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Cyclists in Suits Agenda

Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:17

It's almost time for Cyclists in Suits!
Agenda for the Day
With the big day just around the corner, here's the agenda for a full day of lobbying on March 30.
We'll start off with a light breakfast in the Capitol Auditorum, room E1.004 (see a map of the Capitol here) at 8:30 AM. Briefing for the day begins at 9 AM, with an overview of the bills we're asking our legislators to support and some tips for talking to elected officials and staffers.
The bills we're talking to legislators about are (links will take you to the text of the bills):
The Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act,  HB 2459 & SB 1416
Ban on Texting while Driving, HB 80
Safety Light at Night, HB 471
Transportation Safety Advisory Committee, HB 1136
Safe Neighborhood Streets, SB 1717
We will also let legislators know we oppose HB 383, which would require bicycles to be equipped with a mirror as part of a safe passing law.
If you didn't sign up for a bus and/or a homestay when you registered, now is the time. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you can offer a homestay in the Austin area or if you would like to request a homestay. Transportation to Austin is being organized locally. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like to carpool, or need to sign up for a bus (we'll pass your information on to the right group). Homestays and carpools are not guaranteed, but we'll do our best to connect people.
If you've already signed up for a carpool or homestay, we'll contact you by the end of the week with any questions or updates. 
Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask! Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
We look forward to lobbying with you at the Capitol on March 30! Remember, the more the merrier: encourage all your friends who ride bikes to join you in Austin.
Cyclists in Suits is presented at no cost to attendees, thanks to our sponsors Richardson Bike Mart, Bicycles Inc, and Hans Johnsen Company.

Get Involved! National Bike Summit Lobby Day

texans at nbs15 for web biketexasLast year at the National Bike Summit, advocates in D.C. and around the country visited, tweeted, emailed, and otherwise contacted their members of Congress about setting performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities. One year later, and those performance measures are a reality. That's the difference that lobbying makes.

Today, we can make a difference again! Bike Summit attendees are on the Hill today making personal visits, but don't let that stop you from reaching out from home. Advocates are asking three things from their members of Congress today:

1. Will you support continued funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal transportation program?  (House and Senate)

2. Will you co-sponsor the Vision Zero Act? (HR 1274) (House)

3. Will you co-sponsor the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act (TAPIA)? (Senate)

Read more about these asks here.

Please reach out to your members of Congress today, via social media or email, to ask for their support for these measures for alternative transportation. Write your own message or use the League of American Bicyclists' action center. Your voice matters!


Throwback Thursday: Innovation Award

biketexas staff innovation advocacy award nbs12In honor of the National Bike Summit this week, we'll do a very short throwback to 2012, when BikeTexas won the Innovation Award from the Alliance for Biking and Walking during "the Oscars of bicycle advocacy" at the summit.

The Innovation Award was in recognition of BikeTexas' VIP bike rides for elected officials and policymakers using our bike fleet. Thanks to these rides at the local, state, and even national levels, more cities and states have leaders who have seen firsthand the joys and challenges of riding a bike. We get elected officials, staffers, and other decision-makers on bikes as often as we can!


Submit Comments Now for 183 North Project

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:03

ct rma trail at 183 austin biketexasNumbers Matter: Please attend the 183 North Mobility Project Open House and show your support for a shared-use path.

Tonight, March 10, the 183 North Mobility Project is holding an open house to update the public on the plans for the segment of 183 between MoPac and SH 45N.

$5 million for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations is included in this project.

Now is a critical time for people who ride bikes in Austin to speak up and ask for a shared-use path along the entire corridor. With funding already dedicated to this project, the next step is for us to ensure that our voices are heard and submit comments asking for a shared-use path.

Please attend the open house tonight at Westwood High School Cafeteria (map) from 5-8 PM, or submit comments online here. Your voice matters! Thank you for making Austin a great place to ride a bike.



Throwback Thursday: Cyclists in Suits

Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

texas first cyclists in suits 2001 biketexasSince 2001, there's one thing legislators can count on every session: getting a visit and a bike pin on Cyclists in Suits Day.

Through the years, hundreds of Texans who ride bikes have made the trek to Austin to speak to legislators about bills that are important to have passed-- or bills that need to be voted down, like SB 238 in 2001. Our recap of the legislature that year:

Stopped Senate Bill 238, anti-bike legislation, from passing through the Texas Legislature, whereupon Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth fully acknowledged the power of the Texas bicycle lobby to the press.

"He has received more calls, letters, and emails from his constituents on SB 238 than any other bill he has introduced. The cycling lobby had done an effective job of networking."
-- Jan. 2001, San Antonio Express-News

(Senator Wentworth went on to become a friend to people who ride bikes, and introduced Senator Ellis' keynote address at TTAT 2012.)

Add your voice to the hundreds-- register for Cyclists in Suits 2015


Photo: Poster for the first Cyclists in Suits on April 9, 2001.


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