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

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

 

ttat 2016 ebike expo houston scott whiteFrom BikeTexas:

The 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is in the books, and what a great three days it was! Mark your calendar now for spring 2018--city to be announced soon. In the meantime, take a look back at three days of fun and learning in Houston.

Speaking of things that happened at TTAT: check out the news coverage of Mayor Sylvester Turner's Wednesday address to the crowd.

And some more news coverage of the Electric Bike Expo.

Last week was a busy week in the world of bike advocacy-- the National Bike Summit in D.C. was winding down right when TTAT was heating up. See news from the Texas delegation and others for Monday, day 1; Tuesday, day 2; and Wednesday, day 3.

And one other really cool thing happened last week--what was it? Oh, yeah, BikeTexas' Fernando Martinez won the Alliance for Biking and Walking's Advocate of the Year award.

Whew! That was a busy week. Now for one that didn't happen last week, but is still crazy-exciting: Three Texas businesses are on the latest list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses from the League of American Bicyclists.

 

From around Texas:

Lots of great stuff is happening in El Paso (check out our event calendar!) including a presentation from Transit Center, "Recent Urban Transportation Innovations: What Can El Paso Learn from Portland, Denver, Charlotte, & New York?" happening Monday night. Don't miss it! 

Austin and seven other U.S. cities are finalists in the Smart City Challenge. They're looking for big ideas that will change transportation for the better.

The draft bike plan for Houston has been released and needs your feedback! See the plan and offer comments here, and take the bike plan survey here.

Consider the bus stop shelter-- using Houston as an example.

One more from Houston (lots of love for our TTAT host city this week): some streets that are easily bikeable for the non-fearless crowd get a shoutout.

Councilmember Shirley Gonzales wants safer streets for her San Antonio district.

  

From elsewhere:

San Francisco just made a huge shift in how it measures transportation.

What happened when Seoul tore down a highway in the middle of the city.

A call to ban right turns on red for good.

NYC is planning to set a new record for building protected bike lanes this year-- right after setting a record last year.

"One kilometer driven by car costs society about 17 cents (15 euro cents), whereas society gains 18 cents (16 euro cents) for each kilometer cycled."

Miss the Vision Zero conference? Here are some key takeaways.

The FHWA has officially announced its new bike-ped safety performance measures.

Who wants to work in this bicyclist's dream office?

It's not your imagination: traffic really is sucking hours of your life away.

But we all know how to fix that, right? 

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: TTAT attendees enjoy the Electric Bike Expo in Houston. Photo collage courtesy of Velo Paso

 

Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of #TTAT2016

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February 2018 edit: Enjoy this look at TTAT past from our archives, then register for TTAT 2018, coming to Austin May 2-4. Questions? Call us at 512-476-7433.

 

It's no secret that active folks are chatty folks. In between the presenters, networking, greeting friends, and all-around talking about what's happening for people who bike, walk, and use trails in Texas, our Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference attendees took to social media over the three days to share what was happening in Houston. Check out the Storify from each day to relive the excitement or see what you missed!

 

We found plenty to talk about even before the conference started: see pre-conference social media here.

Day 1: TTAT got off to a great start with keynote speaker Margaret Lamar, special guest Mayor Sylvester Turner, the welcome reception at Houston Bicycle Museum, and lots of info-packed sessions.

Day 2: The excitement continued with keynotes Dr. Daniel Iacofano, Van Nguyen, and Pascal van den Noort; a special appearance by Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis; and a morning downpour that eased off just in time for the afternoon's mobile workshops.

Day 3: All good things must come to an end, but we finished with a bang with keynote Brian Payne, a trip to the Electric Bike Expo, and even more amazing sessions to finish out the week.

  

Photos for collage drawn from the social media posts at the Storify links above.

   

9 to 5: Texas Bicycle Friendly Businesses

Monday, March 14 2016 12:11

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The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses on February 18, and three Texas businesses are on the list.

Congratulations to our long-time partners and good friends, Richardson Bike Mart, who smashed their first appearance on the Bicycle Friendly list by coming in at Gold! We're delighted to see our member business achieve this well deserved success.

Casteel and Associates, Inc. of Dallas is also a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business, having moved up from Silver. Rounding out the Texas list is Asakura Robinson Company LLC from Houston, who has renewed its Bronze level status.

Congrats to all three Bicycle Friendly Businesses! Texas is proud of you.

 

These three businesses join the other 25 Texas Bicycle Friendly Businesses:

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

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:

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

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Feb 5)

Friday, February 05 2016 00:00

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

 

NewsByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

Today's the last day to order from our Valentine's Day gift guide with regular shipping costs! Order by 2 PM today. (Need to order next week instead? Call or email us first to talk shipping: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 512-476-7433.)

Hotel update for TTAT2016: The conference hotel is full! Our overflow hotel is the nearby Crowne Plaza. Register to attend the conference and reserve your hotel room today before rates increase!

Coming to Austin for SXSW? Rent your bike today.

 

From around Texas:

More on the new polka-dotted intersection in East Austin.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urges local and state planners to focus on improving mobility for all. 

Another look at Houston's new bus system.

StreetsFilms takes a look at Austin.

The Red Arroyo Trail in San Angelo is closer to being finished.

 

From elsewhere:

Rush hour in London? Soon you may see more bikes than cars.

Studies continue to show that sharrows aren't that great.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Fritz Park Joins Growing List of Places in Hutto, Texas to Offer Bicycle Parking

Tuesday, February 02 2016 11:24

FritzParkBikeRack2016 TakenbyHuttoPARDOn Saturday, February 27 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Fritz Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department. Following the ribbon cutting, Bike Hutto will be leading a family-friendly bike ride along the Cottonwood Creek Trail. All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the bike ride afterwards.

Fritz Park is the largest park in Hutto and is located at 400 Park Street. This will be the park’s first bike rack and will get added to the other amenities that Fritz Park has to offer such as a pavilion, picnic sites, playscape, reflection pond, sports amenities, and trail. The entire park will be undergoing a series of improvements and renovations in 2016 to better serve the Hutto community.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh is very happy about the addition to Fritz Park, especially since it comes so soon after the new Creekside Park bike rack that was celebrated in January of this year. “The City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department are really doing their part to help make Hutto’s parks more bicycle friendly!”

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.

   

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