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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!
Are 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.
On the Lege, Bike Giveaway, and More: BikeTexas Today September 2017
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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.
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.
From around Texas:
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.
Baby Boomers aren't getting any faster at crossing the street as they age. So it's time to design all-ages friendly streets.
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
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.
Remembering Iris Stagner
Friday, August 25 2017 20:54
Hotter'N Hell weekend is always a special time for us at BikeTexas. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. This year, one face is missing even more than usual, the one friend who I saw for the last time at Hotter'N Hell five years ago.
Iris Stagner poured her passion and zest for life into all that she did. Whether as a wife, a mother, a civil servant, an advocate, a friend, a cyclist, or a runner, Iris brought her whole heart to the table. Her work to bring "Share the Road" signs to Palo Pinto county is but one of many legacies she left behind.
I first came to know Iris as an advocate and in those early days provided some coaching on bicycle advocacy at the city, county, and state levels. Iris took to bicycle advocacy as she did everything else: with gusto and enthusiasm, so much so that she joined the board of BikeTexas to help provide leadership for bicycle advocacy across the state. Just as she worked at her running and bicycling, she also worked to make Texas the best and safest that it could be for road users of all ages and abilities.
Although it seems like such a short time since Iris was taken from us, it’s been every bit of five years since I saw her at her final Hotter’N Hell. She was excited and ready for another century, but at the same time always looking for ways she could help other people. As she prepared and trained, whether for the Boston Marathon (which her daughter Felicia would ultimately run in her place) or the HHH century, she always did it with safety in mind and with consideration for other road users. I don’t know that any of us who were blessed enough to know her will ever recover from losing Iris so tragically just as she was poised to retire and enter in to her next great adventure.
Bicycle advocacy is just as challenging in Texas today as it was that day Iris walked through the Capitol doors. During this year’s legislative session, I thought about Iris every day as we worked to pass the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act. The three-foot passing law was particularly important to Iris, who travelled to Austin to meet with her senator and representative and convince them to support the bill. In fact, her state representative became a co-author of the Safe Passing Bill after Iris’ visit. This bill is named for Iris not only because she was so committed to its passage, but also because had the motorist who took Iris’ life given her three feet of clearance when passing, she’d still be riding with us this weekend at Hotter’N Hell, running marathons, and doing her best to make the world a better place for all of us.
Although we still haven’t passed Safe Passing at the state level, it is law in 25 Texas cities. I believe Iris would be proud to see how far we’ve come, as well as determined to continue the fight for the work left to do. We continue this fight for Iris and the countless others who have been needlessly killed while riding. In the meantime, friends of Iris also continue her work though the Iris Stagner Memorial Fund, which supports bicycle education across the state.
This weekend at Hotter’N Hell, it’s been wonderful to see so many of Iris’ friends and family, including her daughter and granddaughter. Many of us will ride this year, as we have every year since 2012, with Iris in our hearts. BikeTexas looks forward to continuing Iris’ hard work at the city and state levels to make three-foot passing ordinances, and the Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act, a law that works for all Texans who walk or ride bikes.
Robin Stallings, Executive Director
Photos, top to bottom: Signs being installed in Palo Pinto County; at Hotter'N Hell 2012 with (l to r) Robin, Fernando Martinez, Iris, and Butch Stagner; Iris at the Capitol with BikeTexas' Mark Stine and Robin Stallings; Butch Stagner talking to riders who gathered for Iris' funeral ride
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