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Amplify Austin with BikeTexas!

BikeNews; Community

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:34

amplify austin 2015 biketexas bicycle educationAustin Needs an All Ages Bicycle Network-- And You Can Help Make That Case to Policy Makers

Amplify Austin with BikeTexas and you'll make a difference in critical education programs for policy makers, like guided tours of Austin's protected bike lanes and making sure transportation professionals understand why we need an all-ages bicycle network. Many state and federal agencies have offices in Austin, and we've seen a dramatic increase in their interest in Wellness Rides for employees. These rides not only result in more state and federal employees understanding the needs of people who ride bikes, but also lead to more people wanting to ride bikes more often themselves.

BikeTexas' education programs also include the KidsKup Adventure Zone at events like Viva Streets and the Austin Bike Fest, where the next generation of safe, legal bike riders can get their start with a balance bike on our fun course. Last year's Amplify Austin day allowed us to do more KidsKup events in more places. Don't miss out-- plan today to Amplify Austin with BikeTexas.

Want to get even more involved with Amplify? Become a fundraiser for BikeTexas today.

Can't wait for Amplify Day? Schedule your gift now to make sure Austin's bicycle network keeps rolling!


Action Alert: Tell the Waxahachie City Council You Want Safe Streets

BikeNews; Action Alerts

Proposed Waxahachie bike lanesWaxahachie has a great opportunity to make the city safer for all residents, including people who ride bikes, with the planned 10 miles of bike lanes. However, the two miles on Marvin Avenue have come up against strong opposition. Without those critical two miles, the whole project could be lost, because Marvin Avenue is a key connecter through the city.

Your voice matters! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let him know that you support bicycle lanes on Marvin Avenue. Additionally, contact the rest of the city council using their email addresses at this link.

We've found this format to be useful when contacting elected officials. (Please also cc This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know if you get a response-- when we reach out to city officials, it's good for us to have a sense of how many people they've heard from.)

  1. My name is _____ and my occupation is ______. I (and my spouse/children/parents) ride a bike in Waxahachie.
  2. Please support the plan for new bike lanes in Waxahachie, including the critical two miles on Marvin Avenue.
  3. (Tell your elected officials why this plan is important to you.)
  4. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Plan to attend the City Council meeting tonight at 7 PM at 401 S Rogers Street (map) to show your support for the bicycle plan in Waxahachie. Thank you for making Waxahachie a great place to ride a bike!


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Feb 27)

BikeNews; Community

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


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From BikeTexas:

Rent a bike for South by Southwest! Not coming to SXSW, or already have a bike? Spread the word to your friends. Bike rentals equal bicycle advocacy in Texas! 

Cyclists in Suits is a month away! Register now, sign up for a bus, plan a carpool, and tell your friends!


From around Texas:

Lubbock is taking the first steps to updating their bicycle plan-- and here's an update from a local blogger

Meanwhile, Houston just passed a new Bicycle Master Plan.

Texas State has launched an on-campus bikesharing system.

Brownsville has installed the city's first bike corral, and it's beautiful.

San Angelo is getting some new sidewalks.

The Houston Bicycle Museum is now open!

Take a look at this discussion on reducing traffic fatilities in Texas.


From elsewhere:

Change the advocacy game by changing your language.

The Utah Legislature has proposed a law to stop Salt Lake City (and any other Utah city) from requiring businesses to allow bicycles to use drive-throughs

Seattle just installed "leaning rails" for people on bikes at intersections.

Amsterdam has run out of places to park bikes.

Check out this interactive tool to see how healthy your neighborhood is for children.


Have a great weekend! 

Photo: One very happy rider on a BikeTexas bike.


Don't Miss These Upcoming Austin Events!

BikeNews; Community

Send Austin to the National Bike Summit!
Invite Your Friends!
Federal funding played a significant role in getting Austin bike projects on the ground, including the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, the Pfluger bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake, and other key parts of Austin's bike network.

Help send two advocates from Austin to the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC, March 10-12 to join with people from around Texas who ride bikes: Come to CYCLEAST (map) Friday, Feb 20, 5-9 PM to share your message for change, hear exciting news about what's happening in Austin and Texas bicycling, get a sneak preview of the summit, enter the silent auction, and find out how you can take action.

$5-$10 donation requested, plus 10% of all Cycleast sales during the event go towards sending advocates to D. C.! Thanks to Cycleast, Live Oak, Counter Culture, Counter Cafe, and Mr. Natural for sponsoring!
Learn more and RSVP here. Can't make it on Friday? Want to get a head start on sending advocates to speak up for bikes? Donate here.
Spinlister Listing Party & Happy Hour!

