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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 23)

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro is just over a week away! We hope you're excited to spend Halloween with us. Keep your fingers crossed for no rain! Want to volunteer? Go here. 

Early voting has begun in Texas. BikeTexas is neutral on Proposition 7. 

We're giving away a bike on October 31! Have you entered to win?

Better Streets Week in Austin starts this weekend.

Posters are slowly coming in for the 2015 Saris Fifth Grade Poster Contest. We can't wait to share all the posters with you! Keep an eye on our Facebook page next week.

 

From around Texas:

The rain has cancelled rides and events in Austin, Houston, and Hutto so far. Check with your event organizers before you head out. And please be safe this weekend!

Last weekend was a bad one for people who ride bikes in Texas, with collisons and injuries around the state, and the sad loss of Raymond Lamar Ross of Orange

Folks in Dallas are speaking up for more bicycle infrastructure.

 

From elsewhere:

You already knew exercise was good for your brain, now science has more closely pinpointed the optimal time.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Austin BikeFest 2014

 

Vote Texas 2015: Proposition 7

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:50

texas capitolEarly voting has begun in Texas, and among the many propositions for Texas voters is Proposition 7, which will allocate more funding to TxDOT if passed. 
 
Proposition 7 reads, "The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt." Learn more about Proposition 7 here.
 
This proposition provides no specific funding for active transportation infrastructure; however, we see no language in the measure that would prevent TxDOT from following its own guidance for considering all road users in a project. Therefore, BikeTexas is neutral on Proposition 7.
 
As ever, BikeTexas strongly encourages all Texans to exercise their right to vote and have your say in Texas' future. Find out where to vote, what else is on your ballot, and more at votetexas.gov.
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 16)

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

 

atxbikefest wheel covers biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

#ATXBikeFest is just two weeks away! Check out volunteer opportunities, plan your trip to Govalle Park, and get your costume ready for the costume contest.

Time is running short to get your school's winning poster to us for the Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest. Winning posters must be postmarked by October 21!

Are you a state employee? Now is the time to support bicycle advocacy through your charitable giving program.

Submit your speaker proposal now for #TTAT2016.

 

From around Texas:

Sign up now for the Hippo Hunt ride in Hutto.

Dallas Councilmember Kingston steps up for safe streets.

Corpus Christi's Caller-Times calls for better street design and enforcement for the city's health

Meanwhile, San Antonio has a sidewalk problem.

El Paso is working on a bike plan.

Great stuff is happening for light rail in Dallas and Houston.

And Hutto may one day have public transportation of its own.

 

From elsewhere:

An NYC op-ed calls for a bicycle network to make the streets better for pedestrians and people on bikes.

What's happening for walking and biking to school in Seattle.

Want to live longer? Ride a bike.

People of all ages are looking for alternatives to nonstop driving.

New bike boxes have arrived in Boise.

Is your city thinking of building a stroad? Not so fast, the feds say.

Finally, Mission: Readiness continues to urge communities to find ways for young Americans to be fit--it's a matter of national security.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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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BikeTexas Advisory Board Makes a Difference
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.
 
2014 Texas Poster Contest Winner
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.

 
 

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