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This Week in Bicycling (Dec 26)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

Today is the last Friday of 2014, which means it's also your last chance to get a free gift when you donate to BikeTexas or join at any membership level. Don't miss out!

Didn't get that jersey you wanted for Christmas? Check out the BikeTexas store. Need something special for your bike? Shop with our business members who support bicycle advocacy.

 

From around Texas:

Last Saturday, a road rage incident went very badly for two people on bikes in Dallas. We call on the justice system to make this right.

The Houston Chronicle published a spot-on editorial about Texas' need for better laws and better enforcement to protect all road users.

Meanwhile, the Rivard Report published Dr. Bill Shea's remarks to the Texas Transportation Commission regarding Transportation Alternatives Program funding from last Thursday. We're not backing down from the TTC on TAP funding.

And for some good news this week: Austin B-cycle celebrated its first birthday.

 

From elsewhere:

Streets may be safer for drivers now than they've ever been, but not so much for pedestrians...

... but smart cities are working to change that and make streets safe for all.

Meanwhile, Bicycling Mag reports that hit-and-run collisions involving people on bikes are on the rise in California.

Bike trains are a great choice for the school trip, for more reasons than one.

And a couple just for fun:

How Santa's hometown ended up in Finland, and

Why Game of Thrones needs public transit (complete with allusions to other fantasy series, natch)

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: Newly installed bat-shaped bike racks, spotted this week outside Austin's convention center

   

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

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

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

 

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From BikeTexas:

Our December newsletter is out! Want to read it in your inbox instead of online? Sign up for our emails here.

 

From around Texas: 

After a bicyclist death last week in Lubbock, people who ride bikes are calling for greater safety.

Meanwhile, Abilene just installed its first bike lane-- may it be the first of many, many more to come.

And Waco is looking to expand its bicycle network.

Here's hoping all this new infrastructure will put more Texas cities at the top of lists like this one and fewer at the bottom.

We think it should go without saying that throwing salsa at people is not acceptable, especially a full jar of salsa from a moving car, but it happened.

And let's make Texas safe for active lifestyles soon, to avoid any more of our schoolkids being hit by cars in crosswalks, like Paola in El Paso. Best wishes to Paola for a speedy recovery.

Of course, sometimes kids cross the street near school not in a crosswalk, and they should be safe from getting hit, too. Fingers crossed that this little guy in Lubbock bounces back to enjoy his winter break.

  

From elsewhere:

Lest you think it's just Texas drivers who run into kids in crosswalks-- twins in Las Cruces, NM were injured by a hit-and-run driver this week. 

War on cars? Not so much, says politics.co.uk.

On the other side of the Channel, Paris is looking to double the bike lanes in the city by 2020.

And back in the UK again, the Near Miss Project explains why near misses should matter for city planners.

A bit closer to home, the Close Call Database has just been released.

Onto happier news, cycling is creating jobs in Europe. Lots and lots of jobs.

And bicycling is contributing to New Zealand's economy, too.

Dutch scientists are working on a electric bike that warns you of hazards around you.

No Christmas tree yet? Here's a step-by-step guide to getting one home by bike.

A fun post on what it's like riding in different types of rain. (Pretty sure that we call all kinds "great" here in Texas.)

Public transportation use is on the rise. Good news for people who ride bikes and who can use a lift-- most public buses in Texas can accommodate bikes!

And finally... Mary Lauran Hall, the communications director for the Alliance for Biking and Walking (and whose weekly biking & walking roundup inspired this very Friday feature), is moving on to another great adventure. We'll miss Mary Lauran, but wish her all the best!

 

Have a great weekend!

Photo: BikeTexas staffer Brenda Chuleewah with her first bike, which she says was "probably for Christmas." 

   

BikeTexas Today: December 2014

BikeNews; Advocacy

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

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Order by noon on Friday, December 19

Get your t-shirts, jerseys, license plates, and more, but you'll have to hurry! Order by 12:00 PM TOMORROW, December 19, to make sure your gift arrives before December 24.

Already have your shopping done but still want to find a way to support bicycle advocacy this holiday season? Great! The second half of our gift guide is just for you: check out Amazon Smile, Goodsearch, and our special partnership with Freytag's Florist.

Thanks for making Texas a great place to bike, walk, AND have a happy holiday season!

