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News By Bike: March 9

NewByBikeLooking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week.

 

From BikeTexas:

Today's the last day to submit your session to speak at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation conference in May! Don't miss this chance to share your expertise with fellow professionals from across the state.

Forget to reserve your bike for SXSW? Fear not--there's still time to get around Austin the easy way this week.

Bike month is coming! Order your materials and lights now for a spectacular May.

 

From around Texas:

Texas, with a bit of prodding from advocates like you, took the lead in passing laws for e-bikes years ago. Other states are now having to play catch-up (and some of them aren't doing it well). 

Texas State University and the City of San Marcos are exploring a partnership for dockless bikeshare.

BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings was awarded Advocate of the Year at the National Bike Summit this week

Our friends Shawnee Trail Cycling Club, from Frisco, also won at NBS: they're the Bicycle Club of the Year.

 

From elsewhere:

Macon, Georgia, put in temporary infrastructure, and suddenly 800% more people were riding bikes.

Bikes and pedestrians getting the job done in London: "Motor vehicles, excluding buses, use 53 percent of the road space to move under 25 percent of the people making journeys in London's Square Mile."

NYC installed 25 miles of protected bike lanes in 2017, a new record. 

Unfortunately, two children were killed in Brooklyn last week at an intersection known to be deadly for pedestrians.

Seattle's population is growing. Their traffic isn't.

Some recent research in planning: "Do Relationships Between Built Environments and Walking Vary by Socioeconomic Context?"

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Robin Stallings Wins Bike League's Advocate of the Year Award

robin stallings advocate of the year bike league nbs18BikeTexas is delighted to announce that our own Executive Director, Robin Stallings, was awarded the Advocate of the Year Award by the League of American Bicyclists at the National Bike Summit. 

Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League, says, "Robin has been a leader in the US bicycling movement for decades. His creativity and drive to make bicycling better for all has been an inspiration and model for advocates around the country."

Some of the ways Robin has earned this award include:

    • Long dedication to making bicycling safe, comfortable, and convenient to all
    • Out-of-the-box thinking for development and capacity building
    • Creative programs that address a holistic approach to policy and program improvements
    • Model for state coordination of the National Bike Summit lobby day and federal/state coordination
    • Working with the National Association of State Legislators

Congratulations, Robin, and thanks for bringing an award home to Texas!

 

News By Bike: March 2

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:

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From BikeTexas:

Just one more week of early bird registration for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference. Don't wait!

Have something to say? Speaker proposals are now open for TTAT

Need a bike or a bike rack for SXSW? Time is running out--book yours today! Email us with questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

From around Texas

San Antonio B-Cycle has a new title sponsor

UT Austin has partnered with Austin B-cycle to offer bikeshare free to all students and at a discount to faculty and staff.

Texas A&M has partnered with ofo to bring dockless bikeshare to students, faculty, and staff. Rides under an hour long are free until March 13.

Permian Basin MPO is looking for a safe bicycling corridor between Midland and Odessa.

 

From elsewhere:

Coming this month: a new healthy community hub with data from counties across the country.

A pair of recent studies have found unsurprising links between multi-modal transportation and income equity.

An unusual traffic calming program in La Paz, Bolivia, is having a positive impact in more ways that one.

Kingston, Tennessee became the first U.S. city to log a million miles in a year. Texas cities have had similar programs in recent years--who will be the first Texas city to hit 1 million?

NYPD appears to side with a driver who killed a pedestrian, again.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

News By Bike: February 23

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Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:

 

From BikeTexas:

Early Bird registration for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2018 is open now! Join us May 2-4 in Austin to hear the latest in trails and active transportation from across the state and around the country.

Speaker registration for TTAT 2018 is also open! Have something to share with your fellow transportation professionals and advocates? Sign up to speak now.

Need a bike rack or a rental bike for South by Southwest? Know someone who does? We have what you need.

 

From around Texas:

Andrew Tilin of Austin was killed while changing a tire on a roadway shoulder last weekend

Melissa Robles of McAllen was killed while riding Monday morning. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of both fallen riders.

Early voting in Texas continues until March 2. Election day is March 6.

El Paso and Weslaco made the CDC's list of real-world examples of infrastructure that can increase physical activity.

Ten Texas mayors have joined the 10-minute walk to a park campaign.

 

From elsewhere:

Check out these great pedestrian spaces from around the world.

See what percentage of each state's roads are funded by user fees.

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released the first report card of walking in the U.S. The results are... well, let's just say this isn't a report card we would ever have wanted to take home.

In most US cities, Vision Zero remains a nice idea rather than a reality.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

Golden Oldies: Blast from TTAT Past #TTAT2018

ttat photosWe're looking forward to the fifth Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference heading back to Austin from May 2-4, 2018, at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Not sure what TTAT is? Maybe need a refresher from years past? No problem! Check out highlights from previous TTAT conferences below. Get inspired by past years's sessions, keynotes, and mobile workshops. Start thinking about what you can share at and take away from TTAT 2018. Once this trip down memory lane has you ready for another great conference, then it's time to register for the conference, book your hotel room, and submit a session to present in 2018.

