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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.

 

   

Throwback Thursday: Cyclists in Suits

Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

texas first cyclists in suits 2001 biketexasSince 2001, there's one thing legislators can count on every session: getting a visit and a bike pin on Cyclists in Suits Day.

Through the years, hundreds of Texans who ride bikes have made the trek to Austin to speak to legislators about bills that are important to have passed-- or bills that need to be voted down, like SB 238 in 2001. Our recap of the legislature that year:

Stopped Senate Bill 238, anti-bike legislation, from passing through the Texas Legislature, whereupon Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth fully acknowledged the power of the Texas bicycle lobby to the press.

"He has received more calls, letters, and emails from his constituents on SB 238 than any other bill he has introduced. The cycling lobby had done an effective job of networking."
-- Jan. 2001, San Antonio Express-News

(Senator Wentworth went on to become a friend to people who ride bikes, and introduced Senator Ellis' keynote address at TTAT 2012.)

Add your voice to the hundreds-- register for Cyclists in Suits 2015

 

Photo: Poster for the first Cyclists in Suits on April 9, 2001.

   

Register Now! Cyclists in Suits is March 30

The day we've been waiting for since 2013 is coming up fast-- Texas' Bike Lobby Day, Cyclists in Suits, will be Monday, March 30! Sign up here.

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What's Cyclists in Suits about? We'll start the day talking about the bills in the lege that are important to people who ride bikes, with some coaching on how to talk to legislators and their staffs. Everybody gets bike pins and literature to hand out. Next, we'll break into teams to visit each legislative office. Everyone will have a chance to visit their own legislators and let them know that cycling issues matter in your district!

Why suits? We found out pretty early on in our work with the lege that elected officials respond better when we show up in their offices in professional attire, instead of wearing whatever their mental picture of a "cyclist" is. Wear comfortable shoes, though-- we'll be doing lots of walking through the day at the Capitol and your feet will thank you if you take good care of them!

Does a visit from a constituent matter? Yes! Check out this article about Iris Stagner's visit to the Capitol in 2009, which ultimately ended in her senator changing his stance on the Safe Passing bill. When elected officials hear from their constituents, especially an in-person visit, it makes a huge impact.

At the end of the day, we'll gather at the BikeTexas office for happy hour and to celebrate a day of great work. Still not sure? After the 2013 Cyclists in Suits, Paul Harris of Bedford said,

"You should come to Cyclists in Suits because it is a fulfilling experience to work with the legislators to improve safety in cycling and access to help provide more and better places to cycle. My wife, Lynne, and I brought our 16-year-old grandson with us for the second year. He had a real blast and is already talking about going back next time. If you have kids or grandkids who are mature enough to grasp what we are doing, you should bring them along to see the legislative process in action and help raise awareness of what we are doing with their peers."

Learn more and register to attend Cyclists in Suits 2015 here.

 

Photo: Cyclists in Suits attendees at the end of the day in 2013. What's missing from this picture? YOU!

See more photos from past Cyclists in Suits events:

2013 photos

2011 photos

2007 photos

   

BikeTexas Today: December 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

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biketexas tshirt llucianoTime is Running Out! Order Now to get Your BikeTexas Gift Before December 24

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

 

   

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