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Volunteer at the Fourth Annual VIVA! Streets in Austin

BikeNews; Community

Make the 4th Annual Viva! Streets Spectacular
Volunteer, have fun, get a free t-shirt
 
On Sunday, September 13, East 6th Street will become a playground for all ages, filled with fun, music, and neighbors at VIVA! Streets ATX. We're so excited for Austin's fourth annual open streets event, and we want you to be a part of it.
 
Please volunteer with us on September 13 between 8 AM and 8 PM and you'll get a VIVA! Streets t-shirt in addition to having lots of fun. Can't be there for the whole day? No worries-- we'll have lots to do all day long. Choose a time that's best for you! 
 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
Pre-Event 
Want to help get ready for the big day? Stop by the BikeTexas office and help us with the pre-event planning of VIVA! Streets.
  • Distribute promotional materials to places you frequent.
  • Assemble wheel covers and distribute our purple marketing bikes.
  • Make follow-up phone calls, do some data entry, or visit businesses along the route to remind them about VIVA! Streets.

 

Day of the Event
Set Up: 8 AM - 12 PM

Be the team that puts everything in place.

  • Put up tents, chairs, and stages.
  • Place signage along the route.
  • Assist sponsors with their booth set up, as needed.
  • Chalk art directional signs on the street.

During the Event: 11:30 AM - 5 PM

  • Manage a street block and encourage people to play in the street. 
  • Assist with activities throughout the route: encourage attendees to participate in a zumba/gardening class, try hula hooping, or take on an obstacle course.
 
Take Down: 4 PM - 8 PM

Help us pack everything up. We want to make sure we leave the street just like we found it. 

  • Take down tents, chairs, tables, stages, generators, and signs.
  • Bring all the items to BikeTexas.
  • Assist sponsors with taking down their set up, as needed.

 

Sign up here to volunteer for Viva! Streets and plan to join us on East 6th on September 13! Questions? Email Marc at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Share the VIVA! Streets Facebook event and invite all your friends! Follow us on Twitter for updates. Use the hashtag #VivaStreetsATX on any social network to spread the word.

 

VIVA! Streets Sponsors
   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Aug 21)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

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

 

el paso bcycle via scott white

From BikeTexas:

BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting is SUNDAY, August 23, at 4:15 PM. Join us in the office at 1902 E 6th St (map), or RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 5 PM TODAY, Friday August 21, for online access. Reception in the office immediately following the meeting, so stick around!

We're headed to the Hotter'n Hell Hundred next week! Be sure to check your email on Wednesday for HHH membership specials, and if you'll be in Wichita Falls, stop by the BikeTexas booth to say hello!

Our annual bike giveaway is in full swing! Join BikeTexas or renew your membership now to enter to win a Trek 7.2 FX. As a bonus-- join or donate today (Friday) to get a free gift!

Volunteer with us at VIVA! Streets on September 13!

 

For Back to School:

Time for back to school already? Wow! We hope everyone had a great summer and is super-energized for a new school year. Here are some tips for getting ready to roll back to school.

Headed to college with your bike or your own feet for your main transportation? Make sure you know the Texas laws governing bicycles, and check out our guide to taking public transportation.

 

From around Texas:

Social ride in Hutto tomorrow! We have it on good authority that their rides are always a good time, so don't miss out!

After a long fight for funding, bikeshare is finally headed to El Paso

McAllen is also poised to launch its new bikeshare system.

Austin's B-cycle took a huge leap forward this week with its new affordable memberships.

Haltom City police arrested McKenzie Thomas for the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in Tarrant County. 

The City of Denton needs your help for its first-ever bike count.

There's still time to take the HTDOT New Bus Network Challenge in Houston.

Texarkana just got funding to finish the Bringle Lake wilderness trail system.

 

From elsewhere:

Traffic deaths in the U.S. have spiked in the last six months.

The CDC has released a new report recommending protected bike lanes, which is great, but they could have gone a bit further with their analysis of the benefits of riding a bike.

Meanwhile--surprise!-- the U.S. obesity rate continues to rise.

After her son was killed riding a bike, Susan Cohen turned her grief to an education course for elderly drivers.

An interesting analysis of public transportation in the U.S.-- basically, we need frequency & reliability.

More people may be riding or walking to work than the usual percentages show.

 

Photo: A sight for energized advocates' eyes as the new B-cycle stations arrive in El Paso! Photo courtesy of Scott White of Velo Paso.

   

2015 Bike Giveaway!

BikeNews; Member News

Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00

2015 Bike giveaway

The time is here! The 2015 BikeTexas Membership Drive and Bike Giveaway is underway-- YOU could be the lucky winner of a 2016 Trek 7.2 FX bike!

How to enter? Join BikeTexas or renew your annual membership before October 29. EDIT: Deadline extended to midnight October 30! If you're a monthly sustaining member, you don't need to do anything-- you're automatically entered! We'll draw the winner at Austin BikeFest on October 31 Edit: BikeFest is canceled, but we'll still draw the winner on October 31. Follow us on Twitter to catch the live drawing! (You don't have to be present to win.)

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.

