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Action Alert: Contact Your U.S. Representative Today

BikeNews; Action Alerts

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:57

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Ask Your Representative to Oppose the Carter and Yoho Amendments
Debate over the new transportation bill continues in the U.S. House today, and your representative needs to hear from people who ride bikes. Representatives Buddy Carter (GA) and Ted Yoho (FL) have introduced amendments that are hostile to bike/ped funding and could result in cities not having any funding for bicycle or pedestrian infrastructure. 
 
The amount of money that is allocated in the Transportation Bill for bike/ped purposes is already small, and eliminating those funds would not make a difference on expensive road projects. However, these small amounts make a huge difference for installing much more cost-effective bike and pedestrian projects. Please contact your representative today and ask him or her to oppose these amendments.
 

We've found the following format to be helpful when speaking to elected officials: 

  • My name is __________ and my occupation is ________. I live in [your district]. 
  • I [and/or your spouse, children, etc.] ride a bicycle in the district.
  • The Carter and Yoho amendments will make it harder for [your city] to get the funding it needs to provide safe places for my family to walk or bike. I ask that Representative [name] oppose these amendments.
  • [Tell the representative why this is important to you.]
  • Will Representative [name] oppose the Carter and Yoho amendments?

If you send an email, please cc  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Knowing how many folks have reached out helps us and the national groups like the League of American Bicyclists when speaking directly to elected officials. Thank you for reaching out to make Texas a great place to ride a bike!

   

Austin BikeFest CANCELED

BikeNews; Community

Thursday, 29 October 2015 09:44

BikeTexas regrets to announce that Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro has been canceled. Austin BikeFest was scheduled for October 31.

The weather forecast calls for thunderstorms and rain for much of the day Friday and on into the morning on Saturday. Out of concern for the safety and comfort of our volunteers, staff, and attendees, as well as the well being of Govalle Park, we have decided not to risk having Austin BikeFest in what is likely to be a rain-soaked park.

We are disappointed that the weather was not favorable for BikeFest this weekend and are exploring options for rescheduling. We’re looking forward to Austin BikeFest 2016.

 

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News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 23)

BikeNews; Community

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro is just over a week away! We hope you're excited to spend Halloween with us. Keep your fingers crossed for no rain! Want to volunteer? Go here. 

Early voting has begun in Texas. BikeTexas is neutral on Proposition 7. 

We're giving away a bike on October 31! Have you entered to win?

Better Streets Week in Austin starts this weekend.

Posters are slowly coming in for the 2015 Saris Fifth Grade Poster Contest. We can't wait to share all the posters with you! Keep an eye on our Facebook page next week.

 

From around Texas:

The rain has cancelled rides and events in Austin, Houston, and Hutto so far. Check with your event organizers before you head out. And please be safe this weekend!

Last weekend was a bad one for people who ride bikes in Texas, with collisons and injuries around the state, and the sad loss of Raymond Lamar Ross of Orange

Folks in Dallas are speaking up for more bicycle infrastructure.

 

From elsewhere:

You already knew exercise was good for your brain, now science has more closely pinpointed the optimal time.

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Austin BikeFest 2014

   

Vote Texas 2015: Proposition 7

BikeNews; Advocacy

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:50

texas capitolEarly voting has begun in Texas, and among the many propositions for Texas voters is Proposition 7, which will allocate more funding to TxDOT if passed. 
 
Proposition 7 reads, "The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt." Learn more about Proposition 7 here.
 
This proposition provides no specific funding for active transportation infrastructure; however, we see no language in the measure that would prevent TxDOT from following its own guidance for considering all road users in a project. Therefore, BikeTexas is neutral on Proposition 7.
 
As ever, BikeTexas strongly encourages all Texans to exercise their right to vote and have your say in Texas' future. Find out where to vote, what else is on your ballot, and more at votetexas.gov.
   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 16)

BikeNews; Community

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

 

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#ATXBikeFest is just two weeks away! Check out volunteer opportunities, plan your trip to Govalle Park, and get your costume ready for the costume contest.

Time is running short to get your school's winning poster to us for the Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest. Winning posters must be postmarked by October 21!

Are you a state employee? Now is the time to support bicycle advocacy through your charitable giving program.

Submit your speaker proposal now for #TTAT2016.

 

From around Texas:

Sign up now for the Hippo Hunt ride in Hutto.

Dallas Councilmember Kingston steps up for safe streets.

Corpus Christi's Caller-Times calls for better street design and enforcement for the city's health

Meanwhile, San Antonio has a sidewalk problem.

El Paso is working on a bike plan.

Great stuff is happening for light rail in Dallas and Houston.

And Hutto may one day have public transportation of its own.

 

From elsewhere:

An NYC op-ed calls for a bicycle network to make the streets better for pedestrians and people on bikes.

What's happening for walking and biking to school in Seattle.

Want to live longer? Ride a bike.

People of all ages are looking for alternatives to nonstop driving.

New bike boxes have arrived in Boise.

Is your city thinking of building a stroad? Not so fast, the feds say.

Finally, Mission: Readiness continues to urge communities to find ways for young Americans to be fit--it's a matter of national security.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Austin BikeFest: A Celebration of the Austin Bike Community

BikeNews; Community

Austin-BikeFest-Logo-SmallBikeTexas is pleased to announce the second annual Austin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro at Govalle Park (5200 Bolm) on Saturday, October 31 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.

BikeFest, a celebration of the Austin bike community, will feature bike games, an obstacle course with bike-thru haunted houses, a Halloween costume contest, BikeTexas Fashion Show presented by Ilonka Designs, BikeTexas KidsKup balance bike course, alternative trick or treat, bike polo, Frankenbike (bike swap), unicycle football, Buffalo Soldiers (America’s first mountain bikers), live music by The Staylyns, and opportunities to learn how to ride a bicycle and unicycle.

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available at BikeFest; visit http://www.austinbikefest.org to learn more.

BikeTexas recommends attendees come to the event via their bicycle (the Southern Walnut Creek Trail ends in Govalle Park) or Capital Metro bus. Capital Metro routes 17 and 350 pass near Govalle Park; visit www.capmetro.org to plan your trip.

BikeTexas, founded in 1991 is the statewide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy and education organization. BikeTexas’ mission is encourage and promote bicycling, increased safety, and improved conditions for people who ride bikes in Texas.

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