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Volunteer with us at Siclovia

BikeNews; Community

San Antonio Siclovia is 10-3 on Sunday, Sept 27
BikeTexas KidsKup Adventure Zone
We need you! BikeTexas' KidsKup Adventure Zone will be at San Antonio Síclovía on Sunday, Sept 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Come help kids from all over the city have fun on a bike!
 
We'll need volunteers to get waivers signed by parents, get helmets on kids, and get kids on bikes! We'll bring the helmets, the scoot bikes, and the obstacle course for kids to try out. We'll also need help with setup (before 10) and teardown (after 3).
 
Are you able to give us a couple of hours on SundaySign up to volunteer here. Any questions? Email Marc at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or give us a call at 512-476-7433. We'll see you Sunday!
   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Sept 18)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 18 September 2015 12:00

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

 

walk to school biketexas bicycle educationFrom BikeTexas:

International Walk to School Day is coming! Do you have your BikePedEd materials ready to distribute? Order by September 29 within Texas or September 22 elsewhere in the U.S. to receive your delivery by the big day! 

The 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference will be here before we know it. Do you have expertise to share? Submit your speaker proposal today.

Enter now! The Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest is underway.

Arrr! Tomorrow be Talk Like A Pirate Day, and we be wantin' ye to go to yer ride prepared.

Check out the social media buzz around VIVA! Streets! It was a great day in Austin. Such a great day, in fact, that a couple of folks left their keys behind. Are you key-free after VIVA! Streets? Call 512-476-7433, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or come by!

 

From around Texas:

It's PARK(ing) Day! Is your city participating? We're looking forward to seeing what Dallas comes up with this yearAlso check out this fun idea from Bolivia! 

We've been excited for weeks, now it's official: SunCycle is rolling in El Paso after its official launch this week.

A Texas 3-year-old is thought to be the youngest ever diagnosed with Type II diabetes, adding another reason for Texas to have safe streets and neighborhoods for active transportation. (BTW: the link is to a British newspaper; one stone is 14 pounds. 5.5 stone = 77 lbs)

 

From elsewhere: 

Hospitals may unintentionally promote unhealthy lifestyles, but making accommodations for smoking but not for walking or biking.

Another U.S. city builds an active-transportation-only bridge.

Fun but serious question from Transporation for America: What if we labeled unwalkable neighborhoods like we do cigarettes?

Check out one guy's story about biking through unemployment.

More news about why "Share the Road" signs just don't do what the manufacturers intended.

Want to cross the street? Why hit a button when you can fistbump?

... However, it's possible neither button nor fist will change your signal as quickly as you'd like.

Some problems with the relationship between sports teams and the transit that brings fans to games.

To reporters and others: stop calling crashes "accidents".

Yes, sidewalk etiquette is a thing.

The same arguments against bike/ped facilities seem to crop up everywhere. Fortunately, bike/ped facilities have been shown to improve neighborhoods, not worsen them.

Bikeshare is rolling forward in equity around the country.

Amtrak keeps moving forward in making it easier to bike and ride. Here's hoping it continues!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Photo: Happy students and teachers at Walk to School Day.

   

Arr! Bike Like a Pirate, Savvy?

BikeNews; Community

talk like a pirate on a bike day biketexasAvast! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day, so haul yer best Pirate to yer ride on Saturday and impress yer mates! (We be puttin' these here fer a laugh. We be not wantin' ye to do anythin' that might land ye in traction.)

 

Before the ride -- "Arrrr, where be we goin'? Does every bilge rat have flat changin' tools?" 

 

Car back -- "There be dragons."

Car up -- "Here be dragons." 

Road hazard -- "Ahoy, mates! Watch yourselves o'er this ____." 

Speeding up -- "Smartly, mates! This be not the time for slackin'!"

Stopping -- "Avast! There be a stop sign!" 

And if someone ignores ride etiquette -- "Release the Kraken." 

 

After the ride -- "Pass me the grog, mates, or be keelhauled." 

 

Photo: Arrrr, bikes!

   

2015 Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest

BikeNews; Education Fund

Friday, 18 September 2015 08:09

BikeTexas is proud to once again be your Texas coordinator for the Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest! This year's theme is #LongForTheRide (yes, a hashtag), and students should create posters that show what they love about riding a bike.

Saris poster contest header 2015Here's what to do!

