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News By Bike: August 11

Happy Friday! Here's what we've been reading this week:


NewByBikeFrom BikeTexas: 

Rather a lot of reading, in fact, because August 9 was National Booklovers' Day and we happen to have a few favorite bike books to share. It's best if you just head straight for the library right now.

Sneak peek for #NewsByBike readers: our annual bike giveaway starts Monday! Be on the lookout for giveaway entry instructions first thing Monday morning.

Hotter'n Hell Hundred is just two weeks away, if you can believe that, and we'll be headed up to Wichita Falls for a fun weekend at the expo. Stop by the BikeTexas booth and say hello! We'll have our jerseys, t-shirts, and bike lights available for purchase.

Back to School is coming, and our BikePedEd materials are perfect for your budding active transportation enthusiast, her teacher, and her whole school. Find out more and ask your child's school to check out our safe biking & walking materials.

Our weekly Trails of Texas series continues this week with the San Antonio Mission Trail. Follow us on Facebook to see a different trail every Friday.


From around Texas:

Great news, Aggies: Texas A&M has installed bike desks in the libraries.

You might need some tissues for this one. Kids with special needs learned to ride a bike for the first time at Bike Camp in San Antonio last week.

The City of Lubbock celebrated new bike lanes on Broadway yesterday.


From elsewhere:

The best Complete Streets policies of 2016 have been announced--alas, none of them are in Texas. Next year?

Maybe bike advocates should try this: "Reporters would submit a few facts about local traffic accidents to Detroit, and the auto industry's safety committee would send back a full report on the situation in their city."

London is gathering data on the best places to put new bikeways, but some are saying it's time for less talk and more action.

In the ongoing battle against bike theft, Portland is fighting back.

Also in Portland, a bike share program for riders with disabilites has just launched--the first program of its kind.

Interesting research from the UK about the health benefits of different commuting modes.  

Dockless bike share has launched in Manchester, England, but so far it's had mixed results around the world.


Have a great weekend!


#BookLoversDay: 10+ Bicycle Reads

booklovers dayAugust 9 is Book Lovers' Day! For your reading enjoyment, we’ve put together a handful of some bicycle-related books for you to kick back with after you’ve finished your ride. Books are listed in alphabetical order by title.

All links (except where noted) are to the books' pages on Amazon. If you decide to purchase through Amazon, please log into and choose BikeTexas (Texas Bicycle Coalition) as your beneficiary. Get a good book and support bicycle advocacy!


Because I Could Not Stop My Bike and Other Poems, by Karen Jo Shapiro & Matt Faulkner

The title poem is the only one that's bike related, but as a parody on Emily Dickinson's slightly more famous work, it's top-notch. If you'd like to introduce your kids to some classic poetry without them knowing it, or need some new bedtime reading material, or just enjoy poetry yourself, it's a winner.


The Bikeable Church, by Sean Benesh

Wish your place of worship were more bike-friendly? Get some great ideas here. Also by Sean Benesh: The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cyclingwhich is a fun look at city riding. 


Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy (link is to the publisher, Microcosm Publishing)

A real look at our transportation costs and how bikes can help create healthier humans, boost local economies, and foster a sense of community. Also by Elly Blue: Everyday Bicycling (link is to Microcosm Publishing), a short and very sweet how-to guide for beginning riders.

Ms. Blue has come through Texas a few times in recent years with the Dinner and Bikes tour, including a fun-filled 2015 stop at the BikeTexas headquarters in Austin.


City Cycling, by John Pucher & Ralph Buehler

This is an academic research book, so it does not read like a novel. However, it is a gem that is chock-full of key information to take to your city officials, and as such is a must-have reference for advocates.

Dr. Pucher was the speaker at our Shifting Gears Lecture Series during the 2013 legislative session.


 Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, by Mia Burk

Ride along with Portland’s former bicycle coordinator as she recounts the journey to make Portland one of the best bicycling cities in the U.S. You'll recognize many of the roadblocks and frustrations that Ms. Burk faced along the way as the same ones that continue to plague advocates across the U.S., and also be inspired at how those roadblocks were turned into mere speed bumps.


Roads Were Not Built for Cars, by Carlton Reid

A great look at the history of who exactly pushed for modern-day roads to be built. (Non-)Spoiler alert: it was people who ride bikes! The interactive version is especially great for enjoying all the included photos and tons of historical tidbits that Mr. Reid includes in the book.


Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban RevolutionJanette Sadik-Khan

Former NYC transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan came to work with a mission: Make NYC safer for pedestrians and people who ride bikes. The book chronicles successes, failures, and above all, Ms. Sadik-Khan's determination to transform her city.

Ms. Sadik-Khan stopped in Austin as part of her book tour in 2015.


The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, by Yvonne Bambrick

Our own Robin Stallings provided the cover quote for this excellent book that covers all the basics. Not sure how to get started rolling along on two wheels? Ms. Bambrick has boiled it all down for you right here.


Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom, by Sue Macy 

A short, easy read about the role the bicycle played in the women’s suffrage movement. This book is especially great to read at this time of year--August 18 is the anniversary of the 19th Amendment

This is a kid-friendly and kid-oriented book, so don't waste any time getting to your local library. No kids? Not to worry--it's a great one for adults, too.


