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If you've ever visited the BikeTexas office, chances are you've seen our bike fleet. We use them for events like our legislator rides, where we get as many elected officials as possible onto a bike so they can see what riding a bike in Texas is all about.
Chances are, if you've visited our office, you've also tripped over a bike, or come pretty close.
We're changing that right now. BikeTexas is a finalist in the Dero Bike Racks Dream Bike Room contest-- a chance to win $7500 in Dero products to get our bikes safely stored off the floor so we have space to walk around without accidentally starting a game of bicycle dominoes.
We need your help! Voting is tight and the other competitors--based in Pittsburgh-- want it as badly as we do. Are you going to let Pennsylvania win over Texas? We didn't think so. Please vote for BikeTexas today and then spread the word to all your friends! (Hint-- there's a line of social share buttons at the top of this email. All you have to do is click!) Voting just takes a few seconds.
And once we win, we'd love for you to come visit and enjoy the result. Please vote now! The contest closes at .
A great thing in Texas just got a little bit greater-- the City of San Juan held their first Open Streets (Ciclovía) event on Saturday, April 12. Over 200 residents of San Juan turned out to enjoy a car-free stroll, run, ride, or play through town.
Mercedes Benz of San Juan donated 120 children's helmets to give away for free during the event, and the Ciclistas Urbanos bicycle group of Edinburg, including BikeTexas Board Member Mark Peña, was on hand along with to help fit the helmets on excited little heads.
San Juan is the first city in the upper Rio Grande Valley to host a ciclovía, and already has plans for even bigger and better events in the future. Read more about the event here.
Photo L to R – Dumitru (Mickey) Caruntu, Graham Toal, Anne Toal, Jim Jones, Mayor San Juanita Sanchez, Captain Rey Casares, Michelle Peña, Mark Peña, Corporal Michael Martinez, Officer Bryan Medina, Liza Ramirez, Recreation Coordinator, and Officer Homer Villarreal. Photo courtesy of Mark Peña.
Every year in March, bike advocates from across the nation converge on Washington to swap stories, get inspired, and above all, to meet with their members of Congress. These three days of bike-loving madness are called the National Women's Bicycling Forum and the National Bike Summit.
BikeTexas is delighted to lead the Texas delegation every year as we hear from amazing speakers and network with our colleagues from different parts of the U.S. This year, 16 delegates from Texas went to Washington, DC, for the Forum and Summit. The 2014 theme was "United Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock."
The highlight of the Summit every year is Lobby Day, when each delegation heads to Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and representatives. This year's focus was to ask our members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation requiring the Department of Transportation to set performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian safety, similar to the ones already in place for auto traffic fatalities.
The Texas delegation split up into four teams and met with all 38 Texas Congressional offices. A major victory of the day was Representative Beto O'Rourke signing on as a cosponsor to the bill to establish the performance measures after the delegation visited his office.
We'd love to see you there next year! Start making plans now to join the Texas delegation to the 2015 National Bike Summit.
Photo L to R: Michael Payne, Carol Reifsnyder, Mike Kase, Vanessa Bissey-Beard, Preston Tyree, Robin Stallings, Jack Sanford, Erick Benz, Fred Zapalac, Ryan Hanson, Leslie Luciano, Talia McCray, Emma Cravey, Eileen Schaubert.
For those of us who love to ride bikes, every month is bike month, and we're not about to argue with that! However, ever since May was first declared Bike Month in 1956, it's been a month of extra celebrations of all things two wheels-- and we're not going to argue with that, either.
Would your community like to take part in Bike Month, but your local officials aren't sure where to begin? Below is a sample proclamation you can customize to declare that May is Bike Month in your city and across Texas. Let’s make Texas a great place to bike and walk!
The City/County of ____
Whereas, the bicycle is an economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of [insert city/county]’s scenic beauty; and
Whereas, throughout the month of May, the residents of [insert city/county] and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, commuting events, charity events, or by simply getting out and going for a ride; and
Whereas, [insert city/county]’s road and trail system attracts bicyclists each year, providing economic health, transportation, tourism, and scenic benefits; and
Whereas, creating a bicycling-friendly community has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, growing the economy of [insert city/county], attracting tourism dollars, improving traffic safety, supporting student learning outcomes, and reducing pollution, congestion, and wear and tear on our streets and roads; and
Whereas, BikeTexas, [insert local bicycle club/ organization/chamber/tourism bureau/regional planning organization], the League of American Bicyclists, schools, parks and recreation departments, police departments, public health districts, hospitals, companies and civic groups will be promoting bicycling during the month of May 2014; and
Whereas, these groups are also promoting bicycle tourism year round to attract more visitors to enjoy our local restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, and cultural and scenic attractions; and
Whereas, these groups are also promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities and improve health and safety for everyone on the road; and
Now therefore, I, _____, Mayor/Executive of [insert city/county], do hereby proclaim May 2014 as
in [insert city/county], and I urge all residents to join me in this special observance
Signed this ___ day of May, 2014
Saturday, April 19 2014 10:14
UPDATE on Monday, April 21: Felicia crossed the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon.
Felicia Scott's race is not over yet.
After her mother, Iris Stagner, was killed in the fall of 2012 while riding home from work on her bike, Felicia contacted the Boston Marathon. Iris had qualified to run in the prestigious marathon in 2013, and Felicia asked if she could finish what her mother had started. The Marathon officials agreed, and Felicia trained in her mother's memory so she could cross the finish line in Boston on April 15.
That dream was torn apart, too, by the bombs that went off at the finish line while Felicia had less than five miles to go. Hundreds of runners saw their Boston dreams crumble in an instant.
But the marathon, and Boston, and Felicia are all resilient. Marathon organizers invited all the runners who didn't get to finish last April to come back in 2014. Felicia accepted and has trained harder than ever to finally cross the finish line, carrying with her Iris' memory and her dreams to finish the Boston Marathon.
Boston's motto for 2014 may be "Boston Strong," but Felicia goes to the start line TEXAS strong.
Thursday, April 10 2014 10:02
BikeTexas has been proud to partner with Earth Day Dallas for many years and enjoy the hospitality of a great city and a great event that has brought nearly 150,000 North Texans together over the last three years. This year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Join us in Dallas April 26-27 at Fair Park to enjoy Earth Day Texas.
Now a statewide event, Earth Day Texas will showcase the world’s largest public exhibition of environmental initiatives of business, environmental nonprofits, schools and colleges, and governmental agencies. Earth Day Texas also provides eco-friendly family activities, presents enlightening talks and hands-on workshops provided by environmental leaders and much more. Admission is free, so don't miss out!
Visit http://earthdaytx.org/ to learn more. We want to see you at Fair Park April 26-27!
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