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BikeTexas Statement on Austin's District 7 Council Race

BikeTexas’ mission is to advance bicycle access, safety, and education in the state of Texas, and as in any diverse group there will always be differences in opinion about the most productive ways to move forward. One of our key roles is to advocate for sufficient funding to create a stronger infrastructure for active transportation at the local, state, and national levels.

Our endorsement of incumbent Council Member Leslie Pool for District 7 in Austin has prompted considerable discussion. Many comments have been made in support of Council Member Pool’s challenger, while other comments call into question our role, motivations, and intentions as an organization supporting Texans who ride bicycles for sport, recreation, transportation, community development, and fun. We certainly welcome discussion and disagreement, but have always asked that all conversations on our page remain all-ages-friendly and refrain from personal attacks.

Council Member Pool helped bring the largest active transportation funding bond in state history to the voters and has shown an open response to her constituents’ wishes and bicycle-related concerns for many years. This is one of the reasons she earned our endorsement—she helped bring a historic opportunity for better infrastructure, including more bike lanes, throughout all of Austin. Council Member Pool’s statements regarding the Shoal Creek Bike lane have been mischaracterized; the full video makes it clear that she remains open to her constituents and stakeholders on the matter. (The shorter clip does not include her full remarks.)

Our endorsement is based on Council Member Pool’s record and openness to active transportation concerns since 1999, including her support for $120 million for the bond up for vote in November. We chose to endorse Council Member Pool for a second time due to her record. Council Member Pool is the proven candidate in this race.

Hard work, cooperation, and compromise have been necessary to make Austin a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community, and BikeTexas will continue to work with effective council members like CM Pool until Austin and every Texas city obtain Platinum BFC status and beyond.

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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:


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"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.


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