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Wed, Oct 1 - Sat, Nov 1
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Lazy L & L Campground, 11699 River Rd, New Braunfels, TX, United States
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Fri, Nov 14 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225, United States
CyclingSavvy DFW Workshop

Sat, Nov 15 8:00am - 3:30pm
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225, United States
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How could you use CATS at your university?

Friday, 25 April 2014 10:54

Austin CollegeDr. Aaron Block is an assistant professor of computer science at Austin College in Sherman, home of 1350 students. Austin College was one of the pilot CATS schools in 2012, and Professor Block used CATS as a starting point to offer his well-earned wisdom to his students.

Dr. Block is involved with the Roo Riders, an Austin College bicycling organization which promotes awareness, knowledge, and understanding about the impact bicycles can have on society and health, along with providing camaraderie for students who ride bikes at Austin College. He added a bike repair session to the CATS presentation, enticing more students to come and learn not only how to ride safely and legally, but also how to properly look after their bikes. Students gained valuable skills in cleaning and basic bike repair.

Professor Block also emphasized that college students should ride differently than they did when they were children—kids stop and go a lot, ride slower, and may disregard rules of the road. Block tells his students, “Ride like an adult.”

He also urges students not to drink and ride. Block says, “One third of all bike fatalities are when the bicyclist is legally intoxicated.”

As an extra incentive for coming to the CATS presentation and learning bike safety, Professor Block gave out prizes to students who were able to answer questions correctly at the end of the presentation. CATS has been successful at Austin College because Professor Block took the basics and added his own flair.

Want to use CATS at your school? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 512-476-7433.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Block.

 

National Bike Summit 2014

NBS Texas DelegationEvery year in March, bike advocates from across the nation converge on Washington to swap stories, get inspired, and above all, to meet with their members of Congress. These three days of bike-loving madness are called the National Women's Bicycling Forum and the National Bike Summit.

BikeTexas is delighted to lead the Texas delegation every year as we hear from amazing speakers and network with our colleagues from different parts of the U.S. This year, 16 delegates from Texas went to Washington, DC, for the Forum and Summit. The 2014 theme was "United Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock."

The highlight of the Summit every year is Lobby Day, when each delegation heads to Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and representatives. This year's focus was to ask our members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation requiring the Department of Transportation to set performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian safety, similar to the ones already in place for auto traffic fatalities.
The Texas delegation split up into four teams and met with all 38 Texas Congressional offices. A major victory of the day was Representative Beto O'Rourke signing on as a cosponsor to the bill to establish the performance measures after the delegation visited his office.

We'd love to see you there next year! Start making plans now to join the Texas delegation to the 2015 National Bike Summit.

Photo L to R: Michael Payne, Carol Reifsnyder, Mike Kase, Vanessa Bissey-Beard, Preston Tyree, Robin Stallings, Jack Sanford, Erick Benz, Fred Zapalac, Ryan Hanson, Leslie Luciano, Talia McCray, Emma Cravey, Eileen Schaubert.

 

 

Bike Month Proclamation: Sample Text for You to Use

bike monthFor those of us who love to ride bikes, every month is bike month, and we're not about to argue with that! However, ever since May was first declared Bike Month in 1956, it's been a month of extra celebrations of all things two wheels-- and we're not going to argue with that, either.

Check out the BikeTexas events calendar to see what Bike Month events are happening near you! 

Would your community like to take part in Bike Month, but your local officials aren't sure where to begin? Below is a sample proclamation you can customize to declare that May is Bike Month in your city and across Texas. Let’s make Texas a great place to bike and walk!

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The City/County of ____

Proclamation

Whereas, the bicycle is an economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of [insert city/county]’s scenic beauty; and

Whereas, throughout the month of May, the residents of [insert city/county] and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, commuting events, charity events, or by simply getting out and going for a ride; and

Whereas, [insert city/county]’s road and trail system attracts bicyclists each year, providing economic health, transportation, tourism, and scenic benefits; and

Whereas, creating a bicycling-friendly community has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, growing the economy of [insert city/county], attracting tourism dollars, improving traffic safety, supporting student learning outcomes, and reducing pollution, congestion, and wear and tear on our streets and roads; and

Whereas, BikeTexas, [insert local bicycle club/ organization/chamber/tourism bureau/regional planning organization], the League of American Bicyclists, schools, parks and recreation departments, police departments, public health districts, hospitals, companies and civic groups will be promoting bicycling during the month of May 2014; and

Whereas, these groups are also promoting bicycle tourism year round to attract more visitors to enjoy our local restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, and cultural and scenic attractions; and

Whereas, these groups are also promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities and improve health and safety for everyone on the road; and

Now therefore, I, _____, Mayor/Executive of [insert city/county], do hereby proclaim May 2014 as

Bike Month

in [insert city/county], and I urge all residents to join me in this special observance

Signed this ___ day of May, 2014

Mayor/Executive _______________

 

Felicia Scott: TEXAS Strong in Boston

Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:14

Felicia Scott & family at the Capitol

UPDATE on Monday, April 21: Felicia crossed the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon.

