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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

 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 4)

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

 

ut adventure class bike rideFrom BikeTexas:

Donate today, get a free gift. It's #FundraisingFriday!

Don't forget to check out the BikeTexas Holiday Gift Guide when shopping for all your bicycle-loving family and friends (or for yourself!).

 

From around Texas:

A call for more bicycle infrastructure in San Antonio.

'Tis the season for bicycle surveys; this one is about bikeshare for Brownsville.

And another one about The Woodlands' new bike plan.

BikeHouston is asking folks to attend the Roseland Area Design Information Meeting on Monday.

 

From elsewhere:

The new federal transportation bill is released & expected to pass. See the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's anaylsis here. 

An excellent takedown of a Pittsburgh bus driver's pedestrian-blaming rant.

Minneapolis' efforts at getting kids to walk or bike to school.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Our yearly visit and bike ride with UT Austin's Adventure Activities class.

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 20)

Friday, November 20 2015 13:35

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:

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide launches on Monday! Want the announcement (and our newsletters) in your inbox? Sign up for BikeTexas emails here. 

The days are short! You need lights! Order enough for everyone you know here.

We're waiting to hear if a Texan is the winner in the Saris National Poster Contest, but in the meantime, check out all the amazing Texas poster entries.

Fundraising Friday is back at BikeTexas! Donate, join, or renew any Friday from now to the end of the year and we'll send you a free gift.

As of this week, seven Texas cities have been designated as bike friendly by the League of American Bicyclists, including one at GOLD! 

In Congress, the transportation bill grinds on. We don't think we'll have any Action Alerts in the next week or so, but if anything comes up we'll have to move in a hurry, so keep an eye out for updates.

Registration is open now for the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference.

 

From around Texas:

Brownsville is working on safer design for a blocked frontage road.

The Houston Bike Challenge rolls on. Are you in?

Do you ride a bike in San Antonio? SA Tomorrow wants to hear from you!

El Paso MPO is conducting a transportation survey. The results of this survey could guide the next steps for transportation in El Paso, so it's critical that they hear from people who walk or ride a bike (or both!) in the region. Make sure your voice is heard and that El Paso MPO knows that active transportation is in high demand!

Don't forget, Houston: elections aren't over yet. Make plans to vote in the runoff!

Hutto's next Bike and Brunch is Sunday.

Bike Friendly Richardson is hosting its seventh Black Friday Ride next week. Don't miss out!

El Paso, mark your calendar for the Bike Plan Open House on December 2.

 

From elsewhere:

Support the FHWA's proposals for safer street design.

Many of us turn to our bikes to make sense of the world. This guy did it last weekend to make his city a bit brighter.

Walkable neighborhoods = better health.

Getting older doesn't mean you stop riding-- just ask these folks.

Data to the rescue for Capital Bikeshare.

Exercise can keep you upbeat all winter long.

There are good ways to prevent pedestrian death, but brighter clothes are not the solution.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Fundraising Friday 2015

Friday, November 20 2015 13:28

BikeTexas2012Jersey-frontBikeTexas takes part in Fundraising Friday, a fun way for nonprofits to raise money on Fridays-- people give to their favorite nonprofit on Friday, then talk about it on social media using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag. Nonprofits use the hashtag to share news about their work and give everyone easy access to their donation page.

For the rest of 2015, we're stepping up our #FundraisingFriday game. On Fridays during November and December, donate or join BikeTexas at any membership level and we'll send you a free gift. We have a bin full of goodies to share, and we want it to be empty on December 31!

How can you help? Here are some ways:

Donate or join BikeTexas on any Friday during November or December.
Share the membership page on social media, especially on Fridays. 
Use the hashtag #FundraisingFriday and encourage people to join BikeTexas.
Finish this sentence: "I'm a member of BikeTexas because ____" and share on social media.
Want to help offline, too? Get a BikeTexas jersey or t-shirt to wear while you're out and about and help make Texas a great place to ride a bike! Pick up some lights, too, so you can see and be seen on those winter commutes.

   

Seven Texas Cities are Bicycle Friendly Communities!

Monday, November 16 2015 11:41

bicycle friendly Texas biketexas bike newsWe're so thrilled with today's announcement from the League of American Bicyclists of the Fall 2015 Bicycle Friendly Communities-- FOUR Texas cities are on the list, two for the first time, bringing the total of Texas BFCs to seven!

 

Congratulations to Brownsville and Plano, both entering the list for the first time at the Bronze level. We're so proud of all the hard work both cities have put into reaching this milestone. We know firsthand that elected officials, city departments, and local citizen advocates all played vital roles in putting Brownsville on the map as the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley, and Plano has made great strides in improving conditions for bicyclists, confirming its place as one of the best cities to live and work in North Texas.

The Woodlands Township has renewed its Bronze level status for another four years. Even retaining the same status requires that the city keep working hard and never stopping in its quest to make a community a great place to ride a bike.

And finally, a huge congratulations to Austin for reaching GOLD level! After many years at Silver, the city stepped up its game to make sure that this year, a Texas city would earn gold. Only 24 cities around the country are current Gold level cities. Austin is also the only capital city on the Gold list (since the only other capital city, Madison, moved up to Platinum). 

 

In addition to these four cities, Houston, San Antonio, and Richardson are also Bronze level Bicycle Friendly cities in Texas. These seven cities are home to over five million Texans, almost 20% of the state's population. Texas is also home to 26 bicycle friendly businesses, and as of this month, three bicycle friendly univiersities. The Bicycle Friendly America Program has been one of our best levers as bicycling advocates to improve conditions for bicyclists of all ages, as cities, businesses, and univerisities all see the rewards and challenges in meeting and exceeding the metrics required to be recognized by the League.

Congratulations again to Austin, Brownsville, Plano, and The Woodlands!

   

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