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Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Dec 5)

In case you missed it: some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 


mission ride 2011From BikeTexas: 

Staff shared some things we're thankful for this year.

Join BikeTexas or donate on any Friday in December and you get a free gift!


From around Texas:

Don't miss the final Sunday Streets HTX of 2014 this Sunday! 

Those folks at Bike Friendly Richardson are a fun bunch, indeed. Ride with them in the Christmas parade Saturday.

A more serious ride is coming up in Houston: Ride the Chelsea Norman Trial Support Ride on December 8.


From elsewhere:

Getting public support for bicycle facilities can be a long, hard process. See how they did it in Vancouver.

Streetsblog asks: What if every McDonalds had great bike parking?

"It's not the '70s." Pittsburgh's mayor continues the charge for great biking in his city. 

The results of Strong Towns' Black Friday Parking challenge.

It may seem counterintuitive, but slower traffic can actually move more people.

We don't need it in Texas--much-- but if you'll be riding somewhere cold this winter, check out these tips from WABikes.

A discussion on crossing the double yellow line and a call for a national conversation on safety.

People for Bikes on the times when streets can use a little change from the norm.

And finally: Route 66 arose from the Good Roads Movement, which was championed by people who rode bikes in the early 20th century. Here's a look at what's happened since. (And that deserves a song, wethinks.)


Photo: From the archives, a ride along San Antonio's Mission Reach in 2011.

Have a great weekend!


Giving Thanks: BikeTexas Staff at Thanksgiving

Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

In this season of thanks, BikeTexas staff reflect on the things we're thankful for this year.


brenda thankful picBrenda Chuleewah

I am thankful for a loving family, dear friends, and well planned bicycle facilities. I work for BikeTexas because of our work to create better places to ride and walk in Texas, like the new Southern Walnut Creek Trail. I love our members and donors for their shared passion and demonstrated support for bicycling!


emma thankful picEmma Cravey

I'm thankful for beautiful Texas fall weather, my family and friends, and my bike rack and panniers.


leslie thankful picLeslie Luciano

I'm thankful for a beautiful fall day on a cruiser, for my amazing children, for my incredible friends, for my health, and for BikeTexas!


allene thankful picAllene Mayfield

I am thankful for being able to share with Texas cyclists some of the things that we do to improve their lives, safety and health. When a new cyclist becomes a member, that gives me encouragement and really makes me thankful for their confidence, support, and getting to know about BikeTexas. I'm also thankful for making new friends in the cycling world and having a choice of safe mobility.


durwood thankful picDurwood Mayfield

I am thankful for my family, my health, my work family, and the freedoms we all enjoy. I support BikeTexas' work because as a group each one of us enjoys cycling and strives to increase the number of cyclists who are able to enjoy cycling that is safe and enjoyable. Texas is coming to the forefront in cycling and I am proud that BikeTexas is leading this charge. I am proud of our members because they have a lot of the same goals that BikeTexas does and several of them have became good friends.


fernando thankful picFernando Martinez

Thanksgiving is a day to count one's blessings, reconnect with friends and relatives, and to eat the traditional turkey. As any American families across the country we will join around the dinner table to celebrate what was historically the end of the harvest season. A few meaningful words can go a long way when entertaining guest on turkey day. I'm very thankful for what I have, so I can have even more. If I concentrate on what I don't have, I will never have enough.


jack thankful picJack Sanford

I'm thankful knowing that when she's old enough to ride a bike, our Texas roads will be safer, thanks to BikeTexas' supporters and the work we're doing.


robin thankful picRobin Stallings

I am thankful for the members, sponsors, board and staff of BikeTexas. I am thankful that protected bike lanes are catching on. I am thankful to have a job as a bike/ped advocate. I'm also thankful I got to spend Thanksgiving Dinner with Gayle Stallings, her mother Mary, brother Bill and his wife Carol.


su thankful picSu Wilcox

I'm so thankful for an amazing family, brilliant friends, and fantastic coworkers. I'm thankful for the work BikeTexas does to make Texas a great place to ride a bike and the supporters who make the work possible!





