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BikeTexas Supports Austin's Bond Package

 
Austin City Council Moves Forward with the Largest Transportation Bond Proposal in the City's History
 
BikeTexas is going to work hard to make it happen in November.
 

Austin City Council worked into the wee hours Friday morning before passing, on an 8-3 vote, the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history. $120 million of the proposed $720 million is designated towards active transportation in Austin--urban trails, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, and Safe Routes to School. BikeTexas is proud to stand with Mayor Adler and support this bond proposal.

BikeTexas has been meeting with council members to discuss the November bond election since September 2015. Over the past nine months, we've urged the mayor and city council to pass a balanced package that includes significant resources for active transportation, including Complete Streets.

After compromise from all sides, the inclusive package will now go to City staff for development of bond language. In August, the City Council will determine whether a bond referendum will go before the voters in November. This plan is poised to make a transformational change for active transportation in Austin. 

To pass such an ambitious bond in November's election, it will be crucial for all sides to come together. This bond has inspired vigorous discussion and community input, and we look forward to working shoulder-to shoulder with all segments of Austin’s community to make these bonds a reality in November.

Many folks worked hard on this bond package, and we offer special thanks to Mayor Adler for his strategic thinking on Austin's transportation future. Council Member Ann Kitchen's wisdom and commitment to the best interest of her district and the city of Austin as a whole have been invaluable in getting this bond package passed by the city council. Additionally, the Mayor’s and Council Member’s staffs worked tirelessly to craft as inclusive a package as possible for Austin's current and future transportation needs.

BikeTexas is particularly proud of our work and our supporters’ work in this effort. We’ve seen dramatic improvement in active transportation funding over any previous bond election and over objections raised early in the process by those who are less committed to an Austin that supports and encourages active transportation. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting this bond passed in November.

BikeTexas will be on the lookout for federal or state grant opportunities so the City of Austin can leverage these local active transportation bonds to build out the bicycle and sidewalk master plans.

 
BikeTexas' Leslie Luciano addresses the Austin City Council late Thursday night.
 

#TTAT2016: Take the Conference Survey Now!

ttat photosThanks for a fantastic Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference! March 9-11 were three great days in Houston and we’re so glad you were able to attend.

 

We want to hear from you! Was the conference all you hoped? Lacking in some area? Give us your feedback from TTAT 2016–take the survey here.

 

You ought to be in pictures– and you are! See the complete 2016 TTAT photo gallery here.

 

 

 

   

In the News: #TTAT2016

The Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference created quite a buzz in Houston! Check out some of the media coverage here:

 

ttat 2016 biketexas houston mayor turner

"Turner Gets Bike Crowd Moving, On Its Feet," Houston Chronicle

"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

"The Houston Electric Bike Expo: Transportation, Media, and Fun!," Electric Bike Report

 

And specific to the Electric Bike Expo:

 

"Event Showcases Electric Bikes to Relieve Houston Traffic," Houston Chronicle

"Electric Bike Expo Rides Through Houston All Weekend," CW

"Scenes from the Houston Electric Bike Expo," Electric Bike Expo

 

What a great week it was. Have you written a follow-up article or blog post about #TTAT2016? We'd love to share it! Email the link to Su at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Photo: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks at TTAT 2016.

   

Talking the Talk: Social Media Coverage of #TTAT2016

ttat 2016 sm collageIt's no secret that bikey folks are chatty folks. In between the presenters, networking, greeting friends, and all-around talking about what's happening for people who bike and walk in Texas, our Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference attendees took to social media over the three days to share what was happening in Houston. Check out the Storify from each day to relive the excitement or see what you missed!

 

We found plenty to talk about even before the conference started: see pre-conference social media here.

Day 1: TTAT got off to a great start with keynote speaker Margaret Lamar, special guest Mayor Sylvester Turner, the welcome reception at Houston Bicycle Museum, and lots of info-packed sessions.

Day 2: The excitement continued with keynotes Dr. Daniel Iacofano, Van Nguyen, and Pascal van den Noort; a special appearance by Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis; and a morning downpour that eased off just in time for the afternoon's mobile workshops.

Day 3: All good things must come to an end, but we finished with a bang with keynote Brian Payne, a trip to the Electric Bike Expo, and even more amazing sessions to finish out the week.

 

Want to make sure you don't miss out next time? Mark your calendar for spring 2018-- dates and location are still to be determined. Follow Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference on Facebook and sign up for BikeTexas' email list to make sure you're the first to know when it's time to plan for 2018.

 

Photos for collage drawn from the social media posts at the Storify links above.

   

Advocate of the Year, Fernando Martinez

Fernando Martinez Advocate of the YearBikeTexas is proud to announce that our own Fernando Martinez has been named Advocate of the Year by the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Fernando received his award as part of the National Bike Summit on March 7.

In his 10 years of bicycle advocacy with BikeTexas, Fernando has worked tirelessly as the program manager of BikeTexas' educational programs, which have reached over two million Texas children. Most recently, Fernando has spent two years in Brownsville working in the BikeTexas RGV program, working alongside local advocates and city leaders to activate Brownsville's Bicycle Master Plan. Brownsville was recently named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, a testament to the hard work of Fernando, BikeTexas, and the committed local community.

BikeTexas congratulates Fernando on his achievement, and we're delighted that he has brought the Advocate of the Year award back home to Texas.

   

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