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Action Alert: Contact Senator Ted Cruz TODAY

BikeNews; Action Alerts

Tuesday, July 14 2015 14:13


Senate Commerce Committee will vote on transportation amendments Wednesday
Tell Senator Cruz that you support active transportation
On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is voting on a number of amendments to the transportation bill. Senator Ted Cruz is on the Commerce Committee-- please contact him today to ask him to support both of these key amendments.

AMTRAK roll on service-- Please ask Senator Cruz to support the Manchin Amendment. 

Demand for multi-modal transportation options, including the increasingly popular combination of bikes with buses and trains, is growing across the country. Currently, only a handful of Amtrak stations and train services allow convenient roll-on access for bicycles, and where they do, the service is popular and well-used. The Manchin Amendment would require Amtrak to report to Congress on what standardized roll-on service for all users should look like and what it would take to get there. This amendment would benefit people who use wheelchairs and other assistive devices as well as those who travel with bicycles.
Safe Streets policy-- Please ask Senator Cruz to support the Heller, Schatz, Markey Amendment. 

This amendment would ensure that the design of federal surface transportation projects provides for the safe and adequate accommodation of all road users in the planning, development, and operation of transportation projects. Planning for all road users from the beginning of a project lowers costs from having to retrofit later, plus contributes to a complete transportation network for all.

TIGER Grants-- Please ask Senator Cruz to support the Cantwell Amendment.
TIGER grants, critical sources of funding for bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and other key projects for communities, has been gutted. The current bill restricts TIGER funds to freight only. Senator Cantwell's amendment would strike the freight-only language and restore this program. TIGER grants help cut through red tape and provide funding directly to local areas for transportation projects that boost local economies, enhance communities through connectivity, and increase transportation safety.
Use the contact form found on the Senate's website to contact Senator Cruz and ask him to support these amendments. Thank you for making Texas-- and the nation-- a great place to bike and walk!

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (July 10)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, July 10 2015 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:


texas trails active transportation 2014 fashion show bicycles biketexas

From BikeTexas:

Suggest a session now for TTAT 2016 in Houston.

Amazon Prime member? Next week is a great time to get some deals and support bicycle education at the same time.


From around Texas:

Do you live or ride in McAllen? Take this bikeshare survey. 

Houston has made a small change in its default lane widths that they're hoping will result in big dividends for active transportation.


texas trails and active transportation conference 2014 velo paso biketexasFrom elsewhere:

A tale of a successful road diet.

Virginia has seen some improvement in Safe Passing enforcement since their law went into effect last year.

With all the talk about protected intersections lately, Streetsblog dug up some old plans from the '70s that were never used in the U.S.

Why does "safety in numbers" work?


Have a great weekend!


Photos: Top: Serious times with the fashion show cast at TTAT 2014; Bottom: Velo Paso's Scott White recording TTAT 2014 for posterity.


Shop on Prime Day, Support Bicycle Education

BikeNews; Education Fund

Wednesday, July 08 2015 15:43

biketexas amazon smileOn July 15, Amazon is throwing themselves a little party called Prime Day. If you're gearing up to shop for Back to School or just because it sounds like a good day to get some stuff you've had your eye on, don't forget it's also a good time to support bicycle education in Texas. 

Log on to your Amazon shopping spree using, make sure BikeTexas (Texas Bicycle Coalition Education Fund) is listed as your beneficiary, and every time you shop, Amazon will send a portion of their profits to bicycle education. Easy peasy, right? 

Amazon Smile also works great on non-Prime Day, but July 15 is a good time to save yourself some cash and support BikeTexas' educational efforts at the same time. Thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (July 3)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, July 03 2015 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:


independence day bike ride flag biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Wednesday was International Joke Day. Why? We don't know. But we rounded up some bike jokes for you anyway.

BikeTexas spoke at the Texas Transportation Commission last week in support of bicycle infrastructure on the planned Bergstrom Expressway in Austin. Click on Item 7; hear about some of the details of the active transportation plans starting at 19:46; then hear from BikeTexas at 34:00.

Have you heard? Bike lights are back in stock! Order yours today.

We're closed today, but hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!


From around Texas:

Tour de Fort Worth kicks off this weekend! Learn more and register here.

BikeHouston calls on the Houston City Council to start enforcing Safe Passing.

Austin's Bergstrom Expressway will include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, providing key connectors to existing trails.


From elsewhere:

Electric bikes can get more people riding more places.

You've heard of bike trains-- check out this bike bus.

A look at the benefits of road diets.

Dublin is making bold moves to reduce congestion in the city center.

British researchers blame sedentary lifestyles for English schoolchildren being unhealthy.

Streetsblog points out discrepancies between Complete Streets policies and what cities are actually doing.


Have a great holiday weekend!



Bike Jokes for International Joke Day

BikeNews; Community

lege intern ride biketexasIt's International Joke Day-- are you prepared? We scoured the web for some of the best ones out there. Try these out on your next ride! (Special thanks to Bike Hutto for sending a couple of these.)

  • What do you get if you cross a bicycle and a flower? Bike petals.
  • Why did the bicycle fall over? It was two tired.
  • What's the difference between a well-dressed person on a bicycle & a poorly-dressed person on a tricycle? Attire.
  • What does a bike call its dad? Pop-cycle.
  • Which is the cheapest bicycle you can buy? A penny-farthing.
  • "I've really had it with my dog," said the first guy to his neighbor. "He'll chase anyone on a bicycle."

    "Hmmm, that is a problem," said the neighbor. "What are you thinking of doing about it?"

    "Guess the only answer is to take away his bike."

And if those aren't enough, check out this gem from WABikes.



News By Bike: Links for You to Read (June 19)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, June 19 2015 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:


biketexas light setsFrom BikeTexas:

CLIPS Beer and Film Tour is TONIGHT in Austin! Come rain or shine (clear, that is- it's a night event, so not so shiny), we'll be at the Long Center Lawn at 8 PM with our friends from New Belgium. Come thirsty! 

Do you live, work, or ride in Corpus Christi, Houston, Hutto, Lubbock, San Antonio, or The Woodlands? Get involved with bike happenings near you now.

Bike lights have arrived! They're going fast, so order yours today.


From around Texas:

Houston has been deadly for cyclists in recent weeks.

Austin is celebrating one year of a Complete Streets policy.


From elsewhere:

Lessons to learn from the success of Vision Zero in Europe.

Half of UK commuters live within five miles (i.e., an easy bike ride) of their destination.

There's a new report out about walkable access to jobs in the U.S. Spoiler: No Texas cities made the top 10.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Front light of our bike light sets. New version reads "BikePedEd" instead of "BikeTexas." 


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