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Fundraising Friday 2015

Friday, 20 November 2015 13:28

BikeTexas2012Jersey-frontBikeTexas takes part in Fundraising Friday, a fun way for nonprofits to raise money on Fridays-- people give to their favorite nonprofit on Friday, then talk about it on social media using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag. Nonprofits use the hashtag to share news about their work and give everyone easy access to their donation page.

For the rest of 2015, we're stepping up our #FundraisingFriday game. On Fridays during November and December, donate or join BikeTexas at any membership level and we'll send you a free gift. We have a bin full of goodies to share, and we want it to be empty on December 31!

How can you help? Here are some ways:

Donate or join BikeTexas on any Friday during November or December.
Share the membership page on social media, especially on Fridays. 
Use the hashtag #FundraisingFriday and encourage people to join BikeTexas.
Finish this sentence: "I'm a member of BikeTexas because ____" and share on social media.
Want to help offline, too? Get a BikeTexas jersey or t-shirt to wear while you're out and about and help make Texas a great place to ride a bike! Pick up some lights, too, so you can see and be seen on those winter commutes.

 

Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest: Texas Posters

Friday, 20 November 2015 10:41

We're waiting to hear the results of Saris National Poster Contest voting (they're announcing on November 24), but in the meantime, take a look at all the posters we received for this year's poster contest!

 

Texas winning poster, from Tyler:

 2015 poster contest 1st place biketexas bicycle education

2nd place, from Cleburne:

2015 poster contest 2nd place biketexas bicycle education

 

3rd place, from Arlington:

2015 poster contest 3rd place biketexas bicycle education

Other entries in alphabetical order by city:

Fort Worth:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education fort worth

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education fort worth green

Houston:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education houston

Humble:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education humble

Irving:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education irving

Tyler:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education tyler

Wylie:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education wylie

 

Seven Texas Cities are Bicycle Friendly Communities!

Monday, 16 November 2015 11:41

bicycle friendly Texas biketexas bike newsWe're so thrilled with today's announcement from the League of American Bicyclists of the Fall 2015 Bicycle Friendly Communities-- FOUR Texas cities are on the list, two for the first time, bringing the total of Texas BFCs to seven!

 

Congratulations to Brownsville and Plano, both entering the list for the first time at the Bronze level. We're so proud of all the hard work both cities have put into reaching this milestone. We know firsthand that elected officials, city departments, and local citizen advocates all played vital roles in putting Brownsville on the map as the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley, and Plano has made great strides in improving conditions for bicyclists, confirming its place as one of the best cities to live and work in North Texas.

The Woodlands Township has renewed its Bronze level status for another four years. Even retaining the same status requires that the city keep working hard and never stopping in its quest to make a community a great place to ride a bike.

And finally, a huge congratulations to Austin for reaching GOLD level! After many years at Silver, the city stepped up its game to make sure that this year, a Texas city would earn gold. Only 24 cities around the country are current Gold level cities. Austin is also the only capital city on the Gold list (since the only other capital city, Madison, moved up to Platinum). 

 

In addition to these four cities, Houston, San Antonio, and Richardson are also Bronze level Bicycle Friendly cities in Texas. These seven cities are home to over five million Texans, almost 20% of the state's population. Texas is also home to 26 bicycle friendly businesses, and as of this month, three bicycle friendly univiersities. The Bicycle Friendly America Program has been one of our best levers as bicycling advocates to improve conditions for bicyclists of all ages, as cities, businesses, and univerisities all see the rewards and challenges in meeting and exceeding the metrics required to be recognized by the League.

Congratulations again to Austin, Brownsville, Plano, and The Woodlands!

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 13)

Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

The U.S. transportation bill is headed for conference, and three Texas Representatives are on the committee. If you live or work in the Brian Babin (R-36, Woodville), Blake Farenthold (R-27, Corpus Christi), or Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas) districts, would you be willing to make a visit to the district office? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Big news is coming from the League on Monday--the newest round of bicycle friendly cities will be announced! Stay tuned to find out what Texas cities made the list. Brush up on current Texas Bicycle Friendly Communities before the big announcement.

 

From around Texas:

Bike Hutto keeps on working hard to make Hutto a great place to ride a bike! Its latest project? A new Share the Road campaign in Hutto.

The Houston Bike Challenge is underway!

San Antonio, take the SA Tomorrow Bike Survey.

El Paso, take the Regional Transportation Survey. It's critical that El Paso MPO hear from folks who ride bikes, so they can have the numbers to back up planning for active transportation. Make sure your voice is heard!

Tyler is still working on the next link in its bicycle network.

TxDOT wants to #EndTheStreakTX-- and so do we. Be sure to ask TxDOT for Safe Streets policies like accommodating all road users, installing active transportation infrastructure, and using TAP funds for their intended purpose instead of transferring those funds away.

 

From elsewhere:

Another study confirms what advocates have been saying for years: if cities want to make riding a bike safer, the kinds of laws they need to pass are about well-designed infrastructure.

Not just recreation: a survey in Chicago found that one of the highest groups of people riding bikes were low-income folks going to and from work.

The more visible bikeshare stations are, the better.

Beijing has filled up with cars in just a few short years, and now is looking to the bicycle as a solution.