 

2016: Houston

Ask An Attendee: Why Register for TTAT 2016? (BikeTexas)

Cycling Advocates Say Confidence Is The Key To Getting More Houstonians On Bikes (Houston Public Media)

Cycling Advocates Say Electric Bikes Could Change The Way People Get Around Houston (Houston Public Media)

Event showcases electric bikes to relieve Houston traffic (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Electric Bike Expo: Transportation, Media, and Fun! (Electric Bike Report)

It's Electrifying! (BikeTexas)

Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of #TTAT2016 (BikeTexas)

Turner gets bike crowd moving, on its feet (Houston Chronicle)

Wednesday photos

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Friday photos

 

2014: Fort Worth

Betsy Price and Bike Fort Worth (Asakura Robinson)

Brownsville Wins Great Texas Trail Head Award (Valley Morning Star)

Conference Summary from an Out-of-State Advocate (Bike Oklahoma)

Even Bicycling is Bigger in Texas (Georgia Bikes)

Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of TTAT2014 (BikeTexas)

Texas is on Fire! And other Great Texas Happenings (Adventure Cycling Association)

The Thirty Minute City and the Futility (or Stupidity) of Endless Highway Building (D Magazine | Patrick Kennedy)

Wednesday photos

Thursday photos

Friday photos

 

2012: San Antonio

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Wins Bicycle and Pedestrian Activist of the Year (Bike Friendly Oak Cliff)

Bogatá, Seville, and Dallas (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Congressman Jim Oberstar (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Elected Officials Ellis, Wentworth, and Oberstar Support Bike/Ped at TTAT Conference (BikeTexas)

Mission Ride (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Mobile Sessions Get TTAT Moving (BikeTexas)

San Antonio B-Cycle (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

TTAT Conference: Highlights from Texas' main event for walking and biking (BikeTexas)

TTAT Conference Highlights: San Antonio Greenway Trails (BikeTexas)

Photos: John Burke; Senator Ellis; B-cycle Ride; Leon Creek Greenway Ride

 

2010: Austin

Four Days of Conference Were Action Packed! (BikeTexas)

Renowned Speakers and Attendees Combined to Make the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference a Great Success (BikeTexas)

Safe Routes to School Experts Speak at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference (BikeTexas)

Wednesday pictures

Thursday pictures

Friday pictures

Saturday pictures

 

Way back in the day

Before there was TTAT, the Texas Trails Network put on the annual Texas Trails Conference that was the precursor to the current conference. 

2009: Waco

2008: The Woodlands

2005: San Marcos

Safe Routes to School Experts Speak at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference

 
 

Bike Rack Rental: #SXSW2018 Special!

Bicycle Parking for All Event Shapes and Sizes--Even SXSW-Sized!

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Special pricing for SXSW Events: Rent bike racks for 10 days for $200/rack--30% off our normal rate!

Only need one rack? You got it--no large order required. Each bike rack holds 14 bikes. SXSW rate includes delivery and pickup.

Questions or need to discuss an order of 5 racks or more? Call us at 512-476-7433 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Submit a Session Now for #TTAT2018

Submit your proposal now to speak at TTAT 2018
Share your expertise in Austin in May
Do you have a unique perspective on active transportation or trails in Texas? Are there lessons learned from a project that you can share? Are you committed to making Texas a great place for all kinds of transportation and recreation?
 
If so, we need you at TTAT 2018! Share your story, knowledge, expertise, and accomplishments with your peers at TTAT 2018, May 2-4 in Austin. You'll be joining a distinguished group of experts that includes Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy President Keith Laughlin, Austin American-Statesman writer and BikeTexas Board Member Alberta Phillips, Toole Design Group Founder and President Jennifer Toole, Trails Unlimited's Cam Lockwood, and other outstanding professionals.
 
The 2018 TTAT call for presentations is open now. We invite you to share your hard-won knowledge with other professionals in your presentation, roundtable, panel, or other type of session. Please also share the news with any others you think might be interested!
 
Here are some topic ideas to get you started:
  • Multi-use Trails: Equity and Economics
  • Vision Zero: Top Safety Priorities for Street Improvements
  • Safe Routes to School: Positive Impacts on School Budgets and Learning Outcomes
  • Economic Impact of Bicycling in Texas, Urban and Rural
  • Best Practices for Measuring Bicycling Mode Share
  • Texas Bicycle Tourism Routes and the US Bike Route System
  • Autonomous Vehicles and the Impact on Bicyclists and Pedestrians
  • Economic, Health and Lifestyle Benefits of Urban Natural Surface Trails
  • Natural Surface Trails, Minimizing Maintenance by Design
  • Paddling Trails: Overlooked Opportunities
  • Natural Surface Trails: ADA Considerations
  • Equestrian Trails: Specific Needs

 

Submit your proposal by March 9 and mark your calendar for May 2-4 in Austin!
 
 

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