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Now is the BEST Time to Join BikeTexas!

BikeNews; Member News

Thursday, 06 August 2015 12:43

John-Olin-BIke-Barn-Trek-Bike-GiveawayBikeTexas' Annual Membership Drive has begun! Join BikeTexas or renew your annual membership during August and you'll be entered to win a new bike, generously donated by Trek! (Details on the bike coming soon.)

Current BikeTexas monthly members are automatically entered to win. Annual members who renew early to enter the drawing will have their membership extended for a year from their current renewal date-- you won't lose any time off your current membership. BikeTexas members are the ones keeping pressure on TxDOT to plan for all road users, encouraging cities to adopt bike-friendly policies, and getting bike plans put into place all over the state. When you join BikeTexas, you join in making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

As an extra bonus, anyone who donates or joins BikeTexas on Fridays in August will receive a free gift.

Don't wait-- enter the BikeTexas Annual Membership Bike Giveaway today!


FAQs about the Annual Bike Giveaway:

What if I am already a member of BikeTexas?
If you are already an annual member, you can renew early and your new year-to-year membership will still start the day after your current yearly membership expires.

What if I am a monthly member of BikeTexas?
BikeTexas monthly members will be entered in the drawing automatically! Your steady monthly contribution is a tremendous commitment that makes planning from year to year much easier and cost-effective for BikeTexas.

What if I am a Life Member?
Life Members are not automatically entered in the membership raffle. Life Members may choose a monthly or annual pledge equivalent to a recurring monthly or annual membership level to participate in the raffle.

Do I have to be present at the drawing to win?
No. We'll contact you!

How will I get the bike?
You will go to your favorite Texas Trek dealer to pick up your new bike.

Who is not eligible for the drawing?
BikeTexas staff, board members, and immediate family are not eligible to win the bike.


Photo: 2011 bike giveaway winner John Olin from Pearland


Getting There: Viva! Streets 2015

BikeNews; Community

viva streets scooters skateboard biketexasViva! Streets Austin is coming up fast! Join us on E 6th Street on September 13 from 12-5 PM as we celebrate healthy living and fitness while we play in the street.

E 6th will be closed from I-35 eastward past Robert Martinez Street. (Chicon and Comal streets will allow for cross traffic with police guidance.) There is some parking available on neighboring streets, but we encourage everyone to find non-driving options if possible to avoid congestion at the event. If you live in the neighborhood, please consider walking. You will be able to enter anywhere along 6th, so put on your walking shoes and head on down.

We love bikes! Ride your bike to Viva! Streets and then ride along the street to see what's happening on every block. Bring a lock with you in case you decide to visit one of the local businesses. What route to take? Try one of these: 

  • Take the Rosewood park trail (begins at Alexander south of Boggy Creek) or at E. 12th Street down to Pedernales. Then take Pedernales to E. 6th Street. 
  • Take the Boardwalk to the Longhorn Bridge to get to E. 6th.
  • Take Shoal Creek Trail to get to W. 3rd Street.
  • Take the Johnson Creek Trail to get to W. 5th Street.

If neither of those options work for you, catch a ride with Capital Metro. Routes 4, 21/22, 17, and 320 all pass close by 6th Street and will bring you to where the action is. Buy a day pass on the app or on board for $2.50 and they'll bring you here and back again. As a bonus, all buses now have real-time arrival info available on the app, by text message via Dadnab at (512) 981-6221, and on the website at See when your bus is coming so you don't miss it! 

However you get here, we'll see you on September 13!


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (July 17)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

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


Iris Ghost BikeFrom BikeTexas:

Thanks to the many of you who took time to contact Senator Ted Cruz about the transportation bill! The League of American Bicyclists has reported that the bill left the Commerce Committee with the amendments we asked for. The current transportation bill expires on July 31, and Congress will be going to into recess before the end of the month. Stay tuned for more Action Alerts (sign up for emails here) as they work towards a new national bill--it could be a tense couple of weeks. 

Public comment period is now open for TxDOT's Unified Transportation Program. In the past, TxDOT has often responded when people who ride bikes send in comments, so don't let this opportunity slide by!

