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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 20)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 20 November 2015 13:35

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:

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide launches on Monday! Want the announcement (and our newsletters) in your inbox? Sign up for BikeTexas emails here. 

The days are short! You need lights! Order enough for everyone you know here.

We're waiting to hear if a Texan is the winner in the Saris National Poster Contest, but in the meantime, check out all the amazing Texas poster entries.

Fundraising Friday is back at BikeTexas! Donate, join, or renew any Friday from now to the end of the year and we'll send you a free gift.

As of this week, seven Texas cities have been designated as bike friendly by the League of American Bicyclists, including one at GOLD! 

In Congress, the transportation bill grinds on. We don't think we'll have any Action Alerts in the next week or so, but if anything comes up we'll have to move in a hurry, so keep an eye out for updates.

Registration is open now for the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference.

 

From around Texas:

Brownsville is working on safer design for a blocked frontage road.

The Houston Bike Challenge rolls on. Are you in?

Do you ride a bike in San Antonio? SA Tomorrow wants to hear from you!

El Paso MPO is conducting a transportation survey. The results of this survey could guide the next steps for transportation in El Paso, so it's critical that they hear from people who walk or ride a bike (or both!) in the region. Make sure your voice is heard and that El Paso MPO knows that active transportation is in high demand!

Don't forget, Houston: elections aren't over yet. Make plans to vote in the runoff!

Hutto's next Bike and Brunch is Sunday.

Bike Friendly Richardson is hosting its seventh Black Friday Ride next week. Don't miss out!

El Paso, mark your calendar for the Bike Plan Open House on December 2.

 

From elsewhere:

Support the FHWA's proposals for safer street design.

Many of us turn to our bikes to make sense of the world. This guy did it last weekend to make his city a bit brighter.

Walkable neighborhoods = better health.

Getting older doesn't mean you stop riding-- just ask these folks.

Data to the rescue for Capital Bikeshare.

Exercise can keep you upbeat all winter long.

There are good ways to prevent pedestrian death, but brighter clothes are not the solution.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Fundraising Friday 2015

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 20 November 2015 13:28

BikeTexas2012Jersey-frontBikeTexas 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 2015, 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:

Donate or join BikeTexas on any Friday during November or December.
Share the membership page on social media, especially on Fridays. 
Use the hashtag #FundraisingFriday and encourage people to join BikeTexas.
Finish this sentence: "I'm a member of BikeTexas because ____" and share on social media.
Want to help offline, too? Get a BikeTexas jersey or t-shirt to wear while you're out and about and help make Texas a great place to ride a bike! Pick up some lights, too, so you can see and be seen on those winter commutes.

   

Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest: Texas Posters

BikeNews; Education Fund

Friday, 20 November 2015 10:41

We're waiting to hear the results of Saris National Poster Contest voting (they're announcing on November 24), but in the meantime, take a look at all the posters we received for this year's poster contest!

 

Texas winning poster, from Tyler:

 2015 poster contest 1st place biketexas bicycle education

2nd place, from Cleburne:

2015 poster contest 2nd place biketexas bicycle education

 

3rd place, from Arlington:

2015 poster contest 3rd place biketexas bicycle education

Other entries in alphabetical order by city:

Fort Worth:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education fort worth

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education fort worth green

Houston:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education houston

Humble:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education humble

Irving:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education irving

Tyler:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education tyler

Wylie:

2015 poster contest biketexas bicycle education wylie

   

Seven Texas Cities are Bicycle Friendly Communities!

BikeNews; Community

Monday, 16 November 2015 11:41

bicycle friendly Texas biketexas bike newsWe're so thrilled with today's announcement from the League of American Bicyclists of the Fall 2015 Bicycle Friendly Communities-- FOUR Texas cities are on the list, two for the first time, bringing the total of Texas BFCs to seven!

 

Congratulations to Brownsville and Plano, both entering the list for the first time at the Bronze level. We're so proud of all the hard work both cities have put into reaching this milestone. We know firsthand that elected officials, city departments, and local citizen advocates all played vital roles in putting Brownsville on the map as the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley, and Plano has made great strides in improving conditions for bicyclists, confirming its place as one of the best cities to live and work in North Texas.

