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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Sept 4)

Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00

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


viva countdown 9 daysFrom BikeTexas:

Volunteer for VIVA! Streets on September 13! (We also have volunteer opportunities coming up in San Antonio and Dallas, so stay tuned... or go ahead and fill out our volunteer form so we know you're interested. We'll be in touch!)

Five new Texas businesses have been designated as bike friendly by the League. That's 25 all together now!

VIVA! Streets is nine days away! Bring the family to play in the street. Not sure how to get there? See the VIVA! Streets transportation guide here.


From around Texas:

The City of Kyle passed a hands free ordinance this week.

Google's self-driving car encountered something new in Austin-- a person doing a trackstand on a bike.

Check out these excellent tips for driving in and around school zones. Remember, every school zone in Texas is a hands-free zone!


From elsewhere:

Can you ride a bike in the suburbs, or is it just too impratical?

City of L.A. officials don't seem to get what bike lanes are for.

More thoughts about the Federal Highway Administration's clarifying what funds are for.

Riding a bike may form stronger habits than driving.

A new survey confirms what advocates have long believed-- "Share the Road" signs are too unclear to be helpful.

And another article about how roads are funded.

Meanwhile in NYC, one precinct has their priorities badly out of order.

And finally-- sometimes you manage to put so many good articles out in one week, the best suggestion is to read them all. So take a look at all of People for Bikes' blog posts this week.


Have a great weekend!


4th Annual VIVA! Streets is back on East 6th Street

viva streets logoVIVA! Streets Austin is back on East 6th Street (from I-35 to Robert T. Martinez Jr) on Sunday, September 13 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.  The one-mile, car-free festival will feature obstacle courses, gardening classes, anti-bullying workshops, martial arts demonstrations, ballroom dancing lessons, yoga, zumba, soccer, basketball, giant chess, cane fishing, bird walks, learn to ride a bike courses, kids drum circle, a pilot bicycle intersection, tennis, petanque, hula hooping, chalk art, bike polo, PupStops, and more. Special aerial performances and classes will be offered by SkyCandy.

“We are excited to have VIVA! Streets back on East 6th Street! As a business owner on the route, it’s great to hear about the participation and enthusiasm from my fellow neighbors. There will be activities for everyone of all ages like dancing, soccer, bike obstacle courses, and tennis, “ says Paola Barrerra of Buenos Aires Café Este.

For more information about the event and the latest activities, visit This year’s sponsors include Humana, TxDOT, SkyCandy, AARP, Texas Gas Service, CapMetro, Central Texas Mobility Authority/Metropia, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, TopGolf, Instacart, and Austin’s Yellow Bike Project.

The mission of ViVA! Streets is to build communities by transforming public streets and encouraging active living though recreation, fitness activities, and healthy food options.

VIVA! Streets is co-produced by the City of Austin and BikeTexas.

VIVA! Streets is part of a national movement of open streets events with more than 100 documented initiatives in North America, including Texas cities Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Brownsville. These open streets events are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals by temporarily closing streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. 


Volunteer at the Fourth Annual VIVA! Streets in Austin

Make the 4th Annual Viva! Streets Spectacular
Volunteer, have fun, get a free t-shirt
On Sunday, September 13, East 6th Street will become a playground for all ages, filled with fun, music, and neighbors at VIVA! Streets ATX. We're so excited for Austin's fourth annual open streets event, and we want you to be a part of it.
Please volunteer with us on September 13 between 8 AM and 8 PM and you'll get a VIVA! Streets t-shirt in addition to having lots of fun. Can't be there for the whole day? No worries-- we'll have lots to do all day long. Choose a time that's best for you! 
Volunteer Opportunities
Want to help get ready for the big day? Stop by the BikeTexas office and help us with the pre-event planning of VIVA! Streets.
  • Distribute promotional materials to places you frequent.
  • Assemble wheel covers and distribute our purple marketing bikes.
  • Make follow-up phone calls, do some data entry, or visit businesses along the route to remind them about VIVA! Streets.


Day of the Event
Set Up: 8 AM - 12 PM

Be the team that puts everything in place.

  • Put up tents, chairs, and stages.
  • Place signage along the route.
  • Assist sponsors with their booth set up, as needed.
  • Chalk art directional signs on the street.

During the Event: 11:30 AM - 5 PM

  • Manage a street block and encourage people to play in the street. 
  • Assist with activities throughout the route: encourage attendees to participate in a zumba/gardening class, try hula hooping, or take on an obstacle course.
Take Down: 4 PM - 8 PM

Help us pack everything up. We want to make sure we leave the street just like we found it. 

  • Take down tents, chairs, tables, stages, generators, and signs.
  • Bring all the items to BikeTexas.
  • Assist sponsors with taking down their set up, as needed.


Sign up here to volunteer for Viva! Streets and plan to join us on East 6th on September 13! Questions? Email Marc at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Share the VIVA! Streets Facebook event and invite all your friends! Follow us on Twitter for updates. Use the hashtag #VivaStreetsATX on any social network to spread the word.


