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Gil Peñalosa to Speak in Brownsville

BikeNews; Community

Gil Peñalosa, executive director of the Canadian non‐profit 8‐80 Cities and internationally renowned city advisor and active public spaces advocate, will speak to the Brownsville community August 28 and 30 as part of the Building a Vibrant Brownsville lecture series. Mr. Penalosa will share his knowledge and experience in designing parks, streets, and open spaces to foster improved health, economic development, and a greener environment.

As the former Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, Mr. Peñalosa successfully led the development of over 200 parks and the city’s popular ciclovías— a weekly Sunday event where streets are closed for the exclusive use of pedestrians and cyclists. The Bogotá ciclovías attract over a million users each week, and the idea has spread all over the world: parts of Europe, South America, New Zealand and North America all have had ciclovía events (including El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin, and Dallas).

As director of 8‐80 Cities, Mr. Peñalosa helps cities understand and design the infrastructure, open spaces, and programming needed to better integrate driving, cycling and walking for people ages 8‐80, and in a manner that fosters community interaction. “Brownsville is a city where the majority of the population is either very young or retirement age. We cannot continue building under the assumption that everybody has access to a car or is very fit and can easily move around. If we do, then we are ignoring a very large segment of our population, and they deserve better,” said Commissioner Rose Gowen, M.D.

Mr. Peñalosa, the third speaker of the Building a Vibrant Brownsville series, will give a special presentation for the Spanish‐speaking community on August 28 at the Camille Playhouse at 5:30 p.m. His keynote address (English) is scheduled for August 30 at the Science Engineering and Technology Building on the UTB and TSC campus at 7:00 p.m. Both lectures are free and open to the general public.


Bike Advocacy Benefit Ride - Sept 29 - Register Today!

BikeNews; Community


We're very excited to announce there's a new BikeTexas Event Member that's ALL ABOUT BikeTexas!

Your registration for the inaugural eRock the Ride - an amazing tour of the Hill Country with distances for all levels - will hugely benefit our important advocacy work for Texas cyclists and pedestrians.

eRock the Ride logoRegister Today! Routes include 20, 40, 66, and 100 miles through some of the best the Hill Country has to offer - Bat Cave, Kruger Canyon, Canyon Lake, and the toughest challenge - all the way to Enchanted Rock State Park!

All rides start and end at the luxurious JW Marriott Hill Country Resort (Enchanted Rock riders will be bused back.)

Riding will be followed by by a fabulous after party with yummy, food, drink and relaxation. You can treat yourself to a room at the resort before or after the ride at one-third the normal price, thanks to our sweet deal with Marriott (use this link for special pricing)

All rides are on Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at ~ 7:30am.

In addition to the great riding, BikeTexas will host our Annual Membership Meeting at the Marriott after the ride, and do the drawing for our Annual Trek Bike Giveaway. If you're not yet a member, or need to renew, you can do so at BikeTexas will raffle off a Trek 2013 Cocoa dutch-style city bike as part of our months-long membership drive. All current monthly members and anyone who joins or renews in August or September will be entered to win.

We're excited about this ride, and hope you are too! See you in San Antonio on Saturday, Sept. 29!


Bike Back to School

BikeNews; Education Fund

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It’s that time of year again: Kids, teachers, teenagers, and college students alike are all heading back to the classroom for another year of learning. Will you or your child be riding a bike to school this fall? Here are a few things to get everyone ready to roll!

ABC Quick Check

A. Air / Wheels:
Is the air pressure in the tires correct? Are the tires in good shape?
Do the wheels spin freely on the hub? Are all the spokes tight?

B. Brakes:
Do the brakes make the wheels skid?
Are the pads in good shape?
Spin both wheels; do the brake pads rub?

C. Chain / Crank / Pedal:
Is the chain straight?
Is the chain clean and lightly oiled? Is the chain free of rust?
Is the crank tight and secure?
Are the pedals tight and secure?

D. Drop:
Raise the bike about two inches and drop it. Does it make noise? Something may be loose.

Quick / Check:
Quick: If the bike is equipped with quick release fittings, are they properly adjusted?
Check: Ride around slowly. Does the bike appear to operate properly?

Make sure everyone in your family has a properly fitted helmet. Check out our Helmet Sizing and Adjustment guide for step-by-step directions. Need to get your kids motivated to wear a helmet? Show them the BikeTexas CATS Safety Bling! video.

Order BikeTexas Educational Materials for your classroom, afterschool program, or other youth event!

Does your bike need a tuneup? Check out the BikeTexas bike shop members in your area.

