Amarillo Sets the Bar for Bike-Friendly Texas Cities
The City of Amarillo distributed an insert in its December utility bill educating the public about the new bike lanes in the city. Texas Bicycle Coalition worked with city staff by helping create the content and design for the bike lane insert. This is a great idea for other cities to consider as they strive to become more bike-friendly. View the bike-friendly information that Amarillo distributed to the public.
BikeTexas Katrina BikeAid Collecting Thousands of Bikes
The BikeTexas Katrina BikeAid project will hold a bicycle collection celebration on Saturday, November 19, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. at the Bicycle Sport Shop central location (517 S. Lamar) in Austin. Everyone who donates a working bike that day is invited to enjoy complimentary food, drink and entertainment. The goal is to collect one bicycle per minute – or 540 bicycles – on November 19.
One thousand bicycles have already been collected and distributed in Texas, but demand and need still remain high. Cash contributions are also critical to the success of this important mission.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of the Back Trails Jr. Toddler, Youth and Child Bicycle Helmets, sold by Target and manufactured by UNA International Limited. The Commission announced that consumers should stop using these particular helmets immediately, and noted that some of the helmets do not meet CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets, which poses a risk of riders suffering head injuries.
Wichita Falls may not be on the radar of every destination cyclist just yet, but over the last couple of decades the small city near the Red River has established itself as a haven for great cycling. Bolstered by cycling advocates like Roby Christie and one of the most successful collegiate cycling programs at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls draws thousands of cyclists each August to face the challenges served up by the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.
About 25 years ago, the City of Wichita Falls considered, among other schemes, instituting a rocking chair marathon in order to increase tourism, raise revenue, and celebrate the city’s centennial anniversary. Fortunately for the cycling community, Roby Christie stepped in to suggest the city take another tack and establish a bicycle race; Hotter’N Hell was born and Wichita Falls has never been the same.