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News By Bike: February 23

BikeNews; Community


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


From BikeTexas:

Early Bird registration for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2018 is open now! Join us May 2-4 in Austin to hear the latest in trails and active transportation from across the state and around the country.

Speaker registration for TTAT 2018 is also open! Have something to share with your fellow transportation professionals and advocates? Sign up to speak now.

Need a bike rack or a rental bike for South by Southwest? Know someone who does? We have what you need.


From around Texas:

Andrew Tilin of Austin was killed while changing a tire on a roadway shoulder last weekend

Melissa Robles of McAllen was killed while riding Monday morning. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of both fallen riders.

Early voting in Texas continues until March 2. Election day is March 6.

El Paso and Weslaco made the CDC's list of real-world examples of infrastructure that can increase physical activity.

Ten Texas mayors have joined the 10-minute walk to a park campaign.


From elsewhere:

Check out these great pedestrian spaces from around the world.

See what percentage of each state's roads are funded by user fees.

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released the first report card of walking in the U.S. The results are... well, let's just say this isn't a report card we would ever have wanted to take home.

In most US cities, Vision Zero remains a nice idea rather than a reality.


Have a great weekend!


Golden Oldies: Blast from TTAT Past #TTAT2018

BikeNews; Community

ttat photosWe're looking forward to the fifth Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference heading back to Austin from May 2-4, 2018, at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Not sure what TTAT is? Maybe need a refresher from years past? No problem! Check out highlights from previous TTAT conferences below. Get inspired by past years's sessions, keynotes, and mobile workshops. Start thinking about what you can share at and take away from TTAT 2018. Once this trip down memory lane has you ready for another great conference, then it's time to register for the conference, book your hotel room, and submit a session to present in 2018.


2016: Houston

Ask An Attendee: Why Register for TTAT 2016? (BikeTexas)

Cycling Advocates Say Confidence Is The Key To Getting More Houstonians On Bikes (Houston Public Media)

Cycling Advocates Say Electric Bikes Could Change The Way People Get Around Houston (Houston Public Media)

Event showcases electric bikes to relieve Houston traffic (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Electric Bike Expo: Transportation, Media, and Fun! (Electric Bike Report)

It's Electrifying! (BikeTexas)

Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of #TTAT2016 (BikeTexas)

Turner gets bike crowd moving, on its feet (Houston Chronicle)

Wednesday photos

Thursday photos

Friday photos


2014: Fort Worth

Betsy Price and Bike Fort Worth (Asakura Robinson)

Brownsville Wins Great Texas Trail Head Award (Valley Morning Star)

Conference Summary from an Out-of-State Advocate (Bike Oklahoma)

Even Bicycling is Bigger in Texas (Georgia Bikes)

Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of TTAT2014 (BikeTexas)

Texas is on Fire! And other Great Texas Happenings (Adventure Cycling Association)

The Thirty Minute City and the Futility (or Stupidity) of Endless Highway Building (D Magazine | Patrick Kennedy)

Wednesday photos

Thursday photos

Friday photos


2012: San Antonio

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Wins Bicycle and Pedestrian Activist of the Year (Bike Friendly Oak Cliff)

Bogatá, Seville, and Dallas (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Congressman Jim Oberstar (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Elected Officials Ellis, Wentworth, and Oberstar Support Bike/Ped at TTAT Conference (BikeTexas)

Mission Ride (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Mobile Sessions Get TTAT Moving (BikeTexas)

San Antonio B-Cycle (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (Cheekyness | Su Wilcox)

TTAT Conference: Highlights from Texas' main event for walking and biking (BikeTexas)

TTAT Conference Highlights: San Antonio Greenway Trails (BikeTexas)

Photos: John Burke; Senator Ellis; B-cycle Ride; Leon Creek Greenway Ride


2010: Austin

Four Days of Conference Were Action Packed! (BikeTexas)

Renowned Speakers and Attendees Combined to Make the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference a Great Success (BikeTexas)

Safe Routes to School Experts Speak at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference (BikeTexas)

Wednesday pictures

Thursday pictures

Friday pictures

Saturday pictures


Way back in the day

Before there was TTAT, the Texas Trails Network put on the annual Texas Trails Conference that was the precursor to the current conference. 