UT Austin's Adventure Activities Comes to BikeTexas

ut students bike ride biketexasThe University of Texas at Austin Adventure Activities class with Dr. Tere Ramirez participates in a variety of adventures through out the semester. The class hikes, rock climbs, and goes fishing and kayaking. The class also learns basic bicycle safety and goes on a bike ride with BikeTexas staff.

At the BikeTexas office, Dr. Rameriz presented the College Active Transportation Safety power point to the students. The program goes over the Texas Laws that pertain to riding a bike and gives recommendations of how to safely ride a bike in urban areas. For a tricky left turn on an extremely busy road, the Copenhagen Left Turn was demonstrated too.

Students learned to do an A,B,C, Quick Check on the bicycles every time you get on to ride. This is especially important when your bicycle has been parked in a rack outside of class where others could have tampered with the bike or knocked up against the derailleur or brakes. They practiced shifting, scanning, and communicating in a group ride with hand and verbal signals.

Finally, the group went on a bicycle ride on the Town Lake Trail and back to the BikeTexas office. It was a beautiful day for a ride.


Bike Rodeos in Brownsville Create a Community

brownsville bike rodeo november 22 biketexasOn Saturday, November 22, families in Brownsville gathered at Cabler Park for a chance for their children to learn more about bicycle safety.

Most of the 25 children who attended do not own a bike or a helmet, so the park provided those for practicing new bike skills like signaling turns, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and passing pedestrians with care. A few of the parents present also took the opportunity to take a spin on a bike, some for the first time in years.

Local advocate Edgar Gaucin, who organized the event along with BikeTexas' Fernando Martinez, says, "We are convinced that bicycles do much more for our community than simply providing transportation or recreation. Our goal is to work with groups with all kinds of interests and use the bicycle as a tool to work on various projects."

Kids and parents left the bike rodeo looking forward to the next CycloBia in Brownsville (coming up on December 14) and also eager for more events like this in their community.

Photo courtesy of Edgar Gaucin. See more photos from the bike rodeo on the BikeTexas Facebook page.


#GivingTuesday with BikeTexas

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:13

Web-Banner GivingTuesday-2014Here at BikeTexas, we're looking forward to a special day coming up-- Giving Tuesday, which arrives worldwide on December 2. Giving Tuesday is a chance, after a weekend filled with labels like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the spirit of the season of giving.

We need your help! Here's what you can do:

  1. Encourage your friends and family to take part in Giving Tuesday. Sign up as a Social Media Ambassador on the Giving Tuesday site to access web banners, profile pics, and more.
  2. Share the BikeTexas donation page on your favorite social media site with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
  3. Add Texas Bicycle Coalition (that's us-- our former name) as your beneficiary on Amazon Smile and help bicycle advocacy while you shop.
  4. Check out the BikeTexas Gift Guide so you can support bicycle advocacy while you check a few people off your holiday shopping list.

Thanks for all you do to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. We are thankful for you!


Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Nov 21)

Friday, 21 November 2014 12:00

In case you missed it: some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 


beard to knowledge ratio bike2powerFrom BikeTexas:

If you join or donate to BikeTexas on any Friday in November or December, we'll send you a free gift!

The Thursday night social ride and some bike-friendly city council candidates converged on the BikeTexas office Thursday night.

And a few Texas cities made it onto the League's Bicycle Friendly Communities Honorable Mention List. Over 6 million Texans now live in Bicycle Friendly Communities!


From around Texas:

A new set of Texas 4000 riders is getting ready for next summer's ride to Alaska.

Share your opinion on shared transportation options in Texas.

Nice write-up about Austin-based business (and Austin BikeFest sponsor) Compost Pedallers.

Going to be near Richardson the day after Thanksgiving? Want to burn off some of that turkey and dressing? Skip the mall and ride with Bike Friendly Richardson instead. 


From elsewhere:

This gent delivers HIV medication to his neighbors by bike.

Want to keep your mind sharp? Go for a walk.

Megan Odett with the Alliance for Biking and Walking offers great advice for parents who want to ride with their kids.

BikePortland looks at the numbers breakdown between bicycle infrastructure and road maintenance.

Read more about Denmark's bicycle superhighways.

Even more confirmation that walkable places = healthier people, and unwalkable places = unhealthier people. 


Cute drawing from Bike2Power, via Twitter.


Have a great weekend!


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