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Join the National Bike Challenge!

This summer, riders from across the country are uniting to ride 30 million miles in the National Bike Challenge (NBC2014), presented by the League of American Bicyclists. In just three years, the Challenge has helped support thousands of bicyclists -- new and old -- to make every mile count! BikeTexas is happy to partner with the League and Kimberly Clark to make the 2014 challenge a success. 

Texans on bikes

 

We invite you to join us by creating a team of friends or coworkers, earning badges to win prizes, and sharing your accomplishments with fellow participants. It's never too soon or too late to join. NBC2014 began on May 1 and continues until September 30. 

 

For an extra challenge this year, the League has added a Local Challenge. Advocacy groups across the country have signed up to host a challenge in their area. BikeTexas is hosting the local challenge for most of Texas, while BikeDFW and Shawnee Trail Cycling Club are hosting challenges in the Dallas area. Our goal is 1000 riders riding a combined 600K miles before the summer is out.  

 

You'll automatically be entered into a local challenge when you sign up for NBC2014. Don't wait-- join the challenge today! 

 

Ride your bike for fun, to work, on the trail-- anytime you can. Keep track of your days and miles on the new and improved website platform, or choose from a number of mobile apps to do it for you. Join us at www.nationalbikechallenge.org!

 

Houston Takes the Next Step Towards a Bicycle Network

Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:01

Centrepoint EnergyAt the end of the 2013 legislative session, we celebrated that Gov. Perry signed H.B. 200 into law, which clarified utility companies' liability when recreational trails pass through their right-of-way. Getting this bill passed took a few sessions and a lot of hard work from Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) and Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), but was a necessary step toward getting a connected bicycle network in Houston. BikeTexas was eager to work with elected officials to pass this bill during the last session and we're delighted to see that hard work paying off now.

This week, Houston took the next step forward. According to the Houston Chronicle (and with confirmation from reporter Mike Morris on Twitter), CenterPoint Energy and Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the bike trails in utility right-of-way will go ahead, with CenterPoint contributing $1.5 million in starter funds. We're excited for the utility company to partner with the city this way to make Houston a great place to ride a bike.

 

 

Meet the 2014 Texas Poster Contest Winners

Paul from Tyler

Paul-Bonner-1Texas's first place winner in the poster contest is Paul from Bonner Elementary in Tyler. Paul's teacher says, "Paul is a very talented artist. He loves biking but his bike was stolen out of his back yard a few years ago." For his winning poster, Paul received a new bicycle, helmet, and light from Saris.

2014 1st place

 

Haley from El Paso

The second place winner from Texas is Haley from Escontrias Elementary in El Paso. Haley's local news station featured her poster after the winners were announced. Haley won a new bike helmet and light from Saris for her poster.

2014 2nd place

James from Fort Worth

Third place went to James from Tanglewood Elementary in Fort Worth. For his efforts, James won a new bike light.

2014 3rd place

We're proud that there is so much talent in Texas! All of the posters we received for the contest were displayed at the Texas Capitol the first weekend of May to celebrate Bike Month. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the many teachers who encouraged their students to participate! Gear up, new Texas fifth graders-- next spring it will be your turn!

capitol posters 1-001 capitol posters 2-001

 

TPWD Announces New Rec Trails Projects

Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:50

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has recently announced $5.25 million in federal grants will be used for 38 recreational trail projects (chosen from the 82 proposals submitted) across the state.

Riding a trailBikeTexas is proud to have been part of this process. In a collaborative effort with national bike and trail organizations and bike organizations from other states, BikeTexas worked with members of our congressional delegation to keep Rec Trails funding in the federal transportation bill in 2012. BikeTexas then worked with leaders at TxDOT and TPWD to save Rec Trails funding from being transferred to other uses. As a result of our work to preserve Rec Trails, funds were available for this round of grants.

Funding from Rec Trails must be divided between motorized and non-motorized trail projects. The new non-motorized trail projects will be around the state. For more details about these projects, see TPWD’s press release here.