On a lighter note, our office/communications manager Su Wilcox hosted #bikeschool, a weekly Twitter chat, this week


From around Texas:

We're saddened this week to hear of the deaths of Ricky Ziegler of Fort Worth and Jimmie Sines of Dallas. We're horrified that this week alone in Austin, six pedestrians have been killed by drivers. We call on our elected officials, law enforcement, and TxDOT to take traffic fatalities seriously and give cities and communities the tools they need to create and maintain safe streets for all.


Photo: Our dream is that we never have to put another one of these up in Texas.


Public Meeting: Submit Comments to TxDOT for the Unified Transportation Program

BikeNews; Advocacy

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:31

TxDOT is seeking public input for the Unified Transportation Program
Attend online or at your TxDOT District Office TOMORROW, Thursday, July 16
Participation from people who ride bikes in Texas is valuable and effective at these meetings-- TxDOT incorporated a significant number of comments submitted by bike/ped advocates during the comment periods for previous long-range plans. TxDOT staff has also remarked about the high and professional level of bike/ped advocate attendance at these public meetings.
In fact, high levels of participation from people who ride bikes has strained the TxDOT servers during online meetings in the past. It's critical that we continue to be involved in this planning process so TxDOT knows that we aren't going away. The UTP provides long-term guidance that can either ensure or prevent bike/ped funding and infrastructure in our transportation system.
Here are some topics to consider offering comments about at the meeting. If any one resonates with you, let TxDOT know! More info can be found at the links:
As always, thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!

Action Alert: Contact Senator Ted Cruz TODAY

BikeNews; Action Alerts

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:13


Senate Commerce Committee will vote on transportation amendments Wednesday
Tell Senator Cruz that you support active transportation
On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is voting on a number of amendments to the transportation bill. Senator Ted Cruz is on the Commerce Committee-- please contact him today to ask him to support both of these key amendments.

AMTRAK roll on service-- Please ask Senator Cruz to support the Manchin Amendment. 

Demand for multi-modal transportation options, including the increasingly popular combination of bikes with buses and trains, is growing across the country. Currently, only a handful of Amtrak stations and train services allow convenient roll-on access for bicycles, and where they do, the service is popular and well-used. The Manchin Amendment would require Amtrak to report to Congress on what standardized roll-on service for all users should look like and what it would take to get there. This amendment would benefit people who use wheelchairs and other assistive devices as well as those who travel with bicycles.
Safe Streets policy-- Please ask Senator Cruz to support the Heller, Schatz, Markey Amendment. 

This amendment would ensure that the design of federal surface transportation projects provides for the safe and adequate accommodation of all road users in the planning, development, and operation of transportation projects. Planning for all road users from the beginning of a project lowers costs from having to retrofit later, plus contributes to a complete transportation network for all.

TIGER Grants-- Please ask Senator Cruz to support the Cantwell Amendment.
TIGER grants, critical sources of funding for bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and other key projects for communities, has been gutted. The current bill restricts TIGER funds to freight only. Senator Cantwell's amendment would strike the freight-only language and restore this program. TIGER grants help cut through red tape and provide funding directly to local areas for transportation projects that boost local economies, enhance communities through connectivity, and increase transportation safety.
Use the contact form found on the Senate's website to contact Senator Cruz and ask him to support these amendments. Thank you for making Texas-- and the nation-- a great place to bike and walk!

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (July 10)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 10 July 2015 00:00

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


texas trails active transportation 2014 fashion show bicycles biketexas

From BikeTexas:

Suggest a session now for TTAT 2016 in Houston.

Amazon Prime member? Next week is a great time to get some deals and support bicycle education at the same time.


From around Texas:

Do you live or ride in McAllen? Take this bikeshare survey. 

Houston has made a small change in its default lane widths that they're hoping will result in big dividends for active transportation.


texas trails and active transportation conference 2014 velo paso biketexasFrom elsewhere:

A tale of a successful road diet.

Virginia has seen some improvement in Safe Passing enforcement since their law went into effect last year.

With all the talk about protected intersections lately, Streetsblog dug up some old plans from the '70s that were never used in the U.S.

Why does "safety in numbers" work?


Have a great weekend!


Photos: Top: Serious times with the fashion show cast at TTAT 2014; Bottom: Velo Paso's Scott White recording TTAT 2014 for posterity.


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