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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (May 29)

Friday, 29 May 2015 00:00

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


Bike Hutto Texas Bike Month 2015From BikeTexas:

Volunteer with us in Austin on June 19 at New Belgium's CLIPS and Beer event. We especially need Beertenders!

The Texas challenge has already reached its goal of 1000 riders in the National Bike Challenge! Don't forget to log all your May miles before midnight on Sunday for your chance to win May prizes.


From around Texas:

Pretty much every part of the state has been rained on the last couple weeks! While that's good news for our drought, it's less good news for those who are dealing with flooding. Our hearts go out especially to those who've lost family members in the flash floods, and we remind everyone to be safe and heed the warnings as the rain contiues. In the meantime, if you want to go for a ride during non-flood condition rain, take a look at these excellent tips from Bike East Bay.

One Texan lost his modified bicycle in the floods, and the community has rallied round him to get it replaced.

We're sad to report that 15-year-old Dakota Sorensen was killed while riding a bike earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dakota's family and friends.

In the drama of the last few days of the lege session, time ran out on the texting while driving ban.

Congratulations to all participants in the Texas High School Mountain Bike League for a great season!

Bike Hutto is celebrating a fantastic first-ever Bike Month in the city.

Check out this great Momentum Mag article about active living in Brownsville.

Cities around the country, including Austin, are working hard to install protected intersections for people who ride bikes.

Houston Tomorrow's Jay Blazek Crossley and BikeTexas' Robin Stallings spoke to the Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday. See video of their comments here; click on Item 5 and skip to 2:10.


From elsewhere:

A discussion of the merits of floating bus stops (not as gravity-defying as it sounds).

People on bikes in Wichita are rolling toward a world record.

Children would ride more, but their parents' fears could be holding them back, a UK study finds.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Bike month in Hutto. Photos courtesy of Bike Hutto.


Be a Beertender at CLIPS and Beer on June 19 in Austin

NBB Bike clips and beer biketexasWant to attend an exclusive FREE tasting put on by New Belgium? Now is your chance! New Belgium CLIPS Beer and Film Tour is stopping in Austin on Friday, June 19, and we are looking for Beertenders. All you need to help us out is a TABC certification*, which you can get in a simple two-hour online course.

Best of all, volunteer Beertenders are invited to the exclusive free tasting, where you can sample some of the New Belgium beers for yourself before the big day. Sign up now to volunteer for CLIPS and Beer.

Get started with your TABC certification here!

Questions? Need more info? Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us at 512-476-7433.

Looking forward to seeing you at the free tasting and on June 19!

*You'll be reimbursed for the cost of the TABC course after you volunteer at CLIPS and Beer!


Taking this Town on Two Wheels: Bike Hutto’s First Bike Month Deemed a Great Success

By Bike Hutto

Bike Hutto Texas Bike Month 2015At the April 16th Hutto City Council Meeting, the chamber dias was lined with bicycles as Mayor Deborah Holland read a Mayoral Proclamation declaring that May is National Bike Month in Hutto, Texas. This was the first Bike Month proclamation for Hutto, Texas and the first time the city has celebrated the month of May as National Bike Month. Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

The official kick off of Bike Month was held at the Hutto Public Library on May 2nd. Bike Hutto, library staff, and the Friends of the Hutto Public Library coordinated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the newly installed bike rack. This is the first bike rack for the Hutto Public Library. Mayor Holland and library manager Paula Waak each said a few words before Bike Hutto founder Jessica Romigh officially cut the ribbon. The event, attended by bicycle riders, library patrons, and city council members, also included a free Bike Maintenance Workshop taught by Ben Block as well as kids activities centered on bike safety. The Hutto Public Library continued the fun by hosting a display of bicycle-related books throughout the month of May.

National Bike to School Day was May 6th. Bike Hutto and the Hutto ISD worked together to spread the word through emails and social media to families, encouraging students to ride their bikes to school.

City of Hutto Staff and the Hutto Police Department celebrated National Bike to Work Day on May 15th with a late morning social ride. The ride, which also included some members of Bike Hutto, was also the inaugural ride of the newly formed Hutto Police Department bike patrol. Per Sgt. Chris Kelley, “The bike unit will, for the remainder of this year, be used for special events requiring security or a police presence. This is great exposure for the unit and for the officers who wish to be a part of it. Once our staffing level increases, the plan is to have patrol officers (who are certified bike officers) carry the bikes on their patrol cars. Once in an area where bike patrol would be beneficial they will deploy the bike in a patrol fashion. This way they will be near their patrol car if a call comes out that is too far for them to respond on the bike.”

Bike Hutto launched its new free membership program the beginning of the month. They also had an information and bicycle tune up booth at the Central Texas Home and Garden Show and the weekly CO-OP Market Nights.

Bike Hutto’s mission is to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure. Bike Hutto was formed by Jessica Romigh in October 2014 after she attended the City of Hutto’s Setting the Table Workshop and saw a need within the Hutto community to create a fun and informative group for local bicyclists.