The Woodlands Township has renewed its Bronze level status for another four years. Even retaining the same status requires that the city keep working hard and never stopping in its quest to make a community a great place to ride a bike.

And finally, a huge congratulations to Austin for reaching GOLD level! After many years at Silver, the city stepped up its game to make sure that this year, a Texas city would earn gold. Only 24 cities around the country are current Gold level cities. Austin is also the only capital city on the Gold list (since the only other capital city, Madison, moved up to Platinum). 

 

In addition to these four cities, Houston, San Antonio, and Richardson are also Bronze level Bicycle Friendly cities in Texas. These seven cities are home to over five million Texans, almost 20% of the state's population. Texas is also home to 26 bicycle friendly businesses, and as of this month, three bicycle friendly univiersities. The Bicycle Friendly America Program has been one of our best levers as bicycling advocates to improve conditions for bicyclists of all ages, as cities, businesses, and univerisities all see the rewards and challenges in meeting and exceeding the metrics required to be recognized by the League.

Congratulations again to Austin, Brownsville, Plano, and The Woodlands!

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Nov 13)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

The U.S. transportation bill is headed for conference, and three Texas Representatives are on the committee. If you live or work in the Brian Babin (R-36, Woodville), Blake Farenthold (R-27, Corpus Christi), or Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas) districts, would you be willing to make a visit to the district office? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Big news is coming from the League on Monday--the newest round of bicycle friendly cities will be announced! Stay tuned to find out what Texas cities made the list. Brush up on current Texas Bicycle Friendly Communities before the big announcement.

 

From around Texas:

Bike Hutto keeps on working hard to make Hutto a great place to ride a bike! Its latest project? A new Share the Road campaign in Hutto.

The Houston Bike Challenge is underway!

San Antonio, take the SA Tomorrow Bike Survey.

El Paso, take the Regional Transportation Survey. It's critical that El Paso MPO hear from folks who ride bikes, so they can have the numbers to back up planning for active transportation. Make sure your voice is heard!

Tyler is still working on the next link in its bicycle network.

TxDOT wants to #EndTheStreakTX-- and so do we. Be sure to ask TxDOT for Safe Streets policies like accommodating all road users, installing active transportation infrastructure, and using TAP funds for their intended purpose instead of transferring those funds away.

 

From elsewhere:

Another study confirms what advocates have been saying for years: if cities want to make riding a bike safer, the kinds of laws they need to pass are about well-designed infrastructure.

Not just recreation: a survey in Chicago found that one of the highest groups of people riding bikes were low-income folks going to and from work.

The more visible bikeshare stations are, the better.

Beijing has filled up with cars in just a few short years, and now is looking to the bicycle as a solution.

Atlanta has a chief bicycle officer to make the city a great place to live, not just drive.

San Francisco is using elevation to help protect a new bike lane.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: When a bicycle advocate from Texas visits New York, naturally she takes pictures of bicycles.

   

District Office Visits May Be Needed as U.S. Transportation Bill Goes to Conference

BikeNews; Advocacy

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:30

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You did it! Thank you for calling and emailing your U.S. Representatives in response to the Action Alert last week. The anti-bike and anti-active-transportation amendments were defeated, and the House transportation bill passed on Thursday. 

We're not done yet! Now, the transportation bills from the House and the Senate go to conference where the two chambers work out the differences between the bills. The Senate bill is stronger than the House bill at this point for people who walk or ride bikes. Keep an eye out for more action on these bills over the next couple of weeks. 

Three Texas Representatives are on the conference committee: Brian Babin (R-36, Woodville), Blake Farenthold (R-27, Corpus Christi), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas). Do you live or work in one of these districts? We may need constituents to make district office visits. Let us know if you can stop by your representative's office this week.

Not sure who your representative is? Find out here.

Thank you for making Texas-- and the nation!-- a great place to ride a bike.

   

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