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SA Tomorrow Kicks Off on Saturday, April 11

sa siclovia 2012Attend the free kick-off event and have your say! 

San Antonio is growing fast, with the city's population expected to grow by over 1 million people in the next 25 years. SA Tomorrow is working on solutions to keep the city moving while it grows.

What kind of city do you want to live in over the next 25 years? Is it a city that prioritizes active transportation and provides accommodation for bicycling for people of all ages? Attend the SA Tomorrow kick-off this Saturday, April 11, from 10-3 at the SAISD Alamo Convocation Center (map).

Mayor Taylor and Councilmember Ron Nirenberg are confirmed to attend. SA Tomorrow will also be giving away a new bike! Don't miss out-- attend the kickoff this Saturday.

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Apr 3)

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

 

From BikeTexas:

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It's been a busy week here, from Cyclists in Suits on Monday to pushing back on bad amendment on Tuesday to announcing the next TTAT on Thursday. Weeks like this are awesome! Many kudos and thanks to BikeTexas supporter and night owl Justin McMurtry who stayed up well into the wee hours on Wednesday morning to share an update from the Texas House.

Too cute not to share a second time: Check out yesterday's Throwback Thursday post from deep in the BikeTexas archives.

 

From around Texas:

Do you shop at HEB? Support BikeTexas and other EarthShare partners with the this month's tear-off pad campaign.

iBikeRosemont, an awesome program of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, is coming April 20-24. Check it out.

Fort Worth made it into Streetsblog's Parking Madness Final Four, but was ultimately defeated by Camden, NJ.

'Tis the season for ciclovías: San Antonio and Houston each welcomed spring last Sunday with an Open Streets event.

Bike Month is coming! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be included on the BikeTexas calendar. Free events are always welcome; if your event charges a fee for participants, we'll ask you to become an event member to be placed on the calendar.

 

From elsewhere:

#30DaysOfBiking has begun! Get in on the action here.

Nothing to do with biking; we just think it's fun: Seattle street art that only appears when it rains.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: A fun moment during the group photo shoot at Cyclists in Suits on Monday.

 

Save the Date: TTAT 2016 is March 9-11 in Houston

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After a fantastic 2014 conference in Fort Worth, the Texas Trails Network and BikeTexas are excited to announce that the next Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference will be at the Houston Marriott Medical Center, March 9-11, 2016!

Mark your calendar now, tell your coworkers, save the date, and plan to attend! We'll be sending out info soon on registration and hotel reservations. Stay tuned!

Thinking about presenting at TTAT 2016? We'll send out a call for speakers in just a few months, so start sharpening up those ideas now.

TTAT 2016 is going to be great!

 

 

Support BikeTexas While You Shop!

BikeTexas is proud to be partnered with EarthShare of Texas as one of the organizations EarthShare supports. When you give to EarthShare through HEB or Reliant Energy, you support bike advocacy in Texas!

 

H-E-B Tear Pad Campaign

2015 HEB tearpad photo biketexasYou may have noticed that H-E-B has a tear pad campaign every month. EarthShare of Texas is the April beneficiary of the H-E-B tear pad campaign. As an EarthShare partner, BikeTexas will benefit from this promotion as well!

 

Whenever you shop at H-E-B in April, grab one of the tear-off coupons at the register to add $1, $3, or $5 to your total bill. Those extra dollars go to EarthShare, and at the end of the campaign, BikeTexas will get a portion of EarthShare's total proceeds for the month. You can join in at any H-E-B or Central Market in Texas. Support bicycle advocacy while you pick up your lettuce!

 

If you go into your local H-E-B and don't see the tear pads at the register, please email us with the H-E-B location so we can make sure they get stocked up!

 

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Reliant EcoShare Program

Reliant Energy customers can also contribute to the EarthShare campaign. Reliant will donate to EarthShare every time a Texas customer purchases a carbon offset. BikeTexas also receives a portion of those donations. Learn more about the carbon offset program and sign up here! 

 

BikeTexas is happy to be partnered with many organizations across Texas who also want to make Texas a great place to bike and walk. Thank you for supporting BikeTexas!

