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Trinity River Revel a Smashing Success

BikeNews; Community

Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:34

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On Sunday, June 15, people who ride bikes in Dallas celebrated not one, but four grand openings of new bike/ped facilities! Despite the heat and wind, about 300 people came out with their bikes to celebrate the Rolling Ribbon Cutting on the Continental Bike/Ped Bridge, the Trinity Skyline Trail, the Sylvan Avenue Bridge, and the West Dallas Gateway Plaza.

Mayor Rawlings along with current and former city council members rode through the crowded bridge, smiling and waving and cooling off in the bridge's new fountain spouting cool water up from the bridge walkway. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was present for the first ribbon cutting on the Continental Bridge, as was Mary McDermott Cook, the chair of the board of directors of the Trinity River Trust Foundation, which was instrumental in securing funding for the project. At each of four ribbon cuttings, the Mayor, council members, contractors from HNTB, and local advocates--including the president of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff-- spoke to the power of partnerships that helped get these facilities built. At one point, Mayor Rawlings decided to test out the electric bike from Rocket Electrics he was riding and zoomed along with his security detail struggling to keep up.

Randall White worked hard to produce the Trinity River Revel with great success. BikeDFW provided ride marshalls for the rolling ribbon cutting.

The two lucky winners of the Phat Cycles Sea Wind Cruisers from Richardson Bike Mart were Jose Garcia and Victoria Flores. 

While preparations for the ride were underway on Saturday, someone from the neighborhood stopped the BikeTexas staffers to talk about the new bridges and trail system and said, "This is the best thing that I've seen happen to link my neighborhood to the rest of Dallas." He went on to talk about how his neighbors would be able to safely ride to get to jobs in other parts of Dallas now, whereas before they would have had a dangerous crossing over the bridges without dedicated bike or pedestrian infrastructure. That's exactly why we want to see more facilities like this across Texas-- to give people the peace of mind they need to try riding to work, or the supermarket, or a community meeting, or school, as well as for recreation. Congratulations, Dallas, on your new facilities along the Trinity River!

See BikeTexas' pictures from the day here (please tag yourself). BikeDFW President Richard Wezensky posted a large album on Flickr.

   

BikeTexas Partners with Freytag's Florist in Austin Community Blooms

BikeNews; Community

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BikeTexas is delighted to announce a new partnership with a local business, Freytag's Florist, as part of the Austin Community Blooms program. You can support bicycle advocacy and a local business at the same time when you choose Freytag's Florist for your flower orders-- Freytag's will donate 5% of your total to BikeTexas.

Here's how it works:

1. Order flowers online or by phone (512-371-5640) from Freytag's Florist.

2. By phone, mention the Austin Community Blooms program and BikeTexas.

3. Online, look for this box at the bottom of the checkout screen:

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Once checked, you'll see a dropdown box with a list of participating non-profits. Choose BikeTexas:

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4. Complete your order, and Freytag's Florist will donate 5% to BikeTexas!

We're excited about this new partnership to help make Austin a great place to ride a bike.

   

TxDOT Bicycle Use Hearing in DFW

BikeNews; Advocacy

TxDOT will hold a hearing about Bicycle Use in DFW for the Dallas and Fort Worth Districts on Wednesday, June 25, at 5 - 8 PM, to update the public on bicycle plans and progress in the DFW districts. 

TxDOT and NCTCOG will give a presentation at 6 PM with an open house format before and after the presentation. Maps and drawings will be on display to show the existing bike facilities and upcoming transportation projects on the state system and Dallas/Fort Worth regional area.

Please attend this meeting to let TxDOT know that people ride bikes in Dallas and Fort Worth! The meeting is at Irving City Hall (map), 825 W. Irving Blvd. See the TxDOT meeting page for more information.

