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4th Annual VIVA! Streets is back on East 6th Street

BikeNews; Community

viva streets logoVIVA! Streets Austin is back on East 6th Street (from I-35 to Robert T. Martinez Jr) on Sunday, September 13 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.  The one-mile, car-free festival will feature obstacle courses, gardening classes, anti-bullying workshops, martial arts demonstrations, ballroom dancing lessons, yoga, zumba, soccer, basketball, giant chess, cane fishing, bird walks, learn to ride a bike courses, kids drum circle, a pilot bicycle intersection, tennis, petanque, hula hooping, chalk art, bike polo, PupStops, and more. Special aerial performances and classes will be offered by SkyCandy.

“We are excited to have VIVA! Streets back on East 6th Street! As a business owner on the route, it’s great to hear about the participation and enthusiasm from my fellow neighbors. There will be activities for everyone of all ages like dancing, soccer, bike obstacle courses, and tennis, “ says Paola Barrerra of Buenos Aires Café Este.

For more information about the event and the latest activities, visit www.vivastreetsatx.org. This year’s sponsors include Humana, TxDOT, SkyCandy, AARP, Texas Gas Service, CapMetro, Central Texas Mobility Authority/Metropia, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, TopGolf, Instacart, and Austin’s Yellow Bike Project.

The mission of ViVA! Streets is to build communities by transforming public streets and encouraging active living though recreation, fitness activities, and healthy food options.

VIVA! Streets is co-produced by the City of Austin and BikeTexas.

VIVA! Streets is part of a national movement of open streets events with more than 100 documented initiatives in North America, including Texas cities Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Brownsville. These open streets events are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals by temporarily closing streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. 

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Aug 28)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

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

 

HH 100 Thursday CollageFrom BikeTexas:

We're at Hotter'n Hell! If you're in Wichita Falls this weekend, stop by our booth and say hello. Not here? No worries-- we have HH100 Weekend Specials for everybody!

Want to see our live broadcasts from events and around the office? Follow us on Periscope.

Volunteer at VIVA! Streets ATX on September 13.

 

From around Texas:

Comments are due this Sunday for the rebuild on West Alabama Street in Houston.

Stephen Charles Murphy of Austin was acquitted this week of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 2013 crash with bicyclist Colin Camp.

Fort Worth will have meetings on the Master Thoroughfare Plan next week.

Submit a proposal now for Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2016.

 

From elsewhere:

When it comes to bicycle infrastructure, some officials in Australia just don't get it.

Fight back against excuses: the FHWA has released a document clarifying some of the myths around using federal money to build bicycle infrastructure. Spoiler: it's good news.

The League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

 

Photo: From the BikeTexas booth at HH100.

   

HH100: Special Membership Premiums!

BikeNews; Member News

 

Every year, BikeTexas gives one lucky member a new bike. Is 2015 your year? 

 

Giveaway bike generously donated by Trek & Texas Trek dealers.

To show our appreciation to the members who make our work possible, we're giving away a 2016 Trek 7.2 FX bike (pictured)-- Trek's most popular model!

 

How to enter? Become a member today or renew your annual membership to help make Texas a great state for biking and walking. (Sustaining monthly members are automatically entered into the drawing!) 

 

But that's not all! In honor of the Hotter'n Hell Hundred (HH100) this weekend, we're offering special premiums to anyone who joins or upgrades their membership-- and you don't have to be at HH100 to take advantage of these specials! Join or upgrade before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 30 and get...

 

A free BikeTexas hat with a $5/month membership

A free NEW "I Bike TX" t-shirt with a $10/month membership

A free hat PLUS your choice of a t-shirt or jersey with a $20/month membership 

 

Don't miss out! The winner of the bike will be drawn at Austin BikeFest on October 31, but these special premiums are available NOW!

   

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.

   

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