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Ask An(other) Attendee: Why Register for TTAT 2016?

BikeNews; Advocacy

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:12

scott white velo paso texas trails active transportation conference ttat 2014 biketexasVelo Paso's Scott White is working hard to make El Paso a great place to ride a bike. As one-half of the Velo Paso contingent at Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2014 (along with fellow advocate Victor Cordero), Scott saw enough value in TTAT that he's returning in 2016, this time as a speaker.

A couple years ago my friends and I were making waves after having successfully fought to save the funding for our local bike share program. So we though we knew a thing or two about being active transportation advocates. Boy were we in for a surprise!

What we learned at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference just blew our minds, so many new ideas, approaches, resources, and of course 'bike minded' friends. It was a real eye opener, and what we learned in just a couple of days would take far too long to explain. So why not come see for yourself?

I'll be there again (I'm even co-leading a session this time), and hope to see you there too.

Learn more about TTAT 2016 and register here to attend in Houston March 9-11.


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 8)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 08 January 2016 00:00

Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than the first News by Bike of 2016:


texas trails and active transportation conference ttat 2014 biketexas

From BikeTexas:

Registration is open now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016! Not sure if TTAT is for you? Check out what a TTAT 2014 speaker/attendee has to say about why this conference matters.

The first BikeTexas Today of 2016 is coming next week! Make sure you're getting all the latest bike news in your inbox--join the BikeTexas email list now.


From around Texas:

Bus ridership is up in Houston following their network redesign.

A look at what Dallas (and probably other Texas cities) can learn from Houston's redesigned bus system.

Check out the draft countywide bikeway maps for North Texas.

Now's your chance to help decide where new Houston B-cycle stations will go.

San Angelo passed a ban on texting while driving.


From elsewhere:

"The good news is that when we do make streets that are safe for pedestrians, traffic still flows."

Momentum Mag's list of top bicycle advocacy videos of 2015.

Another look at the "4 types of cyclists" classifications, this time for the whole U.S.

"We're still not seeing any really significant mode shifts, despite decades of investment," says Daniel Piatkowski in CityLab.

Bicycle highways are coming to Germany, and they'll connect cities with suburbs.

Are you a public transportation user? Check out these useful apps for making the trip better.

Great things happen when cities build for bikes.

Streetsblog takes on the debate surrounding the Idaho Stop.

What if a newspaper looked deeper into the issues behind bicycle crashes and deaths, instead of blaming the victim? This one did.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings at the opening keynote session of TTAT 2014.


Ask an Attendee: Why Register for TTAT?

BikeNews; Community

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:36

Beth Nobles texas trails and active transportation conference TTAT 2014 smallTexas Trails Network and BikeTexas are proud to offer an outstanding slate of speakers at every TTAT conference. One of our past speakers is Beth Nobles, former Executive Director of Texas Mountain Trail. Sadly for all of us in Texas, Beth has since moved, but was kind enough to share her experience at TTAT.

There are so many conferences worth attending but as a community organizer and regional advocate, I found the Texas Trails and Active Transportation conference one of the most inspiring gatherings available. I’ve encouraged colleagues to attend, and they’ve found it valuable too. We've been able to spend one-on-one time with international leaders, local community volunteers and champions, and state agency leaders; and all were willing to listen to our challenges and offer terrific nuts-and-bolts solutions and perspectives.

If you want to make a difference in your community, and meet leaders from across the state that will inspire and point you to valuable resources, THIS is your conference.
Plus, you’ll have fun. In 2012, I took a group run through an historic San Antonio cemetery and in 2014 a bike share ride through Fort Worth. I could see creative solutions in action. I left both conferences with lasting friendships and valuable professional connections.

If you have the budget for just one professional development opportunity in 2016, make it TTAT!

Meet other advocates like Beth and learn about trails and active transportation in Texas at TTAT 2016, in Houston March 9-11. Register now to take advantage of early bird rates!


Photo: Beth Nobles at TTAT 2014 (right); other TTAT attendees enjoying a bike ride (left)



Register Now for TTAT 2016

BikeNews; Community

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:09

TTAT logo
Registration is open now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference! 
Join us in Houston March 9-11

You don't want to miss the Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference, coming to Houston March 9-11, 2016. Local and statewide leaders will be joined by national and international guests to share inspiring successes in expanding trails and active transportation. 