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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Aug 21)

Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

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


el paso bcycle via scott white

From BikeTexas:

BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting is SUNDAY, August 23, at 4:15 PM. Join us in the office at 1902 E 6th St (map), or RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 5 PM TODAY, Friday August 21, for online access. Reception in the office immediately following the meeting, so stick around!

We're headed to the Hotter'n Hell Hundred next week! Be sure to check your email on Wednesday for HHH membership specials, and if you'll be in Wichita Falls, stop by the BikeTexas booth to say hello!

Our annual bike giveaway is in full swing! Join BikeTexas or renew your membership now to enter to win a Trek 7.2 FX. As a bonus-- join or donate today (Friday) to get a free gift!

Volunteer with us at VIVA! Streets on September 13!


For Back to School:

Time for back to school already? Wow! We hope everyone had a great summer and is super-energized for a new school year. Here are some tips for getting ready to roll back to school.

Headed to college with your bike or your own feet for your main transportation? Make sure you know the Texas laws governing bicycles, and check out our guide to taking public transportation.


From around Texas:

Social ride in Hutto tomorrow! We have it on good authority that their rides are always a good time, so don't miss out!

After a long fight for funding, bikeshare is finally headed to El Paso

McAllen is also poised to launch its new bikeshare system.

Austin's B-cycle took a huge leap forward this week with its new affordable memberships.

Haltom City police arrested McKenzie Thomas for the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in Tarrant County. 

The City of Denton needs your help for its first-ever bike count.

There's still time to take the HTDOT New Bus Network Challenge in Houston.

Texarkana just got funding to finish the Bringle Lake wilderness trail system.


From elsewhere:

Traffic deaths in the U.S. have spiked in the last six months.

The CDC has released a new report recommending protected bike lanes, which is great, but they could have gone a bit further with their analysis of the benefits of riding a bike.

Meanwhile--surprise!-- the U.S. obesity rate continues to rise.

After her son was killed riding a bike, Susan Cohen turned her grief to an education course for elderly drivers.

An interesting analysis of public transportation in the U.S.-- basically, we need frequency & reliability.

More people may be riding or walking to work than the usual percentages show.


Photo: A sight for energized advocates' eyes as the new B-cycle stations arrive in El Paso! Photo courtesy of Scott White of Velo Paso.


2015 Bike Giveaway!

Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00

2015 Bike giveaway

The time is here! The 2015 BikeTexas Membership Drive and Bike Giveaway is underway-- YOU could be the lucky winner of a 2016 Trek 7.2 FX bike!

How to enter? Join BikeTexas or renew your annual membership before October 29. EDIT: Deadline extended to midnight October 30! If you're a monthly sustaining member, you don't need to do anything-- you're automatically entered! We'll draw the winner at Austin BikeFest on October 31 Edit: BikeFest is canceled, but we'll still draw the winner on October 31. Follow us on Twitter to catch the live drawing! (You don't have to be present to win.)

Don't wait-- enter the BikeTexas Annual Membership Bike Giveaway today!


FAQs about the Annual Bike Giveaway:

What if I am already a member of BikeTexas?
If you are already an annual member, you can renew early and your new year-to-year membership will still start the day after your current yearly membership expires.

What if I am a monthly member of BikeTexas?
BikeTexas monthly members will be entered in the drawing automatically! Your steady monthly contribution is a tremendous commitment that makes planning from year to year much easier and cost-effective for BikeTexas.

What if I am a Life Member?
Life Members are not automatically entered in the membership raffle. Life Members may choose a monthly or annual pledge equivalent to a recurring monthly or annual membership level to participate in the raffle.

Do I have to be present at the drawing to win?
No. We'll contact you!

How will I get the bike?
You will go to your favorite Texas Trek dealer to pick up your new bike.

Who is not eligible for the drawing?
BikeTexas staff, board members, and immediate family are not eligible to win the bike.


Come See Us at Hotter'n Hell 2015

biketexas staff hotter-n-hellFor over a decade, BikeTexas staff have made the six-hour trip from our home base in Austin to Wichita Falls to attend the largest cycling event in our great state: the Hotter'N Hell 100. Now in its 34rd year, the event routinely draws nearly 15,000 riders. And for nearly as long as we’ve been going there, HH100 has been a BikeTexas Event Member, making a generous donation to bike advocacy efforts in Texas, as well as providing us with booth space to talk to Texans about getting involved through our bike giveaway and membership drive.

2015 is no different! If you're going to Hotter'N Hell, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. HH100 is a great time to join BikeTexas or renew your annual membership, because we offer specials that are only available during HH100 weekend. (If you can't make the trip to Wichita Falls, not to worry-- you can take advantage of the specials from home, too.) Plus, joining or renewing during HH100 weekend means you're entered in the 2015 BikeTexas Annual Bike Giveaway-- a 2016 Trek 7.2 FX.

We're excited! See you at HH100 2015!


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