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Help us Celebrate 25 Years, Welcome New Staff, and More: BikeTexas Today May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 10:28

Everyone has at least one great story of how riding a bike makes life better. To help us celebrate 25 years of BikeTexas, we're asking you to share your stories, pictures, videos, and even audio podcast with us for the chance to to be featured on our website, in the newsletter, our media outreach, and more. Please send your stories to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by June 30, 2016.
Great News for Bike Month
Celebrate Bike Month by congratulating new Bicycle Friendly Communities and Businesses in Texas! Frisco is Texas' newest Bicycle Friendly Community, earning the League of American Bicyclists' Bronze designation. Denton, Hollywood Park, and Sugar Land have each earned Bicycle Friendly Honorable Mention from the League.
 
New Bicycle Friendly Businesses are Asakura Robinson in Austin at the bronze level, and B&B Bicycles in Cedar Hill (owned by BikeTexas board member Beth Farrell) is a new silver-level bicycle friendly business. 
 
Image of bike racks at Frisco City Hall courtesy of Joel Hoback.
BikeTexas is proud to announce that our own Fernando Martinez has been named Advocate of the Year by the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Fernando received his award as part of the National Bike Summit on March 7.
 
BikeTexas congratulates Fernando on his achievement, and we're delighted that he has brought the Advocate of the Year award back home to Texas. 
Fernando Martinez
Meet Beth Nobles
BikeTexas is pleased to announce that this June the very talented Beth Nobles, the former Executive Director of Texas Mountain Trail Region of the Texas Heritage Trails program, returns to Texas as the first ever BikeTexas Deputy Director. Beth has most recently been the Associate Director of Development for the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
 
Beth brings to BikeTexas her deep knowledge of fundraising, storytelling, strategic partnerships, and her passion for discovering the beauty and grandeur of Texas by bike. Please join us in welcoming Beth back to Texas!
Beth Nobles
Welcome Back Leslie Luciano
Our friends, fans and followers will be delighted to know Leslie Luciano has returned to BikeTexas full time this May as our Business Manager.
 
Most recently Leslie has been our Special Projects Manager, using her skills as a policy expert to lead our state delegates at the National Bike Summit in March. Leslie has also spent the last two years working as the Collaboration Director for Rocket Electrics in Austin. We're so glad to welcome Leslie back to the BikeTexas office!
Leslie Luciano

Join BikeTexas in welcoming our newest member of staff, Lynn Haas. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UT Austin and will be doing transportation engineering for BikeTexas. Lynn particularly enjoys intersection and interchange design, and will often pause in her commute to study traffic flow--watching how road users interact with infrastructure is one of her favorite things about bike commuting.

Lynn's major project for BikeTexas will be the 2017 Benchmarking Report.

Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016
photo collage from TTAT 2016

Thanks for a fantastic Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference! March 9-11 were three great days in Houston and we’re so glad you were able to attend.  

Did you hear the news? Read conference coverage here:

You ought to be in pictures - and you are! Above is a photo collage from the conference. See the complete 2016 TTAT photo gallery here.

Save the date! The next Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is scheduled for Spring 2018, location to be announced soon.

BikePedEd is Here!
As rides are starting earlier and finishing later to beat the Texas heat, now is the perfect time to order bike lights for your whole bike clubDo you know a summer youth camp, a government agency, Boy or Girl Scout troop, or other group that needs bicycle and pedestrian education and safety materials? We have you covered!
 
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Thank You, BikeTexas Sponsors!
For 25 years, many folks have worked hard 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, to keep bicycle advocacy in Texas alive and well for the next 25 years! Many thanks to Dr. Bill Shea, Trammell S. Crow, Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, Senator Rodney Ellis, and Gail and Jim Spann. 

Looking for a bike shop or other business near you that supports bicycle advocacy in Texas? Check out the complete list of bike shop and business members here.
Roll along with your best bicycling buddies and make Texas a great place to bike at the same time! Looking for a great club or advocacy org near you? Look no further.
 
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Rolling to Work: New Bicycle-Friendly Businesses in Texas

Monday, 23 May 2016 09:56

bike monthCongratulations to Texas' newest Bicycle Friendly Businesses, B&B Bicycles and Asakura Robinson (Austin)!

The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of bicycle friendly businesses as part of Bike to Work week. Asakura Robinson in Austin enters the list for the first time at the bronze level. B&B Bicycles in Cedar Hill, owned by BikeTexas board member Beth Farrell, is a new silver-level bicycle friendly business.