Join BikeTexas and Spinlister for a listing party on Wednesday, Feb 18, from 5-7 PM at theBikeTexas office (map).
Have a spare bike you want to rent out? Bring it along and get it listed on Spinlister! Earn some cash with your bike while you're not riding it. (Learn more about Spinlister here.) With SXSW coming up fast, now's a great chance to find out more about renting out your bike-- come by on Wednesday to get your questions answered!
Beverages and snacks provided. See you there!
Capital Metro Cycling Community Workshop

BikeTexas sponsor and local transportation provider Capital Metro wants to hear from people who ride bikes! Head to the GearTalk Cycling Community workshop on March 3, 5:30-8 PM, atCycleast Bike Shop (map).
ICYMI: Austin's Complete Streets Policy Among the Nation's Best

The City of Austin was recently honored by the National Complete Streets Coalition for passing one of 2014's best Complete Streets policies! Austin is #3 on the list, tied with two other cities. Great work, Austin!

Austin recognized as national leader in creating streets that work for everyone

BikeNews; Community

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:50

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The City of Austin is working to make streets safer for all road users—and our work has been recognized by the National Complete Streets Coalition as among the nation’s best.

Austin’s Complete Streets policy, adopted in June 2014, is #3 in The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014, released February 10. The policy directs transportation planners and engineers to design and build streets that provide safe, convenient travel for road users of all ages and abilities—pedestrians, transit users, people on bikes, and drivers—which leads to less congestion and a healthier Austin. Bike Austin and BikeTexas are proud to be among the many community groups that supported this policy.

The National Complete Streets Coalition reviewed every policy passed in the United States in 2014 and scored each according to the 10 elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy. The eleven jurisdictions with the highest-scoring policies adopted in the last year are:

1. Ogdensburg, NY

2. Troy, NY

3. Lakemoor, IL (tie)

3. Dawson County, MT (tie)

3. Austin, TX (tie)


6. Acton, MA (tie)

6. Middleton, MA (tie)

6. Reading, MA (tie)

6. Salem, MA (tie)

10. Los Angeles County Metropolitan
      Transportation Authority, CA (tie)

10. Stoughton, MA (tie) 

 “Austin’s stellar Complete Streets policy will allow more travel options for more people, which leads to improved health for Austinites, enhanced quality of life in our community, and attracts the best employers and workers to Austin,” says Robin Stallings, Executive Director of BikeTexas.

Interim Bike Austin Executive Director Carol Reifsnyder says, “Austin’s Complete Streets policy is a key step towards Austin’s goal of an all-ages protected bicycle network. This policy makes sure that all road users are considered for every street project and increases safety for people who ride bikes.”

Nationwide, a total of 712 jurisdictions in 48 states have Complete Streets policies in place.

See more information about the winning policies and evaluation criteria at  


News By Bike: Links for You to Read (Jan 30)

BikeNews; Community

Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

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


From BikeTexas: 

Register now for Cyclists in Suits on March 30! Visit your legislators' offices, meet people who ride bikes from across the state, and make a difference for all Texans!


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From around Texas:

Folks in El Paso delivered books by bike to Douglass Elementary School with the Ride for Reading program.

Brownsville has installed its first bike repair station on the Belden Trail.

Corpus Christi has decided it's time to update its bike/ped plan, ten years after it was first written.

Get your BMX bike ready: Frisco is building a pump track.

San Antonio police are offering a reward in a hit-and-run death of a man on a bike.

In happier news in San Antonio, check out this review of the Mission Reach trail.

One more from San Antonio for good measure: VIA has debuted new bike lids at stations.

Amarillo is considering hike-and-bike trail improvements.

Denton is taking on pedestrian safety.

Dallas has approved people-counters for its trail system.

The Houston Chronicle takes on the problem of METRO's bus stops.

And while we're in Houston, check out this PBS NewsHour segment about their Bicycle Master Plan.

One of the new additions to the Streetsblog family-- Streetsblog Texas-- is up and running!


From elsewhere:

Fort Collins, CO, has added bike racks to their ambulances, because "On average, two to four bikes are transported in ambulances every day." While this is a nice move, that statement had us wondering what's going on in Fort Collins. Fortunately, clarification is available-- most of those bikes being moved aren't from injured cyclists.

Our friends at Bicycle Indiana are working on a Safe Passing Law in the Indiana General Assembly.

New bikeshare innovations are focusing on equity

London is planning the world's longest cycletrack. They've also come round to the idea of bicycles as mass transit. Bicycle trip to Britain, anyone? 

Oklahoma City decided against a bizarre ordinance that would have required people on bikes to stay three feet from cars.

Janet Lafleur has a bright idea-- Bike to Shop Day. See her and many others at the National Bike Summit, March 10-12.


Have a great weekend!

Photo: Collage of photos from the El Paso Ride for Reading event. Photos courtesy of Victor Cordero.


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