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People who had positive bicycling experiences as children are much more likely to bicycle as adults. People who had a painful or frightening experience on a bicycle as a child tend to not ride as adults. This is why it is important to do everything possible to ensure that our children have a fun and safe experience on their first bicycle rides.
The experience starts with the bicycle itself. Adults often think that because the child is going to outgrow the bike, putting money into a bicycle is not worthwhile. To fully appreciate the error in that thinking, just try riding a bicycle in bad repair that doesn't fit. It is worth making the investment and then selling or passing the bicycle on to a friend or relative once your child outgrows it. If we make that investment in our children, more are likely to continue bicycling for life.
On Monday, April 26, 2010, New Braunfels becomes the 4th city in Texas joining Austin, San Antonio, and Helotes
According to a quote in The Herald-Zeitung, “This gives law enforcement a tool, and I think it also creates added awareness for people that are out there driving,” said City Manager Mike Morrison. “Now not only should they give those people a wider berth, but they’re required to do so.”
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On April 6, 2010 BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings headed to Houston to update the Northwest Cycling Club on BikeTexas' activities for the past year. There was an impressive turnout of 40-50 people. The club members were very attentive during the recap of BikeTexas education activities. However they were especially interested in the Safe Passing bill progress last legislative session and the Safe Passing Ordinances that are beginning to pop up around the state. Several mentioned city council people and mayors that they know in different Texas cities and expressed a desire to help get an ordinance or two passed.
Robin was moved by the generous NWCC donation of $5,000 for 2010. "I am personally a member of BikeTexas and it pleases me to present this check on behalf of Northwest Cycling Club", said David King, President of NWCC. "We were inspired to contribute by the example of Austin Cycling Association". King also announced that club members voted to pledge a $5,000 contribution in 2011 and again in 2012.
Riding Austin's New Rail LineAustin has a new commuter rail system called the MetroRail Red Line. Since I live close to one of the stations, I decided to try to take the train to my internship at BikeTexas and see how it went. The first time I tried to take the train, I mistimed my arrival and ended up waiting some time before deciding that I would not be taking the train that day. Next time I made sure to arrive at the Crestview Station with plenty of time to spare.
Citizen Lobbying: A Constituent Meets With Her Congressman
(Contributed by Gail Spann)
During the National Bike Summit we spent one of our days walking the halls of the Senate and Congress as we visit our elected officials from Texas. I led one of three groups of four other Texans as we walked from office to office, meeting mostly with staffers of the Senators and Representatives.
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BikeTexas is pleased to announce that H-E-B has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the beneficiary of its in-store coupon promotion for April, in recognition of Earth Day. This means that customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill.
Now, Get Bike Directions on Google Maps!On Wednesday, March 10, Google representatives made a very important announcement at the plenary session of the National Bike Summit - after many, many requests from users, you can now use Google Maps to get directions to go by bike! In addition to driving and walking, you can now choose bicycling as your means to get from point A to point B.
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