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

Viernes 08 de Enero de 2016 00:00

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.

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 18)

Viernes 18 de Diciembre de 2015 00:00

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

 

gift guide santa and elf teaser biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Forgot to order from our gift guide? The post office deadline for regular shipping is upon us, but give us a call or Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla and we can adjust the shipping prices for pre-Christmas delivery. No rush? No worries-- we'll still send your order even if it won't arrive before December 25.

It's #FundraisingFriday-- donate or join today and we'll send you a bonus free gift!

Our communications/office manager is slightly obsessed with tying bicycles and musicals together as often as possible.

 

From around Texas:

CycloBia Brownsville is tonight-- don't miss out!

Work is still progressing, albeit with delays, on a rail-trail in Tyler.

 

From elsewhere:

A look at the science behind traffic engineering--and how that science points to roads built for people.

US DOT & Vulcan announced a reward for the Smart City Challenge winner. Our office nerds were a bit too excited about this news for a few minutes.

Is better data one of the keys to safer streets?

Check out this cool wayfinding project in the "other" Arlington.

Found a brilliant way to share safety messages, Iowa DOT has.

Check out this fun and crafty idea for old bike tires! (Maybe a winter break project for your kids?)

“'Until the idea of a cyclist as the sports person or as a poor man is removed from the equation, very few authorities are going to support cycle-oriented development,' Palmer says."

 

This is your last brand-new weekend reading of 2015--look for a roundup of our favorite stories of the year next Thursday (since we'll be doing something else on Friday). Happy holidays, and as always, have a great weekend!

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 11)

Viernes 11 de Diciembre de 2015 13:37

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

 

brownsville city council bicycle friendly proclamation biketexas advocacyFrom BikeTexas:

Congratulations to the two Texas businesses who joined The League's Bicycle Friendly Business list this week!

Even more congratulations to this happy fifth grader who drew his way to a new bicycle!

Don't forget-- donate to BikeTexas or join/renew your membership on Fridays, and you get a free gift. That's our way of saying thanks for #FundraisingFriday with us.

Did your U.S. Rep vote yes on the FAST Act? A quick email to say thanks also reminds our elected officials that people who ride bikes are paying attention to what they're up to.

 

From around Texas:

Austin's transportation reporter dismantles the argument that people who ride bikes don't pay for roads.

The trails connecting Fort Worth to Dallas are getting closer to reality...

And in the meantime, here's a look at how far Fort Worth has come and where it still needs to go for bike friendliness.

Houston's BikeFest has been postponed again due to rain

Brownsville officially received its Bicycle Friendly Community designation from Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists this week (photo).

BikeHouston is hiring.

 

From elsewhere:

Just in case anyone forgot, walkable neighborhoods = healthier people.

...however, it looks like there's not enough housing in walkable neighborhoods for everyone.

Baby Boomers are retiring (or not) and hopping back on their bikes.

This post is all about convincing reluctant politicians about what we already know-- bikes are the solution to a lot of problems.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Takin' Care of Business: Two More Texas Businesses Join the Bike-Friendly List

Viernes 11 de Diciembre de 2015 11:49

3 place bike rack capital metro austin bikefestGetting to work and back is never better than when you work for one of the 28 bicycle friendly businesses in Texas! With this week's announcement of new bicycle-friendly businesses from the League of American Bicyclists, even more Texas businesses are taking the pledge to make life a bit easier for those who commute by bike. Congratulations to the newest Texas businesses on the list:

 

Entering the list at GOLD: longtime BikeTexas partner and good friends, Capital Metro. In addition to being the first transit system in Texas to welcome bikes aboard, they're our hometown transportation authority. 

And at SILVER: San Antonio River Authority, who among many other things are also responsible for some of the parks we love visiting in San Antonio.

 

We couldn't be prouder of these two businesses entering the list in such stellar fashion! Althogether, the 28 Texas businesses on the list represent 10 cities and 142,759 Texas employees. Keep up the great work, Texas businesses!

Photo: A rider learns how to use the 3-place bike racks, now standard on all Capital Metro buses, at Austin BikeFest.

 

Check out the full list and be sure to stop by any of the Texas bicycle friendly businesses near you. Want to see your company on the bicycle friendly list? Start here.

Platinum:

Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin, Bicycle Industry

Gold:

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, Transportation

The Ride Of Silence, Garland, Bicycle Industry 

Traffic Engineers, Inc., Houston, Architecture/Planning/Design

Silver: 

717 N. Harwood, Dallas, Class A Commercial Office Building

Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Manufacturing/Research

Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO), San Antonio, Government Agency

Bike World, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Blue Line Bike Lab, Houston, Bicycle Industry

Casteel & Associates, Inc., Dallas, Manufacturing/Research

City of Austin, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

El Meson Restaurant, Houston, Hospitality/Food/Retail

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Fort Worth, Bicycle Industry

Pedal Power Bicycles, San Marcos, Bicycle Industry

Plano Cycling & Fitness, Inc., Plano, Hospitality/Food/Retail

San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, Government Agency

Sugar Cycles, Inc., Missouri City, Bicycle Industry

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, Professional Services

Bronze:

Asakura Robinson Company LLC, Houston, Professional Services

Bikesport, Houston, Bicycle Industry

City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Non-Profit/Government

HomeAway, Austin, Professional Services

Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Architecture/Planning/Design

San Antonio Bike Share, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Texas Instruments Inc., Plano, Manufacturing/Research

Wheatsville Food Co-op, Austin, Hospitality/Food/Retail

   

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

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

 

ut adventure class bike rideFrom BikeTexas:

Donate today, get a free gift. It's #FundraisingFriday!

Don't forget to check out the BikeTexas Holiday Gift Guide when shopping for all your bicycle-loving family and friends (or for yourself!).

 

From around Texas:

A call for more bicycle infrastructure in San Antonio.

'Tis the season for bicycle surveys; this one is about bikeshare for Brownsville.

And another one about The Woodlands' new bike plan.

BikeHouston is asking folks to attend the Roseland Area Design Information Meeting on Monday.

 

From elsewhere:

The new federal transportation bill is released & expected to pass. See the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's anaylsis here. 

An excellent takedown of a Pittsburgh bus driver's pedestrian-blaming rant.

Minneapolis' efforts at getting kids to walk or bike to school.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Our yearly visit and bike ride with UT Austin's Adventure Activities class.

   

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