 

Breckenridge in Stephens County

Bridgeport in Wise County

Brownwood in Brown County

The Caddo Trail Riders Association in Fannin County

Canton in Van Zandt County

Canyon in Randall County

The East Texas Arboretum in Henderson County

The Galveson Island Nature Tourism Council in Galveston County

The Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County

The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition in Harris County

Hico in Hamilton County

The Hill Country Conservancy in Travis County

Horeshoe Bay in Burnet County

Kilgore in Gregg County

Lasara Independent School District in Willacy County

Levelland in Hockley County

Little Elm in Denton County

The Mission Bend Greenbelt Association in Fort Bend County

The National Park Service in Moore County

Olney in Young County

Port Isabel in Cameron County

Raymondville in Willacy County

Rockport in Aransas County

Rusk in Cherokee County

San Bonito in Cameron County

San Diego ISD in Duval County

Surfside Beach in Brazoria County

Texas A&M University-Texarkana in Bowie County

The Friends of Trinity Strand in Dallas County

Tyler in Smith County

 
 

Bike Month 2014 in Texas: Links from Around the State

Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

Bike Month was great in the Lone Star State! From special events to spontaneous rides just because, Texans took to two wheels all month long. Let's keep that energy going! To give you an extra boost, here's a roundup of links about Bike Month from around the state. This list is not exhaustive-- we know there are lots more stories out there to be told! (Links are in approximate chronological order.)

Bike Month 2014

Statewide: Hard Hats for Little Heads Program gave away 3000 bike helmets in May

El Paso: Bike Month coverage

San Antonio: Walk & Roll San Antonio

Dallas: $2000 Donation to buy lights for iBike Rosemont

Irving: Annual Bike Fest

Allen: Bike Rodeo

Houston: CycloFemme

Dallas: Uptown Ciclovia

Bike to Work Day:

Arlington

Corpus Christi

El Paso

Fort Worth

Houston's Energy Corridor

Richardson

Waco

Ride of Silence:

Stories from around Texas

Ride reports on the Ride of Silence site

Austin

Fort Worth

Lubbock

Odessa

Rio Grande Valley

And as a bonus: these last two aren't from Texas, but our friends from Bicycling in Greensboro (North Carolina) responded so quickly to our call for bike month stories and with such great examples that we definitely want to share these, too. See Wendy & Kiefer's story here, and Max's story here.

 
 

Bicycle Fun in Irving

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:51

Young Cyclist Bike FestFun for everyone—with or without a bicycle: Irving hosted the annual Irving Bicycle Fest on Saturday, May 10, at Lively Pointe Youth Center and Skate Park.

"This fest celebrates cycling,” says Francesca Funk, co-founder of Bike Irving, which partners with the City of Irving & Green Advisory Board and Irving ISD in organizing this event. “Cycling is one of those rare things that's good on so many levels: it feels exhilarating and joyous; it clears away mental cobwebs and makes your body lean and strong; it leaves you with more money in your pocket; and it helps our planet be a healthier place for our kids and grandkids. That's definitely cause for celebration,” states Funk.

Due to the popularity of the fest, more activities and attractions were added for 2014:

• Professional BMX stunt show by Big Time Actionsports 

• Fun group rides

• Earn-A-Bike opportunity: Come fix up a used bike, and you’ve earned it! (sponsored by Bike Irving & Bear Creek Community Church, and Dallas Off-Road Bicycling Association)

• Kids’ Bike Rodeo (Bike DFW)

• Helmet giveaway for children who qualify (Texas Medical Association, Richardson Bike Mart, Irving ISD and Bike Irving)

• Electric bicycles (Rocket Electrics); Cargo bikes (Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles); Low-rider bicycles (Texas Legacy C.C.), Unicycles (DFW Unicycle Club); and a pop-up Vintage Bike Shop

• Gourmet Food Trucks

Earn a Bike at Bike FestFest goers were able to try out all kinds of bicycles (including handmade European-style cargo bikes and the latest in hi-tech electric bicycles), visit with the Bike Police of the Irving Police Department, make a fruit smoothie using pedal power, check out the bike rack on a DART bus, and see unique cycling groups. One of the popular activities was the Kids’ Bike Safety Rodeo. Children learned about safe bicycling firsthand by riding their bicycles around a skills course and a mock street course designed to show young cyclists where and how to apply bicycling laws. Plus, thanks to the support and help of the Texas Medical Association Foundation—with matching donations from Richardson Bike Mart and Bike Irving—bicycle helmets were given away to qualified youngsters. Funding for the TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is provided by the Texas Medical Association Foundation thanks to top donors – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, two anonymous foundations, and gifts from physicians and their families.

