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Visit these Bike Shops for #SmallBusinessSaturday

small business saturdayFind a bike shop near you: Austin * Belton * College Station * Dallas - Fort Worth * El Paso * Houston * Longview * MidlandNacogdoches * San Angelo * Texarkana * Tyler * Victoria

 

For Small Business Saturday, we want to thank all the Texas Trek dealers who participated in Trek's special promotion in October--for every bike sold in Texas, Trek donated $10 to BikeTexas for bicycle advocacy.

In addition, the shops listed below made a matching donation for each Trek bike sold. So now it's time to say thank you--BikeTexas encourages you to shop small at the Texas bike shops that help make bicycle advocacy in Texas possible. Pick your favorite local shop to visit today!

 

Austin

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

 

Belton

Tri-City Bicycles

 

College Station

Aggieland Cycling - Main

Aggieland Cycling - Campus

Bike Barn - College Station

Cycles Etc

 

Dallas - Fort Worth

B & B Bicycle

Bicycles, Inc. Arlington

Bicycles, Inc. Ft. Worth

Bicycles, Inc. Hurst

Bicycles, Inc. Southlake

Ft. Worth Cycling & Fitness

Richardson Bike Mart Dallas

Richardson Bike Mart Frisco

Richardson Bike Mart Richardson

 

El Paso 

Trek Bicycle Store El Paso (Eastside)

Trek Bicycle Store El Paso (Westside)

 

Houston

Bike Barn - Katy

Bike Barn - Cypress

Bike Barn - Champions

Bike Barn Westchase

Bike Barn West University

Bike Barn - Atascocita

Bike Barn - Clear Lake

Houston Cycling Centres, Northwest Cyclery

Houston Cycling Centres, Spring Valley Cycles

Houston Cycling Centres, Southwest Cycleries

 

Longview

Wooley G's Bike & Fitness

 

Midland

Peyton's Bikes

 

Nacogdoches

The Bike Shop

 

San Angelo

Randy's Bike & Run Shop

 

Texarkana

Berridge Bikes

 

Tyler

Simpson's Fitness & Adventure Sports

 

Victoria

Bill's Bikes

 

BikeTexas Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Make your days merry and bright with these gifts from BikeTexas!
 
The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is Here!
 
Start your holiday shopping online and Amazon will make a donation to BikeTexas! Go to www.smile.amazon.com and select "Texas Bicycle Coalition Education Fund," then shop!
 
BikePedEd light sets not only meet state laws for visibility for those who walk and bike at night, but they attach in seconds with no tools to handlebars, backpacks, shoes, pet collars, and more. The attached safety card teaches kids valuable walking and biking tips in English and Spanish. Buy in bulk for stocking stuffers, Scout troops, bike trains, or any group that needs to light up the night! 
 
 
BikeTexas light sets
 
Make sure everyone knows how much you love your bike, even when you're in your car. The Texas Trails, Share the Road, and God Bless plates all fund critical programs to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. You can get plates for your RV, trailer, and motorcycle, too! 
Santa and an elf with BikeTexas merchandise
 
A perennial favorite, our oh-so-comfortable and Texas-proud jerseys are sure to be a hit for everyone who rides bikes in your house. We've heard of runners wearing them, too! See Primal's fit guide here to make sure you have all the right sizes. Jerseys are $75 plus tax, or you can get a free jersey with a monthly membership of $20 or more per month.
 
Proclaim your bicycle love everywhere you go with a super-soft tri-blend cotton "I Bike TX " t-shirt, available in gray in the unisex cut and blue in the women's cut. Everyone at BikeTexas has been wearing our shirts with pride-- get one for everyone in the family for your holiday rides! XS sizes available for kids!
 
What makes a difference for Texans who ride bikes? YOU. Your voice matters! When BikeTexas goes to the legislature or to TxDOT, we're proud to say we represent thousands of Texans like you who support bicycle advocacy and education in Texas. Get a gift membership to BikeTexas for your loved ones and we'll send them a membership packet.
 
