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Throwback Thursday: Bike Racks on Buses

BikeNews; Community

austin capital metro first bike rack biketexasA rack on the front of a bus carrying a bike or three is now a common sight around Texas, but it hasn't always been that way.

In the early '90s, Austin's Capital Metro began looking into adding bike racks to buses at the urging of BikeTexas and others in the local bicycling community. It didn't take long for Capital Metro to see the wisdom in giving people that extra option for a last mile connection, and the first bike rack to grace the front of a Texas bus arrived. 

One by one, other cities took note. BikeTexas often worked directly with transit agencies and stakeholders to get bike racks added to bus fleets across Texas. Result: the majority of buses in the state can accommodate bicycles. Some systems have taken the next step-- San Antonio's Primo service and El Paso's new Brio buses carry bikes inside instead of out front. All the commuter train systems in Texas take bikes inside, too.

Houston Chronicle new bike racks april 21 2007

Combining a bicycle and transit trip in Texas couldn't be easier. Feeling uneasy about trying transit for the first time? Not to worry-- we've put together a handy rider's guide just for you. 

Photos, top to bottom:

Celebrating the first bike rack on a bus in Texas;

Houston Chronicle article from 2007, when bike racks were installed on Houston buses;

John-Michael Cortez of Austin's Capital Metro showing a new user how to use the three-place bike rack at Austin BikeFest.

3 place bike rack capital metro austin bikefest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Oct 24)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

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

 

tour de fat costume atxbikefest with logo

From BikeTexas:

We have this little festival we're putting on tomorrow with the help of Capital Metro, a slate of spectacular sponsors, and you! See you at Austin BikeFest tomorrow!  

 

From around Texas:

Bicycle Ride and Seek is still rolling right along in Richardson

Don't miss a minute of Cyclesomatic 2014 in Dallas

Congratulations to BikeHouston on your new grant!

 

From elsewhere: 

Even the Motor City's economy gets a boost from bicycling

One New York neighborhood's outcry against the number of children being killed crossing the street

Strong Towns issued a "Walk to get your groceries" challenge-- here's what happened so far

Take a tour of civil rights history with Civil Bikes in Atlanta

Parklets in Chicago increase revenue for nearby businesses

 

Have a great weekend, and if you're in Austin, join us at BikeFest tomorrow!

   

Dero Dream Bike Room Contest: BikeTexas and Green Building Alliance are Both Winners

BikeNews; Community

dero dream room outdoor bike racks biketexasRemember that time BikeTexas won a contest for a new dream bike room, thanks to you? Today, we have an update:

 

Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance will renovate its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh office.

Minneapolis, MN – Dero is proud to support the dream bike rooms of two nonprofits: BikeTexas opts for an outdoor “bike room” for events around the State of Texas, while Green Building Alliance (GBA) will create its indoor bike room at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office.

Earlier this year, BikeTexas and GBA entered the Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest contest to win $7,500 in Dero products, plus $1,000 to decorate the winner’s dream bike room. In May 2014, BikeTexas was declared the winner via public online voting. While working on layouts and logistics, Dero and BikeTexas realized that an indoor bike room would not meet this bicycle advocacy organization’s needs. BikeTexas envisioned an outdoor “bike room” that would support its many events. Dero generously donated Dero Event Racks to BikeTexas, which will accommodate temporary bike parking for 400 bicycles.

“This will bring BikeTexas’ event bike parking capacity to 500, helping to welcome the hundreds of people on bikes who attend Texas festivals, like our inaugural Austin BikeFest this October 25,” said Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas. “We’re so glad Dero was able to work with us to create our vision of a dream bike room to serve numerous communities around the state.”

As the runner-up to the Dero Dream Bike Room contest, Dero gave Green Building Alliance the opportunity to receive the original prize. Dero is happy to announce that GBA accepted and both will work together to design GBA’s dream bike room at its office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last month, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Green Building Alliance with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business award.

The timing works perfectly with GBA’s plan to expand its office later this year. We strive to continue to become even more bike-friendly and winning the Dero Dream Bike Room contest moves us in that direction,” declared Mike Schiller, CEO of Green Building Alliance.  “Furthermore, GBA hopes to inspire similar commitments to bike-friendliness from our neighbors in the building and across the greater Pittsburgh region,” says Schiller.

