Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 26, 2014

Two non-profit Austin bicycling organizations are joining forces to take over the world.

OK, maybe not the world exactly, but the Austin Cycling Association and Bike Austin have united to promote cycling in Central Texas. Their goal? To grow Austin into one of the top bike cities in the country - and improve the quality of life of people living here.

Since it was founded in 1975, the Austin Cycling Association has taught people how to safely cycle and has organized weekly recreational rides for people of all ages and skill levels.

Bike Austin, originally founded in 1996 as the League of Bicycling Voters, advocates for cycling laws, policies and the creation of a regional cycling infrastructure. It also teaches people how to fit bicycling into their everyday lives.

The new combined group will organize rides, advocate for cycling and put on educational events.

"Our aim is to make cycling a common part of daily life for more and more Central Texans," Tom Wald, executive director of Bike Austin, said in a pres release. "We know that bicycling for transportation, recreation and exercise alleviates congestion, strengthens the economy and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle that, whether one rides or not, supports the community as a whole."

Bike Austin will hold a summit meeting of bicycling advocates May 3-4 to get feedback on its new strategic plan. For more information go to www.bikeaustin.org.