If your kids love riding their bikes and need an extra challenge this fall, join us at a Kids Kup event.


BikeTexas Action on MAP-21

BikeNews; Advocacy

You’ve probably received alerts from our national partner groups like the League of American Bicyclists, America Bikes, and America Trails about taking action to preserve all the funding available for biking and walking under MAP-21, the new federal transportation bill. Right now, we’re making it a priority to find the best course of action for Texas to make sure we get all the Transportation Alternatives funding available for our state.

We want Texas’ bike/ped funding as much anyone else. As of now, a grasstops campaign is the most effective way forward in our state. Our Executive Director is actively seeking meetings with the leaders at TxDOT, the Texas Transportation Commission, and the Governor's office to make sure Texas doesn't opt-out of these critical funds for biking and walking.

We know the national groups are asking for grassroots action. We appreciate that and we're preparing our own Texas version of that right now. But as of this moment, it's unclear what the best course of action iswe all know Texas is a unique state and it’s not certain who needs to hear from their constituency in order to make the right decision. We're working hard to make sure we know exactly how to target your efforts so that we can all ensure Texas continues to receive these essential funds.

Are you ready to take some action? Great! This knowledge we are gathering right now will help guide your actions in the grassroots. Stay tuned! We'll be sure to let you know exactly when is the most effective time to act to ensure we keep making Texas a great place to bike and walk.


The Spirit of Texas Ride Benefits Wimberley Band

BikeNews; Community

Wimberley Band. Photo courtesy of Andrea McBeath.

In a situation familiar to schools and parents across the state, Andrea McBeath watched as Wimberley High School’s Spirit of Texas Band budget was cut-- twice. “We’re making do,” she says, “but we have a lot less to make do with.”

The band’s usual fundraisers, like poinsettia sales and a concession stand at football games, weren’t quite cutting it for all the band’s needs, like new uniforms to replace the 20-year-old ones the students were wearing. In the meantime, the band students were working hard: some of Wimberley’s band members are state-ranked, including the jazz band that meets early in the morning twice a week to practice.

Andrea was struck by inspiration in May at the Real Ale Ride, as one excited participant after another rolled to the finish. She saw potential for a fun, fitness-oriented, completely different fundraiser: Host a bike ride.

The Wimberley Band Boosters approved the idea, and Andrea and others went to work finding sponsors (27 so far), choosing a course, and securing the necessary permits, first responders, and bike mechanics. Less than six months after the idea was born, The Spirit of Texas Ride, BikeTexas’ newest event member, will roll out for the first time on October 7. Andrea says the plan is to have the ride on the first Sunday of October every year, so it can be a warm-up for larger races happening around the state later in the fall.

One of the things Andrea said she did right was looking farther afield for sponsors and raffle donations. Local businesses are in on the act, but since they receive so many requests already for community events, The Spirit of Texas also has sponsors and raffle donors from surrounding cities. Andrea says, “We’ve been on the ground promoting the ride all summer long.”

All this work is critical to the band’s goals for the year. The Wimberley High School ‘Spirit of Texas’ Band has been invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech celebration in Washington, D.C., perform in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and take part in an Army Band clinic. The Band Boosters hope that with the funds raised from the ride, the band can not only shine at state competition this year, but also take every band student on this unforgettable trip.


BWORTH Request for Proposals: Children’s Bike/Walk Safety Education Project

BikeNews; Education Fund

NOTE: The proposal due date has been changed to 11:59pm CDT on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, to account for the Labor Day holiday. 

BikeTexas Education Fund (BikeTexas) is requesting proposals for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Bike/Walk Our Rich Texas History (BWORTH) program to support the goals and strategies of the Texas Department of Transportation Statewide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities involving Texas children bicycling and walking to and from schools and other venues. The BWORTH program seeks to contract development of an on-line digital tool for bicycling and walking safety education and physical activity encouragement for implementation in Texas elementary schools.

The full request for proposal (RFP) for the BWORTH tool may be viewed and/or downloaded on the web at The RFP includes an outline of the goals, objectives, performance measures, and scoring criteria for proposals to develop the BWORTH digital tool.

All questions regarding submittal of proposals for the BWORTH digital tool must be submitted by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:00 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2012. A list of the questions, with answers (Q&A document) will be posted on the BikeTexas website by 5:00 p.m. CDT, August 27, 2012.

Proposals may be submitted electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to BikeTexas, BWORTH August 2012 RFP, P.O. Box 1121, Austin, Texas 78767. Proposals for the BWORTH digital tool are due to BikeTexas no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT, September 4, 2012.


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