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State Employees: Support Bicycle Advocacy in Texas!

Friday, 09 October 2015 14:49

texas capitolAre you a Texas State Employee? Do you want to do great things for bicycle advocacy and education? You can support BikeTexas through your workplace charitable giving campaign!

BikeTexas is partnered with EarthShare Texas, which supports over 40 other organizations around the state. When you donate to EarthShare Texas through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (number 035500), you're making Texas great in more ways that one! Learn more about EarthShare Texas members here.

Prefer to support BikeTexas directly through SECC? Great! Our number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 9)

Friday, 09 October 2015 08:17

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

 

BikeFest hashtag biketexas halloween bicyclesFrom BikeTexas:

Volunteer with us at Austin BikeFest! Have fun, support bicycle advocacy, & get a free shirt!

The deadline for speaker proposals for the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference has been EXTENDED. Submit your proposal today.

BikeTexas Today October 2015 is out! Want to read the newsletter in your inbox instead of your browser? Sign up for our emails here.

The days are short and you need some bike lights. Get yours here.

 

bikepeded bike lights biketexasFrom around Texas:

Do you live in North Texas? NCTCOG has a survey for you.

El Paso! Head to Chalk the Block this weekend, say hello to Velo Paso, and give the city your input on the new bike plan.

Houston's Mayor Parker is working to make texting while driving an ancient memory.

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff's solution to a hairy parking problem.

Speaking of Oak Cliff... Cyclesomatic is happening now! Don't miss out.

Aaaannnd one more thing from BFOC-- the Sylvan bridge in Dallas now has protected bike lanes.

Better Streets Week is coming in ATX! Check out the schedule of events now.

Austinites, Capital Metro wants your feedback.

 

From elsewhere:

Some British retailers still haven't gotten the memo that bikes bring business.

The FHWA may be making it easier to build streets for all users.

New numbers are out, bike commuting is up!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Advisory Board, BikePedEd, and More: BikeTexas Today October 2015

Friday, 09 October 2015 08:15

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It takes a lot of people to make Texas a great place to walk or bike. The BikeTexasAdvisory 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.
Now is the time to order bike lights for your whole bike club, and From A to Z ByBike 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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BikeTexas is proud to once again be your Texas coordinator for the Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest! This year's theme is #LongForTheRide, and students should create posters that show what they love about riding a bike. Posters are due at the BikeTexasoffice by October 21.
 
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Do you have something to share about trails or active transportation? We need you at the2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference. Speak about your latest project, lessons learned, and how your experience can benefit others. The deadline has been extended, so submit your speaker proposal today.
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Last year's inaugural Austin BikeFest was a wickedly fun day-- and we couldn't have done it without you! Plan to attend Austin BikeFest on October 31 from 12-4. Want to have extra fun (and get a free shirt)? Volunteer for Austin BikeFest now.
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Bike Hutto Celebrates 100 Years of Hippos with Inaugural Hippo Hunt Fundraiser

Thursday, 08 October 2015 11:26

Hippo Hunt LogoIn celebration of the 100 years of the Hippo, Bike Hutto is holding its first ever HIPPO HUNT on November 14, 2015! Hippo Hunt is a Hippo Scavenger Hunt on bicycles. Teams of 4-6 will bike to various hippos throughout central Hutto based on clues and a map. At each hippo location they get a clue that takes them on to the next hippo. Each team has a slightly different “route”. The event will start at 9am at Creekside Park located at 305 Orchard Way in Hutto, Texas. Check-In opens at 8am to allow teams time to receive their event packet materials, swag bags, and enjoy breakfast tacos courtesy of Ricardo’s Tacos. The first team that completes the scavenger hunt and makes their way back to Creekside Park wins the Hippo Hunt Trophy.

Teams are between 4 and 6 persons. If you do not have a team, Bike Hutto will be happy to pair you up with a team. Each team member is to fill out their own registration form (or have a parent fill it out for them). A team member is any individual riding their own bike on the team. Small children in carriers do not count as a team member and there will be no fee for that child. Cost is $15 a person with a maximum of $60 per team. Each participant receives an event t-shirt, swag bag, and breakfast the morning of the event. In order to be guaranteed t-shirt size, registration must be complete by November 1st.

Helmets are required to participate. All road and trail rules must be obeyed at all times. The only way to cross Hwy 79 is via the Cottonwood Creek Trail Underpass which is shown on the map provided at check-in. Any crossing of Hwy 79 not via the underpass will result in an immediate disqualification.

