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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:54
Updated 6-17-15 to add The Woodlands.
Cities around Texas are working on bike plans, master plans, and other plans to keep our cities and our state moving in all kinds of ways as we continue to grow. Don't miss out on what may be happening near you!
Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi's MPO is working on a strategic plan for active mobility. Take a survey or get more involved with their mapping to let them know where you ride-- and where you need to see improvement.
Hutto: Bike Hutto is hard at work to make Hutto a great place to ride a bike. Help them out by taking this survey.
Lubbock: The Lubbock City Council is working towards a a study to determine the next steps for bicycle infrastructure in Lubbock. Stay tuned for more on what you can do, but in the meantime, it's always a good idea to let your council member know you support bicycle accommodations.
San Antonio: The public comment period for the environmental statement on plans for 281 is now open. Why comment? Original plans called for a paved trail to be built along this new highway, but now that isn't in the plans. Let them know you want them to plan for active transportation every time. Additionaly, do you use VIA? Help plan the next step for public transportation in San Antonio here.
The Woodlands: The Township Board of Directors has taken the next step toward creating a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan--a project the Bike the Woodlands Coalition has been working on for three years--by sending out a RFP for planning. Right now is a great time to contact the Board, thank them for sending out the RFP, and encourage them to see this project through so The Woodlands has a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
Monday, 15 June 2015 11:20
The big week is here-- this Friday, June 19, join us at the Long Center Lawn for New Belgium's CLIPS Beer and Film Tour stop in Austin. The fun begins at 8 PM!
Beer tokens cost $1.50 for a three-ounce pour and $6 for a 12-ounce beer. Raffle tickets for a New Belguim bike will also be on sale for $5 each or 3 for $10.
While you're enjoying a good drink and great company of your fellow Austinites who ride bikes, kick back and enjoy the fan-made, fan-approved videos New Belgium will be screening for everyone's enjoyment. Come out and have a great time with us on Friday! All proceeds from this event benefit BikeTexas!
Friday, 12 June 2015 08:13
Looking for some weekend reading? Look no further than these links we thought were worth sharing this week:
Transportation policymaking continues at the US Capitol, and our partners at the League of American Bicyclists and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are staying on top of any bills or amendments that would be bad for active transportation. The Emmer Amendment that was defeated on Tuesday night is one example of what we're keeping an eye out for-- if your rep voted against it, please take a moment to send a thank you email or tweet!
From around Texas:
We're sorry to hear that we lost three people who were riding bikes in Texas this past week. Raul Alvarado Mascorro was killed outside of Mercedes, Gabino Carrizales was killed in Brownsville, and Brian Silva was killed in Austin. Our thoughts are with all three gentlemen's families.
HUGE congratulations to Richardson, the fifth Bicycle Friendly Community in Texas! Richardson joined the list this week at the Bronze level.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, 12 June 2015 07:56
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:51
As the debate on transportation funding wore on in the House on Tuesday night, Representative Emmer of Minnesota introduced an amendment that would have cut communities' ability to use their transit funds according to their own needs. The Emmer amendment would not allow New Start grants (these are outside of the Highway Trust Fund and come from elsewhere in the budget) to build sidewalks or bike lanes as part of a transit project. For many transit users, however, those same sidewalks and bike lanes provide the key connections needed to get to a bus stop. Right now, communities who receive the grants can decide for themselves whether those connections are needed. Rep. Emmer's amendment would have taken away that local decision-making ability.
However, the amendment was defeated in a close vote, 212-214. Many, many thanks to Representatives from Texas who voted against this strike against local control active transportation funding. These are the folks who voted against the amendment; if your representative is on this list, please take a moment to send a thank-you email:
Rep. Joaquin Castro (San Antonio)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (Laredo)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Austin/San Antonio)
Rep. Al Green (Houston)
Rep. Gene Green (Houston)
Rep. Kay Granger (Fort Worth)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Edinburg)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Houston)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Dallas)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (El Paso)
Rep. Filemon Vela Jr. (Brownsville)
Rep. Marc Veasey (Fort Worth)
If your representative is not on the list, please reach out! Let him or her know how important this funding is to communities. Here are some talking points to consider when speaking to your representative:
Thank you for reaching out to your elected officials to make Texas a better place to ride a bike!
Photo: BikeTexas' Leslie Luciano at the US Capitol as part of the National Bike Summit in 2014. Visiting members of Congress reminds them that people who ride bikes also vote!
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:04
Congratulations are in order to Richardson for reaching the ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities in the new list announced today by the League of American Bicyclists! Kudos to Bike Friendly Richardson and other advocates who have worked tirelessly to make their city a great place to ride a bike.
Richardson joins Austin (Silver), Houston (Bronze), San Antonio (Bronze), and The Woodlands (Bronze) on the list of Texas' Bicycle Friendly Communities; altogether, nearly 4.5 million Texans live in a designated Bicycle Friendly Community. But that's not all-- El Paso, Frisco, Plano, and Hollywood Park are on this year's Honorable Mention list, and Fort Worth is a past Honorable Mention city (cities only remain on the Honorable Mention list for one year before cycling off). Cities around Texas are seeing the value in bicycling for economic growth, encouraging active and healthy citizens, reducing traffic congestion, and adding to the region's quality of life.
Could your city be the next Bicycle Friendly Community? Check out the League's Bicycle Friendly America page to get started.
Congratulations again, Richardson, for all your hard work!
Photo: Texas NAACP ride in Richardson in 2013.
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