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (May 22)

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


san antonio siclovia 2013 biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

The new Bicycle Friendly State rankings are out, and Texas is number 30.

The new round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses is out, too, but there are no new Texas businesses on the list. Sad times! Want your business to be designated as bike-friendly? Start here.

Find out the winner of our Bike to Work Day giveaway here.

We need you! Volunteer, have fun, and enter to win a bike on June 19 in Austin.


From around Texas:

Get your laundry done by bike. Only in Austin for now, but here's hoping the idea catches on!

See a great editorial about the fitness push--including bikes!-- in the RGV.

Bike to Work Day may be behind us, but happy memories live on! Check out coverage from North Texas and Houston.

Abilene City Council approved updates to its bike plan.

Jana Giles of Lubbock is riding across the US this summer. (We bet she gets to the top of the National Bike Challenge leaderboard really fast.)

Have your say about the Houston Bike Plan on May 30.


From elsewhere:

A call to end victim-blaming when people on foot or on bikes are killed by drivers.

An interesting discussion about bike lanes working for people with mobility challenges popped up on the People for Bikes site this week.

Really nice Washington Post article about children and their own neighborhood streets.

Walkable neighborhoods are real estate gold

This article about Bike to Shop Day in Palo Alto is great! The comments show some confusion about what riding your bike for errands is actually like, though.

The latest cool thing in bicycle friendly businesses? Hospitals. (Because if anyone knows the benefits of biking, it's medical professionals!)

Oh, look! Another article about how a biking or walking commute is a great thing for your health and mood. Plus another one (this one from the UK) for good measure.

Better sit down for this one: a driver drove into a house, hitting a nursery room (the baby is okay), and there are no charges. What?

A 14-year-old in NYC is tired of losing schoolmates to inattentive drivers, so she's doing something about it.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Getting around San Antonio's Siclovia in 2013.


Save the Date! June 19 is CLIPS and Beer in ATX

Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:02

Join us at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 19, at 8:00 pm for the CLIPS Beer and Film Tour. The CLIPS Tour is a summer-long showcase of New Belgium Beers paired with short fan-made videos that have been selected from thousands of entries.
Over the course of their five-year run, the CLIPS Beer& Film Tour has raised more than $520,000 for local organizations, and 75,000 people have joined them to sample their beer and watch films. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds for each event benefit ONE local non-profit.

We're delighted that Austin was selected as one of only a handful of cities for the CLIPS Beer and Film Tour stops, and are honored that BikeTexas is the chosen nonprofit. Come out and enjoy the rare New Belgium beers, interesting video clips, and support cycling in Austin. There will also be a chance to win a New Belgium Cruiser!

Want to us help make this event successful? Check out the available positions and sign up here. We are in most urgent need of people who are TABC certified. 

Questions? Need more info? Email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call us at 512-476-7433.

We can't wait to hang out with you on June 19!


Bicycle Friendly State: Texas Takes a Small Step Forward

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:17

txdot guide to safe bicyclingThe League of American Bicyclists released the new Bicycle Friendly State rankings last week, and Texas has moved up to #30 from #33 in 2014.

BikeTexas is happy that Texas has improved its ranking after last year’s disappointing tumble. TxDOT is working on a number of activities to support bicycling in Texas, such as a bicycle safety manual and a statewide inventory of bicycle infrastructure. However, we still lack dedicated state-level funding for bicycling infrastructure, and the flexible portion of federal bike/ped money being transferred into a general fund every year. We believe Texas has the potential to be a top-20 state, but we have a long road to get there.

Meanwhile, many Texas cities have made amazing leaps forward in recent years to become better places to ride a bike. Trail networks, bike share programs, on-street bicycle networks, and safety ordinances at the city level are making their way across Texas as more and more cities understand that bicycles mean business.

With the right level of hard work, Texas will continue to improve on its way to becoming a great place to ride a bike.


Photo: The cover of TxDOT's new Bicycling Guide



News By Bike: Links for You to Read (May 15)

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


dinner and bikes austin 2015 biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

It's Bike to Work Day! If you're in Austin, stop by and see us at City Hall on the way to work or REI N Lamar on the way home. Send us your pictures and stories and we'll share them on our social media or in our Bike Month wrap-up!

Dinner + Bikes has been awesome! One more event remains for Texas.


From around Texas:

Check out our event calendar for Bike to Work (and other Bike Month) events around the state!

Amarillo hasn't completely forgotten their hike and bike plan.

Bike Month coverage from Denton!

Positive press for longtime BikeTexas event member Hotter 'n Hell Hundred has already begun!

Houston's new design manual will prioritize Complete Streets.


From elsewhere:

Sidewalk riding went down when Honolulu installed a protected bike lane.


Have a great weekend! Ride safe!

Photo: The Dinner+Bikes gang having some fun at Enviromedia in Austin. L to R: Elly Blue, Joe Biel, Aaron Cynic, and Joshua Ploeg.


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