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Sat, Aug 3012:00pm - 3:00pm
Camp Eagle, Rocksprings, TX
BikeTexas KidsKup at Camp Eagle Classic (Rocksprings)

Tue, Sep 2 - Tue, Sep 30
8301 Furness Dr, Austin, TX 78753, USA
Bike to Hart Elementary (Austin)

Sat, Sep 612:00pm - 3:00pm
Cameron Park, Emmons Cliff Dr, Waco, TX, United States
BikeTexas KidsKup at Bicycles Outback Blowout (Waco)

Sat, Sep 13 8:00am - 2:00pm
1551 E Debbie Lane, Mansfield, TX, United States
Bike Out Hunger - Mansfield

Sat, Sep 1312:00pm - 3:00pm
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX, United States
BikeTexas KidsKup at Tyler Speedwaves

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UT Austin Adventure Activities Students Experience CATS

CATS 11-11BikeTexas was proud to host 18 UT Austin Students on November 11 for a CATS presentation and bike ride as part of their Adventure Activities course toward a degree in Kinesiology and Health (most of the students in this class are physical education teachers in training). Lecturer Tere Ramirez worked with CATS Program Manager Brenda Chuleewah to prepare an overview of the CATS materials.

Students took the CATS pre-test to assess what they already knew about bike laws and safety, then watched the award-winning Safety Bling! video. Next, students learned about Texas Bike Laws, when they should take the lane while riding, and the dangers of texting while trying to walk, bike, or drive. Students then took the CATS post-test to show what they'd learned.

After getting an overview of safely and legally riding, the students had the chance to put their new knowledge to work on a class bike ride. Before taking off, the group learned how to do an ABC Quick Check as well as how to scan while riding and signal a turn. Students then took off for a short ride around Austin, practicing all their new skills on real roads.

Want CATS at your university? Contact Brenda at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to get started.

 

BikeTexas Strategic Planning Process

CIS 2013We’re excited to present you with our new 2014-2019 strategy, created with the input of over 1400 BikeTexas members, supporters, sponsors, and even potential supporters and partners. “This strategy will help the staff and board ensure the organization is taking action to increase cycling throughout Texas. The fact that our strategy is strong and was created by the community lets us know that what we’re doing is going to succeed with the support of all people who bike across the state,” says Annie Melton, BikeTexas Board Chair.

 

Download the strategy at this link. 

 


 

 

Here’s how we developed the strategy:

BikeTexas formed a strategy committee of 14 leaders representing staff, board, and other key stakeholder groups for the organization. The goal: to transparently create a new strategy for the organization that is owned by the diverse stakeholders we serve. The strategy committee sought an outside faciliator, Jeremy Grandstaff of S&G Endeavors, for guidance and a fresh perspective in working through a strategy-building process.

A draft strategy was developed early in the process and the overarching themes were presented for survey feedback. Over 1300 Texas cyclists responded to the survey. Drawing from survey results, BikeTexas then hosted nine webinars to bring stakeholders together and have discussions that would help craft our approach with the new strategy.

From the survey, we gained the following insights:

  • Advocacy for infrastructure, including protected bike lanes and trails, should be a focus of BikeTexas.
  • There is a significantly strong desire to have BikeTexas leading statewide advocacy solutions, and a strong desire to have BikeTexas play a key role, in collaboration with local advocates and other stakeholders, in advancing local bicycle policy and infrastructure.
  • Advocacy for walking, if it does not overpower cycling advancement efforts, is not a deterrent for the strategy of BikeTexas.

In addition, we also gathered survey feedback on the mission and vision for the organization, allowing us to make sure the overall direction reflected the majority of respondents.

During the nine webinars, participants were able to dive further into discussion building on survey feedback. Some of the things we also gained from this discussion included:

  • BikeTexas has the important task of representing a diverse stakeholder group of cyclists;
  • A publicity campaign is a key need for the state to increase cycling efforts;
  • Education is a path to engaging current and future advocates (referring to educating youth); and,
  • Effective local advocacy is dependent on a unique approach to each community, a collaborative spirit from all parties, and demonstrated successes in pilot areas. Focusing on a regional approach is a way to strengthen BikeTexas’s role in local advocacy.

Building on the input—Creating the New Strategy: In September, the board, staff, and members of the strategy committee met to process all the feedback and finalize and approve the overall strategic framework for the organization. In addition, we created action plans for each of the goals for the new strategy. The staff just held a retreat to put on the final touches and we’re already moving forward with our work as outlined in the strategy: we’ve recently opened a Brownsville office and we hosted a fundraising house party.

Where do I fit in? As a member, supporter, and friend of BikeTexas, we’re counting on you. This strategy helps us take the next steps to increase cycling for all people who bike across Texas, and the staff and board are eager to provide the leadership to move it forward. Every Texas cyclist can play a role in this new strategy:

Look for upcoming opportunities to help us with our programs.

Help spread the word about successes—follow us on your favorite social media channel and join the conversation.

Make an investment. A strategy doesn’t just help us, it helps you know where we are going and how your financial investment in BikeTexas is an investment in the future of cycling throughout Texas. Become a part of BikeTexas today and help create change for all people who bike in your community.

Reflects Robin Stallings, Executive Director, “The surveys and webinars allowed us to gather so much valuable input from all people who bike across the state, and I hope that each of our members, supporters, sponsors, or others, will continue to be engaged as we implement the strategy they helped us create. With the increased support of our stakeholders, BikeTexas is poised to strategically increase cycling across Texas.”

