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Nominate a Local Leader for a Trails of Texas Award

dr rose gowen ttat 2104 award winner brownsville texasHas someone in your community gone above and beyond to support, plan, implement, or promote local trails? Is there a trails hero you know who is going unsung? Now's the time to start singing! Nominate your local trails leader for a Trails of Texas Award, presented by the Texas Trails Network and awarded at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference. Hurry-- nomination deadline is February 15.

Please note: while we'd love nothing more than for you to be present when we surprise your nominee, your attendance at TTAT 2016 is not required for you to nominate someone--so get creative and think of who you could recognize!

Find the Trails of Texas Awards nomination form and more details here.

 

Photo: 2014 Texas Trails Award Winner Dr. Rose Gowen and other Brownsville delegates

 

It's Electrifying! #TTAT2016

Saturday, 30 January 2016 08:14

texas trails active transportation conference electric bike biketexas 2014The 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is less than six weeks away! You don't want to miss this chance to hear from and network with engineers, city planners, elected officials, advocates, and others who are doing great things for trails and active transportation in Texas and around the world. As an added bonus, all TTAT attendees will get an exclusive sneak peek at the Electric Bike Expo to learn more about electric bikes, ask questions of industry leaders, and take a test ride on the latest e-bike models, all before the Expo opens to the general public!

Texas has been a nationwide leader in passing laws governing electric bikes. See how e-bikes can benefit our cities and communities at TTAT.

Don't miss out! Hotel rates increase on February 9 and conference fees go up on February 15. Take advantage of early bird rates and secure your spot at TTAT 2016 today!

 

Photo: Attendees at TTAT 2014 enjoyed a smaller e-bike demonstration, courtesy of Rocket Electrics.

   

Be a Texas Delegate at the National Bike Summit in March

texas delegation with texas senator john cornyn national bike summit 2015Join the Texas Delegation at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., March 7-9! Hear from inspiring speakers and see what's happening for bikes around the country. On Lobby Day, visit the office of every Texas member of Congress and tell them how important bicycles and active transportation are to you. Let us know you're going so we can connect you with the Texas coordinator. Don't miss out!

Learn more and register for the National Bike Summit.

   

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

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:12

scott white velo paso texas trails active transportation conference ttat 2014 biketexasVelo Paso's Scott White is working hard to make El Paso a great place to ride a bike. As one-half of the Velo Paso contingent at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2014 (along with fellow advocate Victor Cordero), Scott saw enough value in TTAT that he's returning in 2016, this time as a speaker.

A couple years ago my friends and I were making waves after having successfully fought to save the funding for our local bike share program. So we though we knew a thing or two about being active transportation advocates. Boy were we in for a surprise!

What we learned at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference just blew our minds, so many new ideas, approaches, resources, and of course 'bike minded' friends. It was a real eye opener, and what we learned in just a couple of days would take far too long to explain. So why not come see for yourself?

I'll be there again (I'm even co-leading a session this time), and hope to see you there too.


Learn more about TTAT 2016 and register here to attend in Houston March 9-11.

   

FAST Act Passed! Send Your U.S. Rep an Email

Congress passed the new federal transportation law-- Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act--last week, and the president signed it on Friday.

nbs15 texas delegation with senator cornyn biketexas

The good news? Despite many attacks on active transportation funding throughout the process, dedicated funding remains for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as education and safety goals. For the first time, states will be required to report back on the progress they're making toward reducing active transportation fatalities, and highway builders for all US DOT roads must consider all users when planning a roadway. These are tremendous steps forward for the federal bill.

There are still concerns with the FAST Act-- TxDOT will still be allowed to transfer some dedicated bike/ped money to other uses, and for the first time, large MPOs will be allowed to do the same. US DOT will write guidance for states and communities on how to best implement the new laws, and then it will be up to TxDOT and Texas MPOs to write their own policies within the new law. We'll be there every step of the way to remind them that Texans want great places to bike and walk.

Now is a great time to remind our members of Congress that people who bike are also people who vote! How did your representative vote on the FAST Act? See below for the list of who in the Texas delegation voted yes or no on this bill. If your representative voted yes, send a quick email to say thanks! If he or she voted no, it's still a good time to reach out and share your concerns. See suggested talking points below for thanks or concern. Not sure who your representatives are? Check out Who Represents Me? to find your U.S. representative, plus links to both Texas senators.

Thank you for staying in contact with your representatives during this process. You make a difference!

Photo: Texas delegation at the 2015 National Bike Summit with Senator Cornyn.

 

We've found the following format to be useful when contacting elected officials:

To say THANK YOU:

1. My name is _________ and my occupation is __________. I live and ride my bike in District ___. 

2. Thank you for voting for H.R. 22. This law allows for dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as education and safety programs that benefit people who walk and ride bikes. I appreciate that you supported this bill.

3. [Tell the representative why this is important to you-- do your kids ride? Do you rely on a bike for transportation? Do you ride for your health? Keep it to 1-2 sentences.]

4. Thank you again for supporting people who walk and ride bikes in Texas.

To share your concerns:

1. My name is _________ and my occupation is __________. I live and ride my bike in District ___. 

2. I'm sorry to hear that you did not support H.R. 22. This law allows for dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as education and safety programs that benefit people who walk and ride bikes. Since I ride a bike in your district, I would have hoped for your support.

3. [Tell the representative why this is important to you-- do your kids ride? Do you rely on a bike for transportation? Do you ride for your health? Keep it to 1-2 sentences.]

4. Thank you for your time.

 

How did the Texas Delegation vote?

Senate: John Cornyn Yes; Ted Cruz No

See the full list of yea and nay votes on senate.gov.

House (in district order):

District 1, Louie Gohmert: No

District 2, Ted Poe: Yes

District 3, Sam Johnson: Did not vote

District 4, John Ratcliffe: No

District 5, Jeb Hensarling: No

District 6, Joe Barton: Yes

District 7, John Culberson: No

District 8, Kevin Brady: Yes

District 9, Al Green: Yes

District 10, Michael McCaul: Yes

District 11, Michael Conaway: Yes

District 12, Kay Granger: Yes

District 13, Mac Thornberry: Yes

District 14, Randy Weber: No

District 15, Rubén Hinojosa: Yes

District 16, Beto O'Rourke: Yes

District 17, Bill Flores: No

District 18, Sheila Jackson Lee: Yes

District 19, Randy Neugebauer: No

District 20, Joaquin Castro: Yes

District 21, Lamar Smith: No

District 22, Pete Olson: Yes

District 23, Will Hurd: Yes

District 24, Kenny Marchant: No

District 25, Roger Williams: Did not vote

District 26, Michael Burgess: No

District 27, Blake Farenthold: Yes

District 28, Henry Cuellar: Did not vote

District 29, Gene Green: Yes

District 30, Eddie Johnson: Yes

District 31, John Carter: Yes

District 32, Pete Sessions: Yes

District 33, Marc Veasey: Yes

District 34, Filemoon Vela: Yes

District 35, Lloyd Doggett: Yes

District 36, Brian Babin: Yes

See the full list of yea and nay votes on house.gov.

   

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