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BikeTexas KidsKup Update for 2015

Jueves 13 de Noviembre de 2014 15:52

kidskup camp eagle 2014-003BikeTexas is sad to announce that the BikeTexas KidsKup will no longer be a feature at TMBRA events beginning in the spring of 2015. We've enjoyed 16 years of a delightful and productive partnership between TMBRA and BikeTexas KidsKup that has produced many Texas mountain bikers. KidsKup will continue at other venues throughout the year, so stay tuned for news of when there will be a KidsKup event near you! We wish TMBRA and the mountain bike race series every success through 2015 and into the future.

BikeTexas remains committed to mountain biking in Texas--that's why we're working so hard every day to maintain trail funding and to keep trails open for all Texans. Texas residents and visitors alike have access to mountain bike trails in nearly every state park, something that's not the case in every state. And despite our state’s record of rejecting optional federal funding, Texas kept the Recreational Trails Program alive, providing millions of dollars each year to build and service trails. We're dedicated to ensuring all current and future mountain bikers in Texas have amazing places to ride.

 

International Walk to School Day is October 8

Miércoles 03 de Septiembre de 2014 09:37

walking school bus biketexas bicycle education with logoSchool has started, students and teachers are getting to know one another, and your family is starting to get into the schoolday routine. Now's a great time to start planning your trip to school for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8.

A great first step is to check out the Texas page and see if your school has registered for an event yet. If not, take action! Contact your school and ask them to organize a Walk to School Day event. We have plenty of resources to help you out on our Educational Resources page, including the Safe Routes to School Event Handbook. Print out the Team Leader Checklist (PDF download) and take it with you so your school has a step-by-step list of things to do to get ready for lots of walking!

Get your neighborhood organized! Talk to other parents to set up a Walking School Bus for your children to walk together. Remember: walking to school gives your child (and you!) tremendous health and mental benefits. Childhood obesity is on the rise across the US, and regular physical activity can help protect your child: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children and adolescents. In addition to health benefits, studies have shown a link between children being active on their way to school and their ability to concentrate once they arrive.

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Walking to school just not the right fit for your family? You can still get in on the action! Consider an excellent suggestion shared on Streetsblog LA: if you can't walk the whole way, park five blocks from the school and walk the rest of the way in. Not only will you and your children still get the benefits of walking, but you'll also get those extra few mintues together without having to fight the crush of traffic in the drop-off line.

Don't delay! Make Walk to School Day 2014 a great day for students in Texas.

   

Back to School: 6 Steps to Get Ready to Ride

Viernes 08 de Agosto de 2014 10:44

Stacks of notebooks, backpacks on display, and pencils waiting to be sharpened can only mean one thing: It's time to head back to school! Whether you're 5 or 25, if you're headed back to the land of learning, it's time to be sure your bike is ready to roll with you. 

Biking or walking to school gives your child (or you!) tremendous health and mental benefits. Childhood obesity is on the rise across the US, and regular physical activity can help protect your child: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children and adolescents.

In addition to getting kids active, studies have shown a link between children being active on their way to school and their ability to concentrate once they arrive. Doss Elementary School in Austin has noticed this firsthand: after just a few months of the school's bike program, teacher Amanda Swann said, "children who walk/ride to school are much better prepared to sit and learn and have gotten those ‘wiggles’ out on that trip to school instead of during school."

 

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So, time to get everybody ready to roll!

1. Learn how to do the ABC Quick Check before every ride.

2. Make sure everyone in your family has a properly fitted helmet. (PDF download)

3. Get a refresher on the rules of the road with the Texas Bicycle Laws Activity Cards. (PDF download)

4. When's the last time you changed a flat tire? Find step-by-step instructions here. (PDF download)

5. Find more fun ways to learn about biking and walking on the BikeTexas Educational Resources page here.

6. Does your bike need a tuneup? Click here to check out the BikeTexas bike shop members in your area.

 

Want to plan a Bike/Walk to School Day for your school or community?

International Walk to School Day is October 8! Go to the Texas page on the Walk to School Day site to find an event near you or to register your event. Planning a bike or walk to school day event? Check out the Bike/Walk to School Day chapter in the BikeTexas Event Handbook for tips to make everything run smoothly. Start with the Team Leader Checklist (PDF download) to get you well on your way.

 

Biking/Walking not a feasible option for your family?

Never fear: You are not forgotten! StreetsBlog LA shared excellent advice from Jim Shanman, the executive director of Walk n Rollers: "Instead of driving all the way to school, try parking 5 blocks away and walking the rest. Spending an extra 10 minutes with your kids and avoiding the drop off crush is an excellent – and rewarding – way to start your day." Read more of Jim's suggestions here.

You might also consider joining-- or starting-- a walking school bus or a bike train in your neighborhood. Parents take turns being the leaders, reducing each person's overall time commitment-- a valuable commodity for busy parents. Learn more: info about walking school buses here and info about bike trains here.

 

And don't forget about the BikeTexas KidsKup!

If your kids love to ride their bikes and are ready for a new challenge, it may be time to try mountain biking! BikeTexas KidsKup events are held in conjunction with TMBRA races in the spring and fall

Check out the KidsKup schedule here for event dates and to pre-register your child(ren) to save time on the day of the event. Be sure to join the BikeTexas mailing list so you get a reminder when KidsKup will be in your area.

 

Above all, have a great school year, and happy riding!

   

Support Bicycle Education in Texas with Amazon Smile!

Online shopping just got a lot more interesting: for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, you can support bicycle education in Texas!

biketexas amazon smileIt's simple: Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose your charity. We're listed under "Texas Bicycle Coalition Education Fund," and that's what will pop up if you search for BikeTexas. Fill up your shopping cart, and once you check out, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to bicycle education. Just by ordering at smile.amazon.com, you can make sure more Texas kids learn how to use hand signals, follow traffic laws, and ride their bikes safely in their communities.

Good news for those who use Chrome as their browser-- you can even install an Amazon Smile button so you never forget what page to go to when you place an order. Start shopping today to make sure the next generation of Texans are skilled at riding a bike!

   

Meet the 2014 Texas Poster Contest Winners

Paul from Tyler

Paul-Bonner-1Texas's first place winner in the poster contest is Paul from Bonner Elementary in Tyler. Paul's teacher says, "Paul is a very talented artist. He loves biking but his bike was stolen out of his back yard a few years ago." For his winning poster, Paul received a new bicycle, helmet, and light from Saris.

2014 1st place

 

Haley from El Paso

The second place winner from Texas is Haley from Escontrias Elementary in El Paso. Haley's local news station featured her poster after the winners were announced. Haley won a new bike helmet and light from Saris for her poster.

2014 2nd place

James from Fort Worth

Third place went to James from Tanglewood Elementary in Fort Worth. For his efforts, James won a new bike light.

2014 3rd place

We're proud that there is so much talent in Texas! All of the posters we received for the contest were displayed at the Texas Capitol the first weekend of May to celebrate Bike Month. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the many teachers who encouraged their students to participate! Gear up, new Texas fifth graders-- next spring it will be your turn!

capitol posters 1-001 capitol posters 2-001

   

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