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Cyclists in Suits - Texas' Bike Lobby Day

Cyclists-in-Suits, March 27, in Austin

 

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We'll meet at the Capitol Auditorium (E1.004, which is across from the Capitol Grill at 9am sharp for a welcome and brief training session.check in at least 15 minutes prior. No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium. The Capitol Grill near the auditorium has breakfast foods, and coffee at a very reasonable price. It is open early.)

 

After orientation, volunteers from across the state (including bus loads of individuals from bike groups in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth) will visit legislative offices to show support for our bills.  At the end of the day, we’ll meet at the BikeTexas office for a social hour and refreshments. Sign up to participate by clicking here.

When we reach out to our friends in email blasts this spring, contact your legislators to show support for our bills. Sign up for our Enewsletter, and Action Alerts which are time sensitive during the session.  

 

Summary of bills BikeTexas is supporting this session:  Please note, legislative sessions are fluid and bills can change at any time. Consult this bill tracker for up-to-the-minute information.

 

Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act for 2017-House Bill (HB) 1236

Iris Mark and RobinNamed for a populabicycle safety advocate and BikeTexas board   member, who died on the road in 2012.This Safe Passing Bill will establish for unprotected road users a standard safe passing distance of 3 ft. (or 6 ft. for Commercial Vehicles) that  only applies when road conditions allow. It also  prohibits the “right hook” (turning dangerously in front  of an unprotected road user) and failing to yield when making a left turn at an intersection. Comments: No fiscal note. Twenty-five Texas cities and twenty-five other states have enacted                                                     safe passing laws. Imposes penalties for violations under this bill. 

 

Establishment of the Vision Zero Legislative Task Force by the Legislature - House Bill (HB) 1677

This legislation would direct TxDOT to establish The Task Force on Vision Zero: Achieving Zero Traffic Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities, to report findings to the 2019 legislature, based on the Task Force review of a) current state of roadway fatalities and serious injuries and b) identification of effective measures to reduce the number of roadway fatalities to zero by no later than 2050. Comments: no fiscal note. Vision Zero is a national and international effort to reduce fatalities to zero. BikeTexas is proud to be a member of a coalition of Texas-based health concerns 

supporting this bill.

 

Lowering the Prima Facie Speed Limit in an Urban District – House Bill (HB) 1368

This legislation would amend the Transportation Code to change the lawful speed from 30 miles an hour to 25 miles an hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley unless a special 

hazard exists. Comments: no fiscal note. Uses speed reduction as a tool for reduction of fatalities and serious injuries.

 

Alex Brown Memorial Act – Distracted Driver - House Bill (HB) 62

This legislation relates to the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, creating a criminal offense and modifying existing criminal penalties. 

 

 

 

Special Membership Premiums for Hotter'n Hell Weekend!

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You've already heard the great news-- we're giving away a bike! Many thanks to those who already responded and are making Texas a great place to ride a bike. BikeTexas members are the best!

 

Maybe you haven't entered yet. That's okay--there's no better time than Hotter'n Hell weekend to join BikeTexas and enter to win a 2017 Trek 7.2 FX bike-- Trek's most popular model, generously donated by Trek & Texas Trek dealers.

 

How to enter? Become a member today or renew your annual membership to help make Texas a great state for biking and walking. Sustaining monthly members are automatically entered into the drawing.Questions? See our FAQ here.

 

But that's not all! In honor of the Hotter'n Hell Hundred this weekend, we're offering special premiums to anyone who joins now, renews their annual membership, or upgrades their monthly membership-- and you don't have to be at HH100 to take advantage of these specials! Join or upgrade before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 28 and get...

 

A free BikeTexas hat with a $5/month membership

A free "I Bike TX" t-shirt with a $10/month membership

Your choice of a t-shirt or jersey PLUS a free hat with a $20/month membership 

 

Don't miss out! The winner of the bike will be drawn at the BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting on September 25, but these special premiums are available NOW!

 

Come See Us at Hotter'n Hell 2016

biketexas staff hotter-n-hellFor over a decade, BikeTexas staff have made the six-hour trip from our home base in Austin to Wichita Falls to attend the largest cycling event in our great state: the Hotter'N Hell 100. Now in its 35th year, the event routinely draws nearly 15,000 riders. And for nearly as long as we've been going there, HH100 has been a BikeTexas Event Member, making a generous donation to bike advocacy efforts in Texas, as well as providing us with booth space to talk to Texans about getting involved through our bike giveaway and membership drive.

2016 is no different! If you're going to Hotter'N Hell, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. HH100 is a great time to join BikeTexas or renew your annual membership, because we offer specials that are only available during HH100 weekend. (If you can't make the trip to Wichita Falls, not to worry-- you can take advantage of the specials from home, too.) Plus, joining or renewing during HH100 weekend means you're entered in the 2016 BikeTexas Annual Bike Giveaway-- a 2017 Trek 7.2 FX.

We're excited! See you at HH100 2016!

 
 

BikeTexas Annual Bike Giveaway 2016

Every year, BikeTexas gives one lucky member a new bike. Is 2016 your year?

