Events and Activities
Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting – May 1, 6pm-8pm, Austin City Hall
The purpose of the Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC) is to advise the City of Austin and other jurisdictions on all matters relating to walking.
Urban Transportation Commission meeting – May 9, 6 pm, City Hall, Boards and Commission, Room 1101
The Urban Transportation Commission advises the city council, city manager and all other transportation-related departments concerning transportation-related matters including: transportation energy conservation matters grant applications; streets and highways; bus and rail service; pedestrian and bikeway programs and projects; safety related programs and projects; provision for the needs of the mobility impaired; transportation franchise requests, renewals, rate adjustments, and hours of operation. The commission also reviews and make recommendations to council on all requests for taxicab permits, including annual permits and franchise permits.
Bicycle Advisory Council meeting – May 16, 6pm-8pm, City Hall, Room 1029 or Room 1027
The purpose of the City of Austin Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC) is to advise the City of Austin and other jurisdictions on all matters relating to the use of the bicycle.
Bike Month Activities – throughout May, all around Austin
Bike Education Classes at Mellow Johnny’s
Wednesday Maintenance Class
Each week our service staff demo’s how to keep your ride on the road. Topics include flat fixing and drive train cleaning and maintenance. Check the calendar for the weekly schedule.
Wheel Building Class
From picking out parts to lacing to truing, this class guides you through the entire wheel building process. Special discounts on parts and tools are available to students.
Traffic Skills 101 Learn to ride safely and efficiently — to work, to the store, around your neighborhood or around the state. Most of us were taught to ride a bike by a parent when we were very small, and our bike education ended at that time. In fact, we were simply taught how to ride without falling down too often. But few of us were ever taught how to drive our bicycle in traffic. Traffic Skills 101 fills that gap. It is Driver’s Ed for cyclists. Traffic Skills 101 is taught by League-certified instructors, and the curriculum covers everything including bike selection, simple maintenance, fixing a flat, and strategies for riding a bike safely and confidently.
Traffic Skills 101 Mini-clinics
For those afraid of commitment, we offer the classroom portion of Traffic Skills 101 broken into small fun-size mini-clinics. Attend just those topics you are interested in or attend them all. These rotate times and are frequently paired with a bike ride. Check the calendar for our next session.
Friday Truancy Ride – Fridays 2:30 pm
Weekend warriors jump-start your weekend with a 17-18mph 30-miler through neighborhoods, official bike routes, and minimal large roadways with a few hills and optional sprints. Led by Mellow Johnny’s.
Scout-A-Route –Saturdays 9 am
Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s and Bike Austin. Perfect for the cyclist new to riding or commuting, returning to the bike after a big hiatus or just looking for a casual spin. The routes are designed to help riders navigate our city and learn safe bike commuting options. Two groups offered: 1) those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regroup points and 2) same route as the first group but with an extended mileage option. Routes vary weekly to/around Clarksville, Rollingwood, McKinney Falls, South Austin, East to Meander and more. It’s no-drop, but if you have a ride-ending mechanical issue, you may not get a ride home. Bring your cell phone.
These rides are co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s and the Austin Cycling Association. This no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning to the bike or just looking for a more casual ride.
Looking for a more seasoned ride when the fairways are booked? Join us on the Mid Century Ride. It’s the new golf. This ride is for the AARP crowd, 50 years and over. We promise not to card you. It’s a no drop, intermediate, coed ride that will cover 30-35 miles at a 14-16 mile average. The route will vary each week from hill country rollers to in-town hills. There will be regrouping stops so no rider will be left behind. If you looking for more distinguished company at a ride pace that won’t redline your heart rate, meet at the shop at 8:15 and the ride will start at 8:30am. Bring a helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, and flat changing tools. Please no headphones.
The Mid Century Ride will be twice a month. Check the Mellow Johnny’s calendar for future dates.
Free, guided walking tours of historic Austin are available year-round Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays (except holidays), weather permitting. Make a reservation here or plan your self-guided tour with these helpful guides.
Austin Farmers Market
Bike, walk or ride the bus or RedLine to a Farmers Market near you. If you’re near downtown, head to SFC Downtown Market at Republic Square on Saturday morning or the Hope Market at Saltillo Plaza (a RedLine stop!) on Sunday.
There will be a short, asphalt paved detour constructed within close proximity to the Lance Armstrong Bikeway (LAB) so that Austin Energy can perform electrical line work in the current location of the LAB. Check this detour page for updates throughout the month.
Women-only Rides & Maintenance Events:
- Bicycle Sport Shop offers free, women-only maintenance courses covering pre-ride safety and basic maintenance at their Lamar location on the first Wednesday of each month.
- Fast Folks hosts a ladies-only social ride every Wednesday night.
- Bikin’ Betties is a ladies-only social bike ride on Monday nights.
Cap Metro’s Adopt-a-Stop
Allows you or your organization to adopt one of the stops along Cap Metro’s bus lines. In exchange for helping keep your stop tidy, Cap Metro will let you spruce it up (Keep Austin Beautiful will even provide landscaping tools) to reflect the personality of your neighborhood.
Do you recycle your old bike tires & tubes?Well, now you can. Jack & Adam’s Bike Shop has a recycling station setup outside their store on Barton Springs & Lamar. You can recycle your unwanted tubes, tires, wheels, shoes, just about anything bike related. Best of all, it’s free. See this YNN feature for more info.
Orange Bike Project Shop
The Orange Bike Project has shop hours during the week where volunteers fix up bikes to be used by students.Spring 2013 hours:M: 12-3pm
Tu: 10a-1p & 3:30-6pm
Art Meets the Streets
Movability, RideScout, Rocket Electrics and zipcar were out in full force during Art City Austin!Festival-goers participated in a Mobility Relay Challenge – folks had fun riding electric bikes, downloading the RideScout app, taking a Commuter Quiz and jumping in a zipcar – for prizes! Congrats to all of our winners; we sure had fun talking about options with everyone!
Friday, December 13, 8:00 am at the Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th StreetAs a reward to commuters who get in and out of downtown without driving alone, Movability Austin hosted another great Pop-Up Breakfast event with support from Carma. Savvy commuters are invited to join us for tacos and coffee!Follow us @Movability or Movability Austin on Facebook to get announcements on future PoP-Up locations!
Started in 2000, Car Free Day is an international event that counts 1,500 participating cities in 40 countries, where commuters pledge to leave their car at home for the day, and ride a train, bus, bicycle, telework, or walk to work, and to do other errands. People can also go “car lite” by carsharing or carpooling. This event will encourage the community and regional decision makers to support car free living, policies and initiatives.Kickoff Happy Hour: Thursday, September 20 5:30-8pm, Tacos-N-Tequila (TNT), 507 Pressler Street20% of sales during Happy Hour will be donated by TNT to Alliance for Public Transportation and the CoA Neighborhood Partnering Program Appetizers provided by the Alliance for Public Transportation. Click here for more details!Car Free Day: Saturday, September 22 All DayThere will be a celebration at the SFC Farmer’s Market at Republic Square 9am-12pm.