When and why did you decide to become a Bike Austin member?
I have to admit I had not been involved in any cycling community service or advocacy for a few years, and I wanted to get back into it. I moved to Austin last July, and not long after, I attended a Bike Austin fundraiser event over the summer. I met a bunch of Bike Austin folks (including the Mayor!!), learned about what the initiatives were/are for the program, and I was in!
What benefits or positive outcomes have you enjoyed as a Bike Austin member?
I think that Bike Austin is important to the cycling community as a whole because of their facilitation of improvements to the streets (whether that be infrastructure, or the indirect effect of increased safety from increased awareness) that we all ride on, regardless of the goal or reason: commuting to work, running errands, leisurely riding, or getting out of town for a long training ride.
These donations are essential for maintaining and improving our cycling experience by enabling the staff to increase awareness of cyclists on the road, either by signage, education programs, or other means.