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Jueves 19 de Septiembre de 2013 12:50
El Paso cyclists have passed through yet another hurdle standing between them and a bike share program in the city: At the September 13 El Paso MPO meeting, a request from TxDOT to deprogram the bike share was on the agenda.
Velo Paso swung into action, alerting local cyclists and BikeTexas to this new threat. We were happy to join with Velo Paso to get the word out and rally local cyclist to contact the local Transportation Policy Board and attend the meeting to show support for bike share in El Paso. The transportation blog Streetsblog also weighed in, wondering if TxDOT has the authority to stop the bike share project.
In a packed house for the meeting, the El Paso MPO voted to say no to TxDOT's request. Scott White with Velo Paso wrote, "You did it, El Paso! TxDOT still refuses to release the federal funds, and we will continue to work on that, but for now, know that your support made today’s victory possible."
Keep an eye on Velo Paso for more updates about bike share in El Paso.
Photo credit: Kristofer Johnson
Jueves 19 de Septiembre de 2013 11:58
International 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.
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?
Miércoles 18 de Septiembre de 2013 12:21
In July, the Texas Transportation Commission announced 81 projects around Texas that will receive funding from the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program. These projects were selected from the nominations received after a TxDOT call in September 2012.
BikeTexas is especially pleased about this round of projects because we fought to save this funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Texas. In 2007, TxDOT attempted to meet the federal government's rescission requirements by taking all the money from Transportation Enhancement projects instead of making smaller cuts across all funding categories. BikeTexas fought back and our members spoke up in protest against these focused funding cuts. TxDOT finally agreed to save some of the Transportation Enhancement funding, and many of these newly-funded projects might not have been if the rescissions had been allowed to go ahead as TxDOT planned.
Cities and Organizations that will be overseeing bike projects funded by this round of TE funding are:
Clear Lake Shores
Denton County Transit Authority
Fort Worth Transit Authority
North Central Texas Council of Governments
Old Katy Bikeway
Lunes 16 de Septiembre de 2013 11:35
BikeTexas traveled to Atlanta for the 9th Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Bipartisan Bike Ride. This bike ride began in 2005 when Texas Senator Rodney Ellis suggested a bike ride for the NCSL annual meeting. It has grown every year since; this year's ride brought out 80 legislators from around the country, 65 legislative staff and family members, and Casey Cagle, the Lt. Governor of Georgia.
BikeTexas has been part of the NCSL rides since the beginning, and we always join with local advocates to be sure the ride goes smoothly. Georgia Bikes! provided the local expertise and an amazing slate of volunteers to make sure the morning went well for our legislative guests. Sponsors BNSF Railway, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Primal, and People for Bikes made the bike ride feasible, both by getting us there and by providing goodies for the ride (we went through 5 ½ gallons of coffee, provided by Texas Coffee Traders of Austin, before we took off!).
Since many Texas legislators make the trip to NCSL every year, this ride gives BikeTexas the opportunity to speak to our lawmakers outside the Capitol, plus it's an opportunity to show them what it's like to be out on a bike, instead of just telling them. Not only do we reach our own legislators this way, but we can also get to know legislators from other states and give them the same benefits of experiencing a city on a bicycle, extending our work and influence potentially nationwide.
Many thanks to the ride participants who got up early to roll with us, the volunteers who got up even earlier to make the day great, and the staff at Centennial Olympic Park who were gracious hosts as we used their space to stage the ride.
Lunes 09 de Septiembre de 2013 10:57
The BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting is just a week away! We're excited to share news of the year's triumphs and struggles with you on Sunday, September 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. We encourage members in or near Austin to travel to the BikeTexas office on 1902 E 6th Street for the meeting.
If you can't come to the office, not to worry! The meeting will be broadcast live via GoToMeeting webinar. You may phone in to hear just the audio, or use a computer with a microphone and speakers to have access to the audio and visuals presented.
Webinar access details are on the RSVP page. Please register here before 11:59 PM on September 12. (We ask that you register early so we can be sure to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.)
Please join us on September 15!
Every year, BikeTexas gives one lucky Texan a new bike. Is 2013 your lucky year?
You love riding your bike in Texas. So do we.
BikeTexas is the only statewide organization dedicated to serving cyclists and pedestrians all over the state. We work for better laws, better safety, better education, and better funding for biking and walking at the local, state, and national levels. But we can't do it alone.
To show our appreciation to the members who make our work possible, we're giving away a 2014 Trek 7.2 FX bike (pictured)-- Trek's most popular model!
As an extra thank-you, Sustaining Monthly Members are automatically entered in the drawing. No need to do anything else; you're already making Texas a great place to bike and walk!
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