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November Comes and November Goes

Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:02

UT Kinesiology Bike Safety 2007 biketexasFor Throwback Thursday this week, a peek back at Novembers past at BikeTexas. Post title is from the Clyde Watson poem.

 

BikeTexas and TxDOT worked together to fight off a bike ban in 2005.

Take a look at some bond elections that benefitted bicycle infrastructure in Texas, also from 2005.

Burkburnett ISD joined the Safe Routes to School program in 2006 with their first teacher training.

Lubbock's Tech Terrace neighborhood got an upgrade to make it safer to walk to school, also as part of SRTS, in 2006.

The proposed Old Texas 20 bicycle route took some strides forward in November of 2006.

Students from Huston-Tillotson and UT Austin learned new bike skills and put them into practice on one November day in 2009.

Cypress Fairbanks Training teacher training biketexas 2008After the San Antonio Bikes summit in November 2009, people who ride bikes in San Antonio went for a ride with then-mayor Julián Castro.

Brownsville held their first CycloBia in November 2012. In the two years since then, the program has grown to a four-times-a-year event, with some of them held at night. Brownsville hopes to soon become the U.S. city that's hosted the most Open Streets events.

In 2012, Fort Worth became the fourth Texas city to receive a Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, earning an honorable mention.

 

Here's to many more great Novembers for people who ride bikes in Texas!

Photos-- Top: Students practicing bicycle safety in 2007; bottom: a fun moment at a Cypress-Fairbanks ISD teacher training in 2008.

 

BikeTexas Today: November 2014

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Donate Now! BikeTexas' Legislative Fundraising Kicks Off TODAY

Make sure we hit the 2015 Lege Session with a full warchest.

Like most nonprofits, BikeTexas relies on our year-end donations to keep the lights on and the work going the rest of the year! Our year-end appeal kicks off TODAY-- now's your chance to make sure people who ride bikes continue to be represented at TxDOT meetings, legislative hearings, and all levels of government around the state. We can't do it alone-- make 2014 the year YOU partner with BikeTexas!

 

 

BikeTexas' First Foray into Election Endorsements

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The 2014 elections at the city level in Austin were epic: an expanded City Council, 70 candidates, and ten new districts.

The BikeTexas board of directors voted to amend our bylaws to allow BikeTexas endorsements in Austin's first 10-1 council race. In consultation with an outstanding team of knowledgeable Austinites, BikeTexas published our first list of endorsements just in time for early voting. We're proud to say that in every single race, one of our endorsed candidates either won outright or is in the runoff election to be held on December 16.

 

 

Inaugural Austin BikeFest Presented by Capital Metro a Success

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The big day has come and gone, and we couldn't be happier with the inaugural Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro.

Many, many thanks to those who came out to enjoy a great day of bicycles, music, food, beer, and fun! Maybe you rode on the newly-opened Southern Walnut Creek Trail, were inspired by the fashion show on bicycles, watched some bike games, or heard from your city council candidate-- or a little bit of everything!

 

 

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#GivingTuesday, December 2

National Bike Summit, March 10-12, Washington, D.C.

Cyclists in Suits: Texas' Bike Lobby Day, March 30, Austin

 

 

You Biked the Vote!

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The voting is done and the results are in, and it’s a new day in Texas.

We’re headed into the 2015 legislative session with many unknowns. There will be new faces in both chambers come January, and many of those new legislators will need to be educated about people who walk and ride bikes. We’re unsure where the new Governor and Lt. Governor stand on the issues that are important to Texans who use active transportation.

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Member Spotlight: Lorn MacDougal

“When I walk, I miss the feeling of the wheels moving me through space.”

Lorn MacDougal—dancer/Pilates instructor, electric bike owner, Austin resident, and BikeTexas member—says she started riding a bike when she was a kid and never stopped. “I hope that parents will instill the skill and bravery in children to ride together as families so children grow up on their bikes.”

 

 

Meet BikeTexas Intern Haley Kortrostami

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BikeTexas is proud to introduce our fall intern, Raheleh "Haley" Kortrostami.

Haley is an accounting student at Austin Community College and started interning with us in September. In the short time she's been with us, Haley has proven to be an invaluable asset, working hard at everything we've asked her to do, from hauling bikes to data entry. Haley also proved her uber-volunteer status at the Austin BikeFest, when she and her husband Payam worked hard alongside BikeTexas staff from start to finish to make it a great day.

 

 

Update: Texas Transportation Commisssion Votes on Transportation Alternatives Funding

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People who ride bikes in Texas have stepped up again and again to communicate with TxDOT and show that Texans who care about biking and walking are strong. And TxDOT keeps letting us down.

Last week, we saw the adjusted TAP rules and our reaction was mixed. Because of your voice, the rules for TAP funding were improved, and communities will have an easier time building projects with TAP funds. However, we were very disappointed that the TxDOT staff and the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) did not ensure that all of the TAP money stays where it belongs.

 

 

Bike Ride at the 78th Texas NAACP Convention

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2014 marks the fifth year of a bike ride at the Annual Convention of the NAACP Texas State Conference. This year’s conference was in El Paso, so three BikeTexas staff plus 75 bicycles headed out on a Wednesday morning to get to El Paso in plenty of time for the Saturday ride.

The ride is sponsored by Texas NAACP and Walmart, and this year we had the added bonus of having VeloPaso staff and volunteers lending a hand. VeloPaso’s Victor Cordero and Scott White joined BikeTexas for a pre-ride to assess the best route for Saturday.

