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Fundraising Friday

biketexas i bike tx tshirt san antonio sicloviaBikeTexas 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 2014, 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 this shortened link for your convenience: http://bit.ly/1z6giaI
  • 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!
   

BikeTexas' First Foray into Election Endorsements

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 17:53

austin bikefest riley martinez dogget biketexas 2014The 2014 elections at the city level in Austin were epic: an expanded City Council, 70 candidates, and ten new districts allowing Austinites to choose a neighbor to represent them for the first time.

BikeTexas has never endorsed candidates in an election before, due to a restriction in our bylaws. However, with such a huge race making it hard to find the bicycle-friendly candidates, the BikeTexas board of directors voted to amend the bylaws to allow BikeTexas endorsements in Austin's first 10-1 council race. In consultation with an outstanding team of knowledgeable Austinites, BikeTexas published our first list of endorsements just in time for early voting.

We're proud to say that in every single race, one of our endorsed candidates either won outright or is moving on to the runoff to be held on December 16.

We're hoping that this slate of endorsements will prove to be a pilot project of sorts and lead to BikeTexas being able to make more recommendations for bike-friendly candidates in future elections. 

Live in Austin? Mark your calendar for December 16 and get ready to Bike the Vote!

 

After Election Day: Looking Ahead to the 2015 Lege Session

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:02

biketexas bike the vote 2014The voting is done and the results are in, and it’s a new day in Texas.

We’re headed into the 2015 legislative session with many unknowns. There will be new faces in both chambers come January, and many of those new legislators will need to be educated about people who walk and ride bikes. We’re unsure where the new Governor and Lt. Governor stand on the issues that are important to Texans who use active transportation.

One thing we are sure about: BikeTexas will be fighting for you at the legislature every day of the 2015 session to be sure that people who walk and ride bikes in Texas are well-represented. We are ready to take down any anti-bike bills that may come up, and we’re already working with our allies to prepare positive legislation that further protects our rights to Texas roads. Want to join the fight? Click here.

For some races, it’s not yet time to close the books on the 2014 election. If you have a runoff election in your area, we encourage you to go vote! Double-check your voter registration here so you’re ready to head to the polls again in a few weeks.

 
 

Meet BikeTexas' Fall Intern

haley biketexas intern with signBikeTexas is proud to introduce our fall intern, Raheleh "Haley" Kordrostami.

Haley is an accounting student at Austin Community College and started interning with us in September. In the short time she's been with us, Haley has proven to be an invaluable asset, working hard at everything we've asked her to do, from hauling bikes to data entry. Haley also proved her uber-volunteer status at the Austin BikeFest, when she and her husband Payam worked hard alongside BikeTexas staff from start to finish to make it a great day.

"I'm learning all about bicycles and bike advocacy," Haley says. "It's been good for me to start riding a bike again, because I had a bike when I was 9 or 10 but haven't ridden my own bike in a while. I really enjoy it."

Sadly, Haley is only with us until the end of December, and she's hoping to find an internship a bit closer to her major for the spring. We've been delighted to have her in the office this fall and wish her well as she goes on-- but until then, we'll make sure that she has lots of chances to explore Austin by bike.

 

 
 

Inaugural Austin BikeFest a Tremendous Success

biketexas bikefest dero bike racksThe big day has come and gone, and we couldn't be happier with the success of the inaugural Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro.

Many, many thanks to those who came out to enjoy a great day of bicycles, music, food, beer, and fun! Maybe you rode on the newly-opened Southern Walnut Creek Trail, were inspired by the fashion show on bicycles, watched some bike games, or heard from your city council candidate-- or a little bit of everything! We hope you also had a chance to check out all the great sponsors and exhibitors at the park. 

Couldn't make it to BikeFest? Check out the Storify to see a bit of what you missed.

We especially want to thank our fabulous volunteers who went above and beyond to make sure the day was spectacular!

See local news coverage of BikeFest here.

We're already making plans for a bigger and better event in 2015! If you haven't already, be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so that you always get the latest news. Not a social media fan? You can also sign up for our emails so you don't miss a thing.

Check out this video from our executive director Robin Stallings and make plans to join us at Govalle Park for Austin BikeFest 2015!

 

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Texas State Employees: Support Bicycle Advocacy!

support bicycle advocacy in texas with state employee givingAre 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!

Our State Employee Charitable Campaign number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. If you prefer, you can also support BikeTexas indirectly by giving to EarthShare (035500). Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

 

 

 
 

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