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BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting 2017

BikeNews; Member News

Every September, BikeTexas members come together for the Annual Membership Meeting. We hear from board members and staff about where we are and where we'd like to be in the next year. We share successes and setbacks. This Sunday, we'd like to hear from you.
 
We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 24, from 3:30 to 6 PM as we celebrate the work of another year together. Register now to attend. The Annual Membership Meeting is open to the public.
 
If you're in the Austin area, please join us at the BikeTexas office, 3301-B E 5th Street (map). 
 
If you can't make the trip to Austin that day, you're invited to join us online via Go to Meeting from home, a coffee shop, public library, or wherever you may be. Register now to reserve your Go to Meeting space.
 

Trek bike

The Annual Membership Meeting is also when we'll have our annual drawing for a new bike! One lucky member will roll away with a 2018 Trek 7.2 FX bike in the color and size of your choice, which you'll be able to pick up from your local Texas Trek dealer. Trek has generously donated this giveaway bike just for BikeTexas members. Not a member yet? Join here.
 
Register to attend either in person or online, and we'll see (or hear) you on September 24.
   

On the Lege, Bike Giveaway, and More: BikeTexas Today September 2017

BikeNews; Member News

Texas Strong - Texas Proud
 
Friends on the Gulf Coast, our hearts are with you and we grieve with you for the devastation wreaked upon your lives, homes, and businesses. We've been relieved to hear from many of our friends in the region that they are safe and already helping friends and neighbors. Nature has thrown some of the worst she has at you, and Texans have responded with the best that is within us. We stand at your side in the days, weeks, and months to come as homes and businesses are restored and lives are rebuilt. We look forward to offering a helping hand, visiting with our friends again, and once more sharing a bike ride along Texas' beautiful coast.
 
The ink was barely dry on the Distracted Driving bill before the legislature sought to undermine local control on safety.
 
SB 15 would have voided local hands-free and no-texting ordinances around the state, wresting local control away from the people of Texas and erasing the many laws that are stronger than the new statewide texting ban.
 
SB 14, which would have voided local tree ordinances, also popped up during the special session. Especially with our long, hot summers, trees ultimately make biking and walking better and improve quality of life. BikeTexas testified against both bills.
 
We're happy to report that neither bill was able to gain traction and the special session ended with the lege's attack on local control being unsuccessful.
 
 
Buy A Trek, Support Bicycle Advocacy
BikeTexas is honored to share a generous promotion from our friends at Trek Bikes: for every Trek purchased in Texas in September, Trek will donate $10 to BikeTexas to support bicycle advocacy and education across the state.
 
If you're looking to upgrade your ride or add to your N+1, now's the perfect time to head to your local Texas Trek dealer to get a great bike and make Texas a great place to ride a bike at the same time!
Every year, BikeTexas gives one lucky member a new bike. Is 2017 your year?
 
Texans of all stripes love to ride bikes. In an increasingly fraught, hyper-partisan political atmosphere, we maintain a nonpartisan stance and work with policymakers across the political spectrum. Our membership is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. We work with everyone to increase bicycle access, safety, and education for all Texans. Our office is three miles from the Texas Capitol and TxDOT offices (perfect length for a bike ride!) which means that we are frequent visitors.
 
But we can't do it without you! When people who ride bikes speak up, politicians listen, because we have the strength of thousands of Texans who want great places to walk or ride a bike. BikeTexas members get the right laws passed, the wrong laws stopped, and we're in it for the long haul--we've been here for 25 years and we're not going away.
 
How can you be part of the fight and enter to win a new bike? By becoming a BikeTexas member! Memberships start at just $5/month.
 
Become a member today or renew your annual membership to keep making Texas a great state for biking and walking. You must join BikeTexas between August 14 to September 20 to enter the drawing. The winner will be drawn at our Annual Membership Meeting on September 24--plus all members are eligible to vote at the Annual Membership Meeting.
 
As an extra thank you, Sustaining Monthly Members are automatically entered in the drawing. No need to do anything else; you're already making Texas a great place to bike and walk!
 
Kidical Mass SA
Have you heard of the Kidical Massmovement? Kidical Mass's goal is to get families cycling together and to show that kids are traffic, too. All rides are kid friendly. Each ride is centered around kid-friendly locations. The pace is appropriate for young riders and we make frequent stops. The hope is that the Kidical Mass movement will continue to spread across other communities and neighborhoods.
 
San Antonio Kidical Mass holds monthly bike rides for families on the city's Northwest side. For more info about Kidical Mass, visit the national site at www.kidicalmass.org.
 
