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Brownsville Seeking Bike Rack Designs

BikeNews; Community

Design Compeition FlyerAttention, artists and designers! Do you want to bring your passion for art together with your passion for bicycling? Have you been looking for a public place to display your art? This could be the opportunity you're after!

The City of Brownsville is calling for bike rack designs for several public areas around town. Winners will receive cash prizes plus the opportunity to have their designs created and installed!

Submissions are due by 5 PM on December 13. Download the entry form with more details here, and then get to work designing your masterpiece!

   

State Employees Can Support BikeTexas Through Workplace Charitable Giving

BikeNews; Community

Texas CyclistsAre you a Texas State Employee? Do you want to do great things for bicycle advocacy and education? You can support BikeTexas through your workplace charitable giving campaign!

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!

 

 

   

BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting: 2013

BikeNews; Member News

Martes 24 de Septiembre de 2013 13:22

BikeTexas Annual Membership MeetingBikeTexas members, board members, and staff gathered both at the office and online on Sunday, September 15, for the annual BikeTexas Membership Meeting.

Topics at the meeting included the 2013 Legislative session, the BikeTexas Benchmarking Report, the continuing success of BikeTexas KidsKup, our educational video game Jenny's Neighborhood, and the upcoming Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference.

Jeremy Grandstaff of S & G Endeavors (formerly of the Alliance for Biking and Walking) presented results of the Strategic Planning process that BikeTexas has worked through for the past several months. After surveys, webinars, and lots of feedback, the BikeTexas Strategic Plan is nearly complete.

New board members were approved and outgoing members were recognized for their service at the meeting. BikeTexas especially thanks outgoing chair Bill Shea for his service, and welcomes new chair Annie Melton.

Board Chair Annie Melton recognized and thanked BikeTexas Executive Director for his 10 years as ED.

The membership meeting was not complete until the winner of the Annual Bike Giveaway was drawn! BikeTexas member Kent from Houston was the lucky winner of the Trek 7.2 FX bike, generously donated by Trek for the giveaway. Congratulations, Kent!

Photo credit: Bud Melton

   

BikeTexas Partners with Brownsville

BikeNews; Education Fund

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.

Brownsville CycloBia

   

UPDATE: San Antonio's Loop 1604

BikeNews; Advocacy

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 1.11.19 PMOn August 21, 2013, in what was the culmination of a months-long process of advocating for bicycle accommodation on Loop 1604 access roads, the Alamo RMA Board unanimously approved the construction bid for re-striping the road to accommodate a wide outside lane and include signage to alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists.

Prior to construction of the interchange at Loop 1604 and US 281, the access road had an 8' wide shoulder used by many people riding bikes for transportation and recreation. During construction, TxDOT's requirement of three travel lanes instead of two was accommodated by removing the shoulder. After local cyclists alerted BikeTexas to this issue, BikeTexas helped rally dozens of cyclists to attend Alamo RMA Board meetings in February and April 2013.

At first response, engineering staff at the RMA discussed the possibility of a bike lane and bicycle accommodation on the sidewalk where road widths did not allow for a minimum-width bike lane. However, those staff left the RMA during the transition to Bexar County providing staffing for the RMA. BikeTexas subsequently worked with staff at Bexar County, now in charge of RMA operations, to come to agreement over how to accommodate cyclists.

"I’m disappointed...but am not surprised," said Justin Moore, local cycling advocate and LCI, via email when informed of the final design presented by the RMA. Mr. Moore was the first to contact BikeTexas about this issue.

Many in San Antonio have expressed regret over recent road “improvements” that have made things more dangerous for cyclists, such as this access road losing its shoulder. The City of San Antonio and TxDOT both have policies in place that people on bikes should be accommodated in all road projects. The road was safer for people on bikes with an 8' shoulder than a 14' outside lane shared with cars.

A future project along the 1604 corridor could improve the situation. Early projections of what will be included in the build proposal of a project to widen 1604 from I-35 to Bandera Rd include multi-use paths on each side of the corridor to safely accommodate both bicycle and foot traffic.

BikeTexas is remaining vigilant to review any plans for this corridor and will alert our networks of any chance to comment.

In the meantime, if you are unhappy with the reduction in safety of bicycling along the access road of 1604 between 281 and Blanco, BikeTexas encourages you to contact TxDOT and file a complaint or email the Alamo RMA at Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla .

   

Attention, High School Cyclists!

BikeNews; Community

Viernes 20 de Septiembre de 2013 11:23

Parked bikesUrban Thinkers and Momentum Magazine are holding a contest for high school cyclists to share their cycling story. Entrants may choose one of four categories to write about:

      1. Do you love biking to high school? What’s your story?
      2. Are you pretty much the only student who bikes to your high school? What’s your story?
      3. Are there lots of students who bike to your high school? What’s your story?
      4. Were there some real barriers you had to deal with before regularly biking to high school? What’s your story?

Contest rules:

Write a story of no more than 500 words, in one category, in English.
Identify your category: #1, #2, #3, #4
Email your finished story with the subject line “High School Cyclists” to Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla
Include a photo of yourself with your bicycle.
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013

The winner will receive a prize from Momentum’s Gear Closet and their winning entry will published in the Winter Issue of Momentum Mag!

Runners-up & other really interesting stories will be posted on the Urbanthinkers site to be shared virally!

Let's see if we can get a winner from Texas! Enter before the deadline on Friday, September 27!

   

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