This year Social Cycling Austin turns five years old. It's hard to believe it's been that long since, literally, just a few riders started meeting on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge on Thursdays for the Urban Night Ride. Both this city and the cycling community have changed greatly since then. There's a new building going up downtown everyday, awesome new bike facilities being created every month and everywhere you look people are riding bikes. I see more people riding bikes in one afternoon than I used to see all week in this city.
Social Cycling Austin has grown, as well. What started off as a bike ride has turned into a community that now boasts up to 8 weekly rides, holds regular community service events, advocates for local cycling issues and has spun off similar movements, both within our city as well as others across the country. The hard work of our committed volunteers and the enthusiasm of the people who ride with us has created something very dynamic that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Personally, it's been an honor and pleasure to meet and work with so many great people over the years.
We intend for our website to be our new online home and a resource for the Austin cycling community as a whole. We feature a calendar that will not only have our rides, but will be a comprehensive source for bike events in Austin. This blog, The Seat Post, will have regular and guest bloggers that will cover a wide variety of Austin-centric subjects related to the cycling scene as well as tips for better cycling. There are also photo galleries, video galleries, and list local bike resources. We'll also be rolling out some discussion boards that will be divided into various bike and non-bike related topics like "bikes for sale", "stolen bikes", "bike design and innovations" (for the invisible helmet posts) and other subjects.
We'd like to hear from you. Drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a blog entry you'd like to submit, please put "SEAT POST BLOG" on the subject line.
Welcome to the site. We're looking forward to the next five years and beyond.
- Keith Byrd