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Our State Employee Charitable Campaign number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. If you prefer, you can also support BikeTexas indirectly by giving to EarthShare (035500). Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!
Viernes 31 de Octubre de 2014 00:00
In case you missed it: Some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading!
Haven't voted yet in Austin? Check out our local endorsements here.
The Inaugural Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro was a smashing success! Many thanks to sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees for making it a great day. Missed it? Check out the Storify to see what happened.
Need a last-minute costume? See our ideas here. Most of these are from the amazing Anna Kong, who coordinated our costume contest at Austin BikeFest.
Remember when no transit systems in Texas had bicycle accommodations? We're happy that those days are now a memory.
And finally, our Executive Director Robin Stallings was in the Houston Chronicle earlier this week asking the Texas Transportation Commission for answers about bike/ped funding. (Alas, this story is paywalled, so you have to be a Chronicle subscriber to read the whole thing.)
From around Texas:
VOTE NOW! Today, October 31, is the last day of early voting in Texas. The general election is Tuesday, November 4. Texas needs your voice! Find out everything you need to know at votetexas.gov.
You may have seen this report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Not to worry: bike advocates across the nation swung into action, and after responses from Streetsblog, the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, another one from the League, and People for Bikes, it's safe to say the report has been pretty well smacked down.
Photo: Costumes at a Tour de Fat bicycle parade
Have a great weekend!
A rack on the front of a bus carrying a bike or three is now a common sight around Texas, but it hasn't always been that way.
In the early '90s, Austin's Capital Metro began looking into adding bike racks to buses at the urging of BikeTexas and others in the local bicycling community. It didn't take long for Capital Metro to see the wisdom in giving people that extra option for a last mile connection, and the first bike rack to grace the front of a Texas bus arrived.
One by one, other cities took note. BikeTexas often worked directly with transit agencies and stakeholders to get bike racks added to bus fleets across Texas. Result: the majority of buses in the state can accommodate bicycles. Some systems have taken the next step-- San Antonio's Primo service and El Paso's new Brio buses carry bikes inside instead of out front. All the commuter train systems in Texas take bikes inside, too.
Combining a bicycle and transit trip in Texas couldn't be easier. Feeling uneasy about trying transit for the first time? Not to worry-- we've put together a handy rider's guide just for you.
Photos, top to bottom:
Celebrating the first bike rack on a bus in Texas;
Houston Chronicle article from 2007, when bike racks were installed on Houston buses;
John-Michael Cortez of Austin's Capital Metro showing a new user how to use the three-place bike rack at Austin BikeFest.
Viernes 24 de Octubre de 2014 00:00
In case you missed it: Here are some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading!
We have this little festival we're putting on tomorrow with the help of Capital Metro, a slate of spectacular sponsors, and you! See you at Austin BikeFest tomorrow!
From around Texas:
Have a great weekend, and if you're in Austin, join us at BikeFest tomorrow!
Remember that time BikeTexas won a contest for a new dream bike room, thanks to you? Today, we have an update:
Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance will renovate its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh office.
Minneapolis, MN – Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance (GBA) will create its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.
Earlier this year, BikeTexas and GBA entered the Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest contest to win $7,500 in Dero products, plus $1,000 to decorate the winner’s dream bike room. In May 2014, BikeTexas was declared the winner via public online voting. While working on layouts and logistics, Dero and BikeTexas realized that an indoor bike room would not meet this bicycle advocacy organization’s needs. BikeTexas envisioned an outdoor “bike room” that would support its many events. Dero generously donated Dero Event Racks to BikeTexas, which will accommodate temporary bike parking for 400 bicycles.
“This will bring BikeTexas’ event bike parking capacity to 500, helping to welcome the hundreds of people on bikes who attend Texas festivals, like our inaugural Austin BikeFest this October 25,” said Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas. “We’re so glad Dero was able to work with us to create our vision of a dream bike room to serve numerous communities around the state.”
As the runner-up to the Dero Dream Bike Room contest, Dero gave Green Building Alliance the opportunity to receive the original prize. Dero is happy to announce that GBA accepted and both will work together to design GBA’s dream bike room at its office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last month, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Green Building Alliance with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business award.
“The timing works perfectly with GBA’s plan to expand its office later this year. We strive to continue to become even more bike-friendly and winning the Dero Dream Bike Room contest moves us in that direction,” declared Mike Schiller, CEO of Green Building Alliance. “Furthermore, GBA hopes to inspire similar commitments to bike-friendliness from our neighbors in the building and across the greater Pittsburgh region,” says Schiller.
Read official Dero Dream Bike Room contest rules at www.dero.com/dreambikeroom.
Lunes 20 de Octubre de 2014 15:14
BikeTexas is pleased to announce our endorsements for the Austin Mayor and City Council races.
Many excellent candidates for Mayor and City Council are committed to making Austin a great place to bike and walk, so much so that in some races we found that more than one candidate is a solid choice for people who ride bikes.
BikeTexas urges all Texans to exercise their right to vote! Early voting begins today and continues through October 31. Election day is November 4.
Mayor - Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez
District 1 - DeWayne Lofton and Andrew Bucknall
District 2 - Delia Garza
District 3 - Sabino "Pio" Renteria
District 4 - Gregorio Casar
District 5 - Ann Kitchen
District 6 - James T. Flannigan
District 7 - Jefferson E. Boyt and Leslie Pool
District 8 - Darrell Pierce and Edward S. Scruggs
District 9 - Chris Riley
District 10 - Amanda "Mandy" Dealey
Rail Proposition 1 - Yes
Hear from many of these candidates in person at Austin BikeFest on October 25 at Govalle Park from 12-12:30 PM.
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