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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.

 

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

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:10

nbs 2014 capitol biketexasCongress 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.

Now that this performance measure is established, it’s time to ask: TxDOT, how are you going to measure the performance of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) in reducing fatalities and injuries for people who walk and ride bikes?

Texas’ share of HSIP can be used to reduce the occurrence and severity of crashes on any road, including local roads as well as TxDOT-controlled roads. In Texas, the funds are distributed through a statewide competitive application process. TxDOT has never specifically targeted pedestrian safety or bicycle safety as programs under HSIP, although in some intersection improvements the safety of pedestrians was also incidentally improved.

TxDOT works with MPOs to help shape the projects submitted and rank projects. You can help by attending meetings of your MPO’s Policy Board and Technical Advisory Committee and asking for pedestrian and bicycle safety to be addressed using HSIP funds.

Join BikeTexas today to make sure we can continue to fight for measures like this one at the local, state, and federal levels.

 

Photo: BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings heads to the Capitol as part of the National Bike Summit (NBS) in March. The Texas delegation visited every Texas member of Congress to ask for a bicycle and pedestrian safety performance measure.

   

Austin City Council Runoff: BikeTexas Endorsements

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:10

Want Austin to continue to grow as a great city to ride a bike? Now's the time to make sure we get a bike-friendly City Council. Check out our endorsements for runoff candidates who are committed to active transportation in Austin:
 
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Mayor - Mike Martinez  
District 1 - DeWayne Lofton
District 3 - Sabino "Pio" Renteria
District 4 - Gregorio Casar
District 6 - James T. Flannigan
District 7 - Jefferson E. Boyt and Leslie Pool
District 8 - Edward S. Scruggs
District 10 - Amanda "Mandy" Dealey  
 
 
In the final weeks leading to the runoff, these candidates need our help! Contact your council candidate to find out about volunteer opportunities. Let's get all these candidates to the finish line strong!
 
Early voting for this runoff is December 1-12 and Election Day is December 16. Find early voting and election day voting locations here.
Not registered to vote? Now's the time! Start here and get registered by Monday, November 17 to be eligible to vote in the runoff.
 
BikeTexas congratulates the three members of the new city council who have already won their elections:
District 2 - Delia Garza 
District 5 - Ann Kitchen
District 9 - Kathie Tovo
   

#GivingTuesday with BikeTexas

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:13

Web-Banner GivingTuesday-2014Here at BikeTexas, we're looking forward to a special day coming up-- Giving Tuesday, which arrives worldwide on December 2. Giving Tuesday is a chance, after a weekend filled with labels like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the spirit of the season of giving.

We need your help! Here's what you can do:

  1. Encourage your friends and family to take part in Giving Tuesday. Sign up as a Social Media Ambassador on the Giving Tuesday site to access web banners, profile pics, and more.
  2. Share the BikeTexas donation page on your favorite social media site with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
  3. Add Texas Bicycle Coalition (that's us-- our former name) as your beneficiary on Amazon Smile and help bicycle advocacy while you shop. https://smile.amazon.com/
  4. Check out the BikeTexas Gift Guide so you can support bicycle advocacy while you check a few people off your holiday shopping list.

Thanks for all you do to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. We are thankful for you!

   

Meet the Candidates: Thursday Night Social Ride Comes to BikeTexas

candidates-staff-lenoreBikeTexas was delighted to be a stop on the Thursday Night Social Ride this week! About 200 riders stopped by the BikeTexas office to hear from some of the bike-friendly candidates BikeTexas has endorsed in the December runoff election for Austin mayor and city council. Each of the candidates present spoke to the audience, talked to voters one-on-one, and signed up volunteers from among the Social Ride to help them out in the final weeks of their campaign. 

See a handful of photos from Thursday night on our Facebook page.

Want to volunteer to help bring these candidates into the home stretch? Links to their campaign websites are below.

Photo, Back row L to R:

Emma Cravey, BikeTexas

DeWayne Lofton, District 1

Pio Renteria, District 3

Greg Casar, District 4

Robin Stallings, BikeTexas

Jimmy Flannigan, District 6

Jeb Boyt, District 7

Ed Scruggs, District 8

Haley Kordrostami, BikeTexas

Front row:

Su Wilcox, BikeTexas

Lenore Shefman, CyclistLaw Attorneys, BikeTexas Board Member

 

(BikeTexas has also endorsed Mike Martinez for Mayor, Leslie Pool in District 7, and Mandy Dealey in District 10. These candidates were unable to attend the event.)

   

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