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Throwback Thursday: Innovation Award

biketexas staff innovation advocacy award nbs12In honor of the National Bike Summit this week, we'll do a very short throwback to 2012, when BikeTexas won the Innovation Award from the Alliance for Biking and Walking during "the Oscars of bicycle advocacy" at the summit.

The Innovation Award was in recognition of BikeTexas' VIP bike rides for elected officials and policymakers using our bike fleet. Thanks to these rides at the local, state, and even national levels, more cities and states have leaders who have seen firsthand the joys and challenges of riding a bike. We get elected officials, staffers, and other decision-makers on bikes as often as we can!

 

Submit Comments Now for 183 North Project

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:03

ct rma trail at 183 austin biketexasNumbers Matter: Please attend the 183 North Mobility Project Open House and show your support for a shared-use path.

Tonight, March 10, the 183 North Mobility Project is holding an open house to update the public on the plans for the segment of 183 between MoPac and SH 45N.

$5 million for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations is included in this project.

Now is a critical time for people who ride bikes in Austin to speak up and ask for a shared-use path along the entire corridor. With funding already dedicated to this project, the next step is for us to ensure that our voices are heard and submit comments asking for a shared-use path.

Please attend the open house tonight at Westwood High School Cafeteria (map) from 5-8 PM, or submit comments online here. Your voice matters! Thank you for making Austin a great place to ride a bike.

 

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Mar 6)

Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00

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

 

3rd street lege amplify austin biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

It's Amplify Austin day! Support bicycle education in Texas, for everyone from our elected officials down to the tiniest new Texas riders. Donate here.

Cyclists in Suits is coming soon! Register, sign up for a bus to Austin, and request (or offer!) a homestay all in one convenient registration page.

Headed to Austin for South by Southwest? Don't want to travel with your bike? We've got you covered.

An awesome delegation of Texans who ride bikes is headed to D.C. next week for the National Bike Summit. Stay tuned for our daily roundup of news while they're away!

 

From around Texas:

San Angelo is off to a good start in the HEB Community Challenge.

Fort Worth is hard at work building its next great street for all users.

A look at the difficulties in walking or biking to Dallas' Arboretum.

Also in Dallas: the effect the Trinity Toll Road could have on the (currently fantastic) Continental Pedestrian Bridge.

One Aussie's (excellent) take on Houston's Safe Passing enforcement (other Texas cities do this, too!).

Burleson, Fort Worth, and San Marcos are the only Texas cities so far to sign up for Transportation Secretary Foxx's "Mayor's Challenge." Congratulations and way to go to Mayor Ken Shetter of Burleson, Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero of San Marcos. Thank you for being leaders in Texas! Learn more about the The Mayor's Challenge here.

Check out the City of Dallas' how-to guide for bike parking installation.

Need something to do in North Texas tomorrow? Join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff for ¡Paletas y Bicicletas!

Brownsville's next CycloBia is next weekend. Don't miss it!

Waxahachie is getting some pushback against its bicycle plan.

San Antonio residents have a chance to offer feedback (and demand bicycle infrastructure) on Loop 1604.

 

From elsewhere:

Citizen-installed wayfinding signs are catching on all over.

Via BikeTexas Business Member Shefman Law: People on bikes report more errors to Google Maps that people using any other mode.

Stop us if you've heard this one: a recent study found that urban design in Chinese cities affects citizens' levels of physical activity.

Forbes considers the "safety in numbers" phenomenon for people who ride bikes.

New York is experiencing some pushback against Vision Zero's crackdown on dangerous driving.

More trouble in London: the mayor suggests people on bikes wave their arms like an orchestra conductor to make sure they're seen at traffic lights.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Sine Die (the legislature's term for adjourning at the end of the session) Bipartisan Bike Ride in 2013, riding along a new protected bike lane on 3rd Street in downtown Austin. These legislative bike rides are valuable for showing elected officials, their familes, and their staffers not only how much fun it is to ride a bike, but also the needs of people who ride bikes so they have a clearer picture of why we ask what we do during the legislative session.

 

San Antonio: Demand safer bicycling on Loop 1604

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

ct rma trail at 183 austin biketexasLoop 1604 reconstruction is an opportunity to provide a safe experience for everyone who wants to bike in the region. The above trail built by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and designed for people who ride bikes at all ages and skill levels is a great example to follow.

Alamo RMA and TxDOT are hosting informational meetings today and tomorrow about Loop 1604 expansion projects.

