BikeTexas staff had an engaging first month of the Texas Legislature, reestablishing relationships with returning members and staff and meeting legislative newcomers. Our primary focus this month has been soliciting authors for the Safe Passing and Complete Streets bills.
BikeTexas staff started working before the session even began, with a January 6th bike ride in Austin for legislative interns. Many of the interns had just arrived in Austin to start their new legislative work, including one young woman from Zambia.
AARP and BikeTexas hosted a luncheon for legislators on January 23rd, featuring liveable communities expert Dan Burden. BikeTexas staff visited every legislative office (150 House and 31 Senate) to distribute invitations for the luncheon. A full house of legislators and legislative staff came to the luncheon to hear why Complete Streets are great for Texas.
In February, we anticipate the filing of the Safe Passing and Complete Streets bills. BikeTexas staff will then talk to transportation committee members in both the House and Senate to build support for a hearing and vote there.
By Cyclists in Suits Lobby Day on March 25, we expect to focus on educating the entire House and Senate membership about these cycling-friendly bills. Your participation on Cyclists in Suits Day will be critical to help us reach every office and ask for the votes we need!
As the session progresses, we will need your support. Even if you can’t make it to Austin for Cyclists in Suits, make sure to keep an eye out for Action Alerts and updates as cycling legislation works its way through the legislative process. Additionally, you can make a donation to BikeTexas’ legislative work here.
Thank you for helping to make Texas a great place to walk and bike!