2009: Waco

2008: The Woodlands

2005: San Marcos

Safe Routes to School Experts Speak at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference


Early Voting Starts Today for the 2018 Texas Primary Election

BikeNews; Advocacy

biketexas bike the vote 2014Mark your calendars! The Texas Primary Election is March 6, but early voting starts today and runs through March 2.

If you aren't registered, you can't vote in the primary, but now's a good time to get your registraiton in so you're able to vote in November. Check out the Texas Secretary of State site to learn more.

Find early voting locations, sample ballots, and nonpartisan candidate information at your county clerk's website.

In the District 21 (Austin) Congressional primary, BikeTexas endorses Elliott McFadden. Mr. McFadden has been involved in making Austin a great place to ride a bike for many years, including as the executive director of the highly successful and wildly popular Austin B-Cycle. Mr. McFadden will stand up for people who ride bikes and our access to funding and infrastructure, in Austin, in Texas, and around the nation.

Make your voice heard and exercise your right to vote!


Bike Rack Rental: #SXSW2018 Special!

BikeNews; Community

Bicycle Parking for All Event Shapes and Sizes--Even SXSW-Sized!

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Special pricing for SXSW Events: Rent bike racks for 10 days for $200/rack--30% off our normal rate!

Only need one rack? You got it--no large order required. Each bike rack holds 14 bikes. SXSW rate includes delivery and pickup.

Questions or need to discuss an order of 5 racks or more? Call us at 512-476-7433 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ready to order? Fill out the form below:



Submit a Session Now for #TTAT2018

BikeNews; Community

Submit your proposal now to speak at TTAT 2018
Share your expertise in Austin in May
Do you have a unique perspective on active transportation or trails in Texas? Are there lessons learned from a project that you can share? Are you committed to making Texas a great place for all kinds of transportation and recreation?
If so, we need you at TTAT 2018! Share your story, knowledge, expertise, and accomplishments with your peers at TTAT 2018, May 2-4 in Austin. You'll be joining a distinguished group of experts that includes Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy President Keith Laughlin, Austin American-Statesman writer and BikeTexas Board Member Alberta Phillips, Toole Design Group Founder and President Jennifer Toole, Trails Unlimited's Cam Lockwood, and other outstanding professionals.
The 2018 TTAT call for presentations is open now. We invite you to share your hard-won knowledge with other professionals in your presentation, roundtable, panel, or other type of session. Please also share the news with any others you think might be interested!
Here are some topic ideas to get you started:
  • Multi-use Trails: Equity and Economics
  • Vision Zero: Top Safety Priorities for Street Improvements
  • Safe Routes to School: Positive Impacts on School Budgets and Learning Outcomes
  • Economic Impact of Bicycling in Texas, Urban and Rural
  • Best Practices for Measuring Bicycling Mode Share
  • Texas Bicycle Tourism Routes and the US Bike Route System
  • Autonomous Vehicles and the Impact on Bicyclists and Pedestrians
  • Economic, Health and Lifestyle Benefits of Urban Natural Surface Trails
  • Natural Surface Trails, Minimizing Maintenance by Design
  • Paddling Trails: Overlooked Opportunities
  • Natural Surface Trails: ADA Considerations
  • Equestrian Trails: Specific Needs


Submit your proposal by March 9 and mark your calendar for May 2-4 in Austin!

New Article From John Pucher and Ralph Buehler

BikeNews; Advocacy

low Speaking in Irving-7081 2Dr. John Pucher and Dr. Ralph Buehler have published a new article, "Cycling towards a more sustainable transport future," in Transport Review. The article considers the rapid growth in bicycle use across the world since 1990, and suggests policy and infrastructure improvements for continued growth.

Dr. Pucher and Dr. Buehler are the authors of the 2012 book City Cycling, a resource we recommend for advocates to bring key facts to their elected officials. Additionally, Dr. Pucher was the speaker at our 2013 Shifting Gears series.

Dr. Pucher and Dr. Buehler are knowledgeable, dedicated transportation researchers at the leading edge of advancements for bicycling around the world. Don't miss their new article!


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