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It's Electrifying! #TTAT2016

BikeNews; Advocacy

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

BikeNews; Advocacy

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.

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 29)

BikeNews; Community

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:

 

texas trails active transportation conference 2016 exhibitor networkingFrom BikeTexas:

Time is running out on early bird registration for the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference. Don't miss out!

Looking for a gift for the bike-loving special someone in your life? We can help.

Did you miss the January newsletter yesterday? Read it here.

Rent a bike from us for South by Southwest!

 

From around Texas: 

Houston police are searching for the hit-and-run driver who killed a man riding a bike earlier this week.

New bicycle signage is coming to Coppell.

Austin has been named as a Vision Zero focus city.

Austin also just installed a colorful new intersection treatment in response to increased pedestrian activity on E 6th Street.

 

From elsewhere:

Streetsblog takes on inequality in transit systems.

The new circular bridge in Uruguay has more than just asthetic benefit.

Bike lanes benefit all road users, not just people on bikes.

Split-phase signals are safer for active transportation than mixing zones.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Talking trash (cans) at TTAT 2014.

   

Meet Our Spring Intern!

BikeNews; Member News

meet spring intern brent voylesBy Brent Voyles

I’m from a really small town called Lindsay, TX. I’ve been in Austin for 8 years. I’m about to graduate from Texas State, where I’m majoring in Health & Fitness Management, with a degree in Exercise Sports Science. My goal after graduation is to work for a sports team as an equipment manager, locker room manager, or something along those lines.

During my time at BikeTexas I want to learn all I can about how BikeTexas manages their equipment and how an organization is run.

We're excited to have Brent with us this spring. If you stop by the office or see him at an event in the next couple of months, be sure to say hello and congratulate him on his soon-to-be graduation!

 

   

BikeTexas Today: January 2016

BikeNews; Community

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Here's to You: 
BikeTexas Supporters Make a Difference!
Thank you! 2015 was full of ups and downs for people who walk and ride bikes in Texas, but through it all, BikeTexas supporters once again proved their determination to make Texas a great place to ride a bike! Here's a sample of what you did in 2015:

Thank you, Texas! Here's to you, and here's to a fantastic 2016 together!

 It's Electrifying! #TTAT2016
The 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is only 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.
 
TTAT 2016
Join 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!
 
The Texas NBS delegation with Senator Cornyn in 2015
Now is the time to order bike lights for your whole bike club, and From A to Z By Bike and other great activity books for your classroom. Do you know a Boy or Girl Scout troop, an after school club, or other group that needs bicycle and pedestrian education and safety materials? We have you covered!
 
From A to Z by Bike cover
Has 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!
 
2014 Texas Trails Award Winner Dr. Rose Gowen and other Brownsville delegates
Are you headed to Austin for South By Southwest? Do you know someone who is? Traffic is traditionally gridlocked during spring break in Austin, but getting around doesn't have to cause you stress headaches! Rent a bike from BikeTexas for SXSW and you'll be soaring around town with ease all week long. Plus, all rental proceeds benefit bicycle advocacy in Texas. Everybody wins!
 

I’m from a really small town called Lindsay, TX. I’ve been in Austin for 8 years. I’m about to graduate from Texas State, where I’m majoring in Health & Fitness Management, with a degree in Exercise Sports Science. My goal after graduation is to work for a sports team as an equipment manager, locker room manager, or something along those lines.

During my time at BikeTexas I want to learn all I can about how BikeTexas manages their equipment and how an organization is run.

We're excited to have Brent with us this spring. If you stop by the office or see him at an event in the next couple of months, be sure to say hello and congratulate him on his soon-to-be graduation!

Brent Voyles
Keep in Touch!
Don't forget-- there are plenty of ways to keep in touch with BikeTexas! Join us most weekdays around noon for our Lunch With BikeTexas Periscope, and be sure to swing by our website every Friday for our News By Bike linky list of news from around the world of active transportation. And we're always available by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as well as on our social media pages on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.
It takes a lot of people to make Texas a great place to walk or bike.The BikeTexas Advisory Board makes it possible to educate more legislators, work with more city officials, and provide more materials to teachers around the state! Many thanks to Dr. Bill Shea, Trammell S. Crow, Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, Senator Rodney Ellis, and Gail and Jim Spann.
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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 22)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week: 

 

texas trails active transportation conference houston 2016 biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Feeling some nostalgia for TTAT 2014? Relive three great days on our Flickr albums. Ready to do it all again? Register for TTAT 2016 here.

Need a bike advocacy fix on your lunch break? Join us every weekday for Lunch with BikeTexas, our daily Periscope.

Rent a bike from us for SXSW!

 

From around Texas:

Bike Hutto is cutting the ribbon on a new bike rack on Saturday.

The Houston Bike Plan draft will be released in February.

Get involved, El Paso-- the city is hosting meetings on the comprehensive bike plan.

 

From elsewhere:

Speaking of statewide bike summits... West Virginia just had their first one ever.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is working for lower speed limits.

People of different income levels use active transportation for different reasons.

Do sharrows make you safer? Not so much, a study says.

The places where people walk the most are also the places where it's the most dangerous to walk.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Exhibitors and attendees chat during a break at TTAT 2014.

   

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