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Get Involved: Bike Happenings Near You

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:54

bikes rural highway biketexas take action

Updated 6-17-15 to add The Woodlands.

Cities around Texas are working on bike plans, master plans, and other plans to keep our cities and our state moving in all kinds of ways as we continue to grow. Don't miss out on what may be happening near you!

 

Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi's MPO is working on a strategic plan for active mobility. Take a survey or get more involved with their mapping to let them know where you ride-- and where you need to see improvement.

Houston: Take a survey for the new Houston Bike Plan here. Want to give even more input? Join the discussion here.

Hutto: Bike Hutto is hard at work to make Hutto a great place to ride a bike. Help them out by taking this survey.

Lubbock: The Lubbock City Council is working towards a a study to determine the next steps for bicycle infrastructure in Lubbock. Stay tuned for more on what you can do, but in the meantime, it's always a good idea to let your council member know you support bicycle accommodations.

San Antonio: The public comment period for the environmental statement on plans for 281 is now open. Why comment? Original plans called for a paved trail to be built along this new highway, but now that isn't in the plans. Let them know you want them to plan for active transportation every time. Additionaly, do you use VIA? Help plan the next step for public transportation in San Antonio here. 

The Woodlands: The Township Board of Directors has taken the next step toward creating a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan--a project the Bike the Woodlands Coalition has been working on for three years--by sending out a RFP for planning. Right now is a great time to contact the Board, thank them for sending out the RFP, and encourage them to see this project through so The Woodlands has a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

 

Did we miss one? Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to let us know about plans in your area!

 

CLIPS Tour with New Belgium is June 19!

Monday, 15 June 2015 11:20

NBB Bike for sliderThe big week is here-- this Friday, June 19, join us at the Long Center Lawn for New Belgium's CLIPS Beer and Film Tour stop in Austin. The fun begins at 8 PM!

Beer tokens cost $1.50 for a three-ounce pour and $6 for a 12-ounce beer. Raffle tickets for a New Belguim bike will also be on sale for $5 each or 3 for $10.

While you're enjoying a good drink and great company of your fellow Austinites who ride bikes, kick back and enjoy the fan-made, fan-approved videos New Belgium will be screening for everyone's enjoyment. Come out and have a great time with us on Friday! All proceeds from this event benefit BikeTexas! 

 

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (June 12)

Friday, 12 June 2015 08:13

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

 

NBB Bike for sliderFrom BikeTexas:

Transportation policymaking continues at the US Capitol, and our partners at the League of American Bicyclists and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are staying on top of any bills or amendments that would be bad for active transportation. The Emmer Amendment that was defeated on Tuesday night is one example of what we're keeping an eye out for-- if your rep voted against it, please take a moment to send a thank you email or tweet!

Only a week to go until we have some fun at the Long Center at CLIPS Beer and Film Tour with New Belgium! We're raffling off a bike and planning for an all-around good time. Don't miss out!

 

From around Texas:

We're sorry to hear that we lost three people who were riding bikes in Texas this past week. Raul Alvarado Mascorro was killed outside of Mercedes, Gabino Carrizales was killed in Brownsville, and Brian Silva was killed in Austin. Our thoughts are with all three gentlemen's families.

HUGE congratulations to Richardson, the fifth Bicycle Friendly Community in Texas! Richardson joined the list this week at the Bronze level.

The Texas 4000 are well on their way; the city of St. George, Utah, expects to see them next week.

Austin's plans for protected intersections are in the news again.

San Antonio's first Ride to Vote event was small but mighty.

Three cities, three surveys-- if you live or ride in Corpus Christi, Houston, or Hutto, now is the time to get involved!

 

From elsewhere:

"I believe that if we keep working at it, we can make room on our roads for bikes and cars, both."

What did bicycles do for early users in the 1800s? Everything. 

Portland is brightening up its crosswalks, with hopes that they'll be used by pedestrians and respected by drivers.

Stuck on a crowded transit vehicle? Art may help.

This piece takes a look at victim-blaming public safety initiatives.

Ontario, Canada, is cracking down on dooring.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

Join us at the Long Center in Austin on June 19

Friday, 12 June 2015 07:56

 
Make 1,000 New Friends at CLIPS and Beer
 
Hello Robin,
 
There's just a little over a week to go until the CLIPS Beer and Film Tour at the Long Center on June 19 at 8 PM! 
 
