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Thank you BikeTexas members for another banner year at the Hotter'N Hell Hundred! As always, it was great to see all of your smiling faces, meet new members and visit with longtime supporters. Our membership drive was a success; thank you to all the new and renewing members for your support! We've posted all the photos up on our Facebook page - check them out, then tag yourself!
And don't forget that you still have a chance to win the membership drive bike raffle, for a 2012 Trek 7.2 hybrid bike! All you have to do is renew your membership on or before September 29, 2011 - we will draw for the bike at the Kids Kup race at the TMBRA Huntsville Classic on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
San Antonio has been making great strides in bike-friendliness the last few years, and we are happy to pass along yet two more exciting developments: an international award for their bike share program (the first in Texas), and the scheduling of their first ciclovia!
The International Downtown Association, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for liveable urban centers, has recognized San Antonio's Office of Environmental Policy for its work related to the Bike Share program. The B-Cycle program enhances San Antonio's downtown for both tourists and residents alike, providing a fun, easy form of transportation that is both sustainable and healthy. Congratulations to the Office of Environmental Policy for the acknowledgement of their hard work! Click here to read the City's press release.
And mark your calendar for the first "Síclovía" in San Antonio! Cíclovías are massively popular events the world over, in which a city declares certain streets car-free for a period of hours on the weekend in which citizens can bike, walk, skate and play freely and safely. El Paso was the first city in Texas to implement a cíclovía, and we are glad to see San Antonio taking it up. Check out the cíclovía in San Antonio, and maybe you'll be inspired to help bring one to your city as well!
The BikeTexas SafeCyclist Certification Training provides teachers, public safety officers and youth professionals with bicycle and pedestrian safety interactive lessons and the curriculum needed to teach these life saving skills to their students. The program is provided free of charge to schools through funding by the Texas Department of Transportation and BikeTexas Education Fund.
Since September 2010, BikeTexas has worked with Austin, El Paso, Tyler and Leander to add 206 trainees to the 3709 trained since 1999. The 4,000 milestone was surpassed by the end of August. Based on the 2009 survey of trained teachers, BikeTexas estimates over 200,000 students receive SafeCyclist lessons yearly. The 2010 survey results will be out in September and a report will follow.
BikeTexas is always happy to receive status updates on bike/ped issues from elected officials in Texas. This report is from the Honorable Lloyd Doggett, U.S. Congressman from Texas and a senior member of the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.
Long ago, I served as Captain of the Safety Patrol at Bryker Woods Elementary. Today, I am on a different kind of patrol. As a Member of the Bike Caucus, I am working to provide “leadership in complementing the efforts of the millions of cyclists actively working for safer roads, more bikeways, convenient bike parking and increased recognition of the importance of cycling for transportation and recreation.”
Zero! Goose egg! Nada!
Not words that Texas bike, ped and trail advocates usually like to hear - but it was sweet music to the ears as Rails-to-Trails Conservancy published a table of the 2011 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) transportation rescission impact on Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Recreational Trails Programs (RTP) in the fifty states plus the District of Columbia. TE is the top federal source of funds for paved, multi-use trails and RTP is the main source of funds for unpaved trails for mountain biking.
In the past, Texas ranked third at 40% for the highest percentage of state TE funds sent back to the Feds to meet rescissions “requests.” But 2011 is different: Texas joined six other states for zero percent of both TE and RTP funds returned, leaving both programs fully funded in our state!
Monthly members, thank you for your support for better cycling in Texas through your BikeTexas monthly membership. The steady, reliable income we receive through monthly donations really helps us budget and plan. Members like you are the backbone of our organization.
We have recently implemented multiple changes in order to better serve our membership, including improving our website and moving to a new online donation system and new database. While we are very excited about the improvements our new systems bring, there are a few growing pains associated - namely, that we were not able to carry our monthly members' credit card data over to the new system.
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