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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 http://texastrails.biketexas.org 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
BikeTexas
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!

   

#LongForTheRide: Texas' Bike-Winning Fifth Grader

BikeNews; Education Fund

texas poster winner bike saris racks biketexas bicycle education 2015Many congratulations to Uzziel Rangel of Bonner Elementary in Tyler, the statewide winner of the Saris 2015 Fifth Grade National Poster Contest.

Uzziel and his father put his new bicycle together this week. George Brigman, Uzziel's teacher, says, "Uzziel Rangel is so excited about winning in the Saris Bike Poster contest. He was talking about how he would protect it – try to keep from getting any scratches and keep it beside his bed. Uzziel tries his best all the time and has great manners."

According to Mr. Brigman, all of his students enjoy Saris' annual contest: "Bonner does have great artists who try their best. This is a contest that all the fifth graders look forward too."

Thank you to all the teachers in Texas who submitted posters to the Saris 2015 Fifth Grade National Poster Contest! See all the Texas posters here, and check back soon to hear more about the second and third place winners!

Thank you Saris Parking, maker of bicycle parking systems and racks for hosting the contest for the fifth year. In their words, "Our #longfortheride campaign blossomed from our own admiration and commitment to cycling in the United States. Riding a bike is not only good for the soul, it benefits the health, wellness, safety and vitality of a community. What better way to display the bicycle’s importance than by asking kids to show us what they love about the bicycle. There’s just something inexplicable that happens each time you reach for the handlebars. And as they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words."

Photos: Uzziel and his new bike; Uzziel with his brothers and sisters 

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Takin' Care of Business: Two More Texas Businesses Join the Bike-Friendly List

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 11 December 2015 11:49

3 place bike rack capital metro austin bikefestGetting to work and back is never better than when you work for one of the 28 bicycle friendly businesses in Texas! With this week's announcement of new bicycle-friendly businesses from the League of American Bicyclists, even more Texas businesses are taking the pledge to make life a bit easier for those who commute by bike. Congratulations to the newest Texas businesses on the list:

 

Entering the list at GOLD: longtime BikeTexas partner and good friends, Capital Metro. In addition to being the first transit system in Texas to welcome bikes aboard, they're our hometown transportation authority. 

And at SILVER: San Antonio River Authority, who among many other things are also responsible for some of the parks we love visiting in San Antonio.

 

We couldn't be prouder of these two businesses entering the list in such stellar fashion! Althogether, the 28 Texas businesses on the list represent 10 cities and 142,759 Texas employees. Keep up the great work, Texas businesses!

Photo: A rider learns how to use the 3-place bike racks, now standard on all Capital Metro buses, at Austin BikeFest.

 

Check out the full list and be sure to stop by any of the Texas bicycle friendly businesses near you. Want to see your company on the bicycle friendly list? Start here.

Platinum:

Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin, Bicycle Industry

Gold:

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, Transportation

The Ride Of Silence, Garland, Bicycle Industry 

Traffic Engineers, Inc., Houston, Architecture/Planning/Design

Silver: 

717 N. Harwood, Dallas, Class A Commercial Office Building

Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Manufacturing/Research

Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO), San Antonio, Government Agency

Bike World, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Blue Line Bike Lab, Houston, Bicycle Industry

Casteel & Associates, Inc., Dallas, Manufacturing/Research

City of Austin, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

El Meson Restaurant, Houston, Hospitality/Food/Retail

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Fort Worth, Bicycle Industry

Pedal Power Bicycles, San Marcos, Bicycle Industry

Plano Cycling & Fitness, Inc., Plano, Hospitality/Food/Retail

San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, Government Agency

Sugar Cycles, Inc., Missouri City, Bicycle Industry

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, Austin, Non-Profit/Government

United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, Professional Services

Bronze:

Asakura Robinson Company LLC, Houston, Professional Services

Bikesport, Houston, Bicycle Industry

City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Non-Profit/Government

HomeAway, Austin, Professional Services

Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Architecture/Planning/Design

San Antonio Bike Share, San Antonio, Bicycle Industry

Texas Instruments Inc., Plano, Manufacturing/Research

Wheatsville Food Co-op, Austin, Hospitality/Food/Retail

   

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