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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.

   

Help us Celebrate 25 Years, Welcome New Staff, and More: BikeTexas Today May 2016

Wednesday, May 25 2016 10:28

Everyone has at least one great story of how riding a bike makes life better. To help us celebrate 25 years of BikeTexas, we're asking you to share your stories, pictures, videos, and even audio podcast with us for the chance to to be featured on our website, in the newsletter, our media outreach, and more. Please send your stories to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by June 30, 2016.
Great News for Bike Month
Celebrate Bike Month by congratulating new Bicycle Friendly Communities and Businesses in Texas! Frisco is Texas' newest Bicycle Friendly Community, earning the League of American Bicyclists' Bronze designation. Denton, Hollywood Park, and Sugar Land have each earned Bicycle Friendly Honorable Mention from the League.
 
New Bicycle Friendly Businesses are Asakura Robinson in Austin at the bronze level, and B&B Bicycles in Cedar Hill (owned by BikeTexas board member Beth Farrell) is a new silver-level bicycle friendly business. 
 
Image of bike racks at Frisco City Hall courtesy of Joel Hoback.
BikeTexas is proud to announce that our own Fernando Martinez has been named Advocate of the Year by the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Fernando received his award as part of the National Bike Summit on March 7.
 
BikeTexas congratulates Fernando on his achievement, and we're delighted that he has brought the Advocate of the Year award back home to Texas. 
Fernando Martinez
Meet Beth Nobles
BikeTexas is pleased to announce that this June the very talented Beth Nobles, the former Executive Director of Texas Mountain Trail Region of the Texas Heritage Trails program, returns to Texas as the first ever BikeTexas Deputy Director. Beth has most recently been the Associate Director of Development for the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
 
Beth brings to BikeTexas her deep knowledge of fundraising, storytelling, strategic partnerships, and her passion for discovering the beauty and grandeur of Texas by bike. Please join us in welcoming Beth back to Texas!
Beth Nobles
Welcome Back Leslie Luciano
Our friends, fans and followers will be delighted to know Leslie Luciano has returned to BikeTexas full time this May as our Business Manager.
 
Most recently Leslie has been our Special Projects Manager, using her skills as a policy expert to lead our state delegates at the National Bike Summit in March. Leslie has also spent the last two years working as the Collaboration Director for Rocket Electrics in Austin. We're so glad to welcome Leslie back to the BikeTexas office!
Leslie Luciano

Join BikeTexas in welcoming our newest member of staff, Lynn Haas. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UT Austin and will be doing transportation engineering for BikeTexas. Lynn particularly enjoys intersection and interchange design, and will often pause in her commute to study traffic flow--watching how road users interact with infrastructure is one of her favorite things about bike commuting.

Lynn's major project for BikeTexas will be the 2017 Benchmarking Report.

Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016
photo collage from TTAT 2016

Thanks for a fantastic Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference! March 9-11 were three great days in Houston and we’re so glad you were able to attend.  

Did you hear the news? Read conference coverage here:

You ought to be in pictures - and you are! Above is a photo collage from the conference. See the complete 2016 TTAT photo gallery here.

Save the date! The next Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is scheduled for Spring 2018, location to be announced soon.

BikePedEd is Here!
As rides are starting earlier and finishing later to beat the Texas heat, now is the perfect time to order bike lights for your whole bike clubDo you know a summer youth camp, a government agency, Boy or Girl Scout troop, or other group that needs bicycle and pedestrian education and safety materials? We have you covered!
 
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Thank You, BikeTexas Sponsors!
For 25 years, many folks have worked hard to make Texas a great place to walk or bike. The BikeTexas Advisory Board makes it possible to educate more legislators, work with more city officials, and provide more materials to teachers around the state, to keep bicycle advocacy in Texas alive and well for the next 25 years! Many thanks to Dr. Bill Shea, Trammell S. Crow, Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, Senator Rodney Ellis, and Gail and Jim Spann. 

Looking for a bike shop or other business near you that supports bicycle advocacy in Texas? Check out the complete list of bike shop and business members here.
Roll along with your best bicycling buddies and make Texas a great place to bike at the same time! Looking for a great club or advocacy org near you? Look no further.
 
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Share Your Stories and Help Us Celebrate 25 Years

Monday, May 23 2016 08:30

far west texas for webBikeTexas is celebrating 25 years of making Texas a great place to ride a bike, and the celebration includes YOU!

Send us your stories, pictures, videos, or even audio podcast, telling the world how riding a bike makes your life better. We'll be sharing the stories we collect all year long as we celebrate our silver anniversary with the supporters who've made this all possible--you!

Send your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by June 30. We can't wait to hear from folks who ride bikes all over the great state of Texas!

 

Image courtesy of Beth Nobles.

   

Meet Our Spring Intern!

meet spring intern brent voylesBy Brent Voyles

I’m from a really small town called Lindsay, TX. I’ve been in Austin for 8 years. I’m about to graduate from Texas State, where I’m majoring in Health & Fitness Management, with a degree in Exercise Sports Science. My goal after graduation is to work for a sports team as an equipment manager, locker room manager, or something along those lines.

During my time at BikeTexas I want to learn all I can about how BikeTexas manages their equipment and how an organization is run.

We're excited to have Brent with us this spring. If you stop by the office or see him at an event in the next couple of months, be sure to say hello and congratulate him on his soon-to-be graduation!

 

   

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