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Bike Hutto Celebrates Creekside Park’s First Bike Rack with Ribbon Cutting

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On Saturday, January 23 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Creekside Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department. Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park as part of their participation in the Adopt-A-Spot program. All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the park clean-up event afterwards.

Creekside Park officially became a “home base” for Bike Hutto in July 2015 when it received signage designating the park as the organization’s Adopt-A-Spot location. The park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail, and contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the park’s amenities. “Bike racks are such a big part of the bicycling experience and help to encourage transportation by bike. If you know there is a place to lock up at the end of your trip, you are more likely to ride there. We are so pleased that the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department considers bike racks an important piece of their parks system and are making efforts to add bike parking.”

Bike racks play an important role in the lives of both the recreational and the commuting bicyclist. By providing a safe place to be able to secure their property, anyone riding a bike at any age can be encouraged to travel to that location. Bike racks also help to eliminate the clutter, hazards, and tree damage that comes from haphazard bicycle parking.

A bike parking needs assessment will be done by Bike Hutto in 2016 to determine other areas within Hutto, Texas in which bike racks would be beneficial. The assessment will consider potential locations for future bike racks, as well as the quantity and type of bike parking needed. Each potential location will then be prioritized based on current and future bike traffic, cost, and overall feasibility.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Their mission is to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure. Bike Hutto values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 8)

Friday, January 08 2016 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than the first News by Bike of 2016:

 

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From BikeTexas:

Registration is open now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016! Not sure if TTAT is for you? Check out what a TTAT 2014 speaker/attendee has to say about why this conference matters.

The first BikeTexas Today of 2016 is coming next week! Make sure you're getting all the latest bike news in your inbox--join the BikeTexas email list now.

 

From around Texas:

Bus ridership is up in Houston following their network redesign.

A look at what Dallas (and probably other Texas cities) can learn from Houston's redesigned bus system.

Check out the draft countywide bikeway maps for North Texas.

Now's your chance to help decide where new Houston B-cycle stations will go.

San Angelo passed a ban on texting while driving.

 

From elsewhere:

"The good news is that when we do make streets that are safe for pedestrians, traffic still flows."

Momentum Mag's list of top bicycle advocacy videos of 2015.

Another look at the "4 types of cyclists" classifications, this time for the whole U.S.

"We're still not seeing any really significant mode shifts, despite decades of investment," says Daniel Piatkowski in CityLab.

Bicycle highways are coming to Germany, and they'll connect cities with suburbs.

Are you a public transportation user? Check out these useful apps for making the trip better.

Great things happen when cities build for bikes.

Streetsblog takes on the debate surrounding the Idaho Stop.

What if a newspaper looked deeper into the issues behind bicycle crashes and deaths, instead of blaming the victim? This one did.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings at the opening keynote session of TTAT 2014.

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 18)

Friday, December 18 2015 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week: 

 

gift guide santa and elf teaser biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Forgot to order from our gift guide? The post office deadline for regular shipping is upon us, but give us a call or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can adjust the shipping prices for pre-Christmas delivery. No rush? No worries-- we'll still send your order even if it won't arrive before December 25.

It's #FundraisingFriday-- donate or join today and we'll send you a bonus free gift!

Our communications/office manager is slightly obsessed with tying bicycles and musicals together as often as possible.

 

From around Texas:

CycloBia Brownsville is tonight-- don't miss out!

Work is still progressing, albeit with delays, on a rail-trail in Tyler.

 

From elsewhere:

A look at the science behind traffic engineering--and how that science points to roads built for people.

US DOT & Vulcan announced a reward for the Smart City Challenge winner. Our office nerds were a bit too excited about this news for a few minutes.

Is better data one of the keys to safer streets?

Check out this cool wayfinding project in the "other" Arlington.

Found a brilliant way to share safety messages, Iowa DOT has.

Check out this fun and crafty idea for old bike tires! (Maybe a winter break project for your kids?)

“'Until the idea of a cyclist as the sports person or as a poor man is removed from the equation, very few authorities are going to support cycle-oriented development,' Palmer says."