BikeTexas is the only statewide organization dedicated to serving pedestrians and people who ride bikes all over the state. Your membership works for better laws, better safety, better education, and better funding for biking and walking at the local, state, and national levels. And we'd love to count you as one of our partners, too.

Trek 7-2 FXTo show our appreciation to the members who make our work possible, we're giving away a 2017 Trek 7.2 FX bike (pictured)-- Trek's most popular model!

How to enter? Become a member today or renew your annual membership to help make Texas a great state for biking and walking. You must join BikeTexas between August 18 to September 23 to enter the drawing. Edit: The deadline to enter is 1 PM, September 23. The winner will be drawn at our Annual Membership Meeting on September 25--all members are eligible to vote at the Annual Membership Meeting! Learn more about the Annual Membership Meeting and register to attend here.

As an extra thank you, Sustaining Monthly Members are automatically entered in the drawing. No need to do anything else; you're already making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

Giveaway bike generously donated by Trek.

 

FAQs about the Annual Bike Giveaway:

What if I am already a member of BikeTexas?
If you are already an annual member, you can renew early and your new year-to-year membership will still start the day after your current yearly membership expires.

What if I am a monthly member of BikeTexas?
BikeTexas monthly members will be entered in the drawing automatically! Your steady monthly contribution is a tremendous commitment that makes planning from year to year much easier and cost-effective for BikeTexas.

What if I am a Life Member?
Life Members are not automatically entered in the membership raffle. Life Members may choose a monthly or annual pledge equivalent to a recurring monthly or annual membership level to participate in the raffle.

Do I have to be present at the drawing to win?
No, although all members will be welcome to join the meeting either in person or online. More details coming soon.

How will I get the bike?
You will go to your favorite Texas Trek dealer to pick up your new bike.

Who is not eligible for the drawing?
BikeTexas staff, board members and immediate family are not eligible to win the bike.

 
 

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (July 1)

Friday, July 01 2016 00:00

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

 

NewsByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

There's still time! Get your best bike stories in to us for inclusion in BikeTexas' 25th anniversary celebrations. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Tuesday, June 5.

Elena Studier's Summer by Rail visit to Texas was fantastic! For more coverage of her visit, see The Rivard Report (San Antonio), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Rambler (Dallas).

Austin's bond package, with $120 million set aside for active transportation, moves one step closer to being on the November ballot.

 

From around Texas:

"The City of El Paso wishes to become the least car-dependent city in the Southwest."

Vision Zero in Texas? Check out presentations from FHWA Texas Division, Austin, and San Antonio.  

A look at Houston's transit equity.

Austin joins Fort Worth as the two major Texas cities with sidewalk plans.

Feedback on San Antonio's Brackenridge Park Master Plan: needs more focus on bike/ped access.

New opposition to high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston.

Take the Texas Sunset Commission survey about TxDOT.

The Houston Bike Plan takes another step forward.

Eastside San Antonio fought back against non-walkable street plans.

 

From elsewhere:

Streetsblog takes on highway builders' tactics.

You've heard of Walk Score and Bike Score-- now check out Opportunity Score.

 

Have a great holiday weekend!

 
 

Summer By Rail Visits Texas as Part of Nationwide Tour

Monday, June 27 2016 00:00

Summer by Rail CollageElena Studier had a plan for her summer internship: using Amtrak's expanded roll-on bike service, she would travel the US by bike and rail. No cross-country trip can be complete without a stop in the Lone Star State, and we were delighted to show off four of Texas' cities during her quick weekend here: showcasing the great bike and train travel available in our home state, and letting folks know about Amtrak's newly expanded service.

Elena's Texas tour kicked off in San Antonio in the wee hours on July 11. Those joining Elena on the ride through the city met at Sunset Station, where riders had the opportunity to try out electric bikes (with one taker opting for an e-bike rather than his own for this ride). Along for the ride were representatives from the City of San Antonio and Mayor Taylor's office, local advocates, and BikeTexas member Robert Rivard of the Rivard Report. Of course, no visit to San Antonio is complete without seeing the Missions and the Riverwalk, and that was our route, with plenty of other sights the city has to offer along the way.

Then it was on to Austin, with a ride around Lady Bird Lake and then through the entertainment district (taking advantage of the protected bike lanes downtown) en route to Plaza Saltillo station. Robert Borowski of Capital Metro joined us for a trip up the Red Line to grab some lunch and chat with Elena about the future of rail in Austin and the region.

The whirl of a tour continued on Saturday in Fort Worth, where BikeTexas Board Member Doug Black took over ride leader duties to show us around his city. We met Elena and Sean (of the National Association of Railroad Passengers) at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center and rode through Fort Worth's downtown and along the Trinity Trail, including a stop at the Phyllis J. Tilley Bridge, and through the Magnolia Avenue Restaurant Row. 

Our great weekend with Elena came to a close on Sunday in Dallas. We met BikeTexas member and determined ride leader Zac Ford at the Dallas Union Station (Amtrak). Zac didn't let a broken arm stop him from leading Elena and the rest of us through the downtown district and on to the Katy Trail and the White Rock Lake Trail via DART. 

Elena continues her journey through the U.S., and you can see the sights and read about her experiences on her blog.

 
 

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