 

 

 

 

 
 

On the Lege: Victory! For Now...

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Thank you!! Amendment 421 on HB 1

Tabled at 3:23AM, April 1

BikeTexas supporter Justin McMurtry stayed up all night to bring us this report:

"At 3:20am, the House at last takes up consideration of Rep. Hughes's amendment to prohibit state funds from being spent to convert any existing general-use traffic lane into a bike, bus, or other special-purpose lane.

Hughes offers to modify his amendment to make it 'less objectionable', but before he can explain, another member [Rep. Eddie Rodriguez] raises a point of order against it—presumably based on the House rule that disallows budgetary acts that would change existing general law.

At 3:23am, the point of order and the amendment are both temporarily withdrawn."

Your calls and emails showed that Texans overwhelmingly support giving our transportation professionals all the tools they need to provide safe roads for people on bikes. THANK YOU!

The amendment could still come back into play later in the session. As always, BikeTexas will remain vigilant at the Capitol and keep you up to date on issues affecting people who ride bikes in Texas. 

Cyclists in Suits Impressed Your Legislators

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Cyclists in Suits, our state bicycle day at the Capitol, took place this past Monday, and it couldn't have come at a better time. On Monday, attendees from all over Texas walked the halls, passed out bicycle pins, and visited every office to explain the several bills positive to cycling working their way through right now. This helped multiply the impact of the calls and emails regarding the Hughes amendment. 

Senator Rodney Ellis, who offered a resolution recognizing BikeTexas during Cyclists in Suits, was pleased with the turnout. "From the Senate Floor, we were very impressed by the large turnout of cyclists," he said, "You all filled a big section of the gallery." See the video of Senator Ellis reading the resolution here, beginning at 24:05.

"Texas cyclists appreciate the leadership of Senator Ellis on bicycling issues," said BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings. "We are grateful for the resolution offered on the Senate floor."

You can see the Cyclists in Suits agenda for more info. 

 
 

Throwback Thursday: Rules to Ride By

We found this gem in our archives recently. From the April/May 1999 issue of The Advocate (BikeTexas' original newsletter).

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chandlers bike safety rules the advocate 1999 biketexasDear Editor,

Chandler (who is just six years old) wrote up these rules this afternoon, all by herself. I thought you might consider them as copy for the newsletter, if you are looking for a kid's view of the world. -- Charlie Gandy

 

Chandler's Bike Safety Rules

  • Never ride a bike with your shoes un tide.
  • Put your helmet on and make sher it fits.
  • Wen you first start dont go on things slipery like leafs.
  • Not more then two peopol by some one on a bike.
  • Stay on right side of the road.
  • Always keep your hands on the handels.
  • Always park in a bike rac wern you are on a bike.
  • Do not stand up on a bike.
  • Give the other persin room.
  • Keep the road claen for you and other peopel.
  • Do not honk your horn just to talk to a frend.
  • Make sure you bike works like it should.
  • If you ride with your buddies dont hog the road.
  • Dont cause a traffic jam.

 

Photo: Front page of April/May 1999 The Advocate, with Chandler's column on the left-hand side.

 
 

Cyclists in Suits Impressed Your Legislators

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Cyclists in Suits, our state bicycle day at the Capitol, took place this past Monday, and it couldn't have come at a better time. On Monday, attendees from all over Texas walked the halls, passed out bicycle pins, and visited every office to explain the several bills positive to cycling working their way through right now. This helped multiply the impact of the calls and emails regarding the Hughes amendment. 

Senator Rodney Ellis, who offered a resolution recognizing BikeTexas during Cyclists in Suits, was pleased with the turnout. "From the Senate Floor, we were very impressed by the large turnout of cyclists," he said, "You all filled a big section of the gallery." See the video of Senator Ellis reading the resolution here, beginning at 24:05.

"Texas cyclists appreciate the leadership of Senator Ellis on bicycling issues," said BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings. "We are grateful for the resolution offered on the Senate floor."

You can see the Cyclists in Suits agenda for more info. 

 
 

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