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Champions on Capitol Hill

Texas Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Robin Stallings visited the offices of a dozen Texas congressional delegation members while in Washington, D.C., in late October. The offices included those for 10 representatives as well as Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). Stallings extended personal thanks to the policymakers and staff members with whom Texas Bicycle Coalition worked to support earmarked funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the recent federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU.

Read more: Champions on Capitol Hill


BikeTexas Katrina BikeAid Needs Your Help

Texas Bicycle Coalition is coordinating an effort to collect and distribute used bicycles to thousands of Katrina evacuees. The Coalition needs your support and help to make this project a reality.

Read more: BikeTexas Katrina BikeAid Needs Your Help


Mark Your Calendar for Texas Mountain Bike Caucus

Join BikeTexas for the Texas Mountain Bike Caucus brought to you by the Texas Bicycle Coalition at the State Trails Conference in early November.

The Texas Mountain Bike Caucus will take place in early November in San Marcos, Texas in conjunction with Texas Trails Network’s 2005 State Trails Conference. Please stay tuned to the BikeTexas website for more details.

Read more: Mark Your Calendar for Texas Mountain Bike Caucus


Heritage Foundation Takes Aim at Texas Trails

The Heritage Foundation recently took aim at some of the Texas trails’ projects that were included in the SAFETEA-LU transportation bill as “frivolous pork barrel spending.”

There appears to be growing pressure to redirect dollars from the SAFETEA-LU transportation bill to the Gulf Coast for relief and construction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Heritage Foundation recently proposed that lawmakers should cut programs across the country in the transportation bill and direct those funds to help rebuild hurricane-damaged areas of the Gulf Coast.

Read more: Heritage Foundation Takes Aim at Texas Trails


Cycling Bans Prompt BikeTexas Response

BikeTexas members have informed Texas Bicycle Coalition of two bike bans recently posted in north Texas, one on FM 455 in Anna in Collin County and the other on Keller-Smithfield Road, just off FM 1709, in Keller in Tarrant County.

Coalition staff is consulting with transportation attorneys and working on a response. Staff plans to contact city officials about these issues. Depending upon the response from officials, the Coalition may need to ask for member action, so please stay tuned for an update in the near future.


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