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Texas' Rising Stars: New Bicycle Friendly Businesses Announced

BikeNews; Community

bike to work day 2010 biketexasThe League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and it's the biggest group yet. There are now over 800 businesses and agencies listed as bicycle friendly from across the U.S. The Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes employers for their hard work to make their workplace safe and inviting for people who ride bikes. See an overview of the Bicycle Friendly Business Program here.

We couldn't be prouder of the five Texas businesses on the list! New awardees in Texas are:

Silver

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division; Austin

Fort Worth Bike Sharing; Fort Worth

Pedal Power Bicycles; San Marcos

Honorable Mention

3M Austin Center; Austin

One previous awardee moved up in ranking-- Advanced Micro Devices in Austin is now a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business. Altogether, these companies represent over 2600 Texans whose employers recognize that bicycles mean business. Congratulations to all!

Is your business bike-friendly? Want to get designated and be on this list next time? Great! We're glad to help. Contact Leslie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to get started.

 

Please support Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Texas! Here's the full list of Texas Bicycle Friendly Businesses (* indicates BikeTexas Business Members):

Platinum

*Bicycle Sport Shop; Austin

Silver

*Bike World; San Antonio

Advanced Micro Devices; Austin

Blue Line Bike Lab; Houston

Casteel & Associates, Inc.; Dallas

City of Austin; Austin

El Meson Restaurant; Houston

Federal Highway Administration, Texas Division; Austin

Fort Worth Bike Sharing; Fort Worth

Pedal Power Bicycles; San Marcos

Plano Cycling & Fitness, Inc.; Plano

Sugar Cycles, Inc.; Missouri City

The LIVESTRONG Foundation; Austin

USAA; San Antonio

tilley bicycle pedestrian bridge fort worth texas

Bronze

*Bikesport; Houston

Asakura Robinson Company LLC; Houston

City of Fort Worth; Fort Worth

HomeAway; Austin

San Antonio Bike Share; San Antonio

Texas Instruments Inc.; Plano

Wheatsville Food Co-op; Austin

   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Sept 26)

BikeNews; Community

dexapedia ttu bikesIn case you missed it: Here are some links we thought were worth sharing this week. Happy reading! 

 

From around Texas:

Stealing a bike with GPS doesn't really work out

Houston's Memorial Park will get a facelift

People who ride bikes in The Woodlands are working hard for infrastructure

Tyler silent auction to benefit injured cyclist

Plano's Cottonwood Creek Trail may get longer

Bicycle giveaway at Houston's Magnolia ISD

 

From elsewhere:

Need more ideas for a bike train, what with International Walk to School Day almost upon us? Learn more ins and outs here.

Grab that cup of joe on your way out the door-- bikes & coffee were meant to be

Finally! US DOT has a plan to reduce bike/ped fatalities

And the League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses. We'll have more on the Texas businesses next week! 

 

Photo: Bikes at Texas Tech University, from @INtheLBK on Twitter.

   

Volunteer at Síclovía this Sunday in San Antonio

BikeNews; Community

san antonio siclovia biketexasSíclovía is just around the corner! Event organizers are expecting 70,000 people to participate at this open streets event on Sunday September 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
 
BikeTexas will be providing free bike rentals and sharing information about our important advocacy and education work. 

 

Please come out and lend a hand!

 

Help is needed in 1-2 hour shifts starting at 9am until 4pm. Síclovía runs 10am-3pm, and help is needed before and after setting up our tents and bicycles as well as packing things up. We could also use help during the event, helping register people for free bike rentals, fitting helmets, and talking about BikeTexas. 

 

If you can volunteer this Sunday at any time, please email Jack Sanford at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and let him know what hours you can give. 
 
If you can't volunteer your time, at least be sure to come play in the streets this Sunday! This Síclovía features a new route extension into the East Side, connecting the Dignowity Hill area via Nolan St to the typical route along Broadway and N. Alamo from Lions Field to Alamo Plaza. 
 
BikeTexas will be set up at the corner of Hackberry and Burnet, at the main East Side site, in front of Lockwood Park in the Dignowity Hill neighborhood. Stop by and say hello even if you can't volunteer. 

 

Hope to see you Saturday September 28!
   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Sept 19)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

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

 

parking day atx 2012 biketexasIt's Park(ing) Day around the world! Take a look at this map to see if a parklet is happening near you.

Today also be Talk Like a Pirate Day, savvy? We be not recommendin' that ye ride yer bike with an eyepatch on, but be sure to "arrrr" at yer mateys.

 

From around Texas:

The Texas Transportation Commission voted yesterday to adopt rules for the Transportation Alternatives Program, despite hundreds of comments asking them to adjust the rules to make it easier for bike/ped projects to get on the ground. Our response coming next week: stay tuned.

Bicycling Magazine ran a nice article about Houston

 

From elsewhere:

Taking transit could be a key to losing weight

Now, that's a mobile library!

And finally, North American Bikeshare Association Launches in U.S. (Possibly to celebrate that bikeshare programs are so darned safe.)

 

Happy reading!

   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Sept 12)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

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

 

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From BikeTexas: 

Check out our September newsletter

We'll be in San Antonio for Síclovía on Sept 28

And our Annual Membership Meeting is oh-so-soon

 

From around Texas:

We're angry to have lost two more people who ride bikes in Texas this week-- John Zess of Harlingen, and Lorenzo Salas Guerra of Harris County

Dallas is working towards safer intersections where trails cross streets

Cooler weather is coming-- for most of us!

 

From elsewhere:

Women in Afghanistan are pedaling towards freedom

The FTA is accepting applications for grants to develop areas around transit

Infrastructure keeps pedestrians safer than carrying a flag to cross the street does

The idea is spreading that people who are in charge of transit systems should also be transit users

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Photo: Zavala Elementary (Austin) Reading Parade, 2012. The kids riding in the pedicabs were the top readers in their classes.

   

Look for BikeTexas at Siclovia San Antonio September 28

BikeNews; Community

san antonio siclovia biketexasBikeTexas is very excited to once again offer free bike rentals to participants at Texas' largest open streets event. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend the next Síclovía, running along Broadway to Alamo Plaza, with a new added route connecting to the east side Dignowity Hill neighborhood.

Select Federal Credit Union is providing generous sponsorship to BikeTexas to allow us to be there. Find us between the band stage and the farmer's market at Dignowity Park on the route's eastern edge. For more information, be sure to sign up for the San Antonio Area List on our E-Newsletter Signup page here. We'll be sending more details like parking options and other awesome things going on with bicycling at Siclovia that day. On September 28, come play in the streets!

   

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