TxDOT is required to offer a hearing about bicycle use in every TxDOT district office every year, but unless they receive sufficient interest from residents, it often doesn't happen. This year, people who ride bikes across the Dallas and Fort Worth areas responded quickly to TxDOT's call for hearing requests, so much so that they received the required number of responses within just a day or two. That's great work from everyone in the region who spoke up. As the saying goes, decisions are made by people who show up, and this time, people who ride bikes showed up when it mattered! Please do the same one more time and attend this meeting-- TxDOT needs to know that people who ride bikes expect TxDOT to take their needs seriously.

   

Please Submit Comments: TxDOT Hosts Long-Range Plan Meetings

BikeNews; Advocacy

Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:15

bikes on trailPlease attend or submit comments to the latest round of TxDOT's process for the Texas Transportation Plan 2040, which is still in development.

TxDOT is hosting public meetings around the state during the summer months "to solicit input to guide the development of the TTP 2040 – the state’s multimodal, long-range transportation plan. The TTP 2040 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide collaborative planning efforts with our stakeholders in order to address the state’s transportation needs and accomplish the goals in TxDOT’s Strategic Plan." See the full list of meetings here.

When you submit feedback to TxDOT, please keep the following in mind:

  • Ask that TxDOT adopt an agency-wide, district-wide, and area-wide Complete Streets policy with guidance, procedures, and review included.
  • Remind TxDOT that a Complete Streets policy is in accordance with their first priority: safety for all road users.
  • Point out that the review process for Complete Streets is more economical in the long run, saving TxDOT the time and other resources required to add bicycle or pedestrian accommodations later in the project.
  • Express your support for trails projects in your community: The current federal transportation bill allows TxDOT to move trails money away to non-bike/ped uses much more easily than before, and we want them to keep trails funding for trail building.

 

TTP 2040 Meeting Map

Thank you for participating in this process. Let's make sure TxDOT remembers people who bike and walk in their transportation planning.

 

Update: Bob Brewer shared this interactive TTP 2040 meeting map with us, which has pins for meeting locations and times, beginning with meetings the week of June 24 (so earlier meetings are not included on the map). Find a meeting near you!

 

 

   

Join the National Bike Challenge!

BikeNews; Community

This summer, riders from across the country are uniting to ride 30 million miles in the National Bike Challenge (NBC2014), presented by the League of American Bicyclists. In just three years, the Challenge has helped support thousands of bicyclists -- new and old -- to make every mile count! BikeTexas is happy to partner with the League and Kimberly Clark to make the 2014 challenge a success. 

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We invite you to join us by creating a team of friends or coworkers, earning badges to win prizes, and sharing your accomplishments with fellow participants. It's never too soon or too late to join. NBC2014 began on May 1 and continues until September 30. 

 

For an extra challenge this year, the League has added a Local Challenge. Advocacy groups across the country have signed up to host a challenge in their area. BikeTexas is hosting the local challenge for most of Texas, while BikeDFW and Shawnee Trail Cycling Club are hosting challenges in the Dallas area. Our goal is 1000 riders riding a combined 600K miles before the summer is out.  

 

You'll automatically be entered into a local challenge when you sign up for NBC2014. Don't wait-- join the challenge today! 

 

Ride your bike for fun, to work, on the trail-- anytime you can. Keep track of your days and miles on the new and improved website platform, or choose from a number of mobile apps to do it for you. Join us at www.nationalbikechallenge.org!

   

Houston Takes the Next Step Towards a Bicycle Network

BikeNews; Advocacy

Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:01

Centrepoint EnergyAt the end of the 2013 legislative session, we celebrated that Gov. Perry signed H.B. 200 into law, which clarified utility companies' liability when recreational trails pass through their right-of-way. Getting this bill passed took a few sessions and a lot of hard work from Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) and Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), but was a necessary step toward getting a connected bicycle network in Houston. BikeTexas was eager to work with elected officials to pass this bill during the last session and we're delighted to see that hard work paying off now.

This week, Houston took the next step forward. According to the Houston Chronicle (and with confirmation from reporter Mike Morris on Twitter), CenterPoint Energy and Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the bike trails in utility right-of-way will go ahead, with CenterPoint contributing $1.5 million in starter funds. We're excited for the utility company to partner with the city this way to make Houston a great place to ride a bike.

 

   

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