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Felicia Scott's race is not over yet.

After her mother, Iris Stagner, was killed in the fall of 2012 while riding home from work on her bike, Felicia contacted the Boston Marathon. Iris had qualified to run in the prestigious marathon in 2013, and Felicia asked if she could finish what her mother had started. The Marathon officials agreed, and Felicia trained in her mother's memory so she could cross the finish line in Boston on April 15.

That dream was torn apart, too, by the bombs that went off at the finish line while Felicia had less than five miles to go. Hundreds of runners saw their Boston dreams crumble in an instant.

But the marathon, and Boston, and Felicia are all resilient. Marathon organizers invited all the runners who didn't get to finish last April to come back in 2014. Felicia accepted and has trained harder than ever to finally cross the finish line, carrying with her Iris' memory and her dreams to finish the Boston Marathon.

BikeTexas will be cheering Felicia on from right here come Monday. Follow our Twitter or Facebook pages for updates as we get them.

Boston's motto for 2014 may be "Boston Strong," but Felicia goes to the start line TEXAS strong.

 

 
 

Join Us at Earth Day Texas April 26-27

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:02

Earth Day Dallas 2012BikeTexas has been proud to partner with Earth Day Dallas for many years and enjoy the hospitality of a great city and a great event that has brought nearly 150,000 North Texans together over the last three years. This year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Join us in Dallas April 26-27 at Fair Park to enjoy Earth Day Texas.

Now a statewide event, Earth Day Texas will showcase the world’s largest public exhibition of environmental initiatives of business, environmental nonprofits, schools and colleges, and governmental agencies. Earth Day Texas also provides eco-friendly family activities, presents enlightening talks and hands-on workshops provided by environmental leaders and much more. Admission is free, so don't miss out!

Visit http://earthdaytx.org/ to learn more. We want to see you at Fair Park April 26-27!

 
 

Thank you, Texas! Amplify Day a Success

Monday, 07 April 2014 14:10

Amplify KidsKup CollageBikeTexas had a special opportunity March 20-21 to participate a 24-hour fundraiser called AmplifyATX. Over 400 nonprofits in the Austin area came together to benefit great causes and build excitement about giving.

Thanks to generous sponsors, bonus prizes were available for nonprofits who had the most donations in an hour, the most donations overall, and so on. Despite so many of our followers joining in, BikeTexas was edged out by another worthy group for an hourly prize.

However, we’re still happy with how the day went: 46 different donors, many of them first-time BikeTexas supporters, donated nearly $1500 towards BikeTexas’ education programs. That’s enough to keep our confidence-boosting KidsKup program rolling through 2014, giving more kids a chance to learn a fun and healthy skill that will stay with them for life.

We also put together a fun Top 10 list of great reasons to Amplify: check it out here. Thank you for Amplifying Texas with BikeTexas!

  

 

 
 

BikeTexas Partners with EarthShare and Reliant Energy

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:59

Here are two ways to support BikeTexas through EarthShare programs!

 

H-E-B Tear Pad Campaign

EarthShareBikeTexas is pleased to announce that H-E-B has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. As an EarthShare partner, BikeTexas will benefit from this promotion as well!

 

Whenever you shop at H-E-B in April, grab one of the tear-off coupons at the register to add $1, $3, or $5 to your total bill. Those extra dollars go to EarthShare, and at the end of the campaign, BikeTexas will get a portion of EarthShare's total proceeds for the month. You can join in at any H-E-B or Central Market in Texas. Support bicycle advocacy while you pick up your lettuce!

 

If you go into your local H-E-B and don't see the tear pads at the register, please email us with the H-E-B location so we can make sure they get stocked up!

 

 

Reliant EarthShare Promotion Flier

Reliant EcoShare Program

Reliant Energy customers can also contribute to the EarthShare campaign. Reliant will donate to EarthShare every time a Texas customer purchases a carbon offset. BikeTexas also receives a portion of those donations. Learn more about the carbon offset program and sign up here! 

 

BikeTexas is happy to be partnered with many organizations across Texas who also want to make Texas a great place to bike and walk. Thank you for supporting BikeTexas!

 

 
 

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