Read official Dero Dream Bike Room contest rules at www.dero.com/dreambikeroom

   

Vote Now for a Bike-Friendly Austin

BikeNews; Advocacy

Monday, 20 October 2014 15:14

chris riley ttat2014

BikeTexas is pleased to announce our endorsements for the Austin Mayor and City Council races.

Many excellent candidates for Mayor and City Council are committed to making Austin a great place to bike and walk, so much so that in some races we found that more than one candidate is a solid choice for people who ride bikes.

BikeTexas urges all Texans to exercise their right to vote! Early voting begins today and continues through October 31. Election day is November 4.

Find your City Council district here.
See voting locations here.

Mayor - Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez
District 1 - DeWayne Lofton and Andrew Bucknall
District 2 - Delia Garza
District 3 - Sabino "Pio" Renteria
District 4 - Gregorio Casar
District 5 - Ann Kitchen
District 6 - James T. Flannigan
District 7 - Jefferson E. Boyt and Leslie Pool
District 8 - Darrell Pierce and Edward S. Scruggs
District 9 - Chris Riley
District 10 - Amanda "Mandy" Dealey
Rail Proposition 1 - Yes

Hear from many of these candidates in person at Austin BikeFest on October 25 at Govalle Park from 12-12:30 PM.

   

Election 2014: Important Dates to Remember

BikeNews; Advocacy

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 13:51

cyclists in suits 2013 Edit (Nov 3): Election Day is TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 4. Polls in Texas are open 7 AM - 7 PM. Find out what you need to know about your polling place, voter ID, and other questions at votetexas.gov. Make sure you vote-- Texas needs YOUR voice!

If you are already in line when the polls close at 7 PM, do not leave. By law, you WILL be allowed to vote as long as you are in line before the polls close.

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We’ve already seen plenty of action ahead of November’s general election, and the races are sure to get more heated the closer we get to Election Day on November 4. We urge you to be sure you are registered to vote and then cast your ballot for candidates who will support active transportation in your community. Many mayors and city council members, many state legislators, the governor, a U.S. Senate seat, and all U.S. Representative seats are on the ballot this year, along with many local bond initiatives. Stand up and be counted!

  • Monday, October 6: Last Day to Register to Vote
  • Monday, October 20: First Day of Early Voting
  • Friday, October 24: Last Day to Apply for a Ballot By Mail (application must be received by your county clerk on this date)
  • Friday, October 31: Last Day of Early Voting
  • Tuesday, November 4: Election Day. Polls open 7 AM to 7 PM in Texas.

See all these dates, find your polling place, and check out other election information on the Texas Secretary of State’s VoteTexas.gov page here

BikeTexas’ bylaws prohibit us from endorsing specific candidates, but m Many local bicycle advocacy organizations across the state have published or will publish their endorsements in local races. Check with your local advocacy group.

Elections in non-presidential election years (often called midterm elections) have a historically lower turnout than presidential election years. In the last two midterm elections, Texas had among the lowest turnouts in the nation: in 2010, 32.1% of eligible voters cast a ballot, a slight increase from 2006’s 30.9%. (See these numbers and more at the United States Election Project.)

Texas should not be silent: This Election Day, be sure you vote!

Edited October 17, 2014: At the September 2014 Board of Directors meeting, the bylaws were amended to allow BikeTexas to publish endorsements in specific races.

   

Friday Reading: Links You May Have Missed (Oct 17)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

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

 

From BikeTexas:

austin atx bikefest 8 days to go biketexasAustin BikeFest presented by Capital Metro is eight days away! Read all about it and register here.

Learn more about our presenting sponsor, Capital Metro, here.

Lea información en español sobre Austin Bikefest presentado por Capital Metro aquí

One of our staff hosted a Twitter chat and fun ensued

 

From around Texas: 

A bicycle museum in Houston is getting closer to reality

Bike The Woodlands ia working hard for their bike plan  

Velo Paso's equity director, Melissa Lugo, is featured in a League of American Bicyclists publication 

Great news for people who ride bikes in North Texas 

It just got easier to fix your bike on Texas Tech campus

A bicycle rack photo scavenger hunt is underway in Richardson 

Cyclesomatic 2014 continues in Oak Cliff

 

From elsewhere:

Thinking about a cargo bike? Here's a review of one. Not sure if you're thinking about a cargo bike? See if this helps you decide.

One terrible app to allow people to use their phones while driving

A very visual demonstration of what causes traffic jams

Checking out a new city? Leave the car, take the bicycle.

Build a biking city for those who don't yet bike

 

Have a great weekend!

   

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