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Throwback Thursday: October is the Fallen Leaf

BikeNews; Community

tour de fat 2004 biketexasFor this Throwback Thursday post, we'll look at October at BikeTexas through the years. Post title is from the Hal Borland quote “October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen."


In 2005, BikeTexas Member Event Texas Cycling Classic donated their proceeds to help children displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Austin became the first Texas city to enact a Safe Passing Ordinance on October 22, 2009. Since then, 24 other Texas cities have followed suit.

The first VIP bike ride at a Texas NAACP Convention was on October 9, 2010.

October is a good month for bike friendliness! We presented BikeTexas Champion awards to bike-friendly legislators Texas Senator Rodney Ellis and Texas Representative Linda Harper-Brown in 2011, and a year ago, Houston became Texas' fourth recognized Bicycle Friendly Community.

We celebrated in 2008 that TxDOT agreed to review seal coat processes statewide to make state roads better for people on bikes.

We've also had sad Octobers, with the losses of Byron de Sousa, Larry McQuien, and Greg and Alex Bruehler.

UT Health Fair Oct 2007October is a banner month for bike and walking education!

And finally, Dad and daughter find out how much fun it is to bike to and from school.


Photos-- Top: BikeTexas (Texas Bicycle Coalition) booth at Tour de Fat in October 2004; bottom: meeting students at a UT Austin health fair in October 2007.


Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Oct 3)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, October 03 2014 12:00

In case you missed it: Here are some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading!


Cyclosomatic Dallas 2011 biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Texas' Newest Bicycle Friendly Businesses

2014's final KidsKup race is next Saturday!


From around Texas:

Houston's Grisby Square is getting a Woonerf

Travis County bicycle projects moving forward

Cyclesomatic 2014 presented by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff (Dallas) is underway

More info about Austin's new Southern Walnut Creek Trail. See it in person at Austin BikeFest presented by Capial Metro on October 25.

BikeHouston is looking for bike valet volunteers for Sunday Streets


From elsewhere: 

"A bike culture is one in which riding a bicycle is a pretty ordinary, unremarkable thing to do." 

Walking and using your phone in China? There's a sidewalk for that.

Complete streets boost business, even in the suburbs

"The two most important factors for choosing a travel mode: total travel time (walking/cycling/driving + waiting + riding), and reliability."

Fortunately, pedestrians aren't injured by people on bikes very often, and that number is on the decline; meanwhile; not such good news for pedestrians killed by motor vehicles

A woman riding a bike in Kentucky was found guilty... of riding her bike in the road

Dancing pedestrian signals keep you entertained while you wait


Photo: At Cyclesomatic 2011

Have a great weekend!


Texas' Rising Stars: New Bicycle Friendly Businesses Announced

BikeNews; Community

bike to work day 2010 biketexasThe League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and it's the biggest group yet. There are now over 800 businesses and agencies listed as bicycle friendly from across the U.S. The Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes employers for their hard work to make their workplace safe and inviting for people who ride bikes. See an overview of the Bicycle Friendly Business Program here.

We couldn't be prouder of the five Texas businesses on the list! New awardees in Texas are:


Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division; Austin

Fort Worth Bike Sharing; Fort Worth

Pedal Power Bicycles; San Marcos

Honorable Mention

3M Austin Center; Austin

One previous awardee moved up in ranking-- Advanced Micro Devices in Austin is now a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business. Altogether, these companies represent over 2600 Texans whose employers recognize that bicycles mean business. Congratulations to all!

Is your business bike-friendly? Want to get designated and be on this list next time? Great! We're glad to help. Contact Leslie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get started.


Please support Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Texas! Here's the full list of Texas Bicycle Friendly Businesses (* indicates BikeTexas Business Members):


*Bicycle Sport Shop; Austin


*Bike World; San Antonio

Advanced Micro Devices; Austin

Blue Line Bike Lab; Houston

Casteel & Associates, Inc.; Dallas

City of Austin; Austin

El Meson Restaurant; Houston

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division; Austin

Fort Worth Bike Sharing; Fort Worth

Pedal Power Bicycles; San Marcos

Plano Cycling & Fitness, Inc.; Plano

Sugar Cycles, Inc.; Missouri City

The LIVESTRONG Foundation; Austin

USAA; San Antonio

tilley bicycle pedestrian bridge fort worth texas


*Bikesport; Houston

Asakura Robinson Company LLC; Houston

City of Fort Worth; Fort Worth

HomeAway; Austin

San Antonio Bike Share; San Antonio

Texas Instruments Inc.; Plano

Wheatsville Food Co-op; Austin


Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Sept 26)

BikeNews; Community

dexapedia ttu bikesIn case you missed it: Here are some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 


From around Texas:

Stealing a bike with GPS doesn't really work out

Houston's Memorial Park will get a facelift

People who ride bikes in The Woodlands are working hard for infrastructure

Tyler silent auction to benefit injured cyclist

Plano's Cottonwood Creek Trail may get longer

Bicycle giveaway at Houston's Magnolia ISD


From elsewhere:

Need more ideas for a bike train, what with International Walk to School Day almost upon us? Learn more ins and outs here.

Grab that cup of joe on your way out the door-- bikes & coffee were meant to be

Finally! US DOT has a plan to reduce bike/ped fatalities

And the League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses. We'll have more on the Texas businesses next week! 


Photo: Bikes at Texas Tech University, from @INtheLBK on Twitter.


Volunteer at Síclovía this Sunday in San Antonio

BikeNews; Community

san antonio siclovia biketexasSíclovía is just around the corner! Event organizers are expecting 70,000 people to participate at this open streets event on Sunday September 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
BikeTexas will be providing free bike rentals and sharing information about our important advocacy and education work. 


Please come out and lend a hand!


Help is needed in 1-2 hour shifts starting at 9am until 4pm. Síclovía runs 10am-3pm, and help is needed before and after setting up our tents and bicycles as well as packing things up. We could also use help during the event, helping register people for free bike rentals, fitting helmets, and talking about BikeTexas. 


If you can volunteer this Sunday at any time, please email Jack Sanford at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and let him know what hours you can give. 
If you can't volunteer your time, at least be sure to come play in the streets this Sunday! This Síclovía features a new route extension into the East Side, connecting the Dignowity Hill area via Nolan St to the typical route along Broadway and N. Alamo from Lions Field to Alamo Plaza. 
BikeTexas will be set up at the corner of Hackberry and Burnet, at the main East Side site, in front of Lockwood Park in the Dignowity Hill neighborhood. Stop by and say hello even if you can't volunteer. 


Hope to see you Saturday September 28!

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Sept 19)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, September 19 2014 00:00

In case you missed it: Here are some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 


parking day atx 2012 biketexasIt's Park(ing) Day around the world! Take a look at this map to see if a parklet is happening near you.

Today also be Talk Like a Pirate Day, savvy? We be not recommendin' that ye ride yer bike with an eyepatch on, but be sure to "arrrr" at yer mateys.


From around Texas:

The Texas Transportation Commission voted yesterday to adopt rules for the Transportation Alternatives Program, despite hundreds of comments asking them to adjust the rules to make it easier for bike/ped projects to get on the ground. Our response coming next week: stay tuned.

Bicycling Magazine ran a nice article about Houston


From elsewhere:

Taking transit could be a key to losing weight

Now, that's a mobile library!

And finally, North American Bikeshare Association Launches in U.S. (Possibly to celebrate that bikeshare programs are so darned safe.)


Happy reading!


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