See local coverage of the event here.

Photos courtesy of Ann Johnson via the Bike Irving Facebook Page.

 

 

 
 

San Antonio City Council Votes to Remove Bike Lanes on S. Flores

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:17

Like many of you, we watched the San Antonio City Council's decision to remove S. Flores bike lanes with disbelief and disappointment. Despite hearing from many people who ride bikes, including one gentleman who indicated he and his wife began riding for their health after the S. Flores lanes were installed, the city council voted 10-1 remove the bike lanes at a cost to the city of up to $700,000. Council member Shirley Gonzales (District 5) was the lone vote in favor of keeping the bike lanes. (Watch the video of the council meeting here; the bike lanes item begins at 2:27:38).

Image from The Rivard Report.

This decision is a major step backward for a city that claims to be committed to building a bike network. Council Member Shirley Gonzales gave an impassioned speech (watch here beginning at 3:26:36) reminding her fellow members that San Antonio is committed to a healthy and safe future for all, and that removing bike lanes is not in accordance with that goal. For much of this process, Gonzales stayed out of the debate because it was not her district, but the most recent plan (the one the City voted for) included the portion of the lanes in Gonzales's District 5. Once again, the City ran roughshod over the public process by not giving District 5 residents any input.

Mayor Julián Castro was forceful in saying that San Antonio has a policy to install bike lanes anytime there's a resurfacing project, per the Complete Streets ordinance and the bike plan. He said we cannot set a precedent of asking people whether they want bike lanes, because we are committed to building a complete bike network. He added that many of the crashes that residents opposing the bike lanes described seemed to be the fault of drivers, not the bike lanes. 

However, in the end he voted for removing the lanes, citing, as many council members did, the Harlandale Superintendent's unsubstantiated claims that the bike lanes made traffic less safe around the schools in the area. 

City engineers showed concrete evidence that traffic volumes are the same as before, with faster or the same travel times at the speed limit. The only traffic delays averaged only 9 to 25 seconds behind VIA buses, something that they could have mitigated by reducing a few seldom-used bus stops along the corridor. Crashes have gone down on S. Flores by 4% since the bike lanes went in. 

The Mayor and city council chose to ignore these facts and instead follow the unproved claims by those in the district who have been inconvenienced. Please be sure to contact the mayor and your city council member to let them know you are disappointed in their decision. If you live in District 5, please thank Council Member Gonzales for standing with people who ride bikes and want to see a healthier, safer San Antonio.

Mayor Julian Castro: mayorjuliancastro@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7060

District 1: Diego Bernal http://www.sanantonio.gov/council/d1/emailform.aspx, 210.207.7279

District 2: Ivy Taylor district2@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7278

District 3: Rebecca Viagran district3@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7064

District 4: Rey Saldaña district4@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7281

District 5: Shirley Gonzales http://www.sanantonio.gov/Council/d5/SuggestionBox.aspx, 210.207.7043

District 6: Ray Lopez  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 210.207.7065

District 7: Cris Medina district7@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7044

District 8: Ron Nirenberg district8@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7086

District 9: Joe Krier  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 210.207.7325

District 10: Mike Gallagher district10@sanantonio.gov, 210.207.7276

 

For more coverage of this story, see The Rivard Report's coverage here, the San Antonio Express News city council meeting article here (paywalled), and the San Antonio Express News editorial here. You can also see coverage of the protest ride on Wednesday, June 4, here and video coverage of the ride is here.

 
 

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