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Volunteer with BikeTexas at San Antonio Siclovia on Sunday

Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

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Heading to Siclovia on Sunday? Stop by the BikeTexas booth and volunteer for an hour!

From 11 AM to 4PM, we'll be running a Kids Adventure Zone sponsored by Clif Kids. We'll have a fun skills course for kids 8 and under to practice riding, and plenty of balance bikes for them try out. We need help fitting helmets and collecting release forms from parents.

We will also be informing people about the latest advocacy opportunities in San Antonio, and selling t-shirts and signing up members to support that work. Come help collect petition signatures in support of San Antonio's protected bike lane network.

Please come give just an hour to support better bicycling in San Antonio this Sunday. If you can come before 11am or stay a bit after 4pm to help set up or pack up, that's great, too! Just stop by and let someone at the BikeTexas tents know you're there to help. 

BikeTexas will be set up with several other bike-related groups at the Ace Mart Restaurant Supply parking lot at 1220 S. St. Mary's St. Even if you can't volunteer, come join the fun with Earn-A-Bike Co-Op and Performance Bicycles offering bike maintenance games, and the Alamo Area MPO and the City of San Antonio's SA Bikes program giving away free helmets. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

 

Action Alert: Ask your representative to vote YES on HB 80

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The statewide ban on texting while driving has passed out of committee and is headed to the House floor on Wednesday, March 25.

Forty-five states have banned texting while driving. It's time for Texas to join with most of the country to make our roads safer for all road users by keeping this dangerous activity out from behind the wheel. Read the text of the bill here.  

We've found the following format to be useful when contacting elected officials:

  1. My name is _____ and my occupation is _____. I live in District ____. I ride a bike.
  2. Please support HB 80 to ban texting while driving in Texas.
  3. (Tell your representative why this legislation is important to you.)
  4. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

 

Cyclists in Suits Agenda

Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:17

It's almost time for Cyclists in Suits!
Agenda for the Day
With the big day just around the corner, here's the agenda for a full day of lobbying on March 30.
 
We'll start off with a light breakfast in the Capitol Auditorum, room E1.004 (see a map of the Capitol here) at 8:30 AM. Briefing for the day begins at 9 AM, with an overview of the bills we're asking our legislators to support and some tips for talking to elected officials and staffers.
 
The bills we're talking to legislators about are (links will take you to the text of the bills):
 
The Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act,  HB 2459 & SB 1416
Ban on Texting while Driving, HB 80
Safety Light at Night, HB 471
Transportation Safety Advisory Committee, HB 1136
Safe Neighborhood Streets, SB 1717
 
We will also let legislators know we oppose HB 383, which would require bicycles to be equipped with a mirror as part of a safe passing law.
 
If you didn't sign up for a bus and/or a homestay when you registered, now is the time. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you can offer a homestay in the Austin area or if you would like to request a homestay. Transportation to Austin is being organized locally. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like to carpool, or need to sign up for a bus (we'll pass your information on to the right group). Homestays and carpools are not guaranteed, but we'll do our best to connect people.
 
If you've already signed up for a carpool or homestay, we'll contact you by the end of the week with any questions or updates. 
 
Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask! Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
We look forward to lobbying with you at the Capitol on March 30! Remember, the more the merrier: encourage all your friends who ride bikes to join you in Austin.
Cyclists in Suits is presented at no cost to attendees, thanks to our sponsors Richardson Bike Mart, Bicycles Inc, and Hans Johnsen Company.
 
 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Mar 20)

Friday, 20 March 2015 00:00

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

 

nbs15 texas delegation with senator cornyn biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Cyclists in Suits is just over a week away! We can't believe how fast this lege session is going. Join us in Austin to speak to our legislators on March 30.

See that calendar in the sidebar? Help us fill it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it If you event is free to participants and relates to biking or walking, we're happy to list it! If you charge a fee for participants, we ask that you become an event member to be listed on the calendar. 

 

From around Texas:

Fort Worth B-cycle is growing again.

Lubbock is hosting a bike rodeo at Safety City TOMORROW.

San Antonio has a new downtown circulator bus coming next weekend.

Sunday Streets Houston has announced a new sponsor and dates for the spring.

Houston's new protected bike lane opens on March 26!

Are you reading Streetsblog Texas? If not, you should be.

 

From elsewhere:

City Lab put together the relevant studies regarding putting in bike lanes near businesses.

Another study, this one about the "interested but concerned" crowd.

A look at bicycle infrastructure and social equity.

Utah may make it harder for cities and businesses to allow bicycles in drive-thru lanes.

And one New Jersey police chief's ridiculous take on pedestrian death.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Texas delegation meeting with Senator Cornyn at last week's National Bike Summit Lobby Day.

 
 

Where Would Jesus Park?

st davids bike parking spoke cardOne downtown Austin church is taking a wheels-on approach to serving the community and being a good steward of their resources—St. David’s Episcopal Church offers secure bike parking and showers for commuters

“St. David’s Commuter Bike Parking Program is our way of supporting the Austin bicycle community,” says Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel, who coordinates the bike parking program. “People who ride bikes are easing congestion downtown as well as pursuing a healthy, fun lifestyle, and this program is designed to make their lives a little easier if they don’t otherwise have access to parking or showers downtown.”

An indoor bike storage space is $20 per month, while an outside locker is $40 per month. See more details here. Clean up after your ride using one of their complementary showers, and you can recharge for your day at the on-site Holy Grounds coffee shop.

Have questions? Ready to sign up? Contact Lisa Kay at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 512-610-3500.

 

Photo: St. David's Bike Parking Program spoke card

 
 

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

Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00

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

 

NBS15 Texas Delegation BikeTexas collageFrom BikeTexas:

In town for SXSW? Didn't bring a bike? Come see us

A whole bunch of Texans went to D.C. this week for the National Bike Summit. See coverage for Tuesday hereWednesday here, and Thursday here.

 

From around Texas:

Looks like spring bike events around the state are off and running this weekend! Check these out:

Public comment period on the 183 North Mobility Project in Austin is now open. Let your voice be heard!

Fort Worth B-cycle got a new grant to add solar panels to stations.

 

From elsewhere:

"Building better bikeways empowers people by giving them more autonomy and increasing mobility for no-car households."

Being more active (in this case, by using transit) still = being healthier. 

Get your kicks on Route 66 with Adventure Cycling's new guide.

Talk about making lemonade out of lemons-- check out these ice bikes in New York! (Brrr!)

Fewer collisions in London since they introduced congestion pricing.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Collage from Texas delagates at the National Bike Summit. Photos via attendees Emma Cravey, Allison Kaplan, Robin Stallings, and Tom Wald.

 
 

Get Involved! National Bike Summit Lobby Day

texans at nbs15 for web biketexasLast year at the National Bike Summit, advocates in D.C. and around the country visited, tweeted, emailed, and otherwise contacted their members of Congress about setting performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities. One year later, and those performance measures are a reality. That's the difference that lobbying makes.

Today, we can make a difference again! Bike Summit attendees are on the Hill today making personal visits, but don't let that stop you from reaching out from home. Advocates are asking three things from their members of Congress today:

1. Will you support continued funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal transportation program?  (House and Senate)

2. Will you co-sponsor the Vision Zero Act? (HR 1274) (House)

3. Will you co-sponsor the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act (TAPIA)? (Senate)

Read more about these asks here.

Please reach out to your members of Congress today, via social media or email, to ask for their support for these measures for alternative transportation. Write your own message or use the League of American Bicyclists' action center. Your voice matters!

 
 

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