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The Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is updating the Bicycle and Pedestrian plan, and they need your help!
The MPO is also looking to make transit better! Right now and until August 17, anyone who completes the transit survey will also be entered to win a bike, courtesy of Team Better Block, the MPO, and Valley Metro.
The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) in San Antonio is running the Eighth Annual Walk & Roll Challenge beginning on September 1. Participating organizations and individuals have the chance to win prizes for commuting to work or running errands by any transportation method except driving alone in a car-- or, what the challenge calls “smart trips”.
Challenge miles will be recorded on NuRide, and participants must register there. Employers who wish to participate should contact AACOG to be officially registered. Individuals do not have to belong to a participating company to take part in the challenge, but everyone is encouraged to get their companies on board.
According to the challenge website, “The overall goal of the 2012 Walk & Roll Challenge is to have at least 130,000 smart trips taken and recorded during the challenge timeframe.”
Houston’s B-cycle bike share program is set to grow this fall. The program began in May with three stations in downtown Houston and 18 bicycles available for use. The upcoming expansion, set for October, will add 20 more stations and 205 bikes, according to Houston’s CultureMap.
Will Rub, the director of Houston B-cycle, says that choosing the new sites “has been a learning experience and has turned out to be more complicated that we initially anticipated.” He adds, “We have a tremendous awareness of educational challenges ahead of us once the new stations are on the ground.”
Houston B-Cycle is the second bike share program of its kind in Texas, following on the heels of a successful program in San Antonio. Fort Worth and Austin are expected to join them with bike sharing programs of their own in the next year or two.
BikeTexas staff are on their way to Chicago this weekend for the Ninth Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Bipartisan Bike Ride. Every year the ride is hosted by Texas legislators in front of a national audience, and BikeTexas provides bikes and works with a local advocacy group to organize the ride. In 2011, over 150 state senators and representatives, their staff members, and their families participated in the ride in San Antonio. Organizers are planning for an even bigger turnout this year.
The NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride is a great opportunity for legislators to relax and and see a bit of the host city before a full day of conference proceedings. For advocates, it’s a chance to build a relationship with legislators in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Many Texas state legislators participate in the ride each year, and BikeTexas staff went to the capital two weeks ago to extend a personal invitation to each office to come out for the ride.
This year’s ride is hosted by two Texas legislators, Senator Rodney Ellis and Representative Linda Harper-Brown, as well Illinois Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno and Kentucky Senator Dorsey Ridley.
BikeTexas is very excited that Caron Whitaker with America Bikes will also join the ride in Chicago. With the recent federal transportation bill, MAP-21, states have much more say in whether or not to spend transportation dollars on walking and biking, and Ms. Whitaker will be on hand to explain MAP-21 to the Senators and Representatives from across the country.
BikeTexas is providing 150 bicycles and will be assisted by Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance in leading the ride.
Many thanks to our ride sponsors BNSF, Walmart, General Mills, AT&T, and Primal Wear.
Researchers at Portland State University set out last summer to investigate the relationship between shoppers’ travel modes and their spending habits. The principal investigator, Kelly Clifton, told BikePortland at the time, “There are some businesses who think that cyclists are of lower incomes, that they spend less, that they’re not going to visit as much. ‘So why are we catering to them?’ they wonder.” Clifton’s hypothesis, she told BikePortland, was that there wouldn’t be a difference in spending between cyclists and motorists. Researchers studied spending behavior in patrons arriving by automobile, bicycle, transit, and on foot at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.
Preliminary results from the study published in TR News show that while patrons arriving in automobiles spend more per trip, cyclists make more trips overall and generally spend more per month at their destination than their driving counterparts. (Those arriving via transit and on foot generally spent a bit less.) The researchers conclude, “These results suggest that marketing to cyclists is likely to generate a positive expenditure return for businesses in the right context.”
Read the full TR News article here.
Bike owners do everything they can to keep their bikes from getting stolen, like using u-locks and leaving their bikes in well-lit places. My Asset Tag has developed another layer of security for bike owners—and this one is free.
BikeGuard, a new bike registry, allows users to register their bikes online. Users may then opt to attach tags to their bike to make it easier for the bike to be returned to the owner if it is recovered after a theft. Once the bike is found, the tag directs the finder to the BikeGuard website to notify the owner that the bike has been recovered. The tag also has a QR code to make things even easier for the finder to contact the owner.
The system is completely online and completely free. As with any networking website, the user decides how much information to share and is in control of his/her own privacy settings.
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