All registration proceeds from the event will go to Hutto Has Heart. Hutto Has Heart seeks to serve and empower the emotional, financial, educational, and spiritual well-being of the Hutto community members by organizing and sustaining collaborative efforts. They do this by assisting both individual families on a case by case basis, as well as larger fundraising efforts such as creating a relief fund for the Memorial Day Flood Victims. http://www.huttohasheart.org/

Registration information can be found at http://bikehutto.org/hippo-hunt-2015/

We are very appreciative of Capital Metro for being the primary sponsor of this year’s Hippo Hunt. Thank you also to Ricardo's Tacos for their generous donation of breakfast tacos, and to the Hutto High School Leo's, the City of Hutto, and the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department for their generous in-kind donations.

Bike Hutto’s 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.

 
 

Speaker Proposal Deadline EXTENDED for #TTAT2016

Thursday, 08 October 2015 10:27

ttat presenters 2014 biketexasGreat news for folks who want to speak at the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference-- the deadline to submit a speaker proposal has been extended! TTAT 2016 is March 9-11 in Houston. Learn more at the TTAT website.

Fill out the speaker form here by October 30. You can save the form and come back to it at any time, but you MUST make a note of the URL because we will not be able to access it for you. Questions or problems with the form? Call us: 512-476-7433.

We look forward to seeing you at TTAT 2016 in Houston!

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 2)

Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

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

 

biketexas bike lightsFrom BikeTexas:

Not just from us--Monday, Oct 5, is the last day to register to vote in November's general election. Important stuff is on the ballot all over the state, and you don't want to miss out. City elections matter--register today!

The daylight hours are getting shorter-- time to stock up on bike lights for yourself, your club, your children's school--anywhere people need to light up the ride.

Want to speak at the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference? Good news-- the deadline to submit a speaker proposal has been extended.

 

From around Texas:

The Houston Chronicle looks at what kind of impact Sunday Streets can have. By the way, Sunday Streets is this weekend--October 4!

Car-light and using B-cycle in San Antonio.

Houston's Energy Corridor has a woonerf!

Dallas is working on a bicycle parking inventory and map.

Downtown Plano has been named one of the greatest places in America, in part due to its bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets.

Check out this great look at Houston's trails and other green spaces. It's the TTAT 2016 host city!

 

From elsewhere:

Why are cities pushing to lower speed limits? It's safer.

What some folks in Ireland learned when they went to the Netherlands for a week.

Japanese kids are pretty independent--here's why.

Public transit users know the bus bunching nightmare all too well. D.C. is trying to solve it.

A look at what makes streets feel safe for humans.

A new report looks at what transit does for cities.

Philadelphia ponders car-free streets.

Just for fun: Late night host James Corden takes on bike lane opponents in Coronado, CA.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Sept 25)

Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

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

 

biketexas kidskup adventure zone texas bicycle educationFrom BikeTexas:

We need you! Volunteer with us at San Antonio's Síclovía this Sunday.

Not able to volunteer at Síclovía? Drop by and enjoy the BikeTexas KidsKup Adventure Zone-- our Strider bike course. Bring your 2-10 year old kids; we'll provide bikes, helmets, and fun. We'll be in the Lumineria lot on Broadway between 10th and Jones Streets in San Antonio from 10-3. Come say hello!

International Walk to School Day is coming up fast! Order your educational materials now to hand out at your school on the big day.

Don't forget about the 5th Grade Poster Contest! Get your students creating now.

Aaaaaannnd there's still time to enter to win a new bike from Trek!

 

From around Texas:

More great bikeshare news in Texas: Houston's system is expanding again.

Bike Hutto's Jessica Romigh is an It's Time Texas Ambassador! Way to go, Jessica!

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff's Cyclesomatic is back for 2015! Check it out.

Austin is accepting applications until September 30 for Bicycle Advisory Council members.

And Streetsblog examines Houston's committment to becoming a multi-modal city.

 

From elsewhere:

Strong Towns on why these girls walk to school, how their parents stand firm against the worriers, and the benefits it brings to all of them.

Why are kids' bike safety numbers getting better? People for Bikes looks at the data.

Who has the most stressful commute? (Spoiler: it's not people who ride bikes.)

AASHTO's new bike guide could include guidance for protected lanes.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: At a previous BikeTexas KidsKup Adventure Zone in Dallas. 

 
 

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