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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:


atxbikefest wheel covers biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

#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 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 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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Get Your Tickets for Better Streets Week in Austin

BikeNews; Community

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A lively week of community conversations about making Austin streets safer, friendlier for people walking and biking, greener, and more vibrant | Oct. 25-31, 2015

For complete details on individual events, and to get tickets, click on the individual EventBrite links below.


Help us get the word out by liking Better Streets Week and inviting your friends on Facebook.


Organized by the Complete Streets Program, Austin Transportation Department

Events hosted by diverse community groups and the City of Austin


How can Austin streets work better and become better places for people and our city? Come join the conversation during Better Streets Week. It includes 15 fun and stimulating FREE talks, tours and socials co-hosted by over two dozen community nonprofits, professional groups, and City departments. 

A master schedule with more event information is on the Austin Transportation website.  


Better Streets Week brings to the community top national speakers from NACTO Designing Cities 2015. This national transportation conference – hosted by the City of Austin, Oct. 28-31 – is focused on creating better city streets and mobility networks. (Separate conference registration is required to attend.)


Schedule of Events:  Better Streets Week, Oct. 25-31

Community talks and tours are FREE; a small fee may apply for food/drink. Advance registration and ticketing is required; register now, as event seating and tour spots are limited.

Get Event Tickets:  Click on individual event names below, to register and get tickets on Eventbrite. 


Sunday, October 25, 2015


Monday, October 26, 2015


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Thursday, October 26, 2015


Friday, 10/30/2015


Saturday, 10/31/2015



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About NACTO Designing Cities 2015

Better Streets Week is concurrent with NACTO Designing Cities 2015. Learn more or register at This leading national transportation conference focuses on how cities can make their streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant. Speakers will share knowledge about how Austin’s peer cities are making their streets better for people and for safer, more comfortable, and more convenient for all modes of city travel. Over 30 tours will showcase Austin street improvements.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is one of country’s most innovative transportation organizations; Austin is one of 40 member NACTO cities.  


Volunteer at Austin BikeFest on October 31

BikeNews; Community

Make Austin BikeFest the best!
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Be a Special Part of Austin BikeFest on October 31                                                 
BikeTexas volunteers are the best there is. Our events could not be successful without you.
Austin BikeFest is just 3 weeks away-- on Halloween! It's a celebration of the Austin bikecommunity with fun-filled activities. Are you TABC certified? Want to make bike-thru haunted houses? Help promote the event? Assist kids to learn how to ride? Sign up now to volunteer! All volunteers get a free t-shirt.
Before BikeFest, we'll be setting up at Govalle Park on Friday, October 30 from 10 AM - 4 PM, getting the stages and tents ready to go. Volunteer on Friday, party on SaturdayThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Can't volunteer? We still want you to be a part of Austin BikeFest! Mark your calendar forOctober 31 and plan to join us at Govalle Park to celebrate all things bike in Austin. Tell all your friends and we'll see you at Austin BikeFest!
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State Employees: Support Bicycle Advocacy in Texas!

BikeNews; Education Fund

Friday, 09 October 2015 14:49

texas capitolAre 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!

BikeTexas is partnered with EarthShare Texas, which supports over 40 other organizations around the state. When you donate to EarthShare Texas through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (number 035500), you're making Texas great in more ways that one! Learn more about EarthShare Texas members here.

Prefer to support BikeTexas directly through SECC? Great! Our number is 035558-- be sure to choose this number when you fill out your Charitable Giving form. Thanks for making Texas a great place to ride a bike!


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Oct 9)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 09 October 2015 08:17

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


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Volunteer with us at Austin BikeFest! Have fun, support bicycle advocacy, & get a free shirt!

The deadline for speaker proposals for the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference has been EXTENDED. Submit your proposal today.

BikeTexas Today October 2015 is out! Want to read the newsletter in your inbox instead of your browser? Sign up for our emails here.

The days are short and you need some bike lights. Get yours here.


bikepeded bike lights biketexasFrom around Texas:

Do you live in North Texas? NCTCOG has a survey for you.

El Paso! Head to Chalk the Block this weekend, say hello to Velo Paso, and give the city your input on the new bike plan.

Houston's Mayor Parker is working to make texting while driving an ancient memory.

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff's solution to a hairy parking problem.

Speaking of Oak Cliff... Cyclesomatic is happening now! Don't miss out.

Aaaannnd one more thing from BFOC-- the Sylvan bridge in Dallas now has protected bike lanes.

Better Streets Week is coming in ATX! Check out the schedule of events now.

Austinites, Capital Metro wants your feedback.


From elsewhere:

Some British retailers still haven't gotten the memo that bikes bring business.

The FHWA may be making it easier to build streets for all users.

New numbers are out, bike commuting is up!


Have a great weekend!


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