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Urgent! Monthly Members, Please Read

Monthly members, thank you for  your support for better cycling in Texas through your BikeTexas monthly membership. The steady, reliable income we receive through monthly donations really helps us budget and plan.  Members like you are the backbone of our organization.

We have recently implemented multiple changes in order to better serve our membership, including improving our website and moving to a new online donation system and new database.  While we are very excited about the improvements our new systems bring, there are a few growing pains associated - namely, that we were not able to carry our monthly members' credit card data over to the new system.

Read more: Urgent! Monthly Members, Please Read

 

Permian Basin Bicycle Association Hosts BikeTexas Speaker

Fr L to R - Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas, Peyton Thorn-PBBA President and David Ham, owner of Peyton's BikesMidland and Odessa cyclists showed a keen interest in the twists and turns of the 2009 legislative session as presented by BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings at their October meeting, held on the third Monday of every month.

There was great enthusiasm when Stallings suggested Midland and Odessa City Councils introduce local Safe Passing Ordinances. Virtually every attendee that had not done so online signed the Safe Passing petition that circulated.

Pictured, l-r: Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas; Peyton Thorn, PBBA President; and David Ham, owner of Peyton's Bikes. Photo courtesy of Kathy Hester.

   

Mas O Menos Ride Canceled For Next Year

Mas O Menos Ride EulogyFor the last 20 years, Desert Sports has kicked off the Starlight Theater 100K Mas O Menos Mountain Bike Fest in the austere, beautiful desert landscape around the ghost mining town of Terlingua, just outside Big Bend National Park.

Unfortunately, the popular Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association (TMBRA) Spring Championship Point Series event has been cancelled for February 2010 as agreements with landowners along the route could not be reached. The folks at Desert Sports ask off-road cyclists to stay tuned - that they will be back soon with a new and exciting event that will still make Far West Texas a mountain bike event destination.
   

BikeTexas Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

2009 Annual Membership Meeting

The BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting took place on Saturday, September 12 from 4-5 pm. We welcomed aboard two new board members, Iris Stagner of Mineral Wells and Andy Hollinger of Bedford, and gave a full report on the progress and challenges of the past year, including our legislative successes (SB 161 and SB 2041) and disappointments (the veto of the Safe Passing Bill). We were pleased to report on our growing membership and the success of the monthly member program. After the meeting ended, those of us in Austin stayed to chat and catch up over beer and snacks. Thanks to all the members that participated either in person or via the web conference.

   

Hotter 'n Hell: And the Winner Is...

BikeTexas Executive Director enlists a small helper in the bike raffle drawing.Kim Fredenberg of Dallas!

Congratulations to Kim for winning our membership drive raffle for the 2010 Trek 1.2 road bike.

Thanks to Texas Trek Dealers for donating the awesome bike. The bicycle drawing is a great way to reward cyclists who support our advocacy work and we really appreciate Trek and their Texas Dealers for their continued and steadfast support.

As you know if you attended the ride, this year at Hotter'n Hell it was only hot as heck, with the high temperature on Saturday in the low to mid-nineties. It was quite a relief to the riders, including the two BikeTexas staff who rode.

In addition to the weather, the event was a great success for BikeTexas. We gathered hundreds of signatures for our Safe Passing Petition, and beat last year's numbers of new and renewing members! People were fired up about the Governor's veto of the Safe Passing legislation and were glad to be able to do something about it.

Thanks to all the members who came by the BikeTexas booth to join, renew or just say hi - we love getting to put faces with our members' names. Thank you for the support, and we'll see you next year at HHH!

   

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