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

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


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From BikeTexas:

Velo Paso's Scott White weighs in on why the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is a great event.

Learn more about TTAT, reserve your hotel room, and register here.

Periscope with BikeTexas every weekday at lunchtime (ish)!


From around Texas:

Travis County judge Sarah Eckhardt calls for more emphasis on transit and active transportation.

TxDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee member Allison Kaplan calls on the city of Austin to fund the sidewalk and bicycle master plans.

A call for Vision Zero in Houston.

TxDOT and the 15-year road death streak.

Bike Hutto is celebrating Creekside Park's new bike rack with a ribbon cutting.


From elsewhere:

"The way our cities are designed could be the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy population."

Nothing is stopping this 90-year-old on a bike.

A look at bike lanes and equality.

A survey of attitudes between road users turned up some not-so-great results.

In case you missed it: transit benefits are now equal with parking benefits.

More parking = more driving.

Bike lanes in Netherlands are overcrowded.

Want to ride transit without interaction? Here are some tips.

A driver who killed a man on a bike in Oklahoma has been charged with manslaughter.

A Missouri legislator has introduced a bill to require all people riding bikes to have a 15-foot flag.

Five ways to make a city more walkable.

Riding in the wind? Here's what to do.

To determine the physical and fiscal health of your city, ask one question: "When you're on foot, does it feel good?"


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Melissa Balmer speaks about communicating with the media at TTAT 2014.


Lunch with BikeTexas: Periscope with us Every Weekday!

periscope with biketexasAre you following BikeTexas on Periscope? Get the livestreaming app or click on the link from Twitter and join BikeTexas every weekday around lunchtime. (More or less--sometimes lunchtime at the office shifts around.)

Periscope with us to hear more about what's happening in the office and bike news from around the state. Livestreaming is more fun when you're there, so don't miss out!


Photo: Marc talks about his layering strategy for all-weather riding in a recent Periscope.


Bike Hutto Celebrates Creekside Park’s First Bike Rack with Ribbon Cutting

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On Saturday, January 23 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Creekside Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department. Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park as part of their participation in the Adopt-A-Spot program. All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the park clean-up event afterwards.

Creekside Park officially became a “home base” for Bike Hutto in July 2015 when it received signage designating the park as the organization’s Adopt-A-Spot location. The park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail, and contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the park’s amenities. “Bike racks are such a big part of the bicycling experience and help to encourage transportation by bike. If you know there is a place to lock up at the end of your trip, you are more likely to ride there. We are so pleased that the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department considers bike racks an important piece of their parks system and are making efforts to add bike parking.”

Bike racks play an important role in the lives of both the recreational and the commuting bicyclist. By providing a safe place to be able to secure their property, anyone riding a bike at any age can be encouraged to travel to that location. Bike racks also help to eliminate the clutter, hazards, and tree damage that comes from haphazard bicycle parking.

A bike parking needs assessment will be done by Bike Hutto in 2016 to determine other areas within Hutto, Texas in which bike racks would be beneficial. The assessment will consider potential locations for future bike racks, as well as the quantity and type of bike parking needed. Each potential location will then be prioritized based on current and future bike traffic, cost, and overall feasibility.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Their 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 values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 8)

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Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than the first News by Bike of 2016:


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From BikeTexas:

Registration is open now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016! Not sure if TTAT is for you? Check out what a TTAT 2014 speaker/attendee has to say about why this conference matters.

The first BikeTexas Today of 2016 is coming next week! Make sure you're getting all the latest bike news in your inbox--join the BikeTexas email list now.


From around Texas:

Bus ridership is up in Houston following their network redesign.

A look at what Dallas (and probably other Texas cities) can learn from Houston's redesigned bus system.

Check out the draft countywide bikeway maps for North Texas.

Now's your chance to help decide where new Houston B-cycle stations will go.

San Angelo passed a ban on texting while driving.


From elsewhere:

"The good news is that when we do make streets that are safe for pedestrians, traffic still flows."

Momentum Mag's list of top bicycle advocacy videos of 2015.

Another look at the "4 types of cyclists" classifications, this time for the whole U.S.

"We're still not seeing any really significant mode shifts, despite decades of investment," says Daniel Piatkowski in CityLab.

Bicycle highways are coming to Germany, and they'll connect cities with suburbs.

Are you a public transportation user? Check out these useful apps for making the trip better.

Great things happen when cities build for bikes.

Streetsblog takes on the debate surrounding the Idaho Stop.

What if a newspaper looked deeper into the issues behind bicycle crashes and deaths, instead of blaming the victim? This one did.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings at the opening keynote session of TTAT 2014.


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