 Check our our favorite ridesharing app, RideAustin--the rideshare that lets you give while you're on the go. If you're visiting Austin and need a quick lift or you're out for a fun night but left your bike at home, RideAustin is the solution you're looking for. Choose BikeTexas as your round-up charity and you'll be supporting statewide bicycle advocacy even while ridesharing! Get the app for iPhone or Android here.
 
 Trails!
Help us spread the word about great trails all around the state. Do you have a favorite trail? Drop us a line and tell us about it, and your favorite could be in our next Friday Trails post on Facebook or in another edition of BikeTexas Today. Let's dig up all of our undiscovered gems!
Recreation Trails
 
BikeTexas was pleased to loan three electric-assist bikes to The Rivard Report of San Antonio. Read about their e-bike experience here: E-Bikes Offer Alternative For Cyclists Tired Of Sweaty Commutes
 
Mark Your Calendar
 
 
San Antonio Siclovia, October 22: Come visit our KidsKup event area to try out our Strider balance bikes. Balance bikes are an intuitive way for kids to learn how to ride a bike without fear of falling. Kids ages 2 - 10 years old will receive expert instruction at this completely free event.
 
Dallas Bike Ride, November 4: 20 miles of fabulously car-free roads through Dallas neighborhoods. What more can we say? Early registration now extended to September 8, so sign up at the discounted rate while you can!

Want the latest news in your inbox instead of on your desktop? Sign up for BikeTexas emails here.

   

News By Bike: September 1

BikeNews; Community

It's almost hard to belive that only a week ago, some Texans were gearing up for the Hotter'N Hell Hundred while others were bracing themselves for Harvey to make landfall. We've always known our state is big enough to hold the biggest triumphs and the deepest heartbreaks, and that Texans are strong enough in mind, body, and spirit to face whatever comes without backing down.

Gulf Coast friends, Texas has your back and won't let you get through this alone.

 

NewByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

The rest of the state is back in school this week. We hope everyone had a great first week back! Check out our back-to-school resources here.

We're honored to announce an exciting partnership with Trek Bikes-- for every Trek sold in Texas in September, Trek will donate $10 to BikeTexas to support bicycle advocacy and education across the state! Need to upgrade or add to your N+1? Now's the time!

We're giving away a bike! Entry period continues until September 20.

New univerisity student? New to Texas? Welcome! Check out this overview of Texas bike laws, and our guide to using public transportation. You'll be rolling in no time!

 

From around Texas:

Houston B-cycle is already hard at work getting stations and bikes repaired and ready to roll again.

CAMPO's 2045 Regional Active Transportation Plan is available for public comment.

Before the storm hit last week, Houston's city council approved the fiscal year allocation of the Bayou Greenways Projects bond money. Whatever the future holds for Houston's parks, we hope these greenways are able to continue to grow and offer great spaces for Houstonites to relax and enjoy their city.

Velo Paso takes a look at pedestrian accommodation during local construction projects. It isn't pretty.

 

From elsewhere:

Baby Boomers aren't getting any faster at crossing the street as they age. So it's time to design all-ages friendly streets.

Check out this virtual reality look at how pedestrians might interact with autonomous vehicles.

The National Traffic Safety Board has finally addressed speed as an issue in traffic fatalities.

Winnipeg, Canada, is experimenting with temporary protected bike lane infrastructure in a nine-month pilot program.

Bernice Dapaah is making her community better, one bamboo bike at a time.

Great explanation of level of traffic stress for people who ride bikes.

 

Have a safe holiday weekend.

   

On the Lege: 85th Special Session Recap

BikeNews; Advocacy

texas capitol

The ink was barely dry on the Distracted Driving bill, passed into law in the regular session, before the legislature went after the cities that pushed them to adopt a statewide texting ban in the first place.

SB 15 sought to void local hands-free and no-texting ordinances around the state, wresting local control away from the people of Texas and erasing the many laws that are stronger than the statewide texting ban. BikeTexas testified before the Business and Commerce Committee, reminding them local ordinances can be vital to testing the effectiveness of traffic safety laws. It is well established that distracted driving costs many lives every year, but SB 15 would not have increased road safety and in fact would likely have done the opposite.

At the same time, BikeTexas testified against SB 14, which would have voided local tree ordinances. Trees and their management can be vital to a city's brand, affecting its ability to attract employers and residents. Trees provide many benefits, including mitigating the heat island effect. Especially with our long, hot summers, trees ultimately make biking and walking better and improve quality of life. Tree ordinances should be decided at the local level and not the legislature.

We're happy to report that neither bill was able to gain traction and the special session ended with the lege's attack on local control being unsuccessful.

