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2014 BikeTexas Gift Guide

Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

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Uh-oh: we've run into a time barrier.

Building a working teleporter wasn't in our budget this year, so we're still relying on the post office to deliver all the bike goodies to you. Unfortunately, we've hit their guaranteed pre-December 24 delivery deadline. You can still order-- we'd love for you to!-- but we can't promise that it will make its way to you in time for either Hanukkah or Christmas Day gifting.

Not a problem for you? Great-- shop on!

Need something urgently and willing to pay extra for super-speedy delivery? Call us right away at 512-476-7433 (9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday) and we'll see if we can accommodate you. Outside our office hours, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and someone will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

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T-shirts

The newest addition to the BikeTexas store! Proclaim your bicycle love everywhere you go with a super-soft "I Bike TX" t-shirt, available in gray or coffee in the unisex cut and gray or blue in womens cut. Everyone at BikeTexas has been wearing our new shirts with pride-- get one for everyone in the family for your holiday rides!

UPDATE: Our t-shirts are so popular, we're running low on some color/size combinations! Call 512-476-7433 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before ordering to make sure we have the one that you want. We're happy to answer your questions, too.

 

 

License Plates

Make sure everyone knows how much you love your bike, even when you're in your car. The Texas Trails, Share the Road, and God Bless plates all fund critical programs to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. You can get plates for your RV, trailer, and motorcycle, too! 

 

 

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Jerseys

A perennial favorite, our oh-so-comfortable and Texas-proud jerseys are sure to be a hit for everyone who rides bikes in your house. We've heard of runners wearing them, too! See Primal's fit guide here to make sure you have all the right sizes. Jerseys are $75 plus tax, or you can get a free jersey with a monthly membership of $20 or more per month.

 

 

Gift Memberships

What makes a difference for Texans who ride bikes? YOU. Your voice matters! When BikeTexas goes to the legislature or to TxDOT, we're proud to say we represent thousands of Texans like you who support bicycle advocacy and education in Texas. Get a gift membership to BikeTexas for your loved ones and we'll send them a membership packet!

 

 

lanceplateCommemorative License Plates

It’s your last chance to get your hands on leftovers from a bygone era… the Lance Armstrong commemorative plates are now on closeout for only $5 each.

 

Order by 12:00PM on Friday, December 19 if you want your order by December 24!

 

bike to work day 2010 biketexasOther Ways to Give

Maybe you've looked through your list, checked it twice, and our store just isn't quite the right fit for your shopping needs. Never fear, we have you covered, too:

 

Amazon Smile

Shopping on Amazon? Go to smile.amazon.com and search for Texas Bicycle Coalition. Our education fund will pop up-- choose it as your beneficiary and BikeTexas will get 0.5% of your purchase price. You can help Texas schoolchildren learn bike safety just by doing a little online shopping!

 

Goodsearch

Doing a little pre-shopping research? Skip Googling and start Goodsearching. Set BikeTexas as your beneficiary and give back with each search. Small amounts have big results over time! 

 

Freytag's Florist

Sending holiday flowers in Austin? Choose Freytag's and tell them this is an Austin Community Blooms order supporting BikeTexas. Your recipient gets some holiday cheer and BikeTexas gets 5% of the purchase price to support advocacy in Texas!

 

UT Austin's Adventure Activities Comes to BikeTexas

ut students bike ride biketexasThe University of Texas at Austin Adventure Activities class with Dr. Tere Ramirez participates in a variety of adventures through out the semester. The class hikes, rock climbs, and goes fishing and kayaking. The class also learns basic bicycle safety and goes on a bike ride with BikeTexas staff.

At the BikeTexas office, Dr. Rameriz presented the College Active Transportation Safety power point to the students. The program goes over the Texas Laws that pertain to riding a bike and gives recommendations of how to safely ride a bike in urban areas. For a tricky left turn on an extremely busy road, the Copenhagen Left Turn was demonstrated too.

Students learned to do an A,B,C, Quick Check on the bicycles every time you get on to ride. This is especially important when your bicycle has been parked in a rack outside of class where others could have tampered with the bike or knocked up against the derailleur or brakes. They practiced shifting, scanning, and communicating in a group ride with hand and verbal signals.

Finally, the group went on a bicycle ride on the Town Lake Trail and back to the BikeTexas office. It was a beautiful day for a ride.

 

Bike Rodeos in Brownsville Create a Community

brownsville bike rodeo november 22 biketexasOn Saturday, November 22, families in Brownsville gathered at Cabler Park for a chance for their children to learn more about bicycle safety.

Most of the 25 children who attended do not own a bike or a helmet, so the park provided those for practicing new bike skills like signaling turns, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and passing pedestrians with care. A few of the parents present also took the opportunity to take a spin on a bike, some for the first time in years.

Local advocate Edgar Gaucin, who organized the event along with BikeTexas' Fernando Martinez, says, "We are convinced that bicycles do much more for our community than simply providing transportation or recreation. Our goal is to work with groups with all kinds of interests and use the bicycle as a tool to work on various projects."

Kids and parents left the bike rodeo looking forward to the next CycloBia in Brownsville (coming up on December 14) and also eager for more events like this in their community.

Photo courtesy of Edgar Gaucin. See more photos from the bike rodeo on the BikeTexas Facebook page.

 

#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!

 
 

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Nov 21)

Friday, 21 November 2014 12:00

In case you missed it: some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 

 

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If you join or donate to BikeTexas on any Friday in November or December, we'll send you a free gift!

The Thursday night social ride and some bike-friendly city council candidates converged on the BikeTexas office Thursday night.

And a few Texas cities made it onto the League's Bicycle Friendly Communities Honorable Mention List. Over 6 million Texans now live in Bicycle Friendly Communities!

 

From around Texas:

A new set of Texas 4000 riders is getting ready for next summer's ride to Alaska.

Share your opinion on shared transportation options in Texas.

Nice write-up about Austin-based business (and Austin BikeFest sponsor) Compost Pedallers.

Going to be near Richardson the day after Thanksgiving? Want to burn off some of that turkey and dressing? Skip the mall and ride with Bike Friendly Richardson instead. 

 

From elsewhere:

This gent delivers HIV medication to his neighbors by bike.

Want to keep your mind sharp? Go for a walk.

Megan Odett with the Alliance for Biking and Walking offers great advice for parents who want to ride with their kids.

BikePortland looks at the numbers breakdown between bicycle infrastructure and road maintenance.

Read more about Denmark's bicycle superhighways.

Even more confirmation that walkable places = healthier people, and unwalkable places = unhealthier people. 

 

Cute drawing from Bike2Power, via Twitter.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

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.)

 
 

#FundraisingFriday: Let's Take Our Fight to the Lege in 2015

robin stallings lege hearing 2013The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) has proven time and again that they are unwilling to represent the interests of all Texans. Most recently, the TTC refused to listen to what Texans had to say about the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. The TTC received over 500 requests asking them to keep all TAP funds available for bike/ped projects. Some of those requests came from elected officials around the state, but the TTC ignored them and wrote rules to allow them to divert up to $35 million per year out of TAP and into highways. Money that could have been used for excellent bike/ped infrastructure or Safe Routes to Schools projects is now more likely to build another costly highway rest stop.
 
We're ready to take this to the legislature. Can we count on you? Your donation will make legislators aware of the TTC's actions and work to make transportation better for all Texans. Donate to BikeTexas today.
 
 

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