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BikeTexas Partners with Brownsville

We're pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Brownsville! With funding from Brownsville and other sources, BikeTexas will work with the City to implement their new bicycle plan and help make Brownsville a great place to ride a bike.

BikeTexas leadership will be looking to local governments, private organizations, and sponsors in neighboring communities in the region to participate in this partnership and truly make a this a regional effort. South Texas is already a leader in the state for bicycle friendliness, with more Safe Passing cities than any other part of Texas. We're delighted to be working in this fast-growing region of Texas!

One result of BikeTexas' recent Strategic Planning Survey was many Texans asking BikeTexas to have more of a local presence, much like during the pilot Safe Routes to School programs in 2005-2008. At that time, BikeTexas had local staff in Amarillo, Lubbock, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls. We'll have local staff in Brownsville as part of this project and work on a local level once again. We believe this partnership in Brownsville can be a model for how BikeTexas can be directly involved in local efforts in other areas around the state.

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International Walk to School Day is October 9

Jueves 19 de Septiembre de 2013 11:58

Students walking to schoolInternational Walk to School / Bike to School Day is coming up fast-- October 9 is the big day! Are you ready?

If you aren't sure where to begin to organize an event in your neighborhood or school, start with the Safe Routes to School Event Handbook, available as a free download. BikeTexas also provides free Master Pages for download that you can distribute to your participants. 

Also see other online resources for a Walking School Bus or a Bike Train.

Finally, be sure to register your event! The International Walk/Bike to School site has a page of Who's Walking in 2013. So far, there are 66 registered events in Texas-- can we get even more before October 9?

   

Back to School by Bike

Students make their way to school on Walk to School Day 2012.Schools across Texas are opening their doors for the fall semester, and the trickle of students heading back will become a flood by the end of August. As your household transitions back to a time of learning, are you planning for biking and walking?

Biking or walking to school gives your child 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; in 2012, Amanda Swann said of the school's bike/walk program, "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."

 

So, time to get everybody ready to roll!

  1. Teach your children how to do the ABC Quick Check before every ride.

  2. Make sure everyone in your family has a properly fitted helmet.

  3. Be ready for daylight hours to get shorter-- order BikeTexas Bike Lights for the whole family.

  4. Get a refresher on the rules of the road with the Texas Bicycle Laws Activity Cards

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

  6. Does your bike need a tuneup? Check out the BikeTexas bike shop members in your area. 

 

 

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

  1. International Walk to School Day is October 9! 

  2. Get ready with BikeTexas' Event Handbook. 

  3. Go to the Walk to School Day site to find out if an event is planned near you or to register your event. 

 

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 races are held in conjunction with TMBRA races in the spring and fall.

  1. Check out the KidsKup schedule here

  2. Be sure to join our mailing list so you get a reminder when KidsKup will be in your area.

 

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

   

ABC Quick Check

Checking a bike

A. Air / Wheels:

  • Is the air pressure in the tires correct? Are the tires in good shape?
  • Do the wheels spin freely on the hub? Are all the spokes tight?

B. Brakes:

  • Do the brakes make the wheels skid?
  • Are the pads in good shape?
  • Spin both wheels; do the brake pads rub?

C. Chain / Crank / Pedal:

  • Is the chain straight?
  • Is the chain clean and lightly oiled? Is the chain free of rust?
  • Is the crank tight and secure?
  • Are the pedals tight and secure?

D. Drop:

  • Raise the bike about two inches and drop it. Does it make noise? Something may be loose.

Quick / Check:

  • Quick: If the bike is equipped with quick release fittings, are they properly adjusted?
  • Check: Ride around slowly. Does the bike appear to operate properly?

 

Download a more complete Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist here.

   

Safe Routes to School 2013 Conference

Girls walking to schoolBikeTexas is proud to partner with the Safe Routes to School National Conference, to be held in Sacramento, CA August 13-15. If you've been looking for an opportunity to connect with other professionals who work with children's transportation to school, this is it! Safe Routes to School (SRTS) creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to school and plays a critical role in providing more physical activity and enhancing traffic safety.

California was the first state to jump into SRTS in 1999, but Texas was not far behind with the Matthew Brown Act in 2001. Both Texas and California played a key role in the birth of the nationwide SRTS movement and remain national leaders in Safe Routes to School strategies.

This biennial event draws a national and multidisciplinary audience of school leaders and staff; elected officials and staff; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, and parks and recreation; and all others committed to improving conditions for children to walk and bike to school and to creating safer, healthier and more livable communities. This year's conference includes many special events, including a Kidical Mass ride.

For program details, registration info and sponsorship opportunities: SafeRoutesConference.org

   

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