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Support BikeTexas While You Shop!

BikeNews; Community

BikeTexas is proud to be partnered with EarthShare of Texas as one of the organizations EarthShare supports. When you give to EarthShare through HEB or Reliant Energy, you support bike advocacy in Texas!

 

H-E-B Tear Pad Campaign

2015 HEB tearpad photo biketexasYou may have noticed that H-E-B has a tear pad campaign every month. EarthShare of Texas is the April beneficiary of the H-E-B tear pad campaign. As an EarthShare partner, BikeTexas will benefit from this promotion as well!

 

Whenever you shop at H-E-B in April, grab one of the tear-off coupons at the register to add $1, $3, or $5 to your total bill. Those extra dollars go to EarthShare, and at the end of the campaign, BikeTexas will get a portion of EarthShare's total proceeds for the month. You can join in at any H-E-B or Central Market in Texas. Support bicycle advocacy while you pick up your lettuce!

 

If you go into your local H-E-B and don't see the tear pads at the register, please email us with the H-E-B location so we can make sure they get stocked up!

 

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Reliant EcoShare Program

Reliant Energy customers can also contribute to the EarthShare campaign. Reliant will donate to EarthShare every time a Texas customer purchases a carbon offset. BikeTexas also receives a portion of those donations. Learn more about the carbon offset program and sign up here! 

 

BikeTexas is happy to be partnered with many organizations across Texas who also want to make Texas a great place to bike and walk. Thank you for supporting BikeTexas!

 

 

 

 

   

On the Lege: Victory! For Now...

BikeNews; Advocacy

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Thank you!! Amendment 421 on HB 1

Tabled at 3:23AM, April 1

BikeTexas supporter Justin McMurtry stayed up all night to bring us this report:

"At 3:20am, the House at last takes up consideration of Rep. Hughes's amendment to prohibit state funds from being spent to convert any existing general-use traffic lane into a bike, bus, or other special-purpose lane.

Hughes offers to modify his amendment to make it 'less objectionable', but before he can explain, another member [Rep. Eddie Rodriguez] raises a point of order against it—presumably based on the House rule that disallows budgetary acts that would change existing general law.

At 3:23am, the point of order and the amendment are both temporarily withdrawn."

Your calls and emails showed that Texans overwhelmingly support giving our transportation professionals all the tools they need to provide safe roads for people on bikes. THANK YOU!

The amendment could still come back into play later in the session. As always, BikeTexas will remain vigilant at the Capitol and keep you up to date on issues affecting people who ride bikes in Texas. 

Cyclists in Suits Impressed Your Legislators

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Cyclists in Suits, our state bicycle day at the Capitol, took place this past Monday, and it couldn't have come at a better time. On Monday, attendees from all over Texas walked the halls, passed out bicycle pins, and visited every office to explain the several bills positive to cycling working their way through right now. This helped multiply the impact of the calls and emails regarding the Hughes amendment. 

Senator Rodney Ellis, who offered a resolution recognizing BikeTexas during Cyclists in Suits, was pleased with the turnout. "From the Senate Floor, we were very impressed by the large turnout of cyclists," he said, "You all filled a big section of the gallery." See the video of Senator Ellis reading the resolution here, beginning at 24:05.

"Texas cyclists appreciate the leadership of Senator Ellis on bicycling issues," said BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings. "We are grateful for the resolution offered on the Senate floor."

You can see the Cyclists in Suits agenda for more info. 

   

Throwback Thursday: Rules to Ride By

BikeNews; Community

We found this gem in our archives recently. From the April/May 1999 issue of The Advocate (BikeTexas' original newsletter).

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chandlers bike safety rules the advocate 1999 biketexasDear Editor,

Chandler (who is just six years old) wrote up these rules this afternoon, all by herself. I thought you might consider them as copy for the newsletter, if you are looking for a kid's view of the world. -- Charlie Gandy

 

Chandler's Bike Safety Rules

  • Never ride a bike with your shoes un tide.
  • Put your helmet on and make sher it fits.
  • Wen you first start dont go on things slipery like leafs.
  • Not more then two peopol by some one on a bike.
  • Stay on right side of the road.
  • Always keep your hands on the handels.
  • Always park in a bike rac wern you are on a bike.
  • Do not stand up on a bike.
  • Give the other persin room.
  • Keep the road claen for you and other peopel.
  • Do not honk your horn just to talk to a frend.
  • Make sure you bike works like it should.
  • If you ride with your buddies dont hog the road.
  • Dont cause a traffic jam.

 

Photo: Front page of April/May 1999 The Advocate, with Chandler's column on the left-hand side.

