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Meet Our Spring Intern!

meet spring intern brent voylesBy Brent Voyles

I’m from a really small town called Lindsay, TX. I’ve been in Austin for 8 years. I’m about to graduate from Texas State, where I’m majoring in Health & Fitness Management, with a degree in Exercise Sports Science. My goal after graduation is to work for a sports team as an equipment manager, locker room manager, or something along those lines.

During my time at BikeTexas I want to learn all I can about how BikeTexas manages their equipment and how an organization is run.

We're excited to have Brent with us this spring. If you stop by the office or see him at an event in the next couple of months, be sure to say hello and congratulate him on his soon-to-be graduation!

 

 

BikeTexas Today: January 2016

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Here's to You: 
BikeTexas Supporters Make a Difference!
Thank you! 2015 was full of ups and downs for people who walk and ride bikes in Texas, but through it all, BikeTexas supporters once again proved their determination to make Texas a great place to ride a bike! Here's a sample of what you did in 2015:

Thank you, Texas! Here's to you, and here's to a fantastic 2016 together!

 It's Electrifying! #TTAT2016
The 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is only six weeks away! You don't want to miss this chance to hear from and network with engineers, city planners, elected officials, advocates, and others who are doing great things for trails and active transportation in Texas and around the world.
 
As an added bonus, all TTAT attendees will get an exclusive sneak peek at the Electric Bike Expo to learn more about electric bikes, ask questions of industry leaders, and take a test ride on the latest e-bike models, all before the Expo opens to the general public! Texas has been a nationwide leader in passing laws governing electric bikes. See how e-bikes can benefit our cities and communities at TTAT.
 
TTAT 2016
Join the Texas Delegation at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., March 7-9! Hear from inspiring speakers and see what's happening for bikes around the country. On Lobby Day, visit the office of every Texas member of Congress and tell them how important bicycles and active transportation are to you. Let us know you're going so we can connect you with the Texas coordinator. Don't miss out!
 
The Texas NBS delegation with Senator Cornyn in 2015
Now is the time to order bike lights for your whole bike club, and From A to Z By Bike and other great activity books for your classroom. Do you know a Boy or Girl Scout troop, an after school club, or other group that needs bicycle and pedestrian education and safety materials? We have you covered!
 
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Has someone in your community gone above and beyond to support, plan, implement, or promote local trails? Is there a trails hero you know who is going unsung? Now's the time to start singing! Nominate your local trails leader for a Trails of Texas Award, presented by the Texas Trails Network and awarded at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference. Hurry-- nomination deadline is February 15.
 
Please note: while we'd love nothing more than for you to be present when we surprise your nominee, your attendance at TTAT 2016 is not required for you to nominate someone. So get creative and think of who you could recognize!
 
2014 Texas Trails Award Winner Dr. Rose Gowen and other Brownsville delegates
Are you headed to Austin for South By Southwest? Do you know someone who is? Traffic is traditionally gridlocked during spring break in Austin, but getting around doesn't have to cause you stress headaches! Rent a bike from BikeTexas for SXSW and you'll be soaring around town with ease all week long. Plus, all rental proceeds benefit bicycle advocacy in Texas. Everybody wins!
 

I’m from a really small town called Lindsay, TX. I’ve been in Austin for 8 years. I’m about to graduate from Texas State, where I’m majoring in Health & Fitness Management, with a degree in Exercise Sports Science. My goal after graduation is to work for a sports team as an equipment manager, locker room manager, or something along those lines.

During my time at BikeTexas I want to learn all I can about how BikeTexas manages their equipment and how an organization is run.

We're excited to have Brent with us this spring. If you stop by the office or see him at an event in the next couple of months, be sure to say hello and congratulate him on his soon-to-be graduation!

Brent Voyles
Keep in Touch!
Don't forget-- there are plenty of ways to keep in touch with BikeTexas! Join us most weekdays around noon for our Lunch With BikeTexas Periscope, and be sure to swing by our website every Friday for our News By Bike linky list of news from around the world of active transportation. And we're always available by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as well as on our social media pages on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.
It takes a lot of people to make Texas a great place to walk or bike.The BikeTexas Advisory Board makes it possible to educate more legislators, work with more city officials, and provide more materials to teachers around the state! Many thanks to Dr. Bill Shea, Trammell S. Crow, Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, Senator Rodney Ellis, and Gail and Jim Spann.
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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 15)

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

Velo Paso's Scott White weighs in on why the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is a great event.

Learn more about TTAT, reserve your hotel room, and register here.

Periscope with BikeTexas every weekday at lunchtime (ish)!

 

From around Texas:

Travis County judge Sarah Eckhardt calls for more emphasis on transit and active transportation.

TxDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee member Allison Kaplan calls on the city of Austin to fund the sidewalk and bicycle master plans.

A call for Vision Zero in Houston.

TxDOT and the 15-year road death streak.

Bike Hutto is celebrating Creekside Park's new bike rack with a ribbon cutting.

 

From elsewhere:

"The way our cities are designed could be the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy population."

Nothing is stopping this 90-year-old on a bike.

A look at bike lanes and equality.

A survey of attitudes between road users turned up some not-so-great results.

In case you missed it: transit benefits are now equal with parking benefits.

More parking = more driving.

Bike lanes in Netherlands are overcrowded.

Want to ride transit without interaction? Here are some tips.

A driver who killed a man on a bike in Oklahoma has been charged with manslaughter.

A Missouri legislator has introduced a bill to require all people riding bikes to have a 15-foot flag.

Five ways to make a city more walkable.

Riding in the wind? Here's what to do.

To determine the physical and fiscal health of your city, ask one question: "When you're on foot, does it feel good?"

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Melissa Balmer speaks about communicating with the media at TTAT 2014.

 
 

Bike Hutto Celebrates Creekside Park’s First Bike Rack with Ribbon Cutting

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On Saturday, January 23 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Creekside Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department. Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park as part of their participation in the Adopt-A-Spot program. All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the park clean-up event afterwards.

Creekside Park officially became a “home base” for Bike Hutto in July 2015 when it received signage designating the park as the organization’s Adopt-A-Spot location. The park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail, and contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the park’s amenities. “Bike racks are such a big part of the bicycling experience and help to encourage transportation by bike. If you know there is a place to lock up at the end of your trip, you are more likely to ride there. We are so pleased that the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department considers bike racks an important piece of their parks system and are making efforts to add bike parking.”

Bike racks play an important role in the lives of both the recreational and the commuting bicyclist. By providing a safe place to be able to secure their property, anyone riding a bike at any age can be encouraged to travel to that location. Bike racks also help to eliminate the clutter, hazards, and tree damage that comes from haphazard bicycle parking.

A bike parking needs assessment will be done by Bike Hutto in 2016 to determine other areas within Hutto, Texas in which bike racks would be beneficial. The assessment will consider potential locations for future bike racks, as well as the quantity and type of bike parking needed. Each potential location will then be prioritized based on current and future bike traffic, cost, and overall feasibility.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Their mission is to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure. Bike Hutto values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

 
 

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

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:12

scott white velo paso texas trails active transportation conference ttat 2014 biketexasVelo Paso's Scott White is working hard to make El Paso a great place to ride a bike. As one-half of the Velo Paso contingent at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2014 (along with fellow advocate Victor Cordero), Scott saw enough value in TTAT that he's returning in 2016, this time as a speaker.

A couple years ago my friends and I were making waves after having successfully fought to save the funding for our local bike share program. So we though we knew a thing or two about being active transportation advocates. Boy were we in for a surprise!

What we learned at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference just blew our minds, so many new ideas, approaches, resources, and of course 'bike minded' friends. It was a real eye opener, and what we learned in just a couple of days would take far too long to explain. So why not come see for yourself?

I'll be there again (I'm even co-leading a session this time), and hope to see you there too.


Learn more about TTAT 2016 and register here to attend in Houston March 9-11.

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 8)

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Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than the first News by Bike of 2016:

 

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From BikeTexas:

Registration is open now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016! Not sure if TTAT is for you? Check out what a TTAT 2014 speaker/attendee has to say about why this conference matters.

The first BikeTexas Today of 2016 is coming next week! Make sure you're getting all the latest bike news in your inbox--join the BikeTexas email list now.

 

From around Texas:

Bus ridership is up in Houston following their network redesign.

A look at what Dallas (and probably other Texas cities) can learn from Houston's redesigned bus system.

Check out the draft countywide bikeway maps for North Texas.

Now's your chance to help decide where new Houston B-cycle stations will go.

San Angelo passed a ban on texting while driving.

 

From elsewhere:

"The good news is that when we do make streets that are safe for pedestrians, traffic still flows."

Momentum Mag's list of top bicycle advocacy videos of 2015.

Another look at the "4 types of cyclists" classifications, this time for the whole U.S.

"We're still not seeing any really significant mode shifts, despite decades of investment," says Daniel Piatkowski in CityLab.

Bicycle highways are coming to Germany, and they'll connect cities with suburbs.

Are you a public transportation user? Check out these useful apps for making the trip better.

Great things happen when cities build for bikes.

Streetsblog takes on the debate surrounding the Idaho Stop.

What if a newspaper looked deeper into the issues behind bicycle crashes and deaths, instead of blaming the victim? This one did.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings at the opening keynote session of TTAT 2014.

 
 

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