First in a series on local bike media.
As we wrote yesterday, the Green Lane Project blog is kicking up a notch in order to share the wisdom about comfortable, prosperous streets that its six focus cities are developing.
But infrastructure is nothing without community. That’s why, for the next week, we’re taking a close look at the best local media &em; websites, social feeds, audio and more &em; that serves the bike community in each of our cities.
Let’s start with Austin.
Bike fun: Social Cycling Austin
The leading hub for bike fun in Austin is a very active Facebook page and is probably the single easiest way to get involved with Austin’s bike community.
Transportation advocacy: Bike Austin
General advocacy: Austin Cycling Association
This nonprofit focuses more on recreational cycling in news and conversation on its website and Facebook feed.
Inspiration and humor: Cycling Austin
The retail perspective: The Bicycle Sport Shop
Great bike photos: Prolly is not Probably
John Watson relocated from NYC to Austin in 2011 and brought his photo-centric site about bike equipment and events with him. He also sometimes posts about metal (the music, not the framebuilding material). See also Facebook and Twitter.
Bike policy with a geeky twist: Greg Griffin
Our favorite Austin-based bike tweeter is a transportation academic and planner with a yen for bikesharing and other gadget-ish transportation solutions.
Statewide scope: Bike Texas
Transpo reporting: Ben Wear
The American-Statesman’s transportation reporter covers every mode at both the state and local level, with an open attitude toward the way bikes fit in. If only he’d use his Twitter feed to actually link to his stories?
Water cooler: Bicycle Austin
A longtime local web forum that usually has a few active threads, this is a good place for bike users in Austin to ask practical questions of each other.
Racing central: Austin Tri Cyclist
Specialized bike shop blog by writer Kat Hunter does a great job covering triathalons and other central Texas races.
Women on wheels: Austin Bike Chix
Coordinating site for a social group of “fun females who like to ride bikes and help get others involved in bike riding!”
Personal policy: An Old Guy on 2 Wheels
Daily-ish updates from a grown-up bike lover and amateur builder, usually about bikes and often including his take on local bike news.
Mountain biking: AustinBike.com
A site mostly about regional mountain biking that sometimes dips into other issues.
One dude’s story: Bike Noob
A personal blog, mostly about recreational riding, by Ray Niekamp, whose secret is that he’s not a noob at all.