Atlanta has a chief bicycle officer to make the city a great place to live, not just drive.

San Francisco is using elevation to help protect a new bike lane.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: When a bicycle advocate from Texas visits New York, naturally she takes pictures of bicycles.

 
 

District Office Visits May Be Needed as U.S. Transportation Bill Goes to Conference

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:30

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You did it! Thank you for calling and emailing your U.S. Representatives in response to the Action Alert last week. The anti-bike and anti-active-transportation amendments were defeated, and the House transportation bill passed on Thursday. 

We're not done yet! Now, the transportation bills from the House and the Senate go to conference where the two chambers work out the differences between the bills. The Senate bill is stronger than the House bill at this point for people who walk or ride bikes. Keep an eye out for more action on these bills over the next couple of weeks. 

Three Texas Representatives are on the conference committee: Brian Babin (R-36, Woodville), Blake Farenthold (R-27, Corpus Christi), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas). Do you live or work in one of these districts? We may need constituents to make district office visits. Let us know if you can stop by your representative's office this week.

Not sure who your representative is? Find out here.

Thank you for making Texas-- and the nation!-- a great place to ride a bike.

 
 

Bike Hutto Launches New Share the Road Campaign

ShareTheRoadHuttoCampaign CamilleShare the Road campaigns have been utilized across the country in order to caution motorists that other forms of transportation utilize and cross roadways. The phrase, “Share the Road,” is applicable to both motorcyclists as well as bicyclists depending on the campaign. Whichever the focus, these campaigns are meant to improve safety conditions for entities by raising awareness and encouraging these segments of the population to watch out for one another. Bike Hutto is now working to build bicycle/car safety awareness in Hutto through their new public education outreach campaign, Share the Road Hutto: Looking Out for Our Neighbors.

Bike Hutto cites campaigns such as Bike Pittsburgh and People For Bikes as serving as inspiration for the Hutto campaign because they emphasize the humanization of bicyclists in order to promote safety. It is a reminder that the person you see on a bike is a friend, family member, and neighbor to someone. The images and descriptive words used in Hutto's new campaign come directly from their Community of Cyclists program. “It was important for us to use pictures and words from bicyclists that live right here in Hutto,” says Bike Hutto Director, Jessica Romigh. "We hope this is a first step in creating a culture here in Hutto where all forms of transportation that use the roadways can feel safe and be aware of each other."

The Share the Road Hutto campaign will primarily be a digital marketing campaign in its initial launch with a focus on social media and online publications. Utilizing a combination of images, text, and the #ShareTheRoadHutto hashtag, Bike Hutto hopes to spread this important educational message virally throughout Hutto and Central Texas. The long-term goal will be to do a print ad and sign campaign once a grant and/or sponsor can be found to assist with funding.

For a full display of images currently available within the Share the Road Hutto campaign, please visit http://bikehutto.org/programs/share-the-road-hutto/.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Our 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.

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 6)

Friday, 06 November 2015 11:00

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

 

2015 poster contest 1st place biketexas bicycle educationFrom BikeTexas:

We have a winner! Check out the Texas winners of the Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest

We have another winner! Cal Restivo of Burleson won the Annual Membership Bike Giveaway. Cal is a monthly sustaining member, making Texas a great place to ride a bike! We'll be sure to share photos of Cal's new ride.

It's a great week for winners-- Texas A&M is the third Bicycle Friendly University in Texas.

Speaking of winners, you won! The U.S. House passed a transportation bill yesterday without the damaging amendments.

 

From around Texas:

El Paso, take this survey!

San Antonio, take this survey!

Hutto, there's a group ride tomorrow (unless it gets rained out like so many other things lately-- fingers crossed!).

Speaking of rained out events, HTX BikeFest has been rescheduled to next month (originally scheduled for this weekend).

And speaking of Houston, check out BikeHouston's excellent work to reach all people who ride bikes.

 

From elsewhere:

Oklahoma City was declared one of the fattest U.S. cities in 2006. They set out to change that.

Want people in Denver to go shopping? Build them a protected bike lane. (Works for people not in Denver, too.)

Our friends at WABA want people to understand protected bike lanes, so they put it on a t-shirt. 

Deleware has a lot of pedestrian deaths, not because people in Deleware are dumb, but because their infrastructure is.

The Baltimore bishop who killed a person riding a bike has been sent to prison.

Researchers in Copenhagen have determined that one mile on a bicycle equals a net gain to society of $.42, while one mile of driving brings a net societal loss of $.20.

Somehow, this article manages to mention driver safety and dashboard entertainment systems within a few sentences of each other. No mention of safety if you're outside this car.

Ride your bike a long way, take a train back: multimodal bike touring is catching on.

Tasmania (Australia) has released a PSA with an, erm, unusual take on how to think about passing people on bikes safely.

Oakland is testing out a super sharrow. (You have to bring your own super suit, though.)

Students and parents in Carrollton, Georgia, were not down with the carpool line. They've found a better way of getting to school.

Bicycling is growing fast in the Motor City.

And in news that made our office manager shriek, "Hey, I've been there!" when she saw the accompanying picture, check out this article about Glasgow's (Scotland) new separated bikeway.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: The winning Texas poster. Fingers crossed that this year's Texas winner will go all the way in the national contest!

 
 

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