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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!

 

 
 

2014 5th Grade Poster Contest: Texas Winners

Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:50

We have a winner!

The entries have been received and your votes were counted for the 2014 5th Grade National Poster Contest by Saris Cycling Group. After all our entries were posted on Facebook for voting, the top three vote-getters went into the final judging round for the Texas winners.

The 2014 theme is President John F. Kennedy’s quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”We’re happy to announce:

2014 3rd place

3rd Place: From Tanglewood Elementary in Fort Worth. The artist will receive a new bike helmet.

2014 2nd place

2nd Place: From Escontrias Elementary in El Paso. The artist will receive a new bike light and a new helmet.

2014 1st place

1st Place: From Bonner Elementary in Tyler. The artist will receive a new bike, light, and helmet, and will go on to the national contest.

Thanks to all our participating schools and students! All of the posters we received for the state-level contest will be displayed at the Texas Capitol during Bike Month in May.

 
 

Texas, Let's Ride for Reading!

Ride for Reading CyclistsBy Beth Nobles

Executive Director, Texas Mountain Trail

I’ll say it: “It is the best thing I’ve done on a bike.”

Last month, it has made U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke feel like a “rock star.” It made kids, teachers, and scores of cyclists from El Paso, Terlingua, and Fort Davis very happy. What was it? Ride for Reading deliveries in Far West Texas.

Ride for Reading’s founder, Matthew Portell, says this:

During my first year of teaching, I asked my students to read for 15 minutes at home each night. One student replied that he didn’t have any books at home to read. It didn’t take me long to realize that student’s problem wasn’t unique. According to the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, the ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. I felt compelled to do something to help my students and others like them — so I combined my passion for cycling and reading. The result: Ride for Reading.

Simply put: Ride for Reading provides a way for donated books to be delivered to low-income elementary schools BY BICYCLE. Local cyclists are recruited for the deliveries, and books are donated locally or provided by Better World Books through the Ride for Reading program.

Kids choosing booksOur Texas Mountain Trail non-profit got involved with a call from one of our best partners, El Pason Don Baumgardt, who operates a mountain biking website for Far West Texas, www.GeoBetty.com. Don asks, “We’ve got one of the best mountain biking photographers, Devon Balet, coming to El Paso with his crew, Team Ride for Reading. Would you like them to visit the Davis Mountains and Big Bend and help you with your promotion of the area? And, oh yeah, would you like to do this Ride for Reading book delivery?” A few clicks online and it was a no-brainer for us. Soon we had the elementary schools in Fort Davis and Terlingua onboard too.

We recruited volunteer cyclists to meet at a central location not far from the school. There we packed the donated books into backpacks and messenger bags by age level, and then we rode to the local elementary schools, where the kids were excited (and cheering!) to be able to pick out a book (or two) to take home as their very own.

Ride for Reading promotes healthy, safe, vibrant activity and reading. Each child receiving a book must pledge: “I promise to read my book twice. I will never ever throw my book away. I will pass it on to a friend, family member, neighbor, classmate or someone else I know. And I promise to be the best student for the rest of the year.”

Fort Davis Ride for Reading cyclistsDon Baumgardt, organizer of the El Paso delivery in January, “I think the riders got as much out of the day as the kids. We were all so gratified by the response we received at Hart Elementary. When we rounded the corner two blocks from the school on our bikes a roar went up from the students. I still get goosebumps thinking about it.”

U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke participated in the El Paso delivery and addressed the kids, "I always wanted to be a rock star, because I wanted to come into a stadium and hear the crowds cranked up...people cheering with pom poms and signs...and today when I rode my bike here, I finally felt like a rock star!" That's right, cyclists...Ride for Reading can make you feel like a rock star!”

Want to organize your own Ride for Reading delivery in your own town? Ride for Reading would LOVE to schedule more events during Ride for Reading Week, May 5-11. They’ve even received a commitment from Better World Books to provide books for every delivery scheduled that week, and they’re excited about expanding the program in Texas.

Kids choose booksFounder, Matthew Portell: “I can honestly say one thing, the saying ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ is very true for the Ride for Reading deliveries we had in January! As the founder of Ride for Reading, it is truly amazing to watch such a little concept gain so much momentum. I dream that one day there will be a book delivery via bicycle in all fifty states, but it starts with the motivation of cyclists in every state."

We’re already talking to communities throughout our Texas Mountain Trail region of Far West Texas about adding events that week. As we learned and as our friend, Don Baumgardt reports, “the online resources from Ride for Reading made it very simple to organize the event.”

For information on setting up your own delivery for National Ride for Reading Week, May 5-11, visit the program’s website, www.rideforreading.org.

Ride for Reading deliveries are best if there are lots of community partners. Our partners for our January deliveries to Terlingua and Fort Davis include Friends of Jeff Davis County Library, Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce, Fort Davis ISD, Stone Village Tourist Camp, Davis Mountains State Park, Big Bend Resorts and Adventures, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Desert Sports (a great mountain biking outfitter), Terlingua CSD, Big Bend Chamber of Commerce, Brewster County Tourism Council, and our Texas Mountain Trail board of directors and volunteers, in addition to Team Ride for Reading, Ride for Reading, and Better World Books!

 
 

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