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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Mar 27)

BikeNews; Community

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

 

cyclists-in-suits-2013-biketexas-front-pageFrom BikeTexas:

Cyclists in Suits is three days away, but it's not too late to get in on the action! Register now and come lobby with us on Monday.

Will you be in San Antonio on Sunday? Come volunteer with us at Siclovia!

 

From around Texas:

The Alex Brown Act (HB 80), which would ban texting while driving statewide, is one step closer to becoming law after passing the House on Thursday. 

Kyndall Ramsey of Waco is on the road to recovery after being hit by a car three months ago.

A man riding a bike in Grapevine was hit by a car last weekend.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has kicked off her rolling town halls for 2015.

Last weekend, Brownsville held it first non-downtown CycloBia.

 

From elsewhere:

The capital of Slovenia is leading the way for bicycle friendliness in Europe.

Protected bike lanes and the bicycling gender gap

Want to live healthier for longer? Physical activity will help.

A Polish mountain biker has set a new world record for riding up steps.

Check out this solar-panel-covered bikeway in South Korea.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Volunteer with BikeTexas at San Antonio Siclovia on Sunday

BikeNews; Community

Jueves 26 de Marzo de 2015 00:00

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Heading to Siclovia on Sunday? Stop by the BikeTexas booth and volunteer for an hour!

From 11 AM to 4PM, we'll be running a Kids Adventure Zone sponsored by Clif Kids. We'll have a fun skills course for kids 8 and under to practice riding, and plenty of balance bikes for them try out. We need help fitting helmets and collecting release forms from parents.

We will also be informing people about the latest advocacy opportunities in San Antonio, and selling t-shirts and signing up members to support that work. Come help collect petition signatures in support of San Antonio's protected bike lane network.

Please come give just an hour to support better bicycling in San Antonio this Sunday. If you can come before 11am or stay a bit after 4pm to help set up or pack up, that's great, too! Just stop by and let someone at the BikeTexas tents know you're there to help. 

BikeTexas will be set up with several other bike-related groups at the Ace Mart Restaurant Supply parking lot at 1220 S. St. Mary's St. Even if you can't volunteer, come join the fun with Earn-A-Bike Co-Op and Performance Bicycles offering bike maintenance games, and the Alamo Area MPO and the City of San Antonio's SA Bikes program giving away free helmets. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

   

Action Alert: Ask your representative to vote YES on HB 80

BikeNews; Action Alerts

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The statewide ban on texting while driving has passed out of committee and is headed to the House floor on Wednesday, March 25.

Forty-five states have banned texting while driving. It's time for Texas to join with most of the country to make our roads safer for all road users by keeping this dangerous activity out from behind the wheel. Read the text of the bill here.  

We've found the following format to be useful when contacting elected officials:

  1. My name is _____ and my occupation is _____. I live in District ____. I ride a bike.
  2. Please support HB 80 to ban texting while driving in Texas.
  3. (Tell your representative why this legislation is important to you.)
  4. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Mar 20)

BikeNews; Community

Viernes 20 de Marzo de 2015 00:00

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

 

nbs15 texas delegation with senator cornyn biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Cyclists in Suits is just over a week away! We can't believe how fast this lege session is going. Join us in Austin to speak to our legislators on March 30.

See that calendar in the sidebar? Help us fill it. Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla If you event is free to participants and relates to biking or walking, we're happy to list it! If you charge a fee for participants, we ask that you become an event member to be listed on the calendar. 

 

From around Texas:

Fort Worth B-cycle is growing again.

Lubbock is hosting a bike rodeo at Safety City TOMORROW.

San Antonio has a new downtown circulator bus coming next weekend.

Sunday Streets Houston has announced a new sponsor and dates for the spring.

Houston's new protected bike lane opens on March 26!

Are you reading Streetsblog Texas? If not, you should be.

 

From elsewhere:

City Lab put together the relevant studies regarding putting in bike lanes near businesses.

Another study, this one about the "interested but concerned" crowd.

A look at bicycle infrastructure and social equity.

Utah may make it harder for cities and businesses to allow bicycles in drive-thru lanes.

And one New Jersey police chief's ridiculous take on pedestrian death.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Texas delegation meeting with Senator Cornyn at last week's National Bike Summit Lobby Day.

   

Where Would Jesus Park?

BikeNews; Community

st davids bike parking spoke cardOne downtown Austin church is taking a wheels-on approach to serving the community and being a good steward of their resources—St. David’s Episcopal Church offers secure bike parking and showers for commuters

“St. David’s Commuter Bike Parking Program is our way of supporting the Austin bicycle community,” says Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel, who coordinates the bike parking program. “People who ride bikes are easing congestion downtown as well as pursuing a healthy, fun lifestyle, and this program is designed to make their lives a little easier if they don’t otherwise have access to parking or showers downtown.”

An indoor bike storage space is $20 per month, while an outside locker is $40 per month. See more details here. Clean up after your ride using one of their complementary showers, and you can recharge for your day at the on-site Holy Grounds coffee shop.

Have questions? Ready to sign up? Contact Lisa Kay at Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla or call 512-610-3500.

 

Photo: St. David's Bike Parking Program spoke card

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Mar 13)

BikeNews; Community

Viernes 13 de Marzo de 2015 00:00

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

 

NBS15 Texas Delegation BikeTexas collageFrom BikeTexas:

In town for SXSW? Didn't bring a bike? Come see us

A whole bunch of Texans went to D.C. this week for the National Bike Summit. See coverage for Tuesday hereWednesday here, and Thursday here.

 

From around Texas:

Looks like spring bike events around the state are off and running this weekend! Check these out:

Public comment period on the 183 North Mobility Project in Austin is now open. Let your voice be heard!

Fort Worth B-cycle got a new grant to add solar panels to stations.

 

From elsewhere:

"Building better bikeways empowers people by giving them more autonomy and increasing mobility for no-car households."

Being more active (in this case, by using transit) still = being healthier. 

Get your kicks on Route 66 with Adventure Cycling's new guide.

Talk about making lemonade out of lemons-- check out these ice bikes in New York! (Brrr!)

Fewer collisions in London since they introduced congestion pricing.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Collage from Texas delagates at the National Bike Summit. Photos via attendees Emma Cravey, Allison Kaplan, Robin Stallings, and Tom Wald.

   

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