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Get Involved! National Bike Summit Lobby Day

texans at nbs15 for web biketexasLast year at the National Bike Summit, advocates in D.C. and around the country visited, tweeted, emailed, and otherwise contacted their members of Congress about setting performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities. One year later, and those performance measures are a reality. That's the difference that lobbying makes.

Today, we can make a difference again! Bike Summit attendees are on the Hill today making personal visits, but don't let that stop you from reaching out from home. Advocates are asking three things from their members of Congress today:

1. Will you support continued funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal transportation program?  (House and Senate)

2. Will you co-sponsor the Vision Zero Act? (HR 1274) (House)

3. Will you co-sponsor the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act (TAPIA)? (Senate)

Read more about these asks here.

Please reach out to your members of Congress today, via social media or email, to ask for their support for these measures for alternative transportation. Write your own message or use the League of American Bicyclists' action center. Your voice matters!

 

Throwback Thursday: Innovation Award

biketexas staff innovation advocacy award nbs12In honor of the National Bike Summit this week, we'll do a very short throwback to 2012, when BikeTexas won the Innovation Award from the Alliance for Biking and Walking during "the Oscars of bicycle advocacy" at the summit.

The Innovation Award was in recognition of BikeTexas' VIP bike rides for elected officials and policymakers using our bike fleet. Thanks to these rides at the local, state, and even national levels, more cities and states have leaders who have seen firsthand the joys and challenges of riding a bike. We get elected officials, staffers, and other decision-makers on bikes as often as we can!

   

Submit Comments Now for 183 North Project

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:03

ct rma trail at 183 austin biketexasNumbers Matter: Please attend the 183 North Mobility Project Open House and show your support for a shared-use path.

Tonight, March 10, the 183 North Mobility Project is holding an open house to update the public on the plans for the segment of 183 between MoPac and SH 45N.

$5 million for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations is included in this project.

Now is a critical time for people who ride bikes in Austin to speak up and ask for a shared-use path along the entire corridor. With funding already dedicated to this project, the next step is for us to ensure that our voices are heard and submit comments asking for a shared-use path.

Please attend the open house tonight at Westwood High School Cafeteria (map) from 5-8 PM, or submit comments online here. Your voice matters! Thank you for making Austin a great place to ride a bike.

 

   

BikeTexas Today: December 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

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Order by noon on Friday, December 19

Get your t-shirts, jerseys, license plates, and more, but you'll have to hurry! Order by 12:00 PM TOMORROW, December 19, to make sure your gift arrives before December 24.

Already have your shopping done but still want to find a way to support bicycle advocacy this holiday season? Great! The second half of our gift guide is just for you: check out Amazon Smile, Goodsearch, and our special partnership with Freytag's Florist.

Thanks for making Texas a great place to bike, walk, AND have a happy holiday season!

 

 

You Did It! Bike/Ped Safety Measure Included in Cromnibus

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Congress passed the 2015 budget bill (Cromnibus) over the weekend, which includes a safety performance measure for bicycles and pedestrians-- a measure that people who ride bikes have been asking for during 2014. Your voice has made a difference-- thank you!

We'd like to thank Texas' Rep. Michael McCaul, who at BikeTexas' request was one of the original bill sponsors for safety performance measures. Rep. McCaul's support for government accountability for all forms of transportation sends a clear signal that he is listening to his constituents, and we're proud to have partnered with the League of American Bicyclists on this effort.

 

 

Miles and Miles of (Bike-Friendly) Texas: New Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced

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The stars in Texas keep getting brighter for people who ride bikes: three Texas cities were added to the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Communities list this week!Congratulations to our three new Honorable Mention cities:

El Paso

Hollywood Park

Plano

Want to see your city on the list in the next round in Spring 2015? We can help! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get started.

 

 

kidskup camp eagle 2014-003BikeTexas KidsKup Update for 2015

BikeTexas is sad to announce that the BikeTexas KidsKup will no longer be a feature at TMBRA events beginning in the spring of 2015.

We've enjoyed 16 years of a delightful and productive partnership between TMBRA and BikeTexas KidsKup that has produced many Texas mountain bikers. KidsKup will continue at other venues throughout the year, so stay tuned for news of when there will be a KidsKup event near you!