TTAT is partnering with Electric Bike Expo, in Houston the same weekend, so that all TTAT attendees will have exclusive access to the Electric Bike Expo before it opens to the general public! Learn more about the latest in e-bike technology and take a test ride on the track in addition to all the great sessions TTAT has to offer. 

Want to build excitement for biking, walking, and trails in your city? TTAT can be a catalyst for big changes at the local level. Attend this conference and recruit your elected officials, planners and engineers, and government staffers to join you in Houston, along with other advocates from your city. Attendees will learn everything they need to know about what trails and active transportation can do for their communities. Register yourself and other local leaders by February 14 to avoid late registration fees. 

If you're not sure where to start with representatives from your city government, we're here to help. Email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call us at 512-476-7433 to get started.

Register for TTAT by February 14 to get the lowest conference prices at a great value. Reserve your room at the Houston Marriott Medical Center by February 6 to get the conference rate before rooms run out. 

Visit now to learn more about TTAT. See you March 9-11 in Houston!
Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference is presented by:
Texas Trails Network
Many thanks to TTAT 2016 sponsors!
Sponsorships are available now! Learn more about sponsoring TTAT 2016 and register as a sponsor here, or call 512-476-7433.
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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 18)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

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


gift guide santa and elf teaser biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

Forgot to order from our gift guide? The post office deadline for regular shipping is upon us, but give us a call or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we can adjust the shipping prices for pre-Christmas delivery. No rush? No worries-- we'll still send your order even if it won't arrive before December 25.

It's #FundraisingFriday-- donate or join today and we'll send you a bonus free gift!

Our communications/office manager is slightly obsessed with tying bicycles and musicals together as often as possible.


From around Texas:

CycloBia Brownsville is tonight-- don't miss out!

Work is still progressing, albeit with delays, on a rail-trail in Tyler.


From elsewhere:

A look at the science behind traffic engineering--and how that science points to roads built for people.

US DOT & Vulcan announced a reward for the Smart City Challenge winner. Our office nerds were a bit too excited about this news for a few minutes.

Is better data one of the keys to safer streets?

Check out this cool wayfinding project in the "other" Arlington.

Found a brilliant way to share safety messages, Iowa DOT has.

Check out this fun and crafty idea for old bike tires! (Maybe a winter break project for your kids?)

“'Until the idea of a cyclist as the sports person or as a poor man is removed from the equation, very few authorities are going to support cycle-oriented development,' Palmer says."


This is your last brand-new weekend reading of 2015--look for a roundup of our favorite stories of the year next Thursday (since we'll be doing something else on Friday). Happy holidays, and as always, have a great weekend!


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Dec 11)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 11 December 2015 13:37

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


brownsville city council bicycle friendly proclamation biketexas advocacyFrom BikeTexas:

Congratulations to the two Texas businesses who joined The League's Bicycle Friendly Business list this week!

Even more congratulations to this happy fifth grader who drew his way to a new bicycle!

Don't forget-- donate to BikeTexas or join/renew your membership on Fridays, and you get a free gift. That's our way of saying thanks for #FundraisingFriday with us.

Did your U.S. Rep vote yes on the FAST Act? A quick email to say thanks also reminds our elected officials that people who ride bikes are paying attention to what they're up to.


From around Texas:

Austin's transportation reporter dismantles the argument that people who ride bikes don't pay for roads.

The trails connecting Fort Worth to Dallas are getting closer to reality...

And in the meantime, here's a look at how far Fort Worth has come and where it still needs to go for bike friendliness.

Houston's BikeFest has been postponed again due to rain

Brownsville officially received its Bicycle Friendly Community designation from Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists this week (photo).

BikeHouston is hiring.


From elsewhere:

Just in case anyone forgot, walkable neighborhoods = healthier people.

...however, it looks like there's not enough housing in walkable neighborhoods for everyone.

Baby Boomers are retiring (or not) and hopping back on their bikes.

This post is all about convincing reluctant politicians about what we already know-- bikes are the solution to a lot of problems.


Have a great weekend!


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