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Miles and Miles of (Bike-Friendly) Texas: New Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced

BikeNews; Community

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:10

NAACP 2014-2The stars in Texas keep getting brighter for people who ride bikes: three Texas cities were added to the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Communities list this week!

Congratulations to our three new Honorable Mention cities:

El Paso

Hollywood Park

Plano

These cities join Frisco, on the Honorable Mention list since the spring, and Fort Worth, on the list since 2012. Want to see your city on the list in the next round in Spring 2015? We can help! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get started.

 

While Texas' current Bicycle Friendly State ranking is disappointing, Texas has four Bicycle Friendly Communities that have surpassed honorable mention: Austin (Silver), Houston (Bronze), San Antonio (Bronze), and The Woodlands (Bronze). We also have Bicycle Friendly Businesses around the state, including five new ones recognized in the most recent round, and two Bicycle Friendly Universities: Texas Tech University in Lubbock and The University of Texas at Austin

These designations represent a lot of hard work and determination to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. Here's what it looks like by the numbers:

  • 6,230,230 Texans live in a Bicycle Friendly Community
  • 42,548 Texans work for a Bicycle Friendly Business
  • 84,223 Texas students attend a Bicycle Friendly University

 

Photo: Group shot at the 2014 NAACP Texas Conference bike ride in El Paso.

Article title is a reference to the song "Miles and Miles of Texas," by Asleep at the Wheel.

   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Nov 14)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

In case you missed it: some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 

 

From BikeTexas:

Our November newsletter is out! Want it in your inbox instead of online? Sign up here.

We took a look back at past Novembers at BikeTexas, and some pretty cool stuff has happened.

Austin City Council runoff election is December 16. Check out our endorsements here.

 

people riding bikes in the cold biketexasFrom around Texas:

The El Paso Bicycle Advisory Committee had its first meeting. Here's how it went.

A new park in Travis County is also a key trail link 

Some San Antonio bike lanes are going green

Is it harder to ride your bike during a cold snap? Here are some tips so you're ready to roll through the next one.

Speaking of cold, it didn't stop the Fair Park bike share launch in Dallas. 

In less good news, CAMPO softened their requirements for spending funding on bike/ped projects.


From elsewhere:  

There's a new Lego design book out, and the Lego city includes Lego protected bike lanes and Lego people riding bikes.

Maybe all the Lego people are riding their bikes because of that fancy infrastructure? Works for humans.

Speaking of which, it turns out the cost/benefit ratio of encouraging people to ride bikes is off the charts.

Plus, all that infrastructure and encouragement makes things a bit easier for families. 

And of course, city traffic jams are problematic for everyone, whether you're in the city or not.

Meanwhile in Europe, cycling is creating jobs and boosting the economy.

On a sadder note, the Invisible Visible Man reflects on traffic deaths.

Do you ever hear these common complaints from drivers about people who ride bikes?

 

And finally:

Not bike related, just awesome-- the European Space Agency sent a spacecraft to a comet. Hope you didn't miss that, because it was pretty amazing.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

BikeTexas KidsKup Update for 2015

BikeNews; Education Fund

Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:52

kidskup camp eagle 2014-003BikeTexas is sad to announce that the BikeTexas KidsKup will no longer be a feature at TMBRA events beginning in the spring of 2015. We've enjoyed 16 years of a delightful and productive partnership between TMBRA and BikeTexas KidsKup that has produced many Texas mountain bikers. KidsKup will continue at other venues throughout the year, so stay tuned for news of when there will be a KidsKup event near you! We wish TMBRA and the mountain bike race series every success through 2015 and into the future.

BikeTexas remains committed to mountain biking in Texas--that's why we're working so hard every day to maintain trail funding and to keep trails open for all Texans. Texas residents and visitors alike have access to mountain bike trails in nearly every state park, something that's not the case in every state. And despite our state’s record of rejecting optional federal funding, Texas kept the Recreational Trails Program alive, providing millions of dollars each year to build and service trails. We're dedicated to ensuring all current and future mountain bikers in Texas have amazing places to ride.

   

November Comes and November Goes

BikeNews; Community

Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:02

UT Kinesiology Bike Safety 2007 biketexasFor Throwback Thursday this week, a peek back at Novembers past at BikeTexas. Post title is from the Clyde Watson poem.

 

BikeTexas and TxDOT worked together to fight off a bike ban in 2005.

Take a look at some bond elections that benefitted bicycle infrastructure in Texas, also from 2005.

Burkburnett ISD joined the Safe Routes to School program in 2006 with their first teacher training.

Lubbock's Tech Terrace neighborhood got an upgrade to make it safer to walk to school, also as part of SRTS, in 2006.

The proposed Old Texas 20 bicycle route took some strides forward in November of 2006.

Students from Huston-Tillotson and UT Austin learned new bike skills and put them into practice on one November day in 2009.

Cypress Fairbanks Training teacher training biketexas 2008After the San Antonio Bikes summit in November 2009, people who ride bikes in San Antonio went for a ride with then-mayor Julián Castro.

Brownsville held their first CycloBia in November 2012. In the two years since then, the program has grown to a four-times-a-year event, with some of them held at night. Brownsville hopes to soon become the U.S. city that's hosted the most Open Streets events.

