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2015 Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest

Friday, 18 September 2015 08:09

BikeTexas is proud to once again be your Texas coordinator for the Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest! This year's theme is #LongForTheRide (yes, a hashtag), and students should create posters that show what they love about riding a bike.

Saris poster contest header 2015Here's what to do!

  1. Download the official rules here.
  2. Get your 5th graders busy creating! Make sure they include the required elements in the official rules, including using the hashtag #longfortheride somewhere in the design.
  3. A little hint: Please discourage your students from using licensed characters in their poster. We all love the idea of Iron Man on a bike, but posters with licensed charcters are unlikely to win.
  4. Choose a schoolwide winner, attach a completed permission slip to the back, and send the winning poster to us postmarked by October 21:

BikeTexas
ATTN: Brenda Chuleewah
P.O. Box 1121
Austin, TX 78767

That's it! The statewide winners will be announced shortly after October 21. The top three posters in the state will receive:

First Place:

Schwinn Bicycle
Schwinn Helmet
Schwinn Bell
And the winning Texas poster goes on to the national contest for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., plus for his/her school to win new bike parking!

Second Place:

Schwinn Helmet
Schwinn Bell

Third Place:

Schwinn Helmet

Now's the time! Get your 5th graders' creative juices flowing for the 2015 Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest!

 

2014 Texas winner:

2014 1st place

 

International Walk to School Day is October 7

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:39

biketexas walk to school day texas bicycle educationSchool has started, students and teachers are getting to know one another, and your family is into the schoolday routine. Now's a great time to start planning your trip to school for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7.

A great first step is to check out the Texas page and see if your school has registered for an event yet. If not, take action! Contact your school and ask them to organize a Walk to School Day event. We have plenty of resources to help you out on our Educational Resources page, including the Safe Routes to School Event Handbook. Print out the Team Leader Checklist (PDF download) and take it with you so your school has a step-by-step list of things to do to get ready for lots of walking.

Now's the time to order your educational materials to hand out at Walk to School Day! Definitely check out Let's Walk to School and the Be Safe Be Bright Lights. Order by September 29 in Texas or September 23 elsewhere in the U.S. for your materials to arrive before Walk to School Day. Questions? Call us: 512-476-7433.

Get your neighborhood organized! Talk to other parents to set up a Walking School Bus for your children to walk together. Remember: walking to school gives your child (and you!) tremendous health and mental benefits. Childhood obesity is on the rise across the US, and regular physical activity can help protect your child: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children and adolescents. In addition to health benefits, studies have shown a link between children being active on their way to school and their ability to concentrate once they arrive.

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Walking to school just not the right fit for your family? You can still get in on the action! Consider an excellent suggestion shared on Streetsblog LA: if you can't walk the whole way, park five blocks from the school and walk the rest of the way in. Not only will you and your children still get the benefits of walking, but you'll also get those extra few mintues together without having to fight the crush of traffic in the drop-off line.

Don't delay! Make Walk to School Day 2015 a great day for students in Texas.

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Sept 11)

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:20

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

 

viva streets purple bike contest biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

VIVA! Streets is upon us! Join us on E 6th Street in Austin from 12-5 on Sunday for some family-friendly fun! Check out things to do and how to get here. Want to help out? Volunteer here.

You can win a VIVA! Streets t-shirt or other swag! Take a pic of one of our promotional purple bikes around town (generously loaned by the Yellow Bike Project), post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #VIVAStreetsATX, and you're entered to win! We'll notify the winner on Sunday.

Follow us on Periscope for all the latest action from here in the office and at our events. Want to Periscope with us? Come to VIVA! Streets for your chance to be live from BikeTexas!

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The Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest is open again! Look for more info from us next week.

Congress is expected to move on transportation soon. Follow the League of American Bicyclists for the latest updates.

 

From around Texas:

El Paso bike share is up and rolling!! Woo-hoo!

The bicycle superhighway in North Texas is one step closer to completion.

Houston's improved transit system is meeting expectations.

San Antonio's new budget includes money for sidewalks.

Cyclesomatic 2015 is coming!

And so is Brownsville's next Kidical Mass.

 

From elsewhere:

One Boston advocate's unique (and decorative) solution to an unprotected bike lane.

Streetsblog suggests that other cities steal Indianapolis's Cultural Trail. (The ideas, not the actual pavement.) Cool story: our BikeTexas staffer who grew up in an Indianapolis suburb managed to get her mother on a bicycle for the first time in forty years last summer, thanks to the combination of the Indy Cultural Trail and Pacers bikeshare. Infrastructure works!

Speaking of bikeshare-- Portland looks likely to launch a system soon, with some interesting upgrades over most current systems.

How do we make every crosswalk accessible to people of varying abilities?

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Everybody's Working for the... New Bike Friendly Businesses in Texas!