 

This is your last brand-new weekend reading of 2015--look for a roundup of our favorite stories of the year next Thursday (since we'll be doing something else on Friday). Happy holidays, and as always, have a great weekend!

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 11)

Friday, December 11 2015 13:37

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:

 

brownsville city council bicycle friendly proclamation biketexas advocacyFrom BikeTexas:

Congratulations to the two Texas businesses who joined The League's Bicycle Friendly Business list this week!

Even more congratulations to this happy fifth grader who drew his way to a new bicycle!

Don't forget-- donate to BikeTexas or join/renew your membership on Fridays, and you get a free gift. That's our way of saying thanks for #FundraisingFriday with us.

Did your U.S. Rep vote yes on the FAST Act? A quick email to say thanks also reminds our elected officials that people who ride bikes are paying attention to what they're up to.

 

From around Texas:

Austin's transportation reporter dismantles the argument that people who ride bikes don't pay for roads.

The trails connecting Fort Worth to Dallas are getting closer to reality...

And in the meantime, here's a look at how far Fort Worth has come and where it still needs to go for bike friendliness.

Houston's BikeFest has been postponed again due to rain

Brownsville officially received its Bicycle Friendly Community designation from Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists this week (photo).

BikeHouston is hiring.

 

From elsewhere:

Just in case anyone forgot, walkable neighborhoods = healthier people.

...however, it looks like there's not enough housing in walkable neighborhoods for everyone.

Baby Boomers are retiring (or not) and hopping back on their bikes.

This post is all about convincing reluctant politicians about what we already know-- bikes are the solution to a lot of problems.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Takin' Care of Business: Two More Texas Businesses Join the Bike-Friendly List

Friday, December 11 2015 11:49

3 place bike rack capital metro austin bikefestGetting to work and back is never better than when you work for one of the 28 bicycle friendly businesses in Texas! With this week's announcement of new bicycle-friendly businesses from the League of American Bicyclists, even more Texas businesses are taking the pledge to make life a bit easier for those who commute by bike. Congratulations to the newest Texas businesses on the list:

 

Entering the list at GOLD: longtime BikeTexas partner and good friends, Capital Metro. In addition to being the first transit system in Texas to welcome bikes aboard, they're our hometown transportation authority. 

And at SILVER: San Antonio River Authority, who among many other things are also responsible for some of the parks we love visiting in San Antonio.

 

We couldn't be prouder of these two businesses entering the list in such stellar fashion! Althogether, the 28 Texas businesses on the list represent 10 cities and 142,759 Texas employees. Keep up the great work, Texas businesses!

Photo: A rider learns how to use the 3-place bike racks, now standard on all Capital Metro buses, at Austin BikeFest.

 

Check out the full list and be sure to stop by any of the Texas bicycle friendly businesses near you. Want to see your company on the bicycle friendly list? Start here.

Platinum:

Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin, Bicycle Industry

Gold:

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, Transportation

The Ride Of Silence, Garland, Bicycle Industry 

Traffic Engineers, Inc., Houston, Architecture/Planning/Design

Silver: 

717 N. Harwood, Dallas, Class A Commercial Office Building

Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Manufacturing/Research

Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO), San Antonio, Government Agency

Bike World, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Blue Line Bike Lab, Houston, Bicycle Industry

Casteel & Associates, Inc., Dallas, Manufacturing/Research

City of Austin, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

El Meson Restaurant, Houston, Hospitality/Food/Retail

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Fort Worth, Bicycle Industry

Pedal Power Bicycles, San Marcos, Bicycle Industry

Plano Cycling & Fitness, Inc., Plano, Hospitality/Food/Retail

San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, Government Agency

Sugar Cycles, Inc., Missouri City, Bicycle Industry

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, Professional Services

Bronze:

Asakura Robinson Company LLC, Houston, Professional Services

Bikesport, Houston, Bicycle Industry

City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Non-Profit/Government

HomeAway, Austin, Professional Services

Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Architecture/Planning/Design

San Antonio Bike Share, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Texas Instruments Inc., Plano, Manufacturing/Research

Wheatsville Food Co-op, Austin, Hospitality/Food/Retail

   

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