We're excited to spend a fun evening with you enjoying New Belgium beer and watching creative fan-made, fan-approved video clips while enjoying an Austin evening on the Long Center lawn.Plus, we're raffling off a New Belgium bike! Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and will be on sale at the event. Bring your bike (bike parking provided), bring your friends, bring your thirst! Proceeds from CLIPS benefit BikeTexas.

Does this sound like the kind of event you'd like to be more involved with? We can use your help! Check out the available volunteer positions and sign up here

Questions? Need more info? Email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call us at 512-476-7433.

We can't wait to see you on June 19!

 
 

Late Amendment Defeated--Please Thank These Texas Reps

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:51

leslie nbs 2014 us capitol biketexasAs the debate on transportation funding wore on in the House on Tuesday night, Representative Emmer of Minnesota introduced an amendment that would have cut communities' ability to use their transit funds according to their own needs. The Emmer amendment would not allow New Start grants (these are outside of the Highway Trust Fund and come from elsewhere in the budget) to build sidewalks or bike lanes as part of a transit project. For many transit users, however, those same sidewalks and bike lanes provide the key connections needed to get to a bus stop. Right now, communities who receive the grants can decide for themselves whether those connections are needed. Rep. Emmer's amendment would have taken away that local decision-making ability.

However, the amendment was defeated in a close vote, 212-214. Many, many thanks to Representatives from Texas who voted against this strike against local control active transportation funding. These are the folks who voted against the amendment; if your representative is on this list, please take a moment to send a thank-you email:

Rep. Joaquin Castro (San Antonio)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (Laredo)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Austin/San Antonio)
Rep. Al Green (Houston)
Rep. Gene Green (Houston)
Rep. Kay Granger (Fort Worth)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Edinburg)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Houston)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Dallas)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (El Paso)
Rep. Filemon Vela Jr. (Brownsville)
Rep. Marc Veasey (Fort Worth)

 

Not sure who your representative is? Find out here and contact him or her at the same time. 

 

If your representative is not on the list, please reach out! Let him or her know how important this funding is to communities. Here are some talking points to consider when speaking to your representative: 

      • My name is _____ and my occupation is ______. I am a resident of District ____.
      • I was sorry to hear that you voted for the Emmer amendment on Transportation HUD Appropriations on Tuesday, June 9.
      • The amendment would have limited how local governments can spend New Start funds.
      • New Start projects have gone through a local planning process, and this amendment would have overridden the local decision-making processes.
      • Improving Bicycle and pedestrian projects in and around transit expand the reach of transit, making those projects more cost effective.
      • These improvements also make transit safer and easier to use for people of all ages and abilities.
      • (Do you have a personal story about transportation access or a local project you could mention? Please share it with your representative.)
      • In the future, please support multi-modal, cost-effective and locally-supported transportation.
      • Thank you for your time.

 

Thank you for reaching out to your elected officials to make Texas a better place to ride a bike!

 

Photo: BikeTexas' Leslie Luciano at the US Capitol as part of the National Bike Summit in 2014. Visiting members of Congress reminds them that people who ride bikes also vote!

 
 

Richardson is Texas' Fifth Bicycle Friendly Community

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:04

naacp ride richardson 2013Congratulations are in order to Richardson for reaching the ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities in the new list announced today by the League of American Bicyclists! Kudos to Bike Friendly Richardson and other advocates who have worked tirelessly to make their city a great place to ride a bike.

Richardson joins Austin (Silver), Houston (Bronze), San Antonio (Bronze), and The Woodlands (Bronze) on the list of Texas' Bicycle Friendly Communities; altogether, nearly 4.5 million Texans live in a designated Bicycle Friendly Community. But that's not all-- El Paso, Frisco, Plano, and Hollywood Park are on this year's Honorable Mention list, and Fort Worth is a past Honorable Mention city (cities only remain on the Honorable Mention list for one year before cycling off). Cities around Texas are seeing the value in bicycling for economic growth, encouraging active and healthy citizens, reducing traffic congestion, and adding to the region's quality of life.

Could your city be the next Bicycle Friendly Community? Check out the League's Bicycle Friendly America page to get started.

Congratulations again, Richardson, for all your hard work!

Photo: Texas NAACP ride in Richardson in 2013.

 
 

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