Friday, 04 September 2015 11:07

bike to work day 2012 biketexasOkay, so not everybody is working for a bike-friendly business in Texas... yet. But with the five new Texas businesses who've joined the League of American Bicyclists's list this past week, we're closer than ever before.

 

Gold:

The Ride of Silence, Garland

Traffic Engineers Inc, Houston

 

Silver:

717 N Harwood, Dallas

Alamo Area MPO, San Antonio

 

Bronze:

Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio

 

These newly designated businesses bring Texas up to 25 bicycle friendly businesses, representing a total of 44,432 Texas workers spread all over the state. Could your business be on the next list? The next round of applications is due October 1! Learn more at the League's Bicycle Friendly Business page.

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Sept 4)

Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00

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

 

viva countdown 9 daysFrom BikeTexas:

Volunteer for VIVA! Streets on September 13! (We also have volunteer opportunities coming up in San Antonio and Dallas, so stay tuned... or go ahead and fill out our volunteer form so we know you're interested. We'll be in touch!)

Five new Texas businesses have been designated as bike friendly by the League. That's 25 all together now!

VIVA! Streets is nine days away! Bring the family to play in the street. Not sure how to get there? See the VIVA! Streets transportation guide here.

 

From around Texas:

The City of Kyle passed a hands free ordinance this week.

Google's self-driving car encountered something new in Austin-- a person doing a trackstand on a bike.

Check out these excellent tips for driving in and around school zones. Remember, every school zone in Texas is a hands-free zone!

 

From elsewhere:

Can you ride a bike in the suburbs, or is it just too impratical?

City of L.A. officials don't seem to get what bike lanes are for.

More thoughts about the Federal Highway Administration's clarifying what funds are for.

Riding a bike may form stronger habits than driving.

A new survey confirms what advocates have long believed-- "Share the Road" signs are too unclear to be helpful.

And another article about how roads are funded.

Meanwhile in NYC, one precinct has their priorities badly out of order.

And finally-- sometimes you manage to put so many good articles out in one week, the best suggestion is to read them all. So take a look at all of People for Bikes' blog posts this week.

 

Have a great weekend!

 
 

4th Annual VIVA! Streets is back on East 6th Street

viva streets logoVIVA! Streets Austin is back on East 6th Street (from I-35 to Robert T. Martinez Jr) on Sunday, September 13 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.  The one-mile, car-free festival will feature obstacle courses, gardening classes, anti-bullying workshops, martial arts demonstrations, ballroom dancing lessons, yoga, zumba, soccer, basketball, giant chess, cane fishing, bird walks, learn to ride a bike courses, kids drum circle, a pilot bicycle intersection, tennis, petanque, hula hooping, chalk art, bike polo, PupStops, and more. Special aerial performances and classes will be offered by SkyCandy.

“We are excited to have VIVA! Streets back on East 6th Street! As a business owner on the route, it’s great to hear about the participation and enthusiasm from my fellow neighbors. There will be activities for everyone of all ages like dancing, soccer, bike obstacle courses, and tennis, “ says Paola Barrerra of Buenos Aires Café Este.

For more information about the event and the latest activities, visit www.vivastreetsatx.org. This year’s sponsors include Humana, TxDOT, SkyCandy, AARP, Texas Gas Service, CapMetro, Central Texas Mobility Authority/Metropia, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, TopGolf, Instacart, and Austin’s Yellow Bike Project.

The mission of ViVA! Streets is to build communities by transforming public streets and encouraging active living though recreation, fitness activities, and healthy food options.

VIVA! Streets is co-produced by the City of Austin and BikeTexas.

VIVA! Streets is part of a national movement of open streets events with more than 100 documented initiatives in North America, including Texas cities Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Brownsville. These open streets events are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals by temporarily closing streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. 

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Aug 28)

Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

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

 

HH 100 Thursday CollageFrom BikeTexas:

We're at Hotter'n Hell! If you're in Wichita Falls this weekend, stop by our booth and say hello. Not here? No worries-- we have HH100 Weekend Specials for everybody!

Want to see our live broadcasts from events and around the office? Follow us on Periscope.

Volunteer at VIVA! Streets ATX on September 13.

 

From around Texas:

Comments are due this Sunday for the rebuild on West Alabama Street in Houston.

Stephen Charles Murphy of Austin was acquitted this week of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 2013 crash with bicyclist Colin Camp.

Fort Worth will have meetings on the Master Thoroughfare Plan next week.

Submit a proposal now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016.

 

From elsewhere:

When it comes to bicycle infrastructure, some officials in Australia just don't get it.

Fight back against excuses: the FHWA has released a document clarifying some of the myths around using federal money to build bicycle infrastructure. Spoiler: it's good news.

The League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

 

Photo: From the BikeTexas booth at HH100.

 
 

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