Maybe you've looked through your list, checked it twice, and our store just isn't quite the right fit for your shopping needs. Never fear, we have you covered, too:
 
 
 
Shopping on Amazon? Go tosmile.amazon.com and search for Texas Bicycle Coalition. Our education fund will pop up-- choose it as your beneficiary and BikeTexas will get 0.5% of your purchase price. You can help Texas schoolchildren learn bike safety just by doing a little online shopping.
 
 
 
Sending holiday flowers in Austin? Choose Freytag's and tell them this is an Austin Community Blooms order supporting BikeTexas. Your recipient gets some holiday cheer and BikeTexas gets 5% of the purchase price to support advocacy in Texas.
 
 
 
Link us to your Remarkable card by completing a Good Neighbor Charity Addition/Deletion Form, and donate to us as you shop for your holiday dinner. Our Good Neighbor number is 10464.
 
 
 
BikeTexas is a nonprofit partner of Earthshare, who works with Reliant Energy to support nonprofits across Texas every time a Texas customer purchases a carbon offset. BikeTexas receives a portion of those donations.
 
 
 
Check our our favorite ridesharing app, RideAustin--the rideshare that lets you give if you're out and about in Austin without your bike. Choose BikeTexas as your round-up charity and you'll be supporting statewide bicycle advocacy even while ridesharing! Get the app for iPhone or Android here.
 

Texas Trek Dealers Partner with BikeTexas

2017 biketexas bicycle giveaway trek 7.2 texasAre you looking for a new Trek bike? Maybe that perfect two-wheeled holiday gift? We have good news for you!

Trek Bikes will donate $10 to BikeTexas for every Trek bike sold by participating dealers in Texas in October. Now's a great time to get that new ride you've been thinking about, or get an early start on shopping for the bike lover in your life, and support bicycle advocacy at the same time.

As a bonus, participating Texas Trek dealers will match that $10 from Trek with a donation of their own. Do you shop with any of the retailers below? Be sure to tell them we sent you, and thank them for supporting all Texans who want great places to ride a bike.

 

Richardson Bike Mart Dallas

Richardson Bike Mart Frisco

Richardson Bike Mart Richardson

Bicycles, Inc. Hurst

Bicycles, Inc. Ft. Worth

Bicycles, Inc. Arlington

Bicycles, Inc. Southlake

Simpson's Fitness & Adventure Sports

Ft. Worth Cycling & Fitness

B & B Bicycle

Wooley G's Bike & Fitness

Peyton's Bikes

Tri-City Bicycles

Randy's Bike & Run Shop

Berridge Bikes

The Bike Shop

Trek Bicycle Store El Paso (Eastside)

Trek Bicycle Store El Paso (Westside)

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

Cycles Etc

Aggieland Cycling - Main

Aggieland Cycling - Campus

Bill's Bikes

Bike Barn - College Station

Bike Barn - Katy

Bike Barn - Cypress

Bike Barn - Champions

Bike Barn Westchase

Bike Barn West University

Bike Barn - Atascocita

Bike Barn - Clear Lake

Houston Cycling Centres, Northwest Cyclery

Houston Cycling Centres, Spring Valley Cycles

Houston Cycling Centres, Southwest Cycleries

 

BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting 2017

Every September, BikeTexas members come together for the Annual Membership Meeting. We hear from board members and staff about where we are and where we'd like to be in the next year. We share successes and setbacks. This Sunday, we'd like to hear from you.
 
We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 24, from 3:30 to 6 PM as we celebrate the work of another year together. Register now to attend. The Annual Membership Meeting is open to the public.
 
If you're in the Austin area, please join us at the BikeTexas office, 3301-B E 5th Street (map). 
 
If you can't make the trip to Austin that day, you're invited to join us online via Go to Meeting from home, a coffee shop, public library, or wherever you may be. Register now to reserve your Go to Meeting space.
 

Trek bike

The Annual Membership Meeting is also when we'll have our annual drawing for a new bike! One lucky member will roll away with a 2018 Trek 7.2 FX bike in the color and size of your choice, which you'll be able to pick up from your local Texas Trek dealer. Trek has generously donated this giveaway bike just for BikeTexas members. Not a member yet? Join here.
 
