Austin Bike News Roundup for November 7, 2019

It’s been a minute since I posted one of these and I like the format, so let’s dive right in. Right after the “Continue Reading” separator. You know you wanna. Just go ahead and peak. It won’t hurt, I promise. You might even learn something. Alright, I’ll meet you there in a moment. OK? Ready, set, go!

YOU MADE IT! I can’t believe you’re here! But you did it, congratulations and thank you! Alright, enough with the suspense, already. Here’s our first topic. But first, a shout-out to for the tip.

Court Says UT Vehicles Can Hit Cyclists

This is a little late, but a few weeks ago, the Texas Supreme Court ruled against a woman who was hit while on her bicycle by a University of Texas truck on school property back in 2015. The argument said that she was considered to be trespassing and the Recreational Use Statute meant the university was not liable. It the view of a judge and then an appeals court, that was wrong and the cyclist could sue for damages. But the Supremes stepped in and sided with the 6 million pound gorilla and said that UT was immune from the lawsuit.

In my view it’s a stupid ruling that sets a horrible precedent. A Dude Abikes no likes. Here’s the link to an article in the Austin American-Statesman (see #9).

Full Moon Ride 11/11-11/12

Source: Jorge Mena Full Moon Cruze

I’ve yet to go on one of these, but they sound fun. Basically, you meet at midnight at the Pfluger Bridge on Town Lake in downtown Austin, and ride around for a while. The November moon is called the Beaver Moon or the Frosty Moon. If you’re curious, you can look that up. Why do I have to do everything around here for you?

Anyway, here’s a link to the Full Moon Cruze and here’s their Facey Spacey page. Another thanks to for this tip.

Smart Trips Austin Has Three November Rides

Source: Smart Trips

Smart Trips Austin aims to reduce drive-alone car trips and increase trips taken by foot, bike, bus or shared car. We host bike rides, transit adventures, walking tours, and more to explore Austin together using active ways of getting to our destinations.

Join us and order a toolkit today!

EastLink: Explore the Trail: Culture, SAT, NOV 9th @ 10:00 AM, 2001 E. 51st St, Austin Film Society.

Join EastLink neighbors for a few hours of story sharing along the Trail. Meet the artists, athletes, and local business owners that have shaped our communities and share your own stories of the places and spaces that define our lived experience in East Austin. 
EAST – East Austin Studio (Bike) Tour, SAT, NOV 16th @ 12:00 PM, 1999 Nash Hernandez Rd.

Meet your neighbors while learning new bike routes and exploring Austin’s largest art extravaganza! In collaboration with Austin Cultural Arts Division, TEMPO, and Big Medium, join us for a bike ride as we enjoy some of the best local art Austin has to offer! 
Purple Pedal Tour | EAST Austin Studio Bike Ride & Final Event!
SUN, NOV 24 @ 2:00 PM, 5811 Berkman Drive – Cement Loop Studio.

Join us for a *Purple Pedal Tour* around the Eastside to see the stellar art and creative gems our talented neighbors are showcasing! Grab your bikes, wear purple, and explore the city with us one last time as we pedal forward – ending at the Pillars Project
Source: Smart Trips

46th-47th Streets and Bennett-Middle Fiskville Neighborhood Bikeways

Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is evaluating local streets in Central Austin neighborhoods as a network of proposed neighborhood bikeways . These local streets were selected for their street connectivity and characteristics, including naturally lower motor vehicle speeds and volumes.  Two routing options are being considered for the north-south direction:
— Alternative A – Caswell Avenue to E 46th Street
— Alternative B – Continue on Clarkson Avenue to Bennett Avenue

Funding for these changes has been identified from the 2016 Mobility Bond Bikeways and Sidewalks Programs.

Project Open House – ATD welcomes your ideas! Feedback from the people who use the street often results in project outcomes that better reflect community needs. A preliminary design will be available at the project open house along with the project team to answer your questions. Please come by for additional information on this project and provide feedback:

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Ridgetop Elementary, 5005 Caswell Avenue (Drop in anytime!) Review the project notification . The project survey will be available on this website beginning November 12 at 6 pm. The comment period will be open through Sunday, December 15.

Bicycle Sport Shop Guadalupe Re-Opens (ish)

To end on a high note: Laaaaaaaa! Anyway, not long ago, I lamented the closure of two bike shops in the University District area. Fortunately, one has salvaged half of itself. BSS has put up a dividing wall and retained the repair shop. They call it the Bicycle Service Station. So while there are no bikes for sale, there are accessories, tires, tubes and the like. However, there were two new bikes someone had ordered from their main shop, waiting for pick up. The friendly Joe, Mitchell and Tim were there tonight although I missed out on a photo op. Anyway, this wasn’t exactly a secret, but I’m glad it happened.

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