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Give the Gift of Bike Paths, Trails & Safe Passing, to the Cyclist in Your Life

The holidays are once again approaching, and you still don't know what to get for your cycling-crazy friend, neighbor, relative or sweetie? What about your favorite bicycle commuter or newbie cyclist?

Well, we have the perfect solution - give them a gift membership to BikeTexas! You'll be giving something better and more priceless than any material possession - the gift of more, and better, bicycle-friendly roads and trails in Texas. And through your gift membership, you (and the lucky recipient) will be helping fight to protect all Texas cyclists, by supporting passage of the new and improved Safe Passing Bill in the 2009 legislative session.

Your giftee will also get all the other benefits of membership in BikeTexas, including our monthly e-newsletter and our action alerts and event updates (especially important during the upcoming legislative session). And if the membership is at the $60 level and above, they can still receive some of those "material possessions" in the form of BikeTexas socks, caps or jerseys as a premium!

So don't wait! Click here to give the gift that keeps giving all year - a membership and a voice in BikeTexas.

Give to Earth Share of Texas Fall Campaign and Support BikeTexas!

Many members of BikeTexas have the opportunity to support the work of BikeTexas through payroll contribution plans at work. BikeTexas is represented by Earth Share of Texas, an umbrella group for Texas' leading environmental and conservation groups. Most workplace giving campaigns are conducted from September through early November, so now is the time to look for pledge cards in your workplace.

Read more: Give to Earth Share of Texas Fall Campaign and Support BikeTexas!


In Remembrance of BikeTexas Outreach Coordinator Byron de Sousa

Byron de SousaOn Saturday, September 27, Texas cyclists lost a great friend and advocate as Byron de Sousa, former BikeTexas Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Outreach Coordinator, passed away at age 59 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Born in Brazil but later becoming an American citizen, Byron made Fort Worth his home for the last 17 years. Those who knew him valued his kindness, intelligence and readiness with a joke. We at BikeTexas will miss Byron greatly.

Read more: In Remembrance of BikeTexas Outreach Coordinator Byron de Sousa


Bike Racks Coming to Dallas Buses

If you live in Dallas, you've probably already heard the good news - bike racks are coming to the DART buses! Starting now and finishing by the end of the year, the Dallas transit agency will install bike racks on the front of all 650 Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses. The transit agency is converting 20 to 30 buses a day, with the goal of completing the installations by the end of 2008. Each rack will hold two bicycles.

Read more: Bike Racks Coming to Dallas Buses


States Rated for Cycling, Texas Ranks Low

In September, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) released their first annual Ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. They sent questionnaires to state bicycle coordinators covering six key areas: legislation; policies and programs; infrastructure; education and encouragement; evaluation and planning; and enforcement. The highest scoring states were Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oregon and Minnesota. Those of you out riding Texas roads and trails daily, weekly and monthly won't be surprised to hear that we still have a lot of work to do in the Lone Star State!

Read more: States Rated for Cycling, Texas Ranks Low


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