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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.


BikeTexas Supports Austin's Bond Package

Austin City Council Moves Forward with the Largest Transportation Bond Proposal in the City's History
BikeTexas is going to work hard to make it happen in November.

Austin City Council worked into the wee hours Friday morning before passing, on an 8-3 vote, the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history. $120 million of the proposed $720 million is designated towards active transportation in Austin--urban trails, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, and Safe Routes to School. BikeTexas is proud to stand with Mayor Adler and support this bond proposal.

BikeTexas has been meeting with council members to discuss the November bond election since September 2015. Over the past nine months, we've urged the mayor and city council to pass a balanced package that includes significant resources for active transportation, including Complete Streets.

After compromise from all sides, the inclusive package will now go to City staff for development of bond language. In August, the City Council will determine whether a bond referendum will go before the voters in November. This plan is poised to make a transformational change for active transportation in Austin. 

To pass such an ambitious bond in November's election, it will be crucial for all sides to come together. This bond has inspired vigorous discussion and community input, and we look forward to working shoulder-to shoulder with all segments of Austin’s community to make these bonds a reality in November.

Many folks worked hard on this bond package, and we offer special thanks to Mayor Adler for his strategic thinking on Austin's transportation future. Council Member Ann Kitchen's wisdom and commitment to the best interest of her district and the city of Austin as a whole have been invaluable in getting this bond package passed by the city council. Additionally, the Mayor’s and Council Member’s staffs worked tirelessly to craft as inclusive a package as possible for Austin's current and future transportation needs.

BikeTexas is particularly proud of our work and our supporters’ work in this effort. We’ve seen dramatic improvement in active transportation funding over any previous bond election and over objections raised early in the process by those who are less committed to an Austin that supports and encourages active transportation. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting this bond passed in November.

BikeTexas will be on the lookout for federal or state grant opportunities so the City of Austin can leverage these local active transportation bonds to build out the bicycle and sidewalk master plans.

BikeTexas' Leslie Luciano addresses the Austin City Council late Thursday night.

Contact Your Austin Council Member Today!

Tuesday, June 21 2016 14:03

Let your council member know that biking and walking in Austin matter to you
A balanced bond proposal can transform Austin's roadways
This is a rare opportunity to meet critical needs for biking and walking

The Austin City Council will make a key decision this week whether to move toward a bond election in 2016


BikeTexas is working with allied organizations and city council members on a bond proposal that will greatly benefit active transportation in Austin. Please contact your council member TODAY and ask him or her to support this balanced transportation bond. 

If a consensus can be reached by this Thursday, June 23, for a November bond election, it has the potential to be the biggest transportation bond in Austin's history. With Austin’s soaring population growth, the time is now! Since it could be five years or longer until this opportunity arises again, it is vital to maximize active transportation funding in this bond election. Future bonds are likely to be directed toward other city needs, while the 2014 Bike Plan and 2016 Sidewalk Plan will collect dust.

Austin citizens have repeatedly indicated support for active transportation choices like biking, walking, and transit. Having real alternatives to private car use will allow folks to save on gas and parking, enable seniors to age in place, encourage talented young people to remain in Austin, and improve the quality of life for all. Too much reliance on automobiles alone has never provided the answers Austin is looking for.

The Austin Bicycle Master Plan calls for $150 million over five years to build critical infrastructure which is projected to replace 20,000 car trips per day with bike trips, thus providing safety for people who ride bikes as well as easing congestion in the city. The $150 million for the Bicycle Master Plan includes $60 million for protected bike lanes and $90 million for urban trails.

Austin's Sidewalk Master Plan calls for $250 million to fund high-priority sidewalks that connect to schools and transit. These vital connections will reduce congestion at schools and leverage Austin's existing transit investment by providing easier, more efficient transit access to more Austinites.

The bond proposal BikeTexas seeks is a balanced step in the right direction toward addressing these needs that have been left underfunded for far too long. A balanced bond package can provide $150 million each for the Bike and Sidewalk plans, plus an additional $200 million dedicated to local road corridors that serve transit.

Please call or email your council member today and ask him or her to support a balanced transportation bond proposal. 

We've found the following format to be useful when speaking to elected officials:

  1. My name is _____ and my occupation is _____. I live and bike/walk in District __.
  2. I ask Council Member _______ to support a balanced transportation bond proposal. A $500 million bond package that includes $150 million for the Sidewalk Master Plan, $150 million for the Bicycle Master Plan, and $200 million for transportation corridors will be transformational for Austin.
  3. Safety, mobility, equity, and affordability are served by a balanced, $500 million bond package. Should the council instead move on a bond proposal at $720 million, then the bond should fully fund the $250 million for the Sidewalk Plan, $150 million for the Bike Plan, and $320 million for roads that serve transit.
  4. This bond matters to me and my family because... (take a couple of sentences to tell your story. Do you bike or walk to work? Would you like to use transit more? Do your kids want to ride to school? Let the council member know why this is important to you.)
  5. Thank you for your time and consideration. I respectfully urge Council Member _____ to support a balanced bond package for $500 million.

Thank you for helping to make Austin a great place to ride a bike!

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