   

Cyclists in Suits Impressed Your Legislators

BikeNews; Advocacy

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Cyclists in Suits, our state bicycle day at the Capitol, took place this past Monday, and it couldn't have come at a better time. On Monday, attendees from all over Texas walked the halls, passed out bicycle pins, and visited every office to explain the several bills positive to cycling working their way through right now. This helped multiply the impact of the calls and emails regarding the Hughes amendment. 

Senator Rodney Ellis, who offered a resolution recognizing BikeTexas during Cyclists in Suits, was pleased with the turnout. "From the Senate Floor, we were very impressed by the large turnout of cyclists," he said, "You all filled a big section of the gallery." See the video of Senator Ellis reading the resolution here, beginning at 24:05.

"Texas cyclists appreciate the leadership of Senator Ellis on bicycling issues," said BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings. "We are grateful for the resolution offered on the Senate floor."

You can see the Cyclists in Suits agenda for more info. 

   

Action Alert: Call Now to Prevent Legislation Hostile to Bicycling in Texas

BikeNews; Action Alerts

Update from April 1: 

BikeTexas supporter Justin McMurtry stayed up all night to bring us this report:

"At 3:20am, the House at last takes up consideration of Rep. Hughes's amendment to prohibit state funds from being spent to convert any existing general-use traffic lane into a bike, bus, or other special-purpose lane.

Hughes offers to modify his amendment to make it 'less objectionable', but before he can explain, another member [Rep. Eddie Rodriguez] raises a point of order against it—presumably based on the House rule that disallows budgetary acts that would change existing general law.

At 3:23am, the point of order and the amendment are both temporarily withdrawn."

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Contact your rep now and ask him or her to oppose Rep. Hughes' amendment to Article 7.

Rep. Bryan Hughes is proposing an amendment today that could hobble Texas? ability to provide safe roads for bicycling for decades to come. The amendment would prevent any state or federal funds from being used to reduce excess motor vehicle lanes for use as bicycle lanes or bus lanes. If passed, no state or federal funds, even those given to local areas as grants, could ever be used in this manner.

Please contact your Texas House Representative RIGHT NOW by phone and/or email. Ask that he or she vote NO. Also, ask him or her to speak out against Rep. Hughes' amendment to Article 7. (Don't know who your rep is? Find out here.) You can use any or all of the talking points below:

  • This amendment is dangerous and will cost lives.
  • Engineers routinely determine that there will not be significant impact to motor vehicle traffic before changing a roadway.
  • Lane conversions create safer spaces for people walking, biking, and driving, reducing roadway injuries and fatalities.
  • Transportation engineers in a local community need to be able to exercise their own professional judgement to determine the best solution to local traffic situations.
  • The FHWA-approved lane conversions are proven to be effective at improving safety.
  • [Name a local road in your area] is unsafe to bike or walk on. This amendment would make it very difficult to make this road a safe place for me and my family.

Be sure to include your name, address, and occupation. Thank you for making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

 

Edited to add the amendment language:

Floor Amendment No. _____________   By: ____________________ 

1    Amend C.S.H.B No. 1 (house committee report) by adding the 

2 following appropriately numbered rider in Article VII after the

3 appropriations to the Texas Department of Transportation:

4    ____. Conversion of Vehicle Lane. The Texas Department of

5 Transportation may not use any money appropriated by this Act:

6       (1) for the conversion of an existing vehicle lane to a

7 bus lane, bike lane, or other special purpose lane; or

8       (2) to issue a grant to a political subdivision of this

9 state for the purpose described by Subdivision (1) of this rider.  

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Mar 27)

BikeNews; Community

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

 

cyclists-in-suits-2013-biketexas-front-pageFrom BikeTexas:

Cyclists in Suits is three days away, but it's not too late to get in on the action! Register now and come lobby with us on Monday.

Will you be in San Antonio on Sunday? Come volunteer with us at Siclovia!

 

From around Texas:

The Alex Brown Act (HB 80), which would ban texting while driving statewide, is one step closer to becoming law after passing the House on Thursday. 

Kyndall Ramsey of Waco is on the road to recovery after being hit by a car three months ago.

A man riding a bike in Grapevine was hit by a car last weekend.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has kicked off her rolling town halls for 2015.

Last weekend, Brownsville held it first non-downtown CycloBia.

 

From elsewhere:

The capital of Slovenia is leading the way for bicycle friendliness in Europe.

Protected bike lanes and the bicycling gender gap

Want to live healthier for longer? Physical activity will help.

A Polish mountain biker has set a new world record for riding up steps.

Check out this solar-panel-covered bikeway in South Korea.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

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