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The big day has come and gone, and we couldn't be happier with the success of the inaugural Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro.
Many, many thanks to those who came out to enjoy a great day of bicycles, music, food, beer, and fun! Maybe you rode on the newly-opened Southern Walnut Creek Trail, were inspired by the fashion show on bicycles, watched some bike games, or heard from your city council candidate-- or a little bit of everything! We hope you also had a chance to check out all the great sponsors and exhibitors at the park.
Couldn't make it to BikeFest? Check out the Storify to see a bit of what you missed.
We especially want to thank our fabulous volunteers who went above and beyond to make sure the day was spectacular!
We're already making plans for a bigger and better event in 2015! If you haven't already, be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so that you always get the latest news. Not a social media fan? You can also sign up for our emails so you don't miss a thing.
Check out this video from our executive director Robin Stallings and make plans to join us at Govalle Park for Austin BikeFest 2015!
Are you a Texas State Employee? Do you want to do great things for bicycle advocacy and education? You can support BikeTexas through your workplace charitable giving campaign!
Our State Employee Charitable Campaign number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. If you prefer, you can also support BikeTexas indirectly by giving to EarthShare (035500). Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!
Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00
In case you missed it: Some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading!
Haven't voted yet in Austin? Check out our local endorsements here.
The Inaugural Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro was a smashing success! Many thanks to sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees for making it a great day. Missed it? Check out the Storify to see what happened.
Need a last-minute costume? See our ideas here. Most of these are from the amazing Anna Kong, who coordinated our costume contest at Austin BikeFest.
Remember when no transit systems in Texas had bicycle accommodations? We're happy that those days are now a memory.
And finally, our Executive Director Robin Stallings was in the Houston Chronicle earlier this week asking the Texas Transportation Commission for answers about bike/ped funding. (Alas, this story is paywalled, so you have to be a Chronicle subscriber to read the whole thing.)
From around Texas:
VOTE NOW! Today, October 31, is the last day of early voting in Texas. The general election is Tuesday, November 4. Texas needs your voice! Find out everything you need to know at votetexas.gov.
You may have seen this report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Not to worry: bike advocates across the nation swung into action, and after responses from Streetsblog, the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, another one from the League, and People for Bikes, it's safe to say the report has been pretty well smacked down.
Photo: Costumes at a Tour de Fat bicycle parade
Have a great weekend!
A rack on the front of a bus carrying a bike or three is now a common sight around Texas, but it hasn't always been that way.
In the early '90s, Austin's Capital Metro began looking into adding bike racks to buses at the urging of BikeTexas and others in the local bicycling community. It didn't take long for Capital Metro to see the wisdom in giving people that extra option for a last mile connection, and the first bike rack to grace the front of a Texas bus arrived.
One by one, other cities took note. BikeTexas often worked directly with transit agencies and stakeholders to get bike racks added to bus fleets across Texas. Result: the majority of buses in the state can accommodate bicycles. Some systems have taken the next step-- San Antonio's Primo service and El Paso's new Brio buses carry bikes inside instead of out front. All the commuter train systems in Texas take bikes inside, too.
Combining a bicycle and transit trip in Texas couldn't be easier. Feeling uneasy about trying transit for the first time? Not to worry-- we've put together a handy rider's guide just for you.
Photos, top to bottom:
Celebrating the first bike rack on a bus in Texas;
Houston Chronicle article from 2007, when bike racks were installed on Houston buses;
John-Michael Cortez of Austin's Capital Metro showing a new user how to use the three-place bike rack at Austin BikeFest.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
In case you missed it: Here are some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading!
We have this little festival we're putting on tomorrow with the help of Capital Metro, a slate of spectacular sponsors, and you! See you at Austin BikeFest tomorrow!
From around Texas:
Have a great weekend, and if you're in Austin, join us at BikeFest tomorrow!
Remember that time BikeTexas won a contest for a new dream bike room, thanks to you? Today, we have an update:
Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance will renovate its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh office.
Minneapolis, MN – Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance (GBA) will create its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.
Earlier this year, BikeTexas and GBA entered the Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest contest to win $7,500 in Dero products, plus $1,000 to decorate the winner’s dream bike room. In May 2014, BikeTexas was declared the winner via public online voting. While working on layouts and logistics, Dero and BikeTexas realized that an indoor bike room would not meet this bicycle advocacy organization’s needs. BikeTexas envisioned an outdoor “bike room” that would support its many events. Dero generously donated Dero Event Racks to BikeTexas, which will accommodate temporary bike parking for 400 bicycles.
“This will bring BikeTexas’ event bike parking capacity to 500, helping to welcome the hundreds of people on bikes who attend Texas festivals, like our inaugural Austin BikeFest this October 25,” said Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas. “We’re so glad Dero was able to work with us to create our vision of a dream bike room to serve numerous communities around the state.”
As the runner-up to the Dero Dream Bike Room contest, Dero gave Green Building Alliance the opportunity to receive the original prize. Dero is happy to announce that GBA accepted and both will work together to design GBA’s dream bike room at its office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last month, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Green Building Alliance with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business award.
“The timing works perfectly with GBA’s plan to expand its office later this year. We strive to continue to become even more bike-friendly and winning the Dero Dream Bike Room contest moves us in that direction,” declared Mike Schiller, CEO of Green Building Alliance. “Furthermore, GBA hopes to inspire similar commitments to bike-friendliness from our neighbors in the building and across the greater Pittsburgh region,” says Schiller.
Read official Dero Dream Bike Room contest rules at www.dero.com/dreambikeroom.
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