Register to attend either in person or online, and we'll see (or hear) you on September 24.
 
 

On the Lege, Bike Giveaway, and More: BikeTexas Today September 2017

Texas Strong - Texas Proud
 
Friends on the Gulf Coast, our hearts are with you and we grieve with you for the devastation wreaked upon your lives, homes, and businesses. We've been relieved to hear from many of our friends in the region that they are safe and already helping friends and neighbors. Nature has thrown some of the worst she has at you, and Texans have responded with the best that is within us. We stand at your side in the days, weeks, and months to come as homes and businesses are restored and lives are rebuilt. We look forward to offering a helping hand, visiting with our friends again, and once more sharing a bike ride along Texas' beautiful coast.
 
The ink was barely dry on the Distracted Driving bill before the legislature sought to undermine local control on safety.
 
SB 15 would have voided local hands-free and no-texting ordinances around the state, wresting local control away from the people of Texas and erasing the many laws that are stronger than the new statewide texting ban.
 
SB 14, which would have voided local tree ordinances, also popped up during the special session. Especially with our long, hot summers, trees ultimately make biking and walking better and improve quality of life. BikeTexas testified against both bills.
 
We're happy to report that neither bill was able to gain traction and the special session ended with the lege's attack on local control being unsuccessful.
 
 
Buy A Trek, Support Bicycle Advocacy
BikeTexas is honored to share a generous promotion from our friends at Trek Bikes: for every Trek purchased in Texas in September, Trek will donate $10 to BikeTexas to support bicycle advocacy and education across the state.
 
If you're looking to upgrade your ride or add to your N+1, now's the perfect time to head to your local Texas Trek dealer to get a great bike and make Texas a great place to ride a bike at the same time!
Every year, BikeTexas gives one lucky member a new bike. Is 2017 your year?
 
Texans of all stripes love to ride bikes. In an increasingly fraught, hyper-partisan political atmosphere, we maintain a nonpartisan stance and work with policymakers across the political spectrum. Our membership is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. We work with everyone to increase bicycle access, safety, and education for all Texans. Our office is three miles from the Texas Capitol and TxDOT offices (perfect length for a bike ride!) which means that we are frequent visitors.
 
But we can't do it without you! When people who ride bikes speak up, politicians listen, because we have the strength of thousands of Texans who want great places to walk or ride a bike. BikeTexas members get the right laws passed, the wrong laws stopped, and we're in it for the long haul--we've been here for 25 years and we're not going away.
 
How can you be part of the fight and enter to win a new bike? By becoming a BikeTexas member! Memberships start at just $5/month.
 
Become a member today or renew your annual membership to keep making Texas a great state for biking and walking. You must join BikeTexas between August 14 to September 20 to enter the drawing. The winner will be drawn at our Annual Membership Meeting on September 24--plus all members are eligible to vote at the Annual Membership Meeting.
 
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!
 
Kidical Mass SA
Have you heard of the Kidical Massmovement? Kidical Mass's goal is to get families cycling together and to show that kids are traffic, too. All rides are kid friendly. Each ride is centered around kid-friendly locations. The pace is appropriate for young riders and we make frequent stops. The hope is that the Kidical Mass movement will continue to spread across other communities and neighborhoods.
 
San Antonio Kidical Mass holds monthly bike rides for families on the city's Northwest side. For more info about Kidical Mass, visit the national site at www.kidicalmass.org.
 
 Check our our favorite ridesharing app, RideAustin--the rideshare that lets you give while you're on the go. If you're visiting Austin and need a quick lift or you're out for a fun night but left your bike at home, RideAustin is the solution you're looking for. Choose BikeTexas as your round-up charity and you'll be supporting statewide bicycle advocacy even while ridesharing! Get the app for iPhone or Android here.
 
