at Pinthouse Pizza! Bike Austin is the advocacy and education organization I’ve been volunteering with for several years. It has been holding steering committee meetings, and yours truly has attended a few. We are looking forward to the all-volunteer group rebuilding itself because a world-class city deserves a robust bike group.

READERS NOTE & QUESTION: I switched this post from Friday night to Saturday morning in hopes that more people would see it. What do you think about my publishing schedule of late Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays?

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