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BikeTexas KidsKup races are finished for 2012! Over 100 kids and their bikes came out for the five fall races across the state; 276 kids participated through the whole year.
KidsKup helps address childrens' decreasing amount of physical activity. Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but many Texas children are falling short of this target. When children participate in KidsKup, they learn how much fun physical activity can be, and start to look forward to being active instead of seeing activity as a chore.
Additionally, children gain confidence as they learn to ride the course, as well as lessons in good sportsmanship. Both of these benefits paid off for one young rider at last year's Coldspring ride: she was holding back and sitting with her parents until one of the more experienced young riders offered to take her out and show her the course. Once the timid rider went through the course a couple of times, she lost her timidity and rode the course over and over. Two weeks later at Pace Bend, she hit the course again, this time with the confidence of a seasoned rider.
Pictures from the KidsKup races tell the story of children out in the fresh air, socializing and riding. Their experiences will stay with them and influence their choices over time: they learn that physical activities are fun, and that they can participate even if they aren’t “athletes.” Exercise is hidden in the package!
Come join us at the spring KidsKup races, beginning on February 9 in Smithville. KidsKup is always free and open to anyone age 12 and younger who can ride a bike! Strider bikes and training wheels are allowed. All children must wear helmets and participate in the safety clinic before the race. For more information, check out the BikeTexas KidsKup site. Stay tuned as we announce more spring events on our event schedule!
BikeTexas' own Executive Director, Robin Stallings, was one of the distinguished guest judges for Austin's Weirdest Commute Contest on October 26. Contestants had to create a creative, functional, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation that could go one lap around the parking lot.
Jeremy Rosen of Austin Bike Zoo took home the first prize for a bat-headed bicycle.
The City of Fort Worth is the latest Texas city, and the first in North Texas, to receive recognition from the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community. Fort Worth received an Honorable Mention in this year's awards. Bike Fort Worth is committed to doing even better before 2015 and moving up in the list of designations. Fort Worth joins San Antonio (bronze), The Woodlands (bronze), and Austin (silver) as Texas Bicycle Friendly Communities.
Texas also boasts many Bicycle Friendly Businesses:
Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin
No universities in Texas have yet been named as Bicycle Friendly Universities, but several are working toward this designation.
Congratulations to the City of Fort Worth! Many thanks to all Texas communities, businesses, and schools that are working hard to make Texas a great place to ride a bike. For more information about Bicycle Friendly America designations, visit the League of American Bicyclists.
Are you coming to Austin for the Formula 1 race this weekend? The traffic forecast for this weekend says there will be a lot of cars moving slowly, so why not get around Austin by bicycle instead?
The City of Austin has put together a Bicycle Commuting Guide for Formula 1 weekend, with all the information you need to get around! In addition to the usual Austin Bike Map with the downtown detail the Ride the City website has tools for planning your bicycle route online. Please expect street closures and large crowds of pedestrians downtown; if you ride down a closed street, you may need to dismount to get through a crowd safely. Watch out for pedestrians!
Bicycle Sport Shop will be running the bike valet at the Formula 1 site. Showers will be available, but you need to provide everything else you need. You may also leave a bag with your bike. Bike Austin will lead group rides out to the valet site.
CapMetro, the local bus system, is providing special services for F1 weekend. All CapMetro buses are equipped with bike racks, but keep in mind those may fill up quickly. Bicycles are allowed inside the trains as long as they can be accommodated. Only folding bicycles are allowed inside CapMetro buses, and they must not block the aisles.
If you are in Austin this weekend, have a great time, and ride safe!
The City of Brownsville held their first Open Streets event, CycloBia, on November 4, becoming the sixth Texas city to do so. Seven miles of city streets, stretching from Dale Porter Park through UTB/TSC campus, were closed to vehicle traffic for five hours for people to come out and enjoy activity in the street.
BikeTexas sent five staff members and 45 bikes to South Texas to participate in CycloBia. Many people stopped by to borrow a bike and remarked that it had been years since they had been on a bike. Even better, some said they would get back into cycling after trying it again at CycloBia!
All ages of Brownsville citizens, from young to old, families and college students, children and elderly--everyone was moving around and having a great time. The CycloBia Facebook page has been flooded with messages asking when the next event will be. (It's not scheduled yet, but organizers ask that everyone stay tuned to their website for updates.)
BikeTexas met some new members at CycloBia and handed out educational materials, including 2000 safety lights.
Interbike is a place to meet new friends, network with other bicycle professionals, try new products, form new partnerships, and visit with old friends. The conference had two days for the outdoor demo, where attendees could try all the new bikes and equipment coming out for 2013, and three days of main Interbike show, where hundreds of manufacturers and distributors got together to show their new products.
Two BikeTexas staff went to Interbike this year to make the most of a few days of networking. We had many productive meetings and chats with partners, including Dahon Bicycles, CDRIVE, NuVinci, Planet Bike, and Park Tools. Additionally, the Light Electric Vehicle Association held a breakfast, where BikeTexas met the president of Pedego Bicycles.
We ran into many old friends during the conference, including several professional cyclists, and the CEO of Specialized Bicycle, Mike Sinyard.
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