 

 

Save the Date!

National Bike Summit, March 10-12, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Cyclists in Suits: Texas' Bike Lobby Day, March 30, Austin 

 

 

Margaret Mayer Found Guilty of Failure to Stop and Render Aid

Chelsea Norman of Houston was killed in a hit-and-run collision last December. Last week, Margaret Mayer was found guilty of failure to stop and render aid and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. BikeHouston organized a support ride the night before the trial began. And catch the local transportation reporter's take on the outcome.

 

 

durwood ttc biketexasTexas Transportation Commission (TTC) Meets Today

Every month, people from around Texas who ride bikes come to Austin to tell the TTC why we need TAP funds in Texas. Every month, we're there to support these speakers & let the TTC know we're not going away-- and today is no exception.

Join BikeTexas today so we can continue to fight for you.

 

 

austin city hallAustin Elects Several Bike-Friendly Members to New City Council

The campaigning is done, the votes are counted, and Austin's new 10-1 City Council is ready to take their seats in January. BikeTexas congratulates all the new council members on their successful run for office. We are very excited that many pro-bike candidates are now on the council, including those we endorsed in districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7.

 

 

telly award trophy-001We'd Like to Thank the Academy

Well, sort of. We'd like to thank a whole bunch of people, starting with the folks at the 34th Annual Telly Awards, who gave BikeTexas and TxDOT a 2013 Bronze Telly for our Safety Bling! video. (We wanted to share this news sooner, but it turns out it takes a while for a shiny trophy to arrive!)

Safety Bling! was filmed as part of CATS in 2012 at Texas A&M campus in College Station and Pfluger Bridge in Austin.

 


2008-12-4 TAHPERD 029Throwback Thursday: Once Upon a December

Bicycle advocacy doesn't take a holiday, as proved by all the things Decembers past have brought to BikeTexas. Make sure your eggnog fits into your bicycle drink cage and roll along with us through this look back!

 

 

membership photo capitol biketexasFundraising Friday

BikeTexas takes part in Fundraising Friday, a fun way for nonprofits to raise money on Fridays-- people give to their favorite nonprofit on Friday, then talk about it on social media using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag. For the rest of 2014, we're stepping up our #FundraisingFriday game. Every Friday in December, donate or join BikeTexas at any membership level and we'll send you a free gift. We have a bin full of goodies to share, and we want it to be empty on December 31! 

 

Give Thanks: BikeTexas Staff at Thanksgiving

 

UT Austin's Adventure Activities Class Comes to BikeTexas

 

Bike Rodeos in Brownsville Create a Community

 

   

Austin Elects Several Bike-Friendly Council Members

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:54

austin city hall biketexasThe campaigning is done, the votes are counted, and Austin’s new 10-1 City Council is ready to take their seats in January. BikeTexas congratulates all the new council members on their successful run for office. We are very excited that many pro-bike candidates are now on the council, including those we endorsed in districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. We are also convinced that current CM Tovo and Mayor-Elect Adler will be great for biking and walking based on their campaigns, their comments, and their histories.

It is now up to those of us in the cycling community to work constructively with and educate the new council members who have not yet indicated support for biking infrastructure. We look forward to working with all of the new city council toward a more bikeable, walkable Austin! Congratulations to Austin’s new council:

Mayor - Steve Adler
District 1 - Ora Houston
District 2 - Delia Garza
District 3 - Pio Renteria
District 4 - Greg Casar
District 5 - Ann Kitchen
District 6 - Don Zimmerman
District 7 - Leslie Pool
District 8 - Ellen Troxclair
District 9 - Kathie Tovo
District 10 - Sheri Gallo

Austin definitely saw the power of every vote in this election. Some races were very tight and only a few dozen votes separated the candidates. BikeTexas encourages all Texans to exercise their right to vote in every election. Not sure if you’re registered? Start here so you don’t miss another election. 

We’re also proud of those among our endorsements who were not elected-- Mike Martinez, DeWayne Lofton, Jimmy Flannigan, Jeb Boyt, Ed Scruggs, & Mandy Dealey-- for running good campaigns and stepping up to support Austinites who ride bikes. We wish you all the best and hope that whatever your next step is, you will all remain active leaders for a better Austin.

   

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