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#GivingTuesday with BikeTexas

BikeNews; Advocacy

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:13

Web-Banner GivingTuesday-2014Here at BikeTexas, we're looking forward to a special day coming up-- Giving Tuesday, which arrives worldwide on December 2. Giving Tuesday is a chance, after a weekend filled with labels like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the spirit of the season of giving.

We need your help! Here's what you can do:

  1. Encourage your friends and family to take part in Giving Tuesday. Sign up as a Social Media Ambassador on the Giving Tuesday site to access web banners, profile pics, and more.
  2. Share the BikeTexas donation page on your favorite social media site with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
  3. Add Texas Bicycle Coalition (that's us-- our former name) as your beneficiary on Amazon Smile and help bicycle advocacy while you shop. https://smile.amazon.com/
  4. Check out the BikeTexas Gift Guide so you can support bicycle advocacy while you check a few people off your holiday shopping list.

Thanks for all you do to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. We are thankful for you!

   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Nov 21)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 21 November 2014 12:00

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

 

beard to knowledge ratio bike2powerFrom BikeTexas:

If you join or donate to BikeTexas on any Friday in November or December, we'll send you a free gift!

The Thursday night social ride and some bike-friendly city council candidates converged on the BikeTexas office Thursday night.

And a few Texas cities made it onto the League's Bicycle Friendly Communities Honorable Mention List. Over 6 million Texans now live in Bicycle Friendly Communities!

 

From around Texas:

A new set of Texas 4000 riders is getting ready for next summer's ride to Alaska.

Share your opinion on shared transportation options in Texas.

Nice write-up about Austin-based business (and Austin BikeFest sponsor) Compost Pedallers.

Going to be near Richardson the day after Thanksgiving? Want to burn off some of that turkey and dressing? Skip the mall and ride with Bike Friendly Richardson instead. 

 

From elsewhere:

This gent delivers HIV medication to his neighbors by bike.

Want to keep your mind sharp? Go for a walk.

Megan Odett with the Alliance for Biking and Walking offers great advice for parents who want to ride with their kids.

BikePortland looks at the numbers breakdown between bicycle infrastructure and road maintenance.

Read more about Denmark's bicycle superhighways.

Even more confirmation that walkable places = healthier people, and unwalkable places = unhealthier people. 

 

Cute drawing from Bike2Power, via Twitter.

 

Have a great weekend!

   

Meet the Candidates: Thursday Night Social Ride Comes to BikeTexas

BikeNews; Advocacy

candidates-staff-lenoreBikeTexas was delighted to be a stop on the Thursday Night Social Ride this week! About 200 riders stopped by the BikeTexas office to hear from some of the bike-friendly candidates BikeTexas has endorsed in the December runoff election for Austin mayor and city council. Each of the candidates present spoke to the audience, talked to voters one-on-one, and signed up volunteers from among the Social Ride to help them out in the final weeks of their campaign. 

See a handful of photos from Thursday night on our Facebook page.

Want to volunteer to help bring these candidates into the home stretch? Links to their campaign websites are below.

Photo, Back row L to R:

Emma Cravey, BikeTexas

DeWayne Lofton, District 1

Pio Renteria, District 3

Greg Casar, District 4

Robin Stallings, BikeTexas

Jimmy Flannigan, District 6

Jeb Boyt, District 7

Ed Scruggs, District 8

Haley Kordrostami, BikeTexas

Front row:

Su Wilcox, BikeTexas

Lenore Shefman, CyclistLaw Attorneys, BikeTexas Board Member

 

(BikeTexas has also endorsed Mike Martinez for Mayor, Leslie Pool in District 7, and Mandy Dealey in District 10. These candidates were unable to attend the event.)

   

#FundraisingFriday: Let's Take Our Fight to the Lege in 2015

BikeNews; Advocacy

robin stallings lege hearing 2013The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) has proven time and again that they are unwilling to represent the interests of all Texans. Most recently, the TTC refused to listen to what Texans had to say about the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. The TTC received over 500 requests asking them to keep all TAP funds available for bike/ped projects. Some of those requests came from elected officials around the state, but the TTC ignored them and wrote rules to allow them to divert up to $35 million per year out of TAP and into highways. Money that could have been used for excellent bike/ped infrastructure or Safe Routes to Schools projects is now more likely to build another costly highway rest stop.
 
We're ready to take this to the legislature. Can we count on you? Your donation will make legislators aware of the TTC's actions and work to make transportation better for all Texans. Donate to BikeTexas today.
   

Throwback Thursday: New License Plates

BikeNews; Community

Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:18

biketexas license plates trails share the roadBack before BikeTexas had license plates for your car or motorcycle to support our education programs, we had to choose the right designs that people who ride bikes around the state would love to have on their vehicles. You voted and the winners were chosen-- the Share the Road plate was the first one created, in 2004. The Texas Trails plate, the most recent addition to the bicycling specialty plates, has been part of the family since 2011. 

Also in 2011, some lawmakers in the legislature saw in the specialty plates an opportunity to help with the state's budget and proposed diverting 50% of the specialty license plate revenue away from the groups that benefit from them and into a general fund. BikeTexas and other nonprofits fought back and the idea was defeated.

Celebrate Throwback Thursday in style-- order a licence plate now for your car, motorcycle, trailer, or travel trailer, and support bicycle education in Texas! 

   

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.

   

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