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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:10
The stars in Texas keep getting brighter for people who ride bikes: three Texas cities were added to the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Communities list this week!
Congratulations to our three new Honorable Mention cities:
While Texas' current Bicycle Friendly State ranking is disappointing, Texas has four Bicycle Friendly Communities that have surpassed honorable mention: Austin (Silver), Houston (Bronze), San Antonio (Bronze), and The Woodlands (Bronze). We also have Bicycle Friendly Businesses around the state, including five new ones recognized in the most recent round, and two Bicycle Friendly Universities: Texas Tech University in Lubbock and The University of Texas at Austin.
These designations represent a lot of hard work and determination to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. Here's what it looks like by the numbers:
Photo: Group shot at the 2014 NAACP Texas Conference bike ride in El Paso.
Article title is a reference to the song "Miles and Miles of Texas," by Asleep at the Wheel.
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00
In case you missed it: some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading!
Austin City Council runoff election is December 16. Check out our endorsements here.
From around Texas:
Not bike related, just awesome-- the European Space Agency sent a spacecraft to a comet. Hope you didn't miss that, because it was pretty amazing.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:52
BikeTexas is sad to announce that the BikeTexas KidsKup will no longer be a feature at TMBRA events beginning in the spring of 2015. We've enjoyed 16 years of a delightful and productive partnership between TMBRA and BikeTexas KidsKup that has produced many Texas mountain bikers. KidsKup will continue at other venues throughout the year, so stay tuned for news of when there will be a KidsKup event near you! We wish TMBRA and the mountain bike race series every success through 2015 and into the future.
BikeTexas remains committed to mountain biking in Texas--that's why we're working so hard every day to maintain trail funding and to keep trails open for all Texans. Texas residents and visitors alike have access to mountain bike trails in nearly every state park, something that's not the case in every state. And despite our state’s record of rejecting optional federal funding, Texas kept the Recreational Trails Program alive, providing millions of dollars each year to build and service trails. We're dedicated to ensuring all current and future mountain bikers in Texas have amazing places to ride.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:02
For Throwback Thursday this week, a peek back at Novembers past at BikeTexas. Post title is from the Clyde Watson poem.
Brownsville held their first CycloBia in November 2012. In the two years since then, the program has grown to a four-times-a-year event, with some of them held at night. Brownsville hopes to soon become the U.S. city that's hosted the most Open Streets events.
Here's to many more great Novembers for people who ride bikes in Texas!
Photos-- Top: Students practicing bicycle safety in 2007; bottom: a fun moment at a Cypress-Fairbanks ISD teacher training in 2008.
Donate Now! BikeTexas' Legislative Fundraising Kicks Off TODAY
Like most nonprofits, BikeTexas relies on our year-end donations to keep the lights on and the work going the rest of the year! Our year-end appeal kicks off TODAY-- now's your chance to make sure people who ride bikes continue to be represented at TxDOT meetings, legislative hearings, and all levels of government around the state. We can't do it alone-- make 2014 the year YOU partner with BikeTexas!
The 2014 elections at the city level in Austin were epic: an expanded City Council, 70 candidates, and ten new districts.
The BikeTexas board of directors voted to amend our bylaws to allow BikeTexas endorsements in Austin's first 10-1 council race. In consultation with an outstanding team of knowledgeable Austinites, BikeTexas published our first list of endorsements just in time for early voting. We're proud to say that in every single race, one of our endorsed candidates either won outright or is in the runoff election to be held on December 16.
The big day has come and gone, and we couldn't be happier with 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!
#GivingTuesday, December 2
National Bike Summit, March 10-12, Washington, D.C.
Cyclists in Suits: Texas' Bike Lobby Day, March 30, Austin
The voting is done and the results are in, and it’s a new day in Texas.
We’re headed into the 2015 legislative session with many unknowns. There will be new faces in both chambers come January, and many of those new legislators will need to be educated about people who walk and ride bikes. We’re unsure where the new Governor and Lt. Governor stand on the issues that are important to Texans who use active transportation.
“When I walk, I miss the feeling of the wheels moving me through space.”
Lorn MacDougal—dancer/Pilates instructor, electric bike owner, Austin resident, and BikeTexas member—says she started riding a bike when she was a kid and never stopped. “I hope that parents will instill the skill and bravery in children to ride together as families so children grow up on their bikes.”
BikeTexas is proud to introduce our fall intern, Raheleh "Haley" Kortrostami.
Haley is an accounting student at Austin Community College and started interning with us in September. In the short time she's been with us, Haley has proven to be an invaluable asset, working hard at everything we've asked her to do, from hauling bikes to data entry. Haley also proved her uber-volunteer status at the Austin BikeFest, when she and her husband Payam worked hard alongside BikeTexas staff from start to finish to make it a great day.
People who ride bikes in Texas have stepped up again and again to communicate with TxDOT and show that Texans who care about biking and walking are strong. And TxDOT keeps letting us down.
Last week, we saw the adjusted TAP rules and our reaction was mixed. Because of your voice, the rules for TAP funding were improved, and communities will have an easier time building projects with TAP funds. However, we were very disappointed that the TxDOT staff and the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) did not ensure that all of the TAP money stays where it belongs.
2014 marks the fifth year of a bike ride at the Annual Convention of the NAACP Texas State Conference. This year’s conference was in El Paso, so three BikeTexas staff plus 75 bicycles headed out on a Wednesday morning to get to El Paso in plenty of time for the Saturday ride.
The ride is sponsored by Texas NAACP and Walmart, and this year we had the added bonus of having VeloPaso staff and volunteers lending a hand. VeloPaso’s Victor Cordero and Scott White joined BikeTexas for a pre-ride to assess the best route for Saturday.
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!
BikeTexas Sponsors and Members
BikeTexas takes part in Fundraising Friday, a fun way for nonprofits to raise money on Fridays-- people give to their favorite nonprofit on Friday, then talk about it on social media using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag. Nonprofits use the hashtag to share news about their work and give everyone easy access to their donation page.
For the rest of 2014, we're stepping up our #FundraisingFriday game. On Fridays during November and December, donate or join BikeTexas at any membership level and we'll send you a free gift. We have a bin full of goodies to share, and we want it to be empty on December 31!
How can you help? Here are some ways:
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