 

 

You Did It! Bike/Ped Safety Measure Included in Cromnibus

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Congress passed the 2015 budget bill (Cromnibus) over the weekend, which includes a safety performance measure for bicycles and pedestrians-- a measure that people who ride bikes have been asking for during 2014. Your voice has made a difference-- thank you!

We'd like to thank Texas' Rep. Michael McCaul, who at BikeTexas' request was one of the original bill sponsors for safety performance measures. Rep. McCaul's support for government accountability for all forms of transportation sends a clear signal that he is listening to his constituents, and we're proud to have partnered with the League of American Bicyclists on this effort.

 

 

Miles and Miles of (Bike-Friendly) Texas: New Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced

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The 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

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.

 

 

kidskup camp eagle 2014-003BikeTexas KidsKup Update for 2015

BikeTexas is sad to announce that the BikeTexas KidsKup will no longer be a feature at TMBRA events beginning in the spring of 2015.

We've enjoyed 16 years of a delightful and productive partnership between TMBRA and BikeTexas KidsKup that has produced many Texas mountain bikers. KidsKup will continue at other venues throughout the year, so stay tuned for news of when there will be a KidsKup event near you!

 

 

Save the Date!

National Bike Summit, March 10-12, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Cyclists in Suits: Texas' Bike Lobby Day, March 30, Austin 

 

 

Margaret Mayer Found Guilty of Failure to Stop and Render Aid

Chelsea Norman of Houston was killed in a hit-and-run collision last December. Last week, Margaret Mayer was found guilty of failure to stop and render aid and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. BikeHouston organized a support ride the night before the trial began. And catch the local transportation reporter's take on the outcome.

 

 

durwood ttc biketexasTexas Transportation Commission (TTC) Meets Today

Every month, people from around Texas who ride bikes come to Austin to tell the TTC why we need TAP funds in Texas. Every month, we're there to support these speakers & let the TTC know we're not going away-- and today is no exception.

Join BikeTexas today so we can continue to fight for you.

 

 

austin city hallAustin Elects Several Bike-Friendly Members to New City Council

The campaigning is done, the votes are counted, and Austin's new 10-1 City Council is ready to take their seats in January. BikeTexas congratulates all the new council members on their successful run for office. We are very excited that many pro-bike candidates are now on the council, including those we endorsed in districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7.

 

 

telly award trophy-001We'd Like to Thank the Academy

Well, sort of. We'd like to thank a whole bunch of people, starting with the folks at the 34th Annual Telly Awards, who gave BikeTexas and TxDOT a 2013 Bronze Telly for our Safety Bling! video. (We wanted to share this news sooner, but it turns out it takes a while for a shiny trophy to arrive!)

Safety Bling! was filmed as part of CATS in 2012 at Texas A&M campus in College Station and Pfluger Bridge in Austin.

 


2008-12-4 TAHPERD 029Throwback Thursday: Once Upon a December

Bicycle advocacy doesn't take a holiday, as proved by all the things Decembers past have brought to BikeTexas. Make sure your eggnog fits into your bicycle drink cage and roll along with us through this look back!

 

 

membership photo capitol biketexasFundraising Friday

BikeTexas takes part in Fundraising Friday, a fun way for nonprofits to raise money on Fridays-- people give to their favorite nonprofit on Friday, then talk about it on social media using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag. For the rest of 2014, we're stepping up our #FundraisingFriday game. Every Friday in December, donate or join BikeTexas at any membership level and we'll send you a free gift. We have a bin full of goodies to share, and we want it to be empty on December 31! 

 

Give Thanks: BikeTexas Staff at Thanksgiving

 

UT Austin's Adventure Activities Class Comes to BikeTexas

 

Bike Rodeos in Brownsville Create a Community

 

   

Austin Elects Several Bike-Friendly Council Members

BikeNews; Advocacy

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:54

austin city hall biketexasThe campaigning is done, the votes are counted, and Austin’s new 10-1 City Council is ready to take their seats in January. BikeTexas congratulates all the new council members on their successful run for office. We are very excited that many pro-bike candidates are now on the council, including those we endorsed in districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. We are also convinced that current CM Tovo and Mayor-Elect Adler will be great for biking and walking based on their campaigns, their comments, and their histories.