Thank you to each of you who played a role throughout the strategic planning process. We’ll be in touch with further details as we move into 2014.

 

Sincerely, BikeTexas Board, Staff, and Strategy Committee

* denotes Strategy Committee member from board or staff

BikeTexas Board Members:

*Annie Melton, Board Chair, Dallas

*Doug Black, Fort Worth

Francesca Funk, Irving

*Charlie Gandy, Long Beach, CA

Larry Graham, Austin

David Ham, Midland

Ryan Hanson, Houston

Andy Hollinger, Bedford

George Mendes, The Woodlands

Mark Peña, Edinburg

Michael Portman, Laredo/Austin

*Freddie Ramirez, Corpus Christi

Tom Riddle, Spring

*Bill Shea, San Antonio

Lenore Shefman, Austin

*Torrance Strong, Fort Worth

BikeTexas Staff:

(cities are hometowns or where we've lived most in Texas)

*Robin Stallings, Executive Director, Garland

Brenda Chuleewah, Wichita Falls

*Emma Cravey, Austin

*Leslie Luciano, El Paso

Fernando Martinez, Amarillo/Brownsville

Allene Mayfield, Lubbock

Durwood Mayfield, Lubbock

*Jack Sanford, San Antonio

Susan Wilcox, Lubbock

Other Stakeholders on the Strategy Committee:

Hill Abell, Austin

Gail Spann, Houston/Rockwall

Mark Stine, Houston/Austin

 

Houston Becomes Texas' Fourth Bicycle Friendly Community

Houston cyclistsThe League of American Bicyclists recently released its semiannual list of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Texas is now on it four times as Houston joins the ranks of BFCs! (Texas also has two cities on the Honorable Mention list.)

We're proud of all the steps Houston has taken to get to this level, like implementing a bicycle education system for city staff and expanding the bike network. BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings says, "The Bicycle Friendly Communities Bronze Award reflects the progress that Houston has made in improving conditions for people who ride bikes, under the leadership of Mayor Annise Parker and the city council, State Senator Rodney Ellis, city staff, MPO staff and advocates. From the top-notch adult education efforts that are based on LAB's Traffic Skills 101 and the BikeTexas SafeCyclist program in the local school system, to the bayou trail system that will be expanded even further with the new $150 million trail bond package, it's clear that Houston is on the way to a more balanced transportation system."

Well done, Houston! Read more on the League of American Bicyclists blog.

Do you think your city should be recognized as Bicycle Friendly and join Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands on the list? Get started here.

 

Brownsville Seeking Bike Rack Designs

Design Compeition FlyerAttention, artists and designers! Do you want to bring your passion for art together with your passion for bicycling? Have you been looking for a public place to display your art? This could be the opportunity you're after!

The City of Brownsville is calling for bike rack designs for several public areas around town. Winners will receive cash prizes plus the opportunity to have their designs created and installed!

Submissions are due by 5 PM on December 13. Download the entry form with more details here, and then get to work designing your masterpiece!

 
 

State Employees Can Support BikeTexas Through Workplace Charitable Giving

Texas CyclistsAre 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!

 

 

 
 

BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting: 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 13:22

BikeTexas Annual Membership MeetingBikeTexas members, board members, and staff gathered both at the office and online on Sunday, September 15, for the annual BikeTexas Membership Meeting.

Topics at the meeting included the 2013 Legislative session, the BikeTexas Benchmarking Report, the continuing success of BikeTexas KidsKup, our educational video game Jenny's Neighborhood, and the upcoming Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference.

Jeremy Grandstaff of S & G Endeavors (formerly of the Alliance for Biking and Walking) presented results of the Strategic Planning process that BikeTexas has worked through for the past several months. After surveys, webinars, and lots of feedback, the BikeTexas Strategic Plan is nearly complete.

New board members were approved and outgoing members were recognized for their service at the meeting. BikeTexas especially thanks outgoing chair Bill Shea for his service, and welcomes new chair Annie Melton.

Board Chair Annie Melton recognized and thanked BikeTexas Executive Director for his 10 years as ED.

The membership meeting was not complete until the winner of the Annual Bike Giveaway was drawn! BikeTexas member Kent from Houston was the lucky winner of the Trek 7.2 FX bike, generously donated by Trek for the giveaway. Congratulations, Kent!

Photo credit: Bud Melton

 
 

Save the Date! Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2014

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:29

Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference - March 26-28, 2014 - Fort Worth, TX

Save the date!

 

Join us in Fort Worth March 26-28!

 

Plans are underway for the 2014 Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference and Texas Bike Summit, coming to Fort Worth March 26-28, 2014.

 

TTAT is hosted by the Texas Trails Network and BikeTexas in non-legislative session years. TTAT brings together planners, trails experts and professionals, elected officials, advocacy and transportation groups, and active transportation enthusiasts from around Texas to learn and network over three days packed with speakers, breakout sessions, and mobile workshops.

 

You don't want to miss this great conference! Register now to join us in Fort Worth in March. Can't wait that long to interact with trails and active transportation professionals and advocates? Join the TTAT LinkedIn group.

 

Do you have a session proposal you'd love to share with your fellow professionals? Great! Propose a session before October 21 to be considered for inclusion in the TTAT program. We invite you to share your hard-won knowledge with other professionals in your own presentation, roundtable, panel, or other type of session. Please also forward this email to any others you think might be interested!

See you March 26-28 in Fort Worth!

 

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This story was updated on October 1 with a new deadline for proposing a session. Previous deadline was September 30.

 
 

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