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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 13)

Friday, November 13 2015 00:00

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


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From BikeTexas:

The U.S. transportation bill is headed for conference, and three Texas Representatives are on the committee. If you live or work in the Brian Babin (R-36, Woodville), Blake Farenthold (R-27, Corpus Christi), or Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas) districts, would you be willing to make a visit to the district office? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Big news is coming from the League on Monday--the newest round of bicycle friendly cities will be announced! Stay tuned to find out what Texas cities made the list. Brush up on current Texas Bicycle Friendly Communities before the big announcement.


From around Texas:

Bike Hutto keeps on working hard to make Hutto a great place to ride a bike! Its latest project? A new Share the Road campaign in Hutto.

The Houston Bike Challenge is underway!

San Antonio, take the SA Tomorrow Bike Survey.

El Paso, take the Regional Transportation Survey. It's critical that El Paso MPO hear from folks who ride bikes, so they can have the numbers to back up planning for active transportation. Make sure your voice is heard!

Tyler is still working on the next link in its bicycle network.

TxDOT wants to #EndTheStreakTX-- and so do we. Be sure to ask TxDOT for Safe Streets policies like accommodating all road users, installing active transportation infrastructure, and using TAP funds for their intended purpose instead of transferring those funds away.


From elsewhere:

Another study confirms what advocates have been saying for years: if cities want to make riding a bike safer, the kinds of laws they need to pass are about well-designed infrastructure.

Not just recreation: a survey in Chicago found that one of the highest groups of people riding bikes were low-income folks going to and from work.

The more visible bikeshare stations are, the better.

Beijing has filled up with cars in just a few short years, and now is looking to the bicycle as a solution.

Atlanta has a chief bicycle officer to make the city a great place to live, not just drive.

San Francisco is using elevation to help protect a new bike lane.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: When a bicycle advocate from Texas visits New York, naturally she takes pictures of bicycles.


Bike Hutto Launches New Share the Road Campaign

ShareTheRoadHuttoCampaign CamilleShare the Road campaigns have been utilized across the country in order to caution motorists that other forms of transportation utilize and cross roadways. The phrase, “Share the Road,” is applicable to both motorcyclists as well as bicyclists depending on the campaign. Whichever the focus, these campaigns are meant to improve safety conditions for entities by raising awareness and encouraging these segments of the population to watch out for one another. Bike Hutto is now working to build bicycle/car safety awareness in Hutto through their new public education outreach campaign, Share the Road Hutto: Looking Out for Our Neighbors.

Bike Hutto cites campaigns such as Bike Pittsburgh and People For Bikes as serving as inspiration for the Hutto campaign because they emphasize the humanization of bicyclists in order to promote safety. It is a reminder that the person you see on a bike is a friend, family member, and neighbor to someone. The images and descriptive words used in Hutto's new campaign come directly from their Community of Cyclists program. “It was important for us to use pictures and words from bicyclists that live right here in Hutto,” says Bike Hutto Director, Jessica Romigh. "We hope this is a first step in creating a culture here in Hutto where all forms of transportation that use the roadways can feel safe and be aware of each other."

The Share the Road Hutto campaign will primarily be a digital marketing campaign in its initial launch with a focus on social media and online publications. Utilizing a combination of images, text, and the #ShareTheRoadHutto hashtag, Bike Hutto hopes to spread this important educational message virally throughout Hutto and Central Texas. The long-term goal will be to do a print ad and sign campaign once a grant and/or sponsor can be found to assist with funding.

For a full display of images currently available within the Share the Road Hutto campaign, please visit

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Our 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 (Nov 6)

Friday, November 06 2015 11:00

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


2015 poster contest 1st place biketexas bicycle educationFrom BikeTexas:

We have a winner! Check out the Texas winners of the Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest

We have another winner! Cal Restivo of Burleson won the Annual Membership Bike Giveaway. Cal is a monthly sustaining member, making Texas a great place to ride a bike! We'll be sure to share photos of Cal's new ride.

It's a great week for winners-- Texas A&M is the third Bicycle Friendly University in Texas.

Speaking of winners, you won! The U.S. House passed a transportation bill yesterday without the damaging amendments.


From around Texas:

El Paso, take this survey!

San Antonio, take this survey!

Hutto, there's a group ride tomorrow (unless it gets rained out like so many other things lately-- fingers crossed!).

Speaking of rained out events, HTX BikeFest has been rescheduled to next month (originally scheduled for this weekend).

And speaking of Houston, check out BikeHouston's excellent work to reach all people who ride bikes.


From elsewhere:

Oklahoma City was declared one of the fattest U.S. cities in 2006. They set out to change that.

Want people in Denver to go shopping? Build them a protected bike lane. (Works for people not in Denver, too.)

Our friends at WABA want people to understand protected bike lanes, so they put it on a t-shirt. 

Deleware has a lot of pedestrian deaths, not because people in Deleware are dumb, but because their infrastructure is.

The Baltimore bishop who killed a person riding a bike has been sent to prison.

Researchers in Copenhagen have determined that one mile on a bicycle equals a net gain to society of $.42, while one mile of driving brings a net societal loss of $.20.

Somehow, this article manages to mention driver safety and dashboard entertainment systems within a few sentences of each other. No mention of safety if you're outside this car.

Ride your bike a long way, take a train back: multimodal bike touring is catching on.

Tasmania (Australia) has released a PSA with an, erm, unusual take on how to think about passing people on bikes safely.

Oakland is testing out a super sharrow. (You have to bring your own super suit, though.)

Students and parents in Carrollton, Georgia, were not down with the carpool line. They've found a better way of getting to school.

Bicycling is growing fast in the Motor City.

And in news that made our office manager shriek, "Hey, I've been there!" when she saw the accompanying picture, check out this article about Glasgow's (Scotland) new separated bikeway.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: The winning Texas poster. Fingers crossed that this year's Texas winner will go all the way in the national contest!


Austin BikeFest CANCELED

Thursday, October 29 2015 09:44

BikeTexas regrets to announce that Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro has been canceled. Austin BikeFest was scheduled for October 31.

The weather forecast calls for thunderstorms and rain for much of the day Friday and on into the morning on Saturday. Out of concern for the safety and comfort of our volunteers, staff, and attendees, as well as the well being of Govalle Park, we have decided not to risk having Austin BikeFest in what is likely to be a rain-soaked park.

We are disappointed that the weather was not favorable for BikeFest this weekend and are exploring options for rescheduling. We’re looking forward to Austin BikeFest 2016.




News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 23)

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


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From BikeTexas:

Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro is just over a week away! We hope you're excited to spend Halloween with us. Keep your fingers crossed for no rain! Want to volunteer? Go here. 

Early voting has begun in Texas. BikeTexas is neutral on Proposition 7. 

We're giving away a bike on October 31! Have you entered to win?

Better Streets Week in Austin starts this weekend.

Posters are slowly coming in for the 2015 Saris Fifth Grade Poster Contest. We can't wait to share all the posters with you! Keep an eye on our Facebook page next week.


From around Texas:

The rain has cancelled rides and events in Austin, Houston, and Hutto so far. Check with your event organizers before you head out. And please be safe this weekend!

Last weekend was a bad one for people who ride bikes in Texas, with collisons and injuries around the state, and the sad loss of Raymond Lamar Ross of Orange

Folks in Dallas are speaking up for more bicycle infrastructure.


From elsewhere:

You already knew exercise was good for your brain, now science has more closely pinpointed the optimal time.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Austin BikeFest 2014


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