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Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of #TTAT2016

ttat 2016 sm collageIt's no secret that bikey folks are chatty folks. In between the presenters, networking, greeting friends, and all-around talking about what's happening for people who bike and walk in Texas, our Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference attendees took to social media over the three days to share what was happening in Houston. Check out the Storify from each day to relive the excitement or see what you missed!

 

We found plenty to talk about even before the conference started: see pre-conference social media here.

Day 1: TTAT got off to a great start with keynote speaker Margaret Lamar, special guest Mayor Sylvester Turner, the welcome reception at Houston Bicycle Museum, and lots of info-packed sessions.

Day 2: The excitement continued with keynotes Dr. Daniel Iacofano, Van Nguyen, and Pascal van den Noort; a special appearance by Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis; and a morning downpour that eased off just in time for the afternoon's mobile workshops.

Day 3: All good things must come to an end, but we finished with a bang with keynote Brian Payne, a trip to the Electric Bike Expo, and even more amazing sessions to finish out the week.

 

Want to make sure you don't miss out next time? Mark your calendar for spring 2018-- dates and location are still to be determined. Follow Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference on Facebook and sign up for BikeTexas' email list to make sure you're the first to know when it's time to plan for 2018.

 

Photos for collage drawn from the social media posts at the Storify links above.

 

9 to 5: Texas Bicycle Friendly Businesses

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:11

richardson bike mart

The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses on February 18, and three Texas businesses are on the list.

Congratulations to our long-time partners and good friends, Richardson Bike Mart, who smashed their first appearance on the Bicycle Friendly list by coming in at Gold! We're delighted to see our member business achieve this well deserved success.

Casteel and Associates, Inc. of Dallas is also a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business, having moved up from Silver. Rounding out the Texas list is Asakura Robinson Company LLC from Houston, who has renewed its Bronze level status.

Congrats to all three Bicycle Friendly Businesses! Texas is proud of you.

 

These three businesses join the other 25 Texas Bicycle Friendly Businesses:

Platinum:

Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin, Bicycle Industry

Gold:

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, Transportation

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:

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

 

Advocate of the Year, Fernando Martinez

Fernando Martinez Advocate of the YearBikeTexas 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.

In his 10 years of bicycle advocacy with BikeTexas, Fernando has worked tirelessly as the program manager of BikeTexas' educational programs, which have reached over two million Texas children. Most recently, Fernando has spent two years in Brownsville working in the BikeTexas RGV program, working alongside local advocates and city leaders to activate Brownsville's Bicycle Master Plan. Brownsville was recently named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, a testament to the hard work of Fernando, BikeTexas, and the committed local community.

BikeTexas congratulates Fernando on his achievement, and we're delighted that he has brought the Advocate of the Year award back home to Texas.

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Feb 5)

Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

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

 

NewsByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

Today's the last day to order from our Valentine's Day gift guide with regular shipping costs! Order by 2 PM today. (Need to order next week instead? Call or email us first to talk shipping: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 512-476-7433.)

Hotel update for TTAT2016: The conference hotel is full! Our overflow hotel is the nearby Crowne Plaza. Register to attend the conference and reserve your hotel room today before rates increase!

Coming to Austin for SXSW? Rent your bike today.

 

From around Texas:

More on the new polka-dotted intersection in East Austin.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urges local and state planners to focus on improving mobility for all. 

Another look at Houston's new bus system.

StreetsFilms takes a look at Austin.

The Red Arroyo Trail in San Angelo is closer to being finished.

 

From elsewhere:

Rush hour in London? Soon you may see more bikes than cars.

Studies continue to show that sharrows aren't that great.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

Fritz Park Joins Growing List of Places in Hutto, Texas to Offer Bicycle Parking

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:24

FritzParkBikeRack2016 TakenbyHuttoPARDOn Saturday, February 27 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Fritz Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department. Following the ribbon cutting, Bike Hutto will be leading a family-friendly bike ride along the Cottonwood Creek Trail. All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the bike ride afterwards.

Fritz Park is the largest park in Hutto and is located at 400 Park Street. This will be the park’s first bike rack and will get added to the other amenities that Fritz Park has to offer such as a pavilion, picnic sites, playscape, reflection pond, sports amenities, and trail. The entire park will be undergoing a series of improvements and renovations in 2016 to better serve the Hutto community.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh is very happy about the addition to Fritz Park, especially since it comes so soon after the new Creekside Park bike rack that was celebrated in January of this year. “The City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department are really doing their part to help make Hutto’s parks more bicycle friendly!”

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.

 
 

It's Electrifying! #TTAT2016

Saturday, 30 January 2016 08:14

texas trails active transportation conference electric bike biketexas 2014The 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is less than 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.

Don't miss out! Hotel rates increase on February 9 and conference fees go up on February 15. Take advantage of early bird rates and secure your spot at TTAT 2016 today!

 

Photo: Attendees at TTAT 2014 enjoyed a smaller e-bike demonstration, courtesy of Rocket Electrics.

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 29)

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

 

texas trails active transportation conference 2016 exhibitor networkingFrom BikeTexas:

Time is running out on early bird registration for the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference. Don't miss out!

Looking for a gift for the bike-loving special someone in your life? We can help.

Did you miss the January newsletter yesterday? Read it here.

Rent a bike from us for South by Southwest!

 

From around Texas: 

Houston police are searching for the hit-and-run driver who killed a man riding a bike earlier this week.

New bicycle signage is coming to Coppell.

Austin has been named as a Vision Zero focus city.

Austin also just installed a colorful new intersection treatment in response to increased pedestrian activity on E 6th Street.

 

From elsewhere:

Streetsblog takes on inequality in transit systems.

The new circular bridge in Uruguay has more than just asthetic benefit.

Bike lanes benefit all road users, not just people on bikes.

Split-phase signals are safer for active transportation than mixing zones.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Talking trash (cans) at TTAT 2014.

 
 

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