Chime in on Facebook or Twitter to tell us your favorite bike book that we haven't read yet!


News by Bike: August 4

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Well, it took a bit longer than anticipated to dust this thing off, but News By Bike is BACK! Here's what we're reading this week:



From BikeTexas:

Things are still tense at the lege, and we're keeping a close eye on a piece of legislation that could undermine local texting while driving bans around the state. Sign up for our Action Alerts to be sure you don't miss out when it's time to call the Capitol. 

Our annual trip to Hotter'N Hell Hundred, bike giveaway, and membership meeting are all coming up in the next few weeks! Stay tuned to learn more. 

Back to School is coming, and our BikePedEd materials are perfect for your budding active transportation enthusiast, her teacher, and her whole school. Find out more and ask your child's school to check out our safe biking & walking materials.

Our weekly Trails of Texas series continues this week with the Houston Bayou Greenways. Follow us on Facebook to see a different trail every Friday.


From around Texas:

A driver ran a red light and hit a woman on a bike in College Station. The rider is recovering.

Amarillo is working toward being a great place to walk and ride a bike.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth is doing great and keeps getting better for bikes.

Our friends at The Rivard Report took some of our e-bikes for a spin

Houston Police are constantly working to improve bike safety, but not always ticketing drivers who endanger people on bikes.

Austin is installing new bicycle signals around town.

San Antonio B-Cycle, the first bikeshare system in Texas, made this list of great things to do on a date night in SATX.

Austin's Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is open for public comment. Check it out and respond by August 31.


From elsewhere:

More New Yorkers than ever are taking to two wheels, thanks to lots of infrastructure and encouragement. (The bikelash is worse than ever, too. Don't let the haters get you down, NYC!)

Ottawa just found out how much money they can save on their road construction by building some bike lanes.

Open Streets events have spread around the world, including all over Texas, but Bogotá remains king.

In Vadodara, India, Nikita Lalwani has discovered how easy it is to get around on two wheels-- and she's spreading the word.


Do you have a story we need to read? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and maybe you'll be in next week's News By Bike.


Have a great weekend!


Bus Trips to Cyclists in Suits


From DFW (thanks to Richardson Bike Mart and BikeDFW) please click here.


Cyclists in Suits - Texas' Bike Lobby Day

Cyclists-in-Suits, March 27, in Austin


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We'll meet at the Capitol Auditorium (E1.004, which is across from the Capitol Grill at 9am sharp for a welcome and brief training session.check in at least 15 minutes prior. No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium. The Capitol Grill near the auditorium has breakfast foods, and coffee at a very reasonable price. It is open early.)


After orientation, volunteers from across the state (including bus loads of individuals from bike groups in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth) will visit legislative offices to show support for our bills. 

At the end of the day, we’ll meet at The Bonneville Restaurant overlooking Lady Bird Lake for a social hour and refreshments.

Sign up to participate by 
 clicking here.

When we reach out to our friends in email blasts this spring, contact your legislators to show support for our bills. Sign up 
for our Enewsletter, and Action Alerts which are time sensitive during the session.  


Bus Trips to Cyclists in Suits:

From DFW (thanks to Richardson Bike Mart and BikeDFW) please click here.


Summary of bills BikeTexas is supporting this session:  Please note, legislative sessions are fluid and bills can change at any time. Consult this bill tracker for up-to-the-minute information.


Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act for 2017-House Bill (HB) 1236

Iris Mark and RobinNamed for a populabicycle safety advocate and BikeTexas board   member, who died on the road in 2012.This Safe Passing Bill will establish for unprotected road users a standard safe passing distance of 3 ft. (or 6 ft. for Commercial Vehicles) that  only applies when road conditions allow. It also  prohibits the “right hook” (turning dangerously in front  of an unprotected road user) and failing to yield when making a left turn at an intersection. Comments: No fiscal note. Twenty-five Texas cities and twenty-five other states have enacted                                                     safe passing laws. Imposes penalties for violations under this bill. 


Establishment of the Vision Zero Legislative Task Force by the Legislature - House Bill (HB) 1677

This legislation would direct TxDOT to establish The Task Force on Vision Zero: Achieving Zero Traffic Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities, to report findings to the 2019 legislature, based on the Task Force review of a) current state of roadway fatalities and serious injuries and b) identification of effective measures to reduce the number of roadway fatalities to zero by no later than 2050. Comments: no fiscal note. Vision Zero is a national and international effort to reduce fatalities to zero. BikeTexas is proud to be a member of a coalition of Texas-based health concerns 

supporting this bill.


Lowering the Prima Facie Speed Limit in an Urban District – House Bill (HB) 1368

This legislation would amend the Transportation Code to change the lawful speed from 30 miles an hour to 25 miles an hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley unless a special 

hazard exists. Comments: no fiscal note. Uses speed reduction as a tool for reduction of fatalities and serious injuries.


Alex Brown Memorial Act – Distracted Driver - House Bill (HB) 62

This legislation relates to the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, creating a criminal offense and modifying existing criminal penalties. 


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