  1. Download the official rules here.
  2. Get your 5th graders busy creating! Make sure they include the required elements in the official rules, including using the hashtag #longfortheride somewhere in the design.
  3. A little hint: Please discourage your students from using licensed characters in their poster. We all love the idea of Iron Man on a bike, but posters with licensed charcters are unlikely to win.
  4. Choose a schoolwide winner, attach a completed permission slip to the back, and send the winning poster to us postmarked by October 21:

BikeTexas
ATTN: Brenda Chuleewah
P.O. Box 1121
Austin, TX 78767

That's it! The statewide winners will be announced shortly after October 21. The top three posters in the state will receive:

First Place:

Schwinn Bicycle
Schwinn Helmet
Schwinn Bell
And the winning Texas poster goes on to the national contest for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., plus for his/her school to win new bike parking!

Second Place:

Schwinn Helmet
Schwinn Bell

Third Place:

Schwinn Helmet

Now's the time! Get your 5th graders' creative juices flowing for the 2015 Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest!

 

2014 Texas winner:

2014 1st place

   

International Walk to School Day is October 7

BikeNews; Education Fund

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:39

biketexas walk to school day texas bicycle educationSchool has started, students and teachers are getting to know one another, and your family is into the schoolday routine. Now's a great time to start planning your trip to school for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7.

A great first step is to check out the Texas page and see if your school has registered for an event yet. If not, take action! Contact your school and ask them to organize a Walk to School Day event. We have plenty of resources to help you out on our Educational Resources page, including the Safe Routes to School Event Handbook. Print out the Team Leader Checklist (PDF download) and take it with you so your school has a step-by-step list of things to do to get ready for lots of walking.

Now's the time to order your educational materials to hand out at Walk to School Day! Definitely check out Let's Walk to School and the Be Safe Be Bright Lights. Order by September 29 in Texas or September 23 elsewhere in the U.S. for your materials to arrive before Walk to School Day. Questions? Call us: 512-476-7433.

Get your neighborhood organized! Talk to other parents to set up a Walking School Bus for your children to walk together. Remember: walking to school gives your child (and 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 health benefits, studies have shown a link between children being active on their way to school and their ability to concentrate once they arrive.

brain slide

Walking to school just not the right fit for your family? You can still get in on the action! Consider an excellent suggestion shared on Streetsblog LA: if you can't walk the whole way, park five blocks from the school and walk the rest of the way in. Not only will you and your children still get the benefits of walking, but you'll also get those extra few mintues together without having to fight the crush of traffic in the drop-off line.

Don't delay! Make Walk to School Day 2015 a great day for students in Texas.

   

News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Sept 11)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:20

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

 

viva streets purple bike contest biketexasFrom BikeTexas:

VIVA! Streets is upon us! Join us on E 6th Street in Austin from 12-5 on Sunday for some family-friendly fun! Check out things to do and how to get here. Want to help out? Volunteer here.

You can win a VIVA! Streets t-shirt or other swag! Take a pic of one of our promotional purple bikes around town (generously loaned by the Yellow Bike Project), post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #VIVAStreetsATX, and you're entered to win! We'll notify the winner on Sunday.

Follow us on Periscope for all the latest action from here in the office and at our events. Want to Periscope with us? Come to VIVA! Streets for your chance to be live from BikeTexas!

viva countdown 2 days

The Saris 5th Grade Poster Contest is open again! Look for more info from us next week.

Congress is expected to move on transportation soon. Follow the League of American Bicyclists for the latest updates.

 

From around Texas:

El Paso bike share is up and rolling!! Woo-hoo!

The bicycle superhighway in North Texas is one step closer to completion.

Houston's improved transit system is meeting expectations.

San Antonio's new budget includes money for sidewalks.

Cyclesomatic 2015 is coming!

And so is Brownsville's next Kidical Mass.

 

From elsewhere:

One Boston advocate's unique (and decorative) solution to an unprotected bike lane.

Streetsblog suggests that other cities steal Indianapolis's Cultural Trail. (The ideas, not the actual pavement.) Cool story: our BikeTexas staffer who grew up in an Indianapolis suburb managed to get her mother on a bicycle for the first time in forty years last summer, thanks to the combination of the Indy Cultural Trail and Pacers bikeshare. Infrastructure works!

Speaking of bikeshare-- Portland looks likely to launch a system soon, with some interesting upgrades over most current systems.

How do we make every crosswalk accessible to people of varying abilities?

 

Have a great weekend!

   

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