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Friday, November 06 2015 11:00
Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:
We have a winner! Check out the Texas winners of the Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest.
We have another winner! Cal Restivo of Burleson won the Annual Membership Bike Giveaway. Cal is a monthly sustaining member, making Texas a great place to ride a bike! We'll be sure to share photos of Cal's new ride.
It's a great week for winners-- Texas A&M is the third Bicycle Friendly University in Texas.
Speaking of winners, you won! The U.S. House passed a transportation bill yesterday without the damaging amendments.
From around Texas:
Speaking of rained out events, HTX BikeFest has been rescheduled to next month (originally scheduled for this weekend).
And speaking of Houston, check out BikeHouston's excellent work to reach all people who ride bikes.
Somehow, this article manages to mention driver safety and dashboard entertainment systems within a few sentences of each other. No mention of safety if you're outside this car.
Oakland is testing out a super sharrow. (You have to bring your own super suit, though.)
And in news that made our office manager shriek, "Hey, I've been there!" when she saw the accompanying picture, check out this article about Glasgow's (Scotland) new separated bikeway.
Have a great weekend!
Photo: The winning Texas poster. Fingers crossed that this year's Texas winner will go all the way in the national contest!
You did it! Thank you for calling and emailing your U.S. Representatives in response to the Action Alert earlier this week. The anti-bike and anti-active-transportation amendments were defeated, and the House transportation bill passed on Thursday.
We're not done yet! Now, the transportation bills from the House and the Senate go to conference where the two chambers work out the differences between the bills. The Senate bill is stronger than the House bill at this point for people who walk or ride bikes. Three Texas representatives are on the conference committee: Brian Babin (R-36), Blake Farenthold (R-27), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30). Keep an eye out for more action on these bills over the next couple of weeks.
A huge thanks to our friends at the League of American Bicyclists for working so hard on Capitol Hill to keep members of Congress thinking about active transportation and to keep the rest of us informed! Read more about the House action this week on the League's blog.
Friday, November 06 2015 07:35
Texas A&M University is renowned for its school spirit and many traditions. After this week, the Aggies can add one more tradition to the list: being a great place to ride a bike.
The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Universities on November 5, and A&M entered the list for the first time with a Bronze-level award. A&M joins Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin as Texas' three bike-friendly universities. Together, these three schools serve over 145,000 students from across Texas and around the world.
Promoting bicycling and walking on (and to and from) campus is ideal for colleges and universities. Why? Active transportation solves parking problems; allows students to make smart economic choices; addresses sustainability and air quality concerns; and encourages active, safe, and healthy lifestyles for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The healthy habits students pick up in their college years can stay with them for life.
Congratulations, Texas A&M, and thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!
Photo: Texas A&M students take part in BikeTexas' Safety Bling! video in 2012.
Friday, November 06 2015 07:14
We've found the secret for ensuring intense discussion in the BikeTexas office: ask us to judge a poster contest. After the entries to the Saris 5th Grade National Poster Contest arrived, we had the hard work of choosing the top three. This year's submissions were excellent!
This year's poster contest theme was #LongForTheRide, and submissions had to include the hashtag somewhere in the poster.
The winning Texas poster comes from Bonner Elementary School in Tyler! The first place winner will receive a bike, helmet, and bell from Saris, and the poster is winging its way to the Saris headquarters for its spot in the nationwide contest right now. Everyone gets to vote in the national contest, so keep an eye out for us telling you when it's time!
Second place for Texas is from Gerard Elementary School in Cleburne. The second place winner will receive a helmet and a bell from Saris.
Third place in Texas comes to us from Alice Carlson Applied Learning Academy in Fort Worth. The third place winner will receive a new bell from Saris.
All of the entrants should be proud of themselves--you all did a great job and made choosing the top three extra-hard. Well done, Texas 5th graders!
Tuesday, November 03 2015 11:57
Thursday, October 29 2015 09:44
BikeTexas regrets to announce that Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro has been canceled. Austin BikeFest was scheduled for October 31.
The weather forecast calls for thunderstorms and rain for much of the day Friday and on into the morning on Saturday. Out of concern for the safety and comfort of our volunteers, staff, and attendees, as well as the well being of Govalle Park, we have decided not to risk having Austin BikeFest in what is likely to be a rain-soaked park.
We are disappointed that the weather was not favorable for BikeFest this weekend and are exploring options for rescheduling. We’re looking forward to Austin BikeFest 2016.
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