 

 

Texas State Employees: Support Bicycle Advocacy!

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Are you a Texas State Employee? Do you want to do great things for bicycle advocacy and education? You can support BikeTexas through your workplace charitable giving campaign!

Our State Employee Charitable Campaign number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. If you prefer, you can also support BikeTexas indirectly by giving to EarthShare (035500). Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

 

 

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Fundraising Friday

biketexas i bike tx tshirt san antonio sicloviaBikeTexas takes part in Fundraising Friday, a fun way for nonprofits to raise money on Fridays-- people give to their favorite nonprofit on Friday, then talk about it on social media using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag. Nonprofits use the hashtag to share news about their work and give everyone easy access to their donation page.

For the rest of 2014, we're stepping up our #FundraisingFriday game. On Fridays during November and December, donate or join BikeTexas at any membership level and we'll send you a free gift. We have a bin full of goodies to share, and we want it to be empty on December 31!

How can you help? Here are some ways:

  • Donate or join BikeTexas on any Friday during November or December.
  • Share the membership page on social media, especially on Fridays. Use this shortened link for your convenience: http://bit.ly/1z6giaI
  • Use the hashtag #FundraisingFriday and encourage people to join BikeTexas.
  • Finish this sentence: "I'm a member of BikeTexas because ____" and share on social media.
  • Want to help offline, too? Get a BikeTexas jersey or t-shirt to wear while you're out and about and help make Texas a great place to ride a bike!
 

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Nov 7)

Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

As the dust settles from the election, here's what's next.

Texas State Employees can support bicycle advocacy through their workplace giving program.

BikeTexas endorsed candidates in a local election for a first time. Here's how it went.

 

From around Texas: 

Brownsville Police are asking for the public's help to solve four hit-and-runs

A former Dallas police officer has been indicted in a cyclist death

The Plano Planning Department has received an award from APA Texas

Great profile on a Lubbock restaurateur who also rides a bike

 

From elsewhere:

Bikeshare turns out to be pretty good for tourists

"In the vertiginous mountains of the South Asian nation, where happiness is akin to holiness, bicycling has become much more than a national pastime."

Streetsblog on why a bike-friendly city is a great place to be

The League of American Bicyclists takes a look at road design and safety

"65 percent of Americans report taking at least one walking, biking, or transit trip each week, in addition to driving."

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

BikeTexas' First Foray into Election Endorsements

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 17:53

austin bikefest riley martinez dogget biketexas 2014The 2014 elections at the city level in Austin were epic: an expanded City Council, 70 candidates, and ten new districts allowing Austinites to choose a neighbor to represent them for the first time.

BikeTexas has never endorsed candidates in an election before, due to a restriction in our bylaws. However, with such a huge race making it hard to find the bicycle-friendly candidates, the BikeTexas board of directors voted to amend the bylaws to allow BikeTexas endorsements in Austin's first 10-1 council race. In consultation with an outstanding team of knowledgeable Austinites, BikeTexas published our first list of endorsements just in time for early voting.

We're proud to say that in every single race, one of our endorsed candidates either won outright or is moving on to the runoff to be held on December 16.

We're hoping that this slate of endorsements will prove to be a pilot project of sorts and lead to BikeTexas being able to make more recommendations for bike-friendly candidates in future elections. 

Live in Austin? Mark your calendar for December 16 and get ready to Bike the Vote!

 
 

After Election Day: Looking Ahead to the 2015 Lege Session

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:02

biketexas bike the vote 2014The voting is done and the results are in, and it’s a new day in Texas.

We’re headed into the 2015 legislative session with many unknowns. There will be new faces in both chambers come January, and many of those new legislators will need to be educated about people who walk and ride bikes. We’re unsure where the new Governor and Lt. Governor stand on the issues that are important to Texans who use active transportation.

One thing we are sure about: BikeTexas will be fighting for you at the legislature every day of the 2015 session to be sure that people who walk and ride bikes in Texas are well-represented. We are ready to take down any anti-bike bills that may come up, and we’re already working with our allies to prepare positive legislation that further protects our rights to Texas roads. Want to join the fight? Click here.

For some races, it’s not yet time to close the books on the 2014 election. If you have a runoff election in your area, we encourage you to go vote! Double-check your voter registration here so you’re ready to head to the polls again in a few weeks.

 
 

Meet BikeTexas' Fall Intern

haley biketexas intern with signBikeTexas is proud to introduce our fall intern, Raheleh "Haley" Kordrostami.

Haley is an accounting student at Austin Community College and started interning with us in September. In the short time she's been with us, Haley has proven to be an invaluable asset, working hard at everything we've asked her to do, from hauling bikes to data entry. Haley also proved her uber-volunteer status at the Austin BikeFest, when she and her husband Payam worked hard alongside BikeTexas staff from start to finish to make it a great day.

"I'm learning all about bicycles and bike advocacy," Haley says. "It's been good for me to start riding a bike again, because I had a bike when I was 9 or 10 but haven't ridden my own bike in a while. I really enjoy it."

Sadly, Haley is only with us until the end of December, and she's hoping to find an internship a bit closer to her major for the spring. We've been delighted to have her in the office this fall and wish her well as she goes on-- but until then, we'll make sure that she has lots of chances to explore Austin by bike.

 

 
 

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