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BikeTexas staff set out on a rainy day on Sept 14 to head to the Sherman Art Fest and spread the word about BikeTexas's education and specialty licence plate programs. Saturday, Sept 15, was a gorgeous day in Sherman, but the downpour of the previous day caused lower-than-expected attendance at the Art Fest. Even with smaller numbers, BikeTexas staff still spoke to about 150 children and 125 adults about bicycle safety and education.
BikeTexas staff travelled to Arlington on Sept 22 to participate in Ecofest and were able to partner with T. Strong to help spread the word to children and adults about the importance of safe cycling.
The BikeTexas College Active Transportation Safety (CATS) program is finishing up a summer of travelling to colleges and universities across Texas. At UT Austin's HealthyHorns Fest on Sept 19, CATS representatives spoke to students about bicycle safety, handed out bicycle information, and talked about Complete Streets. CATS will be traveling to Sherman on Sept 26 to attend Professor Aaron Block's CATS presentation at Austin College and to talk with student advocates in the Roo Riders cycling club. BikeTexas will also participate in Tex Ruegg's Wednesday ride with the Texoma Cycling Club.
Because Texas is a big state with plenty of ground to cover, BikeTexas staff will be at multiple events over the next few weeks, including eRock the Ride and the BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting in the Hill Country on Sept 29, the San Antonio Síclovía on Oct 7, the Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Oct 21, the Cyclesomatic Bike Fair in Oak Cliff on Oct 27, and KidsKup events all over the state throughout October. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you see us at an event!
Can't make it to any of these? Check out the BikeTexas event calendar to see if there is a bicycle event near you.
WHAT: eRock the Ride Bike Tour
WHERE: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012 ~ 7:30 am
HOW: Choose your distance!
Treat yourself to a fun weekend and enjoy the JW Marriot Resort! This beautiful Hill Country Resort & Spa has given us some incredible rates for this event: $159 a night (normally $359). Book your room HERE or call the resort at 210-276-2500 to get the eRock rate. Not only will you enjoy an exhilarating ride, but you will also experience all this fabulous resort has to offer. It truly will be a weekend to remember. Click HERE to check out this world famous resort.
66, 40, and 20 mile distances: $45
Century 100 miler: $75 (price reflects bus transfer back; please register ASAP so ride organizers can plan accordingly)
The first Cyclesomatic event is an overnight "Tour to the Lake" camping trip scheduled for Sept 29-30. But no need to worry if camping isn't your thing; the event schedule is filled to the brim with rides and other activities throughout October, including many family-friendly rides.
One kid-centered event is iBike Rosemont, about which Bike Friendly Oak Cliff says, "Not many of our events inspire more than this one. None of our events we do mean more. And, none of them have made more of a difference in a child’s life." For the event, students and parents ride their bikes to school every day and then have a celebratory group ride at the end of the week. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff also encourages other schools in the Dallas area to start an iBike program.
If you'll be in Dallas throughout October, don't miss your chance to take part in Cyclesomatic and spend some time with North Texas cyclists!
The City of Houston has a bond measure on the ballot this November that will help create more parks and green spaces in the city. Parks By You, who is spearheading the campaign to get the bond passed, intends to use 70 miles of bayous and greenways to give most Houstonians access to parks within 1.5 miles of their residences. These new linear parks and bayou green spaces will be paid for partly through the bond measure and partly through outside matching funds.
The trails that will be built through these parks will increase safety and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians, as they will no longer have to mix with traffic on busy streets. These off-road trails will make active commutes more pleasant and more attractive to more people.
Some of the benefits of this project include:
Public Health and Safety Benefits:
The bond measure is Proposition B on the ballot. Please vote Yes for Proposition B and help make Houston greener and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians!
Fort Worth resident Zac Ford was the victim of a hit-and-run driver in early August. All he remembers of the incident was riding along on his bicycle and then waking up in a hospital. He was fortunate to have relatively minor injuries, but he was left with a sizeable hospital bill and no bicycle, since his assailant has not yet be caught. To help him out, the Fort Worth bike community rallied around and organized a fundraiser in his honor. Additionally, Zac's friends and fellow cyclists want to be sure that Texas streets and roads are safe for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages, so some of the evening's proceeds went to BikeTexas to help promote bicycle safety and education throughout Texas. The event organizers invited BikeTexas to attend.
About 170 riders departed from Zio Carlos in Fort Worth to the site of the accident and back again. Participants were treated to three live bands, as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. An organization of air traffic controllers who know Zac came together to get him a new bike, but he was not the only lucky recipient of a new set of wheels that evening: The final raffle prize was a new carbon fiber bike frame and fork. The man who won this bicycle was also without a bicycle due to another hit-and-run accident in back May, but he has not yet fully recovered from his injuries. He tearfully told the crowd that he thought they would release him to get back on the bike in November.
Altogether, about 200 people from Fort Worth and the surrounding communities came out to the fundraiser. BikeTexas is honored to have been invited and receive part of the night's proceeds, but more importantly, we're delighted to see such a strong and dedicated cycling community that wants to make a difference in their city.
International Walk to School Day is October 3! Are you, your children, and your school ready?
There's an easy way to get ready. The BikeTexas website has an Event Handbook that is available as a series of PDFs online, or you can order a physical copy from the online form. We also have an Educational Resources page with bookmarks, coloring books, and other fun materials that you can order to hand out. On the same page are the BikeTexas SafeCyclist Curriculum Teacher Master Pages available for downloading, including a Walk Safe Rules Handout.
Additionally, the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) hosts a series of webinars for teachers, parents, community leaders, or anyone interested in the SRTS program. Older webinars are archived and available for view and download on the webinar page. One recent webinar, "Active, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Evidence for SRTS and Children's Health," makes the case for children being more ready to learn if they arrive at school on foot or on a bicycle instead of in a car.
The next SRTS webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 25, and is called "The Community Connection: School Travel Plans and Building Community Support." Register now at the link!
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