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San Antonio: Demand safer bicycling on Loop 1604

Wednesday, March 04 2015 00:00

ct rma trail at 183 austin biketexasLoop 1604 reconstruction is an opportunity to provide a safe experience for everyone who wants to bike in the region. The above trail built by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and designed for people who ride bikes at all ages and skill levels is a great example to follow.

Alamo RMA and TxDOT are hosting informational meetings today and tomorrow about Loop 1604 expansion projects.

Your voice is necessary to make sure this project ends up helping cyclists. Tell Alamo RMA and TxDOT that you want safe and separated bicycle infrastructure included in the plans for Loop 1604.

Please attend an open house Wednesday or Thursday, or submit comments online.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 5-7:30 PM:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Banquet Hall (map)
20523 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258

Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 5-7:30 PM:
Northern Hills Golf Center (map)
13202 Scarsdale Street, San Antonio, TX 78217

You can also submit comments online here if you are unable to attend a meeting.

The original plans for 1604 reconstruction included 15' wide shared use paths on each side of the highway. Since the project has been cut up into smaller sections, those plans have disappeared.

A study of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations next to highways uncovered best practices back in 2007. TxDOT and the Alamo RMA should follow guidance such as this when planning 1604 improvements.

The Central Texas RMA has been a leader in building trails along with their highway projects--why can't the Alamo RMA learn from its counterpart 80 miles to the north?

Show up or submit comments to request safe bicycle infrastructure for 1604.


Action Alert: Tell the Waxahachie City Council You Want Safe Streets

Monday, March 02 2015 15:43

Proposed Waxahachie bike lanesWaxahachie has a great opportunity to make the city safer for all residents, including people who ride bikes, with the planned 10 miles of bike lanes. However, the two miles on Marvin Avenue have come up against strong opposition. Without those critical two miles, the whole project could be lost, because Marvin Avenue is a key connecter through the city.

Your voice matters! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know that you support bicycle lanes on Marvin Avenue. Additionally, contact the rest of the city council using their email addresses at this link.

We've found this format to be useful when contacting elected officials. (Please also cc This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know if you get a response-- when we reach out to city officials, it's good for us to have a sense of how many people they've heard from.)

  1. My name is _____ and my occupation is ______. I (and my spouse/children/parents) ride a bike in Waxahachie.
  2. Please support the plan for new bike lanes in Waxahachie, including the critical two miles on Marvin Avenue.
  3. (Tell your elected officials why this plan is important to you.)
  4. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Plan to attend the City Council meeting tonight at 7 PM at 401 S Rogers Street (map) to show your support for the bicycle plan in Waxahachie. Thank you for making Waxahachie a great place to ride a bike!


Action Alert: Speak up for Bicycling in The Woodlands

Monday, July 07 2014 11:28

The Woodlands Township has been pursuing transportation solutions for the area, and local advocates including Bike The Woodlands Coalition have worked hard to be sure bicycling is included at all levels of planning. Now, that work is getting pushback from people in the area opposed to bicycle facilities. Please attend the public meeting on Thursday, July 10, at 2 PM to show your support for bicycle facilities. The meeting is at the Township Building at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd (map).

Please sign this petition for bike lanes in The Woodlands and share it with all your friends and neighbors who ride bikes:

cyclists consulting notes before speaking to elected officialsWe've found through our advocacy work that officials tend to listen to the people who are showing up and making the most noise. Therefore, it's critical that people who ride bikes attend public meetings in support of bicycle facilities to show that people who oppose bike lanes are in the minority.

Some talking points to keep in mind when addressing the Committee:

  • I live in The Woodlands and I (and/or spouse, children, family) ride a bike here.
  • Bicycling is an important part of the amenity package that helps people enjoy living in and visiting The Woodlands.
  • Please ensure that the roads are safe places for people on bikes to use for transportation and recreation.
  • The Township should work to provide bike lanes, cycletracks, and other on-street facilities for safe bicycling for all.

The full Board of Directors is meeting on July 17 at 9 AM and on July 23 at 6 PM. We will send out reminders for those meetings closer to the date, but please mark them on your calendar now to make sure The Woodlands remains a great place to ride a bike!

The Woodlands is one of only four Texas cities designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.


Action Alert: Tell US DOT Bicyclists' Safety Counts!

Wednesday, June 04 2014 12:14

There is only one acceptable number: 0.

While some U.S. cities have set decisive "Vision Zero" targets to dramatically reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) has released proposed safety measures that have no goal, no accountability, and no attempt to reduce the 16% of all fatal crashes that include people who walk and bike.

Your comments count: Tell US DOT that we can't turn a blind eye to the 45,000 bicyclists injured and 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians killed on our roadways each year-- including 50+ bicycle deaths and 400+ pedestrian deaths per year in Texas. These deaths are not a statistic-- each one was someone's son or daughter, someone's mother or father, someone's coworker, someone's friend. Having no standard is not working: we must have a national goal to make biking and walking a safe transportation option.

The overall safety performance measure lacks vision, accountability, and urgency. There is NO target set for reducing the number of people killed on our roads. States are asked to make "significant progress" towards two of four proposed measures, with a margin of error that could see fatality and injury numbers actually increase. We can't keep losing our fellow riders and fellow Texans this way. 

US DOT is asking for comments on their proposed safety measures-- and they need to hear from you. Visit the League of American Bicyclists' Action Center here to submit your comments. Please endorse the League's comments or submit your own. The commenting period ends June 30.


Action Alert: Contact Your U.S. Representative About H.R. 3978

Monday, February 03 2014 14:30



A new bill in Congress would take steps to advance equity for bicyclists and pedestrians across racial and income groups, while boosting funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects in low-income communities. 


H.R. 3978 provides opportunities for low-income communities by:

  1. Creating a low-interest long-term loan program for communities to build biking and walking networks. 
  2. Requiring 25% of the funding to be spent in low-income communities.
  3. Setting aside $11 million from the $1 billion dollar TIFIA loan program funded in MAP-21.
  4. Offering a new tool for mayors and local governments to finance needed transportation infrastructure.
  5. And doesn't add any new costs to the transportation bill, or to the federal budget.
This bipartisan bill was introduced by Rep. Sires of New Jersey, and has cosponsors from Indiana and Florida. No representatives from Texas are currently cosponsors on this bill. Please contact your representative today and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3978 to support biking and walking in all Texas communities. Please also email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to let us know the response you receive.



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