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2014 5th Grade Poster Contest: Texas Winners

Thursday, April 03 2014 12:50

We have a winner!

The entries have been received and your votes were counted for the 2014 5th Grade National Poster Contest by Saris Cycling Group. After all our entries were posted on Facebook for voting, the top three vote-getters went into the final judging round for the Texas winners.

The 2014 theme is President John F. Kennedy’s quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”We’re happy to announce:

2014 3rd place

3rd Place: From Tanglewood Elementary in Fort Worth. The artist will receive a new bike helmet.

2014 2nd place

2nd Place: From Escontrias Elementary in El Paso. The artist will receive a new bike light and a new helmet.

2014 1st place

1st Place: From Bonner Elementary in Tyler. The artist will receive a new bike, light, and helmet, and will go on to the national contest.

Thanks to all our participating schools and students! All of the posters we received for the state-level contest will be displayed at the Texas Capitol during Bike Month in May.


BikeTexas at All Out Trinity in Dallas

Please join BikeTexas at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on Saturday, March 1 for All Out Trinity.


BikeTexas will join forces with other community groups to provide a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. But we can't do it alone-- we need you! Bring your family and your bikes, and come prepared to have a great day. 


Want to be even more involved? Great! We need eager volunteers to help run our bicycle activities and keep everything moving along smoothly. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to volunteer on March 1!

Earth-Day-Dallas-BikeTexasHere's what we have planned for bikes:

BikeTexas Bike Rodeo (11 AM): Give your 6- to 14-year-olds a chance to show off at the bike rodeo course! Beginners are welcome to learn good habits for bike safety and handling, and seasoned riders can sharpen their hard-earned skills by taking on the course. Helmets and operational bikes are required. Young riders must be accompanied by an adult.
BikeTexas KidsKup (12 PM): See your 10 & younger (yes, even little ones-- as long as they can ride!) crowd smiling with pride as they finish the KidsKup course. Any standard kids bike in good repair is fine, including tricycles, training wheels, and balance bikes. Helmets are required and children must be accompanied by an adult (adults are welcome to run behind and "help" the youngest folks). After a bicycle and helmet safety session, BikeTexas staff will divide the kids into age-appropriate groups for the races. Every rider goes home with a medal!
Bike Swarm (2-4 PM): Adult cyclists, join us for a bike swarm on the bridge at 2 PM followed by a short ride to Four Corners Brewing Company at 4 PM.
Bike to the Bridge (10:30 AM-4 PM): All Out Trinity is only the second opportunity to bike on the bridge since it opened two years ago. Bicyclists will be able to access the westbound lanes of the bridge from Riverfront Blvd. on the east and Beckley and Continental on the west. Don't miss this fun opportunity!
For more information, visit the bike activity page on the All Out Trinity website. We hope to see you and your family on March 1! 

2014 Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest

Thursday, January 16 2014 13:50

Saris Cycling Group has announced the 2014 5th Grade National Poster Contest. This year's theme is President John F. Kennedy's quote, "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."

5th grade posterWe invite your school to participate in this year's contest. Encourage all your fifth graders to get their creative juices flowing to design an award-winning poster. Each school should select the top poster to submit to BikeTexas, the Texas contest coordinator, for the statewide contest.

The winning Texas artist will receive a bicycle, a helmet, and a light, and goes on to the national contest for a chance at a trip to Washington, DC in 2015 (and a chance for the student's school to win bike parking for 20 bikes and The Hub System). The second place winner in the Texas contest wins a helmet and a light, and the third-place winner will receive a helmet.

All entries must be postmarked by March 7. Submit your entry to:

ATTN: Poster Contest
1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Each entry must have a complete permission slip attached. Download the permission slip here.

See the complete list of rules here.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please pass this information along to anyone who might be interested. We look forward to seeing your posters!

2013 Texas Winning Poster from James F. Bay Elementary in Seabrook:

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BOUNCE Participants Learn from SafeCyclist

By Dr. Joel Bloom

BOUNCE classDr. Joel Bloom, BikeTexas SafeCyclist Field Instructor, presented the SafeCyclist curriculum as a keynote workshop during the BOUNCE Summer Wellness Program at the University of Houston College of Education. BOUNCE is designed to teach girls about nutrition, exercise, and other crucial components of a healthy lifestyle. The SafeCyclist classroom experience introduced these 30 novice cyclists to the importance of bike checks, tire pressure, hand signals, and especially wearing a helmet (using the helmet/egg demo).

The questions covered were dynamic and the girls had some fantastic anecdotal reflections about their first bikes and early adventures riding them. One of the girls brought up a concern about trains crossing her route to school and how she wished there were a crossover. Another interesting set of questions came about shifting gears and why we do it. Several of the girls talked about their bikes being too "short" for their legs, so the group learned about raising the saddle and also about what we do to fit a frame and rider.

After the two-week program was completed, the girl who scored the most participation points won a bike donated by West End Cycles. The whole experience had them buzzing about riding and how cycling could become part of their new focus on a fitness/wellness lifestyle.


BikeTexas Partners with Brownsville

We're pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Brownsville! With funding from Brownsville and other sources, BikeTexas will work with the City to implement their new bicycle plan and help make Brownsville a great place to ride a bike.

BikeTexas leadership will be looking to local governments, private organizations, and sponsors in neighboring communities in the region to participate in this partnership and truly make a this a regional effort. South Texas is already a leader in the state for bicycle friendliness, with more Safe Passing cities than any other part of Texas. We're delighted to be working in this fast-growing region of Texas!

One result of BikeTexas' recent Strategic Planning Survey was many Texans asking BikeTexas to have more of a local presence, much like during the pilot Safe Routes to School programs in 2005-2008. At that time, BikeTexas had local staff in Amarillo, Lubbock, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls. We'll have local staff in Brownsville as part of this project and work on a local level once again. We believe this partnership in Brownsville can be a model for how BikeTexas can be directly involved in local efforts in other areas around the state.

Brownsville CycloBia


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