   

Remembering Iris Stagner

BikeNews; Advocacy

Friday, 25 August 2017 20:54

Hotter'N Hell weekend is always a special time for us at BikeTexas. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. This year, one face is missing even more than usual, the one friend who I saw for the last time at Hotter'N Hell five years ago.

Iris Bicycle Sign

Iris Stagner poured her passion and zest for life into all that she did. Whether as a wife, a mother, a civil servant, an advocate, a friend, a cyclist, or a runner, Iris brought her whole heart to the table. Her work to bring "Share the Road" signs to Palo Pinto county is but one of many legacies she left behind.

I first came to know Iris as an advocate and in those early days provided some coaching on bicycle advocacy at the city, county, and state levels. Iris took to bicycle advocacy as she did everything else: with gusto and enthusiasm, so much so that she joined the board of BikeTexas to help provide leadership for bicycle advocacy across the state. Just as she worked at her running and bicycling, she also worked to make Texas the best and safest that it could be for road users of all ages and abilities.

Iris Stagner hi-res-1692 copy 1Although it seems like such a short time since Iris was taken from us, it’s been every bit of five years since I saw her at her final Hotter’N Hell. She was excited and ready for another century, but at the same time always looking for ways she could help other people. As she prepared and trained, whether for the Boston Marathon (which her daughter Felicia would ultimately run in her place) or the HHH century, she always did it with safety in mind and with consideration for other road users. I don’t know that any of us who were blessed enough to know her will ever recover from losing Iris so tragically just as she was poised to retire and enter in to her next great adventure.

Iris CapitolBicycle advocacy is just as challenging in Texas today as it was that day Iris walked through the Capitol doors. During this year’s legislative session, I thought about Iris every day as we worked to pass the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act. The three-foot passing law was particularly important to Iris, who travelled to Austin to meet with her senator and representative and convince them to support the bill. In fact, her state representative became a co-author of the Safe Passing Bill after Iris’ visit. This bill is named for Iris not only because she was so committed to its passage, but also because had the motorist who took Iris’ life given her three feet of clearance when passing, she’d still be riding with us this weekend at Hotter’N Hell, running marathons, and doing her best to make the world a better place for all of us.

Although we still haven’t passed Safe Passing at the state level, it is law in 25 Texas cities. I believe Iris would be proud to see how far we’ve come, as well as determined to continue the fight for the work left to do. We continue this fight for Iris and the countless others who have been needlessly killed while riding. In the meantime, friends of Iris also continue her work though the Iris Stagner Memorial Fund, which supports bicycle education across the state.

Iris Ride 2This weekend at Hotter’N Hell, it’s been wonderful to see so many of Iris’ friends and family, including her daughter and granddaughter. Many of us will ride this year, as we have every year since 2012, with Iris in our hearts. BikeTexas looks forward to continuing Iris’ hard work at the city and state levels to make three-foot passing ordinances, and the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act, a law that works for all Texans who walk or ride bikes.

 

Robin Stallings, Executive Director

 

Photos, top to bottom: Signs being installed in Palo Pinto County; at Hotter'N Hell 2012 with (l to r) Robin, Fernando Martinez, Iris, and Butch Stagner; Iris at the Capitol with BikeTexas' Mark Stine and Robin Stallings; Butch Stagner talking to riders who gathered for Iris' funeral ride

   

HHH Weekend Only: Special Membership Premiums

BikeNews; Member News

You've already heard the great news. We're giving away a bike! Many thanks to those who already joined and are making Texas a great place to ride a bike.  

Giveaway bike generously donated by Trek and Texas Trek dealers

Maybe you haven't entered yet. That's okay--there's no better time than Hotter'n Hell Hundred weekend to join BikeTexas and enter to win a 2018 Trek 7.2 FX bike-- Trek's most popular model.

How to enter? Become a member today or renew your annual membership to help make Texas a great state for biking and walking. Sustaining monthly members are automatically entered into the drawing. Questions? See our FAQ here.

But that's not all! In honor of the Hotter'n Hell Hundred this weekend, we're offering special premiums to anyone who joins now, renews their annual membership, or upgrades their monthly membership-- and you don't have to be at HH100 to take advantage of these specials! Join or upgrade before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 27 and get...

A free BikeTexas hat with a $5/month membership

A free "I Bike TX" t-shirt with a $10/month membership

Your choice of a t-shirt or jersey PLUS a free hat with a $20/month membership 

 

Don't miss out! The winner of the bike will be drawn at the BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting on September 24, but these special premiums are only available NOW!

 

   

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