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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 6)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 06 November 2015 11:00

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


2015 poster contest 1st place biketexas bicycle educationFrom BikeTexas:

We have a winner! Check out the Texas winners of the Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest

We have another winner! Cal Restivo of Burleson won the Annual Membership Bike Giveaway. Cal is a monthly sustaining member, making Texas a great place to ride a bike! We'll be sure to share photos of Cal's new ride.

It's a great week for winners-- Texas A&M is the third Bicycle Friendly University in Texas.

Speaking of winners, you won! The U.S. House passed a transportation bill yesterday without the damaging amendments.


From around Texas:

El Paso, take this survey!

San Antonio, take this survey!

Hutto, there's a group ride tomorrow (unless it gets rained out like so many other things lately-- fingers crossed!).

Speaking of rained out events, HTX BikeFest has been rescheduled to next month (originally scheduled for this weekend).

And speaking of Houston, check out BikeHouston's excellent work to reach all people who ride bikes.


From elsewhere:

Oklahoma City was declared one of the fattest U.S. cities in 2006. They set out to change that.

Want people in Denver to go shopping? Build them a protected bike lane. (Works for people not in Denver, too.)

Our friends at WABA want people to understand protected bike lanes, so they put it on a t-shirt. 

Deleware has a lot of pedestrian deaths, not because people in Deleware are dumb, but because their infrastructure is.

The Baltimore bishop who killed a person riding a bike has been sent to prison.

Researchers in Copenhagen have determined that one mile on a bicycle equals a net gain to society of $.42, while one mile of driving brings a net societal loss of $.20.

Somehow, this article manages to mention driver safety and dashboard entertainment systems within a few sentences of each other. No mention of safety if you're outside this car.

Ride your bike a long way, take a train back: multimodal bike touring is catching on.

Tasmania (Australia) has released a PSA with an, erm, unusual take on how to think about passing people on bikes safely.

Oakland is testing out a super sharrow. (You have to bring your own super suit, though.)

Students and parents in Carrollton, Georgia, were not down with the carpool line. They've found a better way of getting to school.

Bicycling is growing fast in the Motor City.

And in news that made our office manager shriek, "Hey, I've been there!" when she saw the accompanying picture, check out this article about Glasgow's (Scotland) new separated bikeway.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: The winning Texas poster. Fingers crossed that this year's Texas winner will go all the way in the national contest!


U.S. House Passes Transportation Bill With Bike/Ped Funding

BikeNews; Advocacy


You did it! Thank you for calling and emailing your U.S. Representatives in response to the Action Alert earlier this week. The anti-bike and anti-active-transportation amendments were defeated, and the House transportation bill passed on Thursday. 

We're not done yet! Now, the transportation bills from the House and the Senate go to conference where the two chambers work out the differences between the bills. The Senate bill is stronger than the House bill at this point for people who walk or ride bikes. Three Texas representatives are on the conference committee: Brian Babin (R-36), Blake Farenthold (R-27), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30). Keep an eye out for more action on these bills over the next couple of weeks.

A huge thanks to our friends at the League of American Bicyclists for working so hard on Capitol Hill to keep members of Congress thinking about active transportation and to keep the rest of us informed! Read more about the House action this week on the League's blog.


A&M Is Texas' Newest Bicycle Friendly University

BikeNews; Education Fund

Friday, 06 November 2015 07:35

Texas A&M University is renowned for its school spirit and many traditions. After this week, the Aggies can add one more tradition to the list: being a great place to ride a bike.

maroon bikes cats biketexas bicycle educationThe League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Universities on November 5, and A&M entered the list for the first time with a Bronze-level award. A&M joins Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin as Texas' three bike-friendly universities. Together, these three schools serve over 145,000 students from across Texas and around the world.

Promoting bicycling and walking on (and to and from) campus is ideal for colleges and universities. Why? Active transportation solves parking problems; allows students to make smart economic choices; addresses sustainability and air quality concerns; and encourages active, safe, and healthy lifestyles for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The healthy habits students pick up in their college years can stay with them for life.

Congratulations, Texas A&M, and thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!


Photo: Texas A&M students take part in BikeTexas' Safety Bling! video in 2012. 


Texas Winners: Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest

BikeNews; Education Fund

Friday, 06 November 2015 07:14

We've found the secret for ensuring intense discussion in the BikeTexas office: ask us to judge a poster contest. After the entries to the Saris 5th Grade National Poster Contest arrived, we had the hard work of choosing the top three. This year's submissions were excellent!

This year's poster contest theme was #LongForTheRide, and submissions had to include the hashtag somewhere in the poster.

The winning Texas poster comes from Bonner Elementary School in Tyler! The first place winner will receive a bike, helmet, and bell from Saris, and the poster is winging its way to the Saris headquarters for its spot in the nationwide contest right now. Everyone gets to vote in the national contest, so keep an eye out for us telling you when it's time! 2015 poster contest 1st place biketexas bicycle education


Second place for Texas is from Gerard Elementary School in Cleburne. The second place winner will receive a helmet and a bell from Saris.

2015 poster contest 2nd place biketexas bicycle education


Third place in Texas comes to us from Alice Carlson Applied Learning Academy in Fort Worth. The third place winner will receive a new bell from Saris.

2015 poster contest 3rd place biketexas bicycle education

All of the entrants should be proud of themselves--you all did a great job and made choosing the top three extra-hard. Well done, Texas 5th graders!


Action Alert: Contact Your U.S. Representative Today

BikeNews; Action Alerts

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:57


Ask Your Representative to Oppose the Carter and Yoho Amendments
Debate over the new transportation bill continues in the U.S. House today, and your representative needs to hear from people who ride bikes. Representatives Buddy Carter (GA) and Ted Yoho (FL) have introduced amendments that are hostile to bike/ped funding and could result in cities not having any funding for bicycle or pedestrian infrastructure. 
The amount of money that is allocated in the Transportation Bill for bike/ped purposes is already small, and eliminating those funds would not make a difference on expensive road projects. However, these small amounts make a huge difference for installing much more cost-effective bike and pedestrian projects. Please contact your representative today and ask him or her to oppose these amendments.

We've found the following format to be helpful when speaking to elected officials: 

  • My name is __________ and my occupation is ________. I live in [your district]. 
  • I [and/or your spouse, children, etc.] ride a bicycle in the district.
  • The Carter and Yoho amendments will make it harder for [your city] to get the funding it needs to provide safe places for my family to walk or bike. I ask that Representative [name] oppose these amendments.
  • [Tell the representative why this is important to you.]
  • Will Representative [name] oppose the Carter and Yoho amendments?

If you send an email, please cc  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Knowing how many folks have reached out helps us and the national groups like the League of American Bicyclists when speaking directly to elected officials. Thank you for reaching out to make Texas a great place to ride a bike!


Austin BikeFest CANCELED

BikeNews; Community

Thursday, 29 October 2015 09:44

BikeTexas regrets to announce that Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro has been canceled. Austin BikeFest was scheduled for October 31.

The weather forecast calls for thunderstorms and rain for much of the day Friday and on into the morning on Saturday. Out of concern for the safety and comfort of our volunteers, staff, and attendees, as well as the well being of Govalle Park, we have decided not to risk having Austin BikeFest in what is likely to be a rain-soaked park.

We are disappointed that the weather was not favorable for BikeFest this weekend and are exploring options for rescheduling. We’re looking forward to Austin BikeFest 2016.




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