 Trails!
Help us spread the word about great trails all around the state. Do you have a favorite trail? Drop us a line and tell us about it, and your favorite could be in our next Friday Trails post on Facebook or in another edition of BikeTexas Today. Let's dig up all of our undiscovered gems!
Recreation Trails
 
BikeTexas was pleased to loan three electric-assist bikes to The Rivard Report of San Antonio. Read about their e-bike experience here: E-Bikes Offer Alternative For Cyclists Tired Of Sweaty Commutes
 
Mark Your Calendar
 
 
San Antonio Siclovia, October 22: Come visit our KidsKup event area to try out our Strider balance bikes. Balance bikes are an intuitive way for kids to learn how to ride a bike without fear of falling. Kids ages 2 - 10 years old will receive expert instruction at this completely free event.
 
Dallas Bike Ride, November 4: 20 miles of fabulously car-free roads through Dallas neighborhoods. What more can we say? Early registration now extended to September 8, so sign up at the discounted rate while you can!

Want the latest news in your inbox instead of on your desktop? Sign up for BikeTexas emails here.

 
 

News By Bike: September 1

It's almost hard to belive that only a week ago, some Texans were gearing up for the Hotter'N Hell Hundred while others were bracing themselves for Harvey to make landfall. We've always known our state is big enough to hold the biggest triumphs and the deepest heartbreaks, and that Texans are strong enough in mind, body, and spirit to face whatever comes without backing down.

Gulf Coast friends, Texas has your back and won't let you get through this alone.

 

NewByBikeFrom BikeTexas:

The rest of the state is back in school this week. We hope everyone had a great first week back! Check out our back-to-school resources here.

We're honored to announce an exciting partnership with Trek Bikes-- for every Trek sold in Texas in September, Trek will donate $10 to BikeTexas to support bicycle advocacy and education across the state! Need to upgrade or add to your N+1? Now's the time!

We're giving away a bike! Entry period continues until September 20.

New univerisity student? New to Texas? Welcome! Check out this overview of Texas bike laws, and our guide to using public transportation. You'll be rolling in no time!

 

From around Texas:

Houston B-cycle is already hard at work getting stations and bikes repaired and ready to roll again.

CAMPO's 2045 Regional Active Transportation Plan is available for public comment.

Before the storm hit last week, Houston's city council approved the fiscal year allocation of the Bayou Greenways Projects bond money. Whatever the future holds for Houston's parks, we hope these greenways are able to continue to grow and offer great spaces for Houstonites to relax and enjoy their city.

Velo Paso takes a look at pedestrian accommodation during local construction projects. It isn't pretty.

 

From elsewhere:

Baby Boomers aren't getting any faster at crossing the street as they age. So it's time to design all-ages friendly streets.

Check out this virtual reality look at how pedestrians might interact with autonomous vehicles.

The National Traffic Safety Board has finally addressed speed as an issue in traffic fatalities.

Winnipeg, Canada, is experimenting with temporary protected bike lane infrastructure in a nine-month pilot program.

Bernice Dapaah is making her community better, one bamboo bike at a time.

Great explanation of level of traffic stress for people who ride bikes.

 

Have a safe holiday weekend.

 
 

On the Lege: 85th Special Session Recap

texas capitol

The ink was barely dry on the Distracted Driving bill, passed into law in the regular session, before the legislature went after the cities that pushed them to adopt a statewide texting ban in the first place.

SB 15 sought to void local hands-free and no-texting ordinances around the state, wresting local control away from the people of Texas and erasing the many laws that are stronger than the statewide texting ban. BikeTexas testified before the Business and Commerce Committee, reminding them local ordinances can be vital to testing the effectiveness of traffic safety laws. It is well established that distracted driving costs many lives every year, but SB 15 would not have increased road safety and in fact would likely have done the opposite.

At the same time, BikeTexas testified against SB 14, which would have voided local tree ordinances. Trees and their management can be vital to a city's brand, affecting its ability to attract employers and residents. Trees provide many benefits, including mitigating the heat island effect. Especially with our long, hot summers, trees ultimately make biking and walking better and improve quality of life. Tree ordinances should be decided at the local level and not the legislature.

We're happy to report that neither bill was able to gain traction and the special session ended with the lege's attack on local control being unsuccessful.

 
 

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