   

Come See Us at Hotter'n Hell 2015

BikeNews; Member News

biketexas staff hotter-n-hellFor over a decade, BikeTexas staff have made the six-hour trip from our home base in Austin to Wichita Falls to attend the largest cycling event in our great state: the Hotter'N Hell 100. Now in its 34rd year, the event routinely draws nearly 15,000 riders. And for nearly as long as we’ve been going there, HH100 has been a BikeTexas Event Member, making a generous donation to bike advocacy efforts in Texas, as well as providing us with booth space to talk to Texans about getting involved through our bike giveaway and membership drive.

2015 is no different! If you're going to Hotter'N Hell, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. HH100 is a great time to join BikeTexas or renew your annual membership, because we offer specials that are only available during HH100 weekend. (If you can't make the trip to Wichita Falls, not to worry-- you can take advantage of the specials from home, too.) Plus, joining or renewing during HH100 weekend means you're entered in the 2015 BikeTexas Annual Bike Giveaway-- a 2016 Trek 7.2 FX.

We're excited! See you at HH100 2015!

   

Ready to Roll: Back to School 2015

BikeNews; Education Fund

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:00

Stacks of notebooks, backpacks on display, and pencils waiting to be sharpened can only mean one thing: It's time to head back to school! Whether you're 5 or 25, if you're headed back to the land of learning, it's time to be sure your bike is ready to roll with you. 

Biking or walking to school gives your child (or you!) tremendous health and mental benefits. Childhood obesity is on the rise across the US, and regular physical activity can help protect your child: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children and adolescents.

In addition to getting kids active, studies have shown a link between children being active on their way to school and their ability to concentrate once they arrive. Doss Elementary School in Austin has noticed this firsthand: after just a few months of the school's bike program, teacher Amanda Swann said, "children who walk/ride to school are much better prepared to sit and learn and have gotten those ‘wiggles’ out on that trip to school instead of during school."

 

walk to school biketexas bicycle education

So, time to get everybody ready to roll!

1. Learn how to do the ABC Quick Check before every ride.

2. Make sure everyone in your family has a properly fitted helmet. (PDF download)

3. Get a refresher on the rules of the road with the Texas Bicycle Laws Activity Cards. (PDF download)

4. When's the last time you changed a flat tire? Find step-by-step instructions here. (PDF download)

5. Find more fun ways to learn about biking and walking on the BikeTexas Educational Resources page here.

6. Does your bike need a tuneup? Click here to check out the BikeTexas bike shop members in your area.

 

Want to plan a Bike/Walk to School Day for your school or community?

International Walk to School Day is October 7! Go to the Texas page on the Walk to School Day site to find an event near you or to register your event. Planning a bike or walk to school day event? Check out the Bike/Walk to School Day chapter in the BikeTexas Event Handbook for tips to make everything run smoothly. Start with the Team Leader Checklist (PDF download) to get you well on your way.

 

Biking/Walking not a feasible option for your family?

Never fear: You are not forgotten! StreetsBlog LA shared excellent advice from Jim Shanman, the executive director of Walk n Rollers: "Instead of driving all the way to school, try parking 5 blocks away and walking the rest. Spending an extra 10 minutes with your kids and avoiding the drop off crush is an excellent – and rewarding – way to start your day." Read more of Jim's suggestions here.

You might also consider joining-- or starting-- a walking school bus or a bike train in your neighborhood. Parents take turns being the leaders, reducing each person's overall time commitment-- a valuable commodity for busy parents. Learn more: info about walking school buses here and info about bike trains here.

 

Above all, have a great school year, and happy riding!

   

Books + Bikes = A Perfect Match

BikeNews; Community

bicycle books biketexasWe're a bit late for Book Lovers Day, which was August 9, but we didn't want to let the occasion go by without updating our list of our favorite books about bicycles. All links are to the respective Amazon pages, so if you decide to buy, please go to smile.amazon.com and set Texas Bicycle Coalition (that's us!) as your beneficiary first! You'll get a great read and BikeTexas will get a portion of the profits from the sale.

 

Because I Could Not Stop My Bike and Other Poems, by Karen Jo Shapiro & Matt Faulkner

Definitely for the kids, but if you’re an adult who loves famous poems, it’s good for a giggle or two. Be warned that only one poem is actually about a bike.

The Bikeable Church, by Sean Benesh

Wish your church were more bike-friendly? Get ideas here. Also by Sean Benesh: The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling.

City Cycling, by John Pucher & Ralph Buehler

More research-oriented, this book is full of key information to take to your city officials. Great reference for advocates. Dr. Pucher was the speaker at our Shifting Gears Lecture Series during the 2013 legislative session.

Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, by Mia Burk

Ride along with Portland’s former bicycle coordinator as she recounts the journey to make Portland one of the best bicycling cities in the U.S.

Roads Were Not Built for Cars, by Carlton Reid

A great look at the history of how people who rode bikes were the ones who first got the roads built.

The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, by Yvonne Bambrick

Our own Robin Stallings provided the cover quote for this excellent book that covers all the basics!

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom, by Sue Macy

A short, easy read about the role the bicycle played in the women’s suffrage movement. This book is a good one for kids, too. 

   

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