These two businesses bring the total of bicycle friendly businesses in Texas to 30. When choosing to shop at a local business, please consider these bicycle friendly businesses in Texas: 

 

Platinum:

Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin, Bicycle Industry

Gold:

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, Transportation

Casteel & Associates Inc, Dallas, Manufacturing/Research

Richardson Bike Mart, Frisco, Bicycle Industry

The Ride Of Silence, Garland, Bicycle Industry

Traffic Engineers, Inc., Houston, Architecture/Planning/Design

Silver:

717 N. Harwood, Dallas, Class A Commercial Office Building

Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Manufacturing/Research

Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO), San Antonio, Government Agency

Bike World, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Blue Line Bike Lab, Houston, Bicycle Industry

City of Austin, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

El Meson Restaurant, Houston, Hospitality/Food/Retail

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Fort Worth, Bicycle Industry

Pedal Power Bicycles, San Marcos, Bicycle Industry

Plano Cycling & Fitness, Inc., Plano, Hospitality/Food/Retail

San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, Government Agency

Sugar Cycles, Inc., Missouri City, Bicycle Industry

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, Professional Services

Bronze:

Asakura Robinson Company LLC, Houston, Professional Services

City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Non-Profit/Government

HomeAway, Austin, Professional Services

Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Architecture/Planning/Design

San Antonio Bike Share, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Texas Instruments Inc., Plano, Manufacturing/Research

Wheatsville Food Co-op, Austin, Hospitality/Food/Retail

 

Share Your Stories and Help Us Celebrate 25 Years

Monday, 23 May 2016 08:30

far west texas for webBikeTexas is celebrating 25 years of making Texas a great place to ride a bike, and the celebration includes YOU!

Send us your stories, pictures, videos, or even audio podcast, telling the world how riding a bike makes your life better. We'll be sharing the stories we collect all year long as we celebrate our silver anniversary with the supporters who've made this all possible--you!

Send your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by June 30. We can't wait to hear from folks who ride bikes all over the great state of Texas!

 

Image courtesy of Beth Nobles.

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (May 20)

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

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

 

NewByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

It's Bike to Work Day! Do you have a special story or photo to share? Post it on our Facebook page or Tweet it to us!

Congratulations to Frisco on being named a Bicycle Friendly Community!

Are you on our email list? Sign up today so you don't miss out on our newsletter, coming out next week!

 

From around Texas:

El Paso's Ride for Reading last week was another smashing success.

Ride of Silence coverage:

Abilene

Amarillo

Beaumont

Dallas

Lubbock

McAllen

 

From elsewhere:

New York City councilmembers call for more pedestrian scramble ("Barnes Dance") intersections.

Also from NYC: protected bike lanes have made traffic better, not worse.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

Meet Lynn

lynn ebikeJoin BikeTexas in welcoming our newest member of staff, Lynn Haas. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UT Austin and will be doing transportation engineering for BikeTexas. Lynn particularly enjoys intersection and interchange design, and will often pause in her commute to study traffic flow--watching how road users interact with infrastructure is one of her favorite things about bike commuting.

Lynn's major project for BikeTexas will be the 2017 Benchmarking Report. Building and expanding on the BikeTexas 2012 Benchmarking Report, the 2017 report will document bicycle and pedestrian facilities, use, policies, and more across Texas' largest 35 cities. The updated report will also offer perspective on how biking and walking in Texas have grown since the first Benchmark report.

Lynn does project research for BikeTexas and responds to stakeholder information requests. She's also a talented bicycle mechanic--her skills with the wrench have been driven in part by her enjoyment of long solo bike tours, during which, as she says, "getting stranded sucks." She's currently scheming her next two bike tours.

In addition to her engineering degree, Lynn holds a Master of Music from Indiana University. She enjoys textile arts and has won a blue ribbon at the Texas State Fair for a piece of handspun lace.

We're delighted to have Lynn on board with us at BikeTexas!

 
 

The Elite Eight: Frisco Joins the List of Texas Bicycle Friendly Communities

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:41

frisco city council bicycle friendly community advocacy biketexasPeople on bikes have a reason to smile a little wider while rolling through Frisco today: the city has been named Texas' newest Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists!

Frisco enters the bike-friendly list at Bronze, joining Austin (Gold), Brownsville, Houston, Plano, Richardson, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, all at Bronze.

Congratulations are also in order to Denton, Hollywood Park, and Sugar Land; each of these cities earned Bicycle Friendly Honorable Mention from the League this round.

Texas' bicycle-friendly communities are home to 5.3 million Texans, almost 20% of the state's population. We congratulate all these cities on their hard work to make Texas a great place to ride a bike!

 

Photo: Frisco receives its Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists at a City Council meeting on June 21.

 
 

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

Friday, 08 April 2016 16:32

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

 

NewByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

Could the Northeast Texas Trail become a linear state park?

Survey time! Take the follow-up survey from TTAT 2016. Help us get ready for 2018!

Support BikeTexas while you pick up your lettuce with HEB and Earthshare of Texas.

 

From around Texas:

The number of active transportation fatalities this week in Texas is appalling. Our thoughts are with the families of Jacob Waganer (Fort Worth), Wilma Montgomery (Houston), and Mailani Godin (San Antonio). We also send best wishes for a continued recovery to Elizabeth English (Austin).

CityLab Latino takes a look at the good things happening in Brownsville. (Article is in Spanish.)

From our friends at Velo Paso: Funding for new bicycle infrastructure is in jeopardy because projects that were intended to be ready to go by now aren't. In the meantime, there's a community meeting scheduled for Monday regarding bike lanes on Resler.

Corpus Christi continues to develop its new bike plan.

Waco's Safe Passing Ordinance passed its first reading at the City Council.

Austin wants you to take the mobility survey.

Comments on the Houston Bike Plan are due Monday.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

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