In 2012, Fort Worth became the fourth Texas city to receive a Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, earning an honorable mention.

 

Here's to many more great Novembers for people who ride bikes in Texas!

Photos-- Top: Students practicing bicycle safety in 2007; bottom: a fun moment at a Cypress-Fairbanks ISD teacher training in 2008.

   

BikeTexas Today: November 2014

BikeNews; Advocacy

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Donate Now! BikeTexas' Legislative Fundraising Kicks Off TODAY

Make sure we hit the 2015 Lege Session with a full warchest.

Like most nonprofits, BikeTexas relies on our year-end donations to keep the lights on and the work going the rest of the year! Our year-end appeal kicks off TODAY-- now's your chance to make sure people who ride bikes continue to be represented at TxDOT meetings, legislative hearings, and all levels of government around the state. We can't do it alone-- make 2014 the year YOU partner with BikeTexas!

 

 

BikeTexas' First Foray into Election Endorsements

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The 2014 elections at the city level in Austin were epic: an expanded City Council, 70 candidates, and ten new districts.

The BikeTexas board of directors voted to amend our bylaws to allow BikeTexas endorsements in Austin's first 10-1 council race. In consultation with an outstanding team of knowledgeable Austinites, BikeTexas published our first list of endorsements just in time for early voting. We're proud to say that in every single race, one of our endorsed candidates either won outright or is in the runoff election to be held on December 16.

 

 

Inaugural Austin BikeFest Presented by Capital Metro a Success

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The big day has come and gone, and we couldn't be happier with the inaugural Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro.

Many, many thanks to those who came out to enjoy a great day of bicycles, music, food, beer, and fun! Maybe you rode on the newly-opened Southern Walnut Creek Trail, were inspired by the fashion show on bicycles, watched some bike games, or heard from your city council candidate-- or a little bit of everything!

 

 

cyclists in suits 13 groupSave the Date!

#GivingTuesday, December 2

National Bike Summit, March 10-12, Washington, D.C.

Cyclists in Suits: Texas' Bike Lobby Day, March 30, Austin

 

 

You Biked the Vote!

biketexas bike the vote 2014

The voting is done and the results are in, and it’s a new day in Texas.

We’re headed into the 2015 legislative session with many unknowns. There will be new faces in both chambers come January, and many of those new legislators will need to be educated about people who walk and ride bikes. We’re unsure where the new Governor and Lt. Governor stand on the issues that are important to Texans who use active transportation.

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Member Spotlight: Lorn MacDougal

“When I walk, I miss the feeling of the wheels moving me through space.”

Lorn MacDougal—dancer/Pilates instructor, electric bike owner, Austin resident, and BikeTexas member—says she started riding a bike when she was a kid and never stopped. “I hope that parents will instill the skill and bravery in children to ride together as families so children grow up on their bikes.”

 

 

Meet BikeTexas Intern Haley Kortrostami

haley biketexas intern for newsletter

BikeTexas is proud to introduce our fall intern, Raheleh "Haley" Kortrostami.

Haley is an accounting student at Austin Community College and started interning with us in September. In the short time she's been with us, Haley has proven to be an invaluable asset, working hard at everything we've asked her to do, from hauling bikes to data entry. Haley also proved her uber-volunteer status at the Austin BikeFest, when she and her husband Payam worked hard alongside BikeTexas staff from start to finish to make it a great day.

 

 

Update: Texas Transportation Commisssion Votes on Transportation Alternatives Funding

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People who ride bikes in Texas have stepped up again and again to communicate with TxDOT and show that Texans who care about biking and walking are strong. And TxDOT keeps letting us down.

Last week, we saw the adjusted TAP rules and our reaction was mixed. Because of your voice, the rules for TAP funding were improved, and communities will have an easier time building projects with TAP funds. However, we were very disappointed that the TxDOT staff and the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) did not ensure that all of the TAP money stays where it belongs.

 

 

Bike Ride at the 78th Texas NAACP Convention

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2014 marks the fifth year of a bike ride at the Annual Convention of the NAACP Texas State Conference. This year’s conference was in El Paso, so three BikeTexas staff plus 75 bicycles headed out on a Wednesday morning to get to El Paso in plenty of time for the Saturday ride.

The ride is sponsored by Texas NAACP and Walmart, and this year we had the added bonus of having VeloPaso staff and volunteers lending a hand. VeloPaso’s Victor Cordero and Scott White joined BikeTexas for a pre-ride to assess the best route for Saturday.

 

 

Texas State Employees: Support Bicycle Advocacy!

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Are you a Texas State Employee? Do you want to do great things for bicycle advocacy and education? You can support BikeTexas through your workplace charitable giving campaign!

Our State Employee Charitable Campaign number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. If you prefer, you can also support BikeTexas indirectly by giving to EarthShare (035500). Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

 

 

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Fundraising Friday

BikeNews; Member News

biketexas i bike tx tshirt san antonio sicloviaBikeTexas 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 2014, 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 this shortened link for your convenience: http://bit.ly/1z6giaI
  • 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!
   

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