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For those of us who love to ride bikes, every month is bike month, and we're not about to argue with that! However, ever since May was first declared Bike Month in 1956, it's been a month of extra celebrations of all things two wheels-- and we're not going to argue with that, either.
Would your community like to take part in Bike Month, but your local officials aren't sure where to begin? Below is a sample proclamation you can customize to declare that May is Bike Month in your city and across Texas. Let’s make Texas a great place to bike and walk!
The City/County of ____
Whereas, the bicycle is an economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of [insert city/county]’s scenic beauty; and
Whereas, throughout the month of May, the residents of [insert city/county] and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, commuting events, charity events, or by simply getting out and going for a ride; and
Whereas, [insert city/county]’s road and trail system attracts bicyclists each year, providing economic health, transportation, tourism, and scenic benefits; and
Whereas, creating a bicycling-friendly community has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, growing the economy of [insert city/county], attracting tourism dollars, improving traffic safety, supporting student learning outcomes, and reducing pollution, congestion, and wear and tear on our streets and roads; and
Whereas, BikeTexas, [insert local bicycle club/ organization/chamber/tourism bureau/regional planning organization], the League of American Bicyclists, schools, parks and recreation departments, police departments, public health districts, hospitals, companies and civic groups will be promoting bicycling during the month of May 2015; and
Whereas, these groups are also promoting bicycle tourism year round to attract more visitors to enjoy our local restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, and cultural and scenic attractions; and
Whereas, these groups are also promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities and improve health and safety for everyone on the road; and
Now therefore, I, _____, Mayor/Executive of [insert city/county], do hereby proclaim May 2015 as
in [insert city/county], and I urge all residents to join me in this special observance.
Signed this ___ day of May, 2015
Every month is bike month for most of us who love to ride our bikes around the Lone Star State, but we also don't want you to miss out on all the special two-wheeled love that happens during the month of May! Check out what's happening around Texas for Bike Month.
Don't miss your chance to hear from Elly Blue, Joshua Ploes, and Joe Biel as they roll through Texas, cooking dinner and talking about bikes as they go. Elly, Joshua, and Joe will make stops in nine cities from the Panhandle to the Valley. Don't miss it!
Does your community want to take part in Bike Month, but you aren't sure where to begin? Take this sample Bike Month proclamation text, customize it for your area, and have your mayor declare Bike Month in your city!
When Bike Month kicks off, so does the National Bike Challenge, which runs from May 1 - September 30. With categories for your community, workplace, school, and team, there are lots of ways to challenge yourself and your riding buddies! BikeTexas is the local host for most of Texas, with a handful of local groups taking the reins in their respective areas. Sign up here.
National Bike to School Day is May 6, National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15, and National Bike to Work Day is May 15. Is there an event near you? (Remember that your local event may not be on the nationwide day!) If not, why not work on your own? Check out the BikeTexas Safe Routes to School Event Handbook to get started. The great news is that the ideas you find inside will work for events for adults, too!
Bike Month is a great time to reach out to friends, neighbors, and coworkers who would like to ride a bike or aren't sure where to begin (or those who really don't get why you ride!). The days are getting longer, the weather is warm, and it's a great month to ride a bike in our great state. Bring someone along with you on your Bike Month rides! (Bike to BBQ image courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists.)
Members Get First Drink Free
The League of American Bicyclists is coming to town next week to talk about Austin's Bicycle Friendly Community status, and we think that's a great reason to party! Join us on Thursday, April 23, from 5-7 PM at Zilker Brewing Company, 1701 E 6th St (map) for Happy Hour and to chat with friends from BikeTexas, Bike Austin, and the League.
Members of BikeTexas, Bike Austin, or the League get their first drink free! (Check in with a staffer to get your drink token.)
RSVP here so we know to plan on seeing you on Thursday. Thanks for making Austin a great place to ride a bike!
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Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:
Welcome the League of American Bicyclists to ATX with us & Bike Austin on Thursday! Members of any of the three organizations get their first drink free. RSVP here.
Thanks for all your emails to the House Transportation Committee! The bills we're interested in, HB 471 & HB 2459, were left pending, as expected, and we'll let you know when it's time for the next step. Watch the committee hearing (April 16, 8:10 AM) video here; our bills are discussed beginning at 39:40.
From around Texas:
Basically, just go read the People for Bikes blog. Lots of great stuff on there.
Have a great weekend!
Photo: BikeTexas KidsKup Adventure Zone at Earth Day Texas 2014.
Edited 4/20/15 to correct the Amarillo cyclist's name to Jeff Tankersley.
Volunteer with us and get a free t-shirt!
Earth Day Texas is coming to Fair Park April 24-26, and BikeTexas is coming, too! Bring the kids out on Saturday & Sunday to try out the BikeTexas KidsKup Adventure Zone, featuring Strider Bikes and a fun course for your kids to develop their skills.
We need your help! BikeTexas needs volunteers to help us run the Adventure Zone smoothly and keep kids rolling all day long. Sign up here to volunteer for one (or more!) three hour shift on Saturday or Sunday, between 10 AM and 8 PM. Note: this is an outdoor event. Come prepared! At the end of your shift, you'll get a free "I Bike TX" t-shirt.
See you next weekend at Earth Day Texas!
Please note: This action alert ONLY applies if your representative is on the transportation committee. If none of these committee members are your rep, sit tight while we wait for the next step. Non-constituent emails will not be helpful right now.
The House Transportation Committee needs to hear from constituents TODAY to get these bills out of committee and onto the House floor for a vote. If one of the committee members represents you, please reach out with an email or phone call and ask for a YES vote on HB 471 and HB 2459. (Not sure who your representative is? Find out here.)
House Transportation Committee:
We've found the following format to be useful when contacting elected officials:
An email from a constituent can make all the difference in the legislative session! Thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike.
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