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Early Voting Starts Today for the 2018 Texas Primary Election

biketexas bike the vote 2014Mark your calendars! The Texas Primary Election is March 6, but early voting starts today and runs through March 2.

If you aren't registered, you can't vote in the primary, but now's a good time to get your registraiton in so you're able to vote in November. Check out the Texas Secretary of State site to learn more.

Find early voting locations, sample ballots, and nonpartisan candidate information at your county clerk's website.

In the District 21 (Austin) Congressional primary, BikeTexas endorses Elliott McFadden. Mr. McFadden has been involved in making Austin a great place to ride a bike for many years, including as the executive director of the highly successful and wildly popular Austin B-Cycle. Mr. McFadden will stand up for people who ride bikes and our access to funding and infrastructure, in Austin, in Texas, and around the nation.

Make your voice heard and exercise your right to vote!

 

New Article From John Pucher and Ralph Buehler

low Speaking in Irving-7081 2Dr. John Pucher and Dr. Ralph Buehler have published a new article, "Cycling towards a more sustainable transport future," in Transport Review. The article considers the rapid growth in bicycle use across the world since 1990, and suggests policy and infrastructure improvements for continued growth.

Dr. Pucher and Dr. Buehler are the authors of the 2012 book City Cycling, a resource we recommend for advocates to bring key facts to their elected officials. Additionally, Dr. Pucher was the speaker at our 2013 Shifting Gears series.

Dr. Pucher and Dr. Buehler are knowledgeable, dedicated transportation researchers at the leading edge of advancements for bicycling around the world. Don't miss their new article!

   

On the Lege: 85th Special Session Recap

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The ink was barely dry on the Distracted Driving bill, passed into law in the regular session, before the legislature went after the cities that pushed them to adopt a statewide texting ban in the first place.

SB 15 sought to void local hands-free and no-texting ordinances around the state, wresting local control away from the people of Texas and erasing the many laws that are stronger than the statewide texting ban. BikeTexas testified before the Business and Commerce Committee, reminding them local ordinances can be vital to testing the effectiveness of traffic safety laws. It is well established that distracted driving costs many lives every year, but SB 15 would not have increased road safety and in fact would likely have done the opposite.

At the same time, BikeTexas testified against SB 14, which would have voided local tree ordinances. Trees and their management can be vital to a city's brand, affecting its ability to attract employers and residents. Trees provide many benefits, including mitigating the heat island effect. Especially with our long, hot summers, trees ultimately make biking and walking better and improve quality of life. Tree ordinances should be decided at the local level and not the legislature.

We're happy to report that neither bill was able to gain traction and the special session ended with the lege's attack on local control being unsuccessful.

   

Remembering Iris Stagner

Friday, August 25 2017 20:54

Hotter'N Hell weekend is always a special time for us at BikeTexas. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. This year, one face is missing even more than usual, the one friend who I saw for the last time at Hotter'N Hell five years ago.

Iris Bicycle Sign

Iris Stagner poured her passion and zest for life into all that she did. Whether as a wife, a mother, a civil servant, an advocate, a friend, a cyclist, or a runner, Iris brought her whole heart to the table. Her work to bring "Share the Road" signs to Palo Pinto county is but one of many legacies she left behind.

I first came to know Iris as an advocate and in those early days provided some coaching on bicycle advocacy at the city, county, and state levels. Iris took to bicycle advocacy as she did everything else: with gusto and enthusiasm, so much so that she joined the board of BikeTexas to help provide leadership for bicycle advocacy across the state. Just as she worked at her running and bicycling, she also worked to make Texas the best and safest that it could be for road users of all ages and abilities.

Iris Stagner hi-res-1692 copy 1Although it seems like such a short time since Iris was taken from us, it’s been every bit of five years since I saw her at her final Hotter’N Hell. She was excited and ready for another century, but at the same time always looking for ways she could help other people. As she prepared and trained, whether for the Boston Marathon (which her daughter Felicia would ultimately run in her place) or the HHH century, she always did it with safety in mind and with consideration for other road users. I don’t know that any of us who were blessed enough to know her will ever recover from losing Iris so tragically just as she was poised to retire and enter in to her next great adventure.

Iris CapitolBicycle advocacy is just as challenging in Texas today as it was that day Iris walked through the Capitol doors. During this year’s legislative session, I thought about Iris every day as we worked to pass the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act. The three-foot passing law was particularly important to Iris, who travelled to Austin to meet with her senator and representative and convince them to support the bill. In fact, her state representative became a co-author of the Safe Passing Bill after Iris’ visit. This bill is named for Iris not only because she was so committed to its passage, but also because had the motorist who took Iris’ life given her three feet of clearance when passing, she’d still be riding with us this weekend at Hotter’N Hell, running marathons, and doing her best to make the world a better place for all of us.

Although we still haven’t passed Safe Passing at the state level, it is law in 25 Texas cities. I believe Iris would be proud to see how far we’ve come, as well as determined to continue the fight for the work left to do. We continue this fight for Iris and the countless others who have been needlessly killed while riding. In the meantime, friends of Iris also continue her work though the Iris Stagner Memorial Fund, which supports bicycle education across the state.

Iris Ride 2This weekend at Hotter’N Hell, it’s been wonderful to see so many of Iris’ friends and family, including her daughter and granddaughter. Many of us will ride this year, as we have every year since 2012, with Iris in our hearts. BikeTexas looks forward to continuing Iris’ hard work at the city and state levels to make three-foot passing ordinances, and the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act, a law that works for all Texans who walk or ride bikes.

 

Robin Stallings, Executive Director

 

Photos, top to bottom: Signs being installed in Palo Pinto County; at Hotter'N Hell 2012 with (l to r) Robin, Fernando Martinez, Iris, and Butch Stagner; Iris at the Capitol with BikeTexas' Mark Stine and Robin Stallings; Butch Stagner talking to riders who gathered for Iris' funeral ride

   

On the Lege: 85th Regular Session Recap

85th lege collageBikeTexas had several priority bills during the 85th Texas Legislature. The good news is that HB 62, No Texting While Driving, finally passed after many years of work and was signed into law by the governor. Under this law, drivers may not read, write, send texts, or communicate via other electronic messages while the vehicle is moving. Stricter ordinances at the local level are still law. The Special Legislative Session may pass a bill to void local hands-free ordinances.

Unfortunately, the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act (HB 1236 by Rep. Mando Martinez/SB 1274 by Sen Jose Rodriguez), Vision Zero (HB 1677 by Rep. Celia Israel/SB 1245 by Sen. Jose Rodriguez), and Safe Neighborhood Streets (HB 1368 by Rep. Celia Israel/SB 1244 by Sen. Jose Rodriguez), did not fare well. We were given reasons that some very conservative legislators didn't like the bills because of "nanny state," "too many laws," or "should be a local ordinance only."

Generally these bills are unlikely to be won by compelling arguments that address the legislators' concerns. The bicycling movement will need to show a lot of "boots on the ground" in every legislative district that has a legislator whose votes we need (hint: all of them).

Many thanks to the over 80 folks who traveled to Austin for the Bike Lobby Day, Cyclists in Suits, on March 27. We visited every legislative office to let them know that people who ride bikes have high expectations of our legislators to hear our concerns and take those concerns seriously.

We're keeping an eye on bills that come up during the Special Session and fighting every day to make Texas a great place to walk and bike.

   

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