Your voice is necessary to make sure this project ends up helping cyclists. Tell Alamo RMA and TxDOT that you want safe and separated bicycle infrastructure included in the plans for Loop 1604.

Please attend an open house Wednesday or Thursday, or submit comments online.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 5-7:30 PM:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Banquet Hall (map)
20523 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258

Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 5-7:30 PM:
Northern Hills Golf Center (map)
13202 Scarsdale Street, San Antonio, TX 78217

You can also submit comments online here if you are unable to attend a meeting.

The original plans for 1604 reconstruction included 15' wide shared use paths on each side of the highway. Since the project has been cut up into smaller sections, those plans have disappeared.

A study of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations next to highways uncovered best practices back in 2007. TxDOT and the Alamo RMA should follow guidance such as this when planning 1604 improvements.

The Central Texas RMA has been a leader in building trails along with their highway projects--why can't the Alamo RMA learn from its counterpart 80 miles to the north?

Show up or submit comments to request safe bicycle infrastructure for 1604.

 
 

Amplify Austin with BikeTexas!

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:34

amplify austin 2015 biketexas bicycle educationAustin Needs an All Ages Bicycle Network-- And You Can Help Make That Case to Policy Makers

Amplify Austin with BikeTexas and you'll make a difference in critical education programs for policy makers, like guided tours of Austin's protected bike lanes and making sure transportation professionals understand why we need an all-ages bicycle network. Many state and federal agencies have offices in Austin, and we've seen a dramatic increase in their interest in Wellness Rides for employees. These rides not only result in more state and federal employees understanding the needs of people who ride bikes, but also lead to more people wanting to ride bikes more often themselves.

BikeTexas' education programs also include the KidsKup Adventure Zone at events like Viva Streets and the Austin Bike Fest, where the next generation of safe, legal bike riders can get their start with a balance bike on our fun course. Last year's Amplify Austin day allowed us to do more KidsKup events in more places. Don't miss out-- plan today to Amplify Austin with BikeTexas.

Want to get even more involved with Amplify? Become a fundraiser for BikeTexas today.

Can't wait for Amplify Day? Schedule your gift now to make sure Austin's bicycle network keeps rolling!

 
 

Action Alert: Tell the Waxahachie City Council You Want Safe Streets

Proposed Waxahachie bike lanesWaxahachie has a great opportunity to make the city safer for all residents, including people who ride bikes, with the planned 10 miles of bike lanes. However, the two miles on Marvin Avenue have come up against strong opposition. Without those critical two miles, the whole project could be lost, because Marvin Avenue is a key connecter through the city.

Your voice matters! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let him know that you support bicycle lanes on Marvin Avenue. Additionally, contact the rest of the city council using their email addresses at this link.

We've found this format to be useful when contacting elected officials. (Please also cc This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know if you get a response-- when we reach out to city officials, it's good for us to have a sense of how many people they've heard from.)

  1. My name is _____ and my occupation is ______. I (and my spouse/children/parents) ride a bike in Waxahachie.
  2. Please support the plan for new bike lanes in Waxahachie, including the critical two miles on Marvin Avenue.
  3. (Tell your elected officials why this plan is important to you.)
  4. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Plan to attend the City Council meeting tonight at 7 PM at 401 S Rogers Street (map) to show your support for the bicycle plan in Waxahachie. Thank you for making Waxahachie a great place to ride a bike!

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Feb 27)

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

Rent a bike for South by Southwest! Not coming to SXSW, or already have a bike? Spread the word to your friends. Bike rentals equal bicycle advocacy in Texas! 

Cyclists in Suits is a month away! Register now, sign up for a bus, plan a carpool, and tell your friends!

 

From around Texas:

Lubbock is taking the first steps to updating their bicycle plan-- and here's an update from a local blogger

Meanwhile, Houston just passed a new Bicycle Master Plan.

Texas State has launched an on-campus bikesharing system.

Brownsville has installed the city's first bike corral, and it's beautiful.

San Angelo is getting some new sidewalks.

The Houston Bicycle Museum is now open!

Take a look at this discussion on reducing traffic fatilities in Texas.

 

From elsewhere:

Change the advocacy game by changing your language.

The Utah Legislature has proposed a law to stop Salt Lake City (and any other Utah city) from requiring businesses to allow bicycles to use drive-throughs

Seattle just installed "leaning rails" for people on bikes at intersections.

Amsterdam has run out of places to park bikes.

Check out this interactive tool to see how healthy your neighborhood is for children.

 

Have a great weekend! 

Photo: One very happy rider on a BikeTexas bike.

 
 

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