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Survey for Women Cyclists

Judi of Austin Ridge RidersWomen, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals needs YOU! They are conducting a survey designed to learn more about the reasons women do and do not ride bicycles, with the goal of finding strategies to increase the numbers of women cyclists.

The survey should take between 5-15 minutes, and is not designed for mobile phones so should be taken on a computer. To take the survey, click here.

After you take it, please pass the link on to other women, cyclists or not!

ParentsPlus Introduced at PTA Conference

PTA Conference 2010On Sunday, February 28, 2010, BikeTexas staff presented at the 101st Annual Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) State Convention in Corpus Christi. BikeTexas had been invited, and took the opportunity to inform the PTA about the new BikeTexas ParentsPlus Program.

Read more: ParentsPlus Introduced at PTA Conference


Teachers, Community Bring Bike Safety to Kingwood Elem.

Kingwood Bike RodeoHouston-area residents know Kingwood as a large, 14,000 acre master planned community of 65,000 residents located about 23 miles north of Downtown Houston in the East Texas Piney Woods. The community has a greenbelt system of 75+ miles of interconnected hike and bike trails running through the Piney Woods and lakes.

SuperCyclist-certified Deerfield Elementary School P.E. teacher Ellen Deaton wanted to help Kingwood children use this tremendous resource, and surrounding streets, safely. So on March 5, 2010 she, along with six officers from the Houston Police Department and Kingwood Bicycle Patrol, held a rodeo for about 440 Deerwood Elementary students from grades 1-4.

Read more: Teachers, Community Bring Bike Safety to Kingwood Elem.


Taking a Walk with Mark Fenton

Mark Fenton

(Contributed by Eli Robinson, BikeTexas intern)

The highlight of the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, for me, was Mark Fenton, an Olympian Speed Walker and alternative transportation advocate who captivated the entire conference over his enthusiastically-delivered Thursday lunch plenary titled "Lessons Learned on a Very Long Walk."

By framing the process of successful community organizing into an anecdote of a Pacific Crest speed-hike adventure he recently undertook, Fenton's presentation combined striking visual images, comedy, and audience participation into an exciting inspirational talk. It was easy to see how Fenton could coordinate disparate groups into a position of alignment by using his enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Read more: Taking a Walk with Mark Fenton


Kids Kup at Flat Rock Ranch

Kids Kup Flat Rock RanchThe weather was as good as it gets for the March 13, 2010 BikeTexas Kids Kup at Flat Rock Ranch near Comfort, Texas. The many shade trees provided cool places for the children and their parents to gather for the pre-ride safety talk. There were 23 Kids Kup riders, ages 4 to 11, that enjoyed the twisty, winding course. South Texas Off-Road Mountain Bikers (STORM) hosted this event in the Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association (TMBRA) 2010 Spring Texas Championship Series. Saturday also saw TMBRA racers participating in a series of short track and time trial races. The opportunity to watch the other riders compete added even more excitement to the Kids Kup event.

Read more: Kids Kup at Flat Rock Ranch


Inspiring Words From Transportation Secretary

Ray LaHood and Rep. Earl BlumenauerCyclists from all over the country listened eagerly at the Thursday, March 11 National Bike Summit evening reception as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stood on a tabletop to thank us for being there, and lay out his vision for livable communities in America. Then on March 15, LaHood took to his blog to "announce a sea change": "the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized."

Read more: Inspiring Words From Transportation Secretary


Texas Well-Represented at Largest National Bike Summit Ever

Texas Delegation to Bike Summit 2010With more than 725 attendees at this year's League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit, the 2010 Summit was the biggest yet! From March 9-11, BikeTexas staff joined a diverse group of BikeTexas members, bike retailers, and professional and citizen advocates from all over Texas. The goal? To share ideas with cyclists from around the country, and then to visit our elected officials to let them know cyclists' legislative priorities. Oh, and to have a little fun hanging out with more than 700 fellow cycling advocates!

Read more: Texas Well-Represented at Largest National Bike Summit Ever


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