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San Antonio Hosts Third Síclovía

BikeNews; Community

A girl receives new bike lights at SicloviaSan Antonio held its third Síclovía on Sunday, October 7. The cool, windy weather didn't deter the projected 50,000 people who came out to play in the street for a few hours.

BikeTexas hosted a booth at the Síclovía, also for the third time. We were able to give away about 500 bookmarks and 500 coloring books about bike safety to children who stopped by the booth. We also handed out 1000 light sets to kids, and TxDOT handed out 800 more to help keep San Antonio's kids well-lit and safe while walking and biking!

Additionally, we brought the BikeTexas bike fleet along to offer free bike rentals to people who wanted to roll along Broadway instead of walking.

The next San Antonio Síclovía is scheduled for April 7, 2013.




Inaugural Brownsville CycloBia November 4

BikeNews; Community

Photo courtesy of Brownsville CycloBiaBrownsville will host its first-ever CycloBia on Sunday, November 4, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The day begins with opening ceremonies in Dean Porter Park at 10 AM, and continues with seven miles of car-free streets for walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, hula hooping, or just enjoying the outdoors.

For more information, visit the Brownsville CycloBia Facebook page or call the Brownsville Health Dept at 956-547-6530.

Brownsville joins the list of Texas cities that have hosted Ciclovias: El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin.


Be Safe, Be Bright: Lights Arrive

BikeNews; Education Fund

Martes 16 de Octubre de 2012 14:47

Lights arrive at the BikeTexas officeBe Safe, Be Bright is a statewide bike light giveaway organized by BikeTexas! Through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program, BikeTexas has purchased Safety LED lights to distribute to over 100,000 Texas school children.

The lights arrived on September 28 and we've been hard at work ever since sending lights to schools, partners and organizations around the state. Our lights are easy to install in seconds. The front white light can be mounted on the bike handlebar with the rear red light on the seatpost or bike frame for kids that bike to school; they can also be mounted on a backpack or tennis shoes for kids that walk to school.

Kids show off their new lights.

The packaging is waste-free; the lights come attached to a water-resistant card, which is printed with Bike & Walk Safety Tips in English and Spanish and is a highly durable education tool. We encourage kids to keep the card with them all times so they can share these safety tips with other kids.

Want to know how to get lights to distribute to your school? They're going fast and quantities are limited. Contact Fernando Martinez at Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla or call 512-476-7433.



National and Local Transportation Experts Speaking in San Antonio and San Marcos

BikeNews; Advocacy

A trail on a former rail line.On October 24, BikeTexas, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Texas State University, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio Office of Sustainability, and the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO are co-hosting Tracy Hadden Loh from Washington, DC to speak about "Federal Bicycle Transportation Funding: What It Means for Texas."

Who: Tracy Hadden Loh, Rails to Trails Conservancy Research Manager and Director of the National Transportation Enhancement Clearinghouse

Where: VIA community room, 1021 San Pedro, San Antonio

When: 6:30 PM, October 24

(See this map for bus routes that serve the VIA building.)

Ms. Loh has served many years as the Director of the Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse and is highly regarded as an expert on federal funding of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Don't miss this chance to hear what she has to say about the opportunities and challenges with the federal transportation bill. RSVP here!

Children headed to school.On October 25, Texas State University, BikeTexas, Rails to Trails Conservancy, University of Texas Center for Transportation Research, and Texas A&M Transportation Institute are co-hosting local and national experts as part of the Great Streets for Small Towns Symposium. 

What: Great Streets for Small Towns Symposium

Who: Local and National Transportation experts

Where: Texas State University-San Marcos Undergraduate Academic Center, Room 308

When: 5:30-7:30 PM, October 25, 2012

BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings will be speaking on "Bicycling in the New Federal Transportation Bill: What it Means for Texas." Other speakers are San Marcos Councilmember John Thomaides, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Research Manager Tracy Hadden Loh, Dr. Jennifer Duthie of UT Center for Transportation Research, and moderator Dr. Billy Fields, director of Texas State's Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training. RSVP here for this event.

Mark your calendar for these great events!


40th Annual Moonlight Bicycle Ramble Coming to Houston

BikeNews; Member News

Moonlight Ramble banner courtesy of BikeHoustonOur friends at BikeHouston are hosting a spooky, late-night ride on October 27: The 40th annual Moonlight Bicycle Ramble. Proceeds from the ride support BikeHouston and their bicycle advocacy work in the city of Houston!

For more information and to register for the ride, go here (online and mail-in registration are available). Bike lights and helmets are required; costumes are encouraged for the costume contest!

The ride begins at the George R Brown Convention Center at 11:59 PM. Don't miss this fun ride! For more information, check out the BikeHouston website or contact BikeHouston here.


School Bicycle Events in DFW

BikeNews; Community

M. L. Phillips Elementary. Photo courtesy of Georgi Roberts.Have you thought about having a bicycle event at your school? BikeTexas can help! Request an Event Handbook for tips and handouts to make your bicycle event a success! Visit the BikeTexas Educational Resources page for free materials you can hand out.

Schools across the Dallas and Fort Worth area are taking advantage of the cooler weather with events to encourage children-- and parents!-- to ride to school. Rosemont Elementary is having a weeklong event called iBike Rosemont that began Monday, Oct 8 and ends with an afterschool group ride to a root beer float on Friday, Oct 12. Rosemont is also the location of Dallas' first buffered bike lanes, a project that Bike Friendly Oak Cliff says happened in part because of iBike Rosemont and the community's push for a safe way for their children to get to school.

M. L. Phillips Elementary. Photo courtesy of Georgi Roberts.At M.L. Phillips Elementary in Fort Worth, students received free bike helmets on Wednesday, Sept 12, as part of an ongoing program to educate Fort Worth children about the law requiring anyone under 18 to wear a helmet. Fort Worth ISD said representatives from Pate Rehabilitation, along with Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition and Fort Worth police and firefighters handed out donated helmets to students who arrived on their bicycles, skateboards or scooters without any head protection. Students who were wearing helmets received free ice cream coupons.

Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary students. Photo courtesy of Donald Ridgeway.

Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary in Fort Worth held a bicycle safety day in September. Six students received free helmets from local police and fire officials and also got to have a closer look at an ambulance.

Riding bikes to school is a great way to start a lifelong love of riding. Check out the educational resources available from BikeTexas for biking and walking to school!




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