It is now up to those of us in the cycling community to work constructively with and educate the new council members who have not yet indicated support for biking infrastructure. We look forward to working with all of the new city council toward a more bikeable, walkable Austin! Congratulations to Austin’s new council:

Mayor - Steve Adler
District 1 - Ora Houston
District 2 - Delia Garza
District 3 - Pio Renteria
District 4 - Greg Casar
District 5 - Ann Kitchen
District 6 - Don Zimmerman
District 7 - Leslie Pool
District 8 - Ellen Troxclair
District 9 - Kathie Tovo
District 10 - Sheri Gallo

Austin definitely saw the power of every vote in this election. Some races were very tight and only a few dozen votes separated the candidates. BikeTexas encourages all Texans to exercise their right to vote in every election. Not sure if you’re registered? Start here so you don’t miss another election. 

We’re also proud of those among our endorsements who were not elected-- Mike Martinez, DeWayne Lofton, Jimmy Flannigan, Jeb Boyt, Ed Scruggs, & Mandy Dealey-- for running good campaigns and stepping up to support Austinites who ride bikes. We wish you all the best and hope that whatever your next step is, you will all remain active leaders for a better Austin.

   

You Did It! Bike/Ped Safety Measure Included in Cromnibus

BikeNews; Advocacy

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:10

nbs 2014 capitol biketexasCongress passed the 2015 budget bill (Cromnibus) over the weekend, which includes a safety performance measure for bicycles and pedestrians-- a measure that people who ride bikes have been asking for during 2014. Your voice has made a difference-- thank you!

We’d like to thank Texas’ Rep. Michael McCaul, who at BikeTexas’ request was one of the original bill sponsors for safety performance measures. Rep. McCaul’s support for government accountability for all forms of transportation sends a clear signal that he is listening to his constituents, and we’re proud to have partnered with the League of American Bicyclists on this effort.

Now that this performance measure is established, it’s time to ask: TxDOT, how are you going to measure the performance of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) in reducing fatalities and injuries for people who walk and ride bikes?

Texas’ share of HSIP can be used to reduce the occurrence and severity of crashes on any road, including local roads as well as TxDOT-controlled roads. In Texas, the funds are distributed through a statewide competitive application process. TxDOT has never specifically targeted pedestrian safety or bicycle safety as programs under HSIP, although in some intersection improvements the safety of pedestrians was also incidentally improved.

TxDOT works with MPOs to help shape the projects submitted and rank projects. You can help by attending meetings of your MPO’s Policy Board and Technical Advisory Committee and asking for pedestrian and bicycle safety to be addressed using HSIP funds.

Join BikeTexas today to make sure we can continue to fight for measures like this one at the local, state, and federal levels.

 

Photo: BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings heads to the Capitol as part of the National Bike Summit (NBS) in March. The Texas delegation visited every Texas member of Congress to ask for a bicycle and pedestrian safety performance measure.

   

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

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

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

 

From BikeTexas: 

It's not an Oscar, but we'll take it: we won an award for our Safety Bling! video.

Join BikeTexas today, get a free gift. Fundraising Friday is awesome like that.

 

fort worth bike shareFrom around Texas:

People who ride bikes around Texas have had our eyes on the Margaret Mayer trial in Houston this week. Mayer was found guilty of failing to stop and render aid after striking Chelsea Norman, who was riding her bike home from work, last December. Ms. Norman died four days later. Mayer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Read the news article from yesterday's sentencing here.

Eight new B-cycle stations are coming to Fort Worth.

Join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff at Better Block Holiday Market next Saturday.

Dallas has just installed parking meters next to a bike lane, leading to frustration, consternation, and other -ations for people who ride bikes. Here's hoping they get that fixed, STAT.

Speaking of Dallas, they had a bit of a fog event a couple days ago. (This is nothing to do with bikes. We just think it's pretty amazing.)

 

From elsewhere:

The mayor of Rome is very, very committed to riding a bike.

"MAMIL" (middle-aged man in lycra) has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. You're on your own for deciding whether or not to be happy about this.

Next City wonders if the bike lane crowdfunding trend will lead to less infrastructure in less-wealthy areas.

Another suggestion that drivers should open their doors with their right hand when parked next to a bike lane to avoid dooring someone on a bike.

Surprise! Walkable neighborhoods still good for you.

And finally... will it snow for you on Christmas? (In Texas... probably not. Sorry.)

 

Have a great weekend!

   

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