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BikeTexas Board Member Iris Stagner Killed While Riding Home Monday

BikeNews; Community

Martes 18 de Septiembre de 2012 12:55

Iris & Butch (on the right) with BikeTexas' Robin and Fernando at Hotter 'N Hell in August

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Iris Stagner, a member of the BikeTexas family. She worked as an administrator in Palo Pinto County and was a mother, wife, BikeTexas board member, friend, state leader in promoting bicycle safety and education, and avid bicycle racer. Iris was killed yesterday while doing what she loved, riding her bicycle. Her death is a terrible loss to Texas and the cycling community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Butch Stagner, her children and grandchildren, and the rest of her very close family.

According to an early news report from the Star-Telegram, Iris was crossing a bridge on U.S. 180 when a truck struck her from behind. An investigation is ongoing.

The Iris Stagner Memorial Fund at BikeTexas has been established at the request of Iris's family. All of the proceeds will go to the BikeTexas Share the Road Program for Bicyclist and Motorist Safety Education. Iris devoted a great deal of time and energy to bicycle safety in Palo Pinto County; she pushed to have Share the Road signs installed on local roads and also participated in BikeTexas Cyclists in Suits Lobby Day at the state capitol. 

Bernie Scheffler, close friend of Iris and owner of Trinity Bikes in Fort Worth said, "Iris fought for bicycle safety on the roads; it's tragically ironic that she was killed this way. She was that rare individual who crossed into every niche of bicycling." 

The Board of Directors and staff of BikeTexas will miss Iris immensely and we send our prayers, condolences and love to Butch and her family. BikeTexas encourages photos of Iris Stagner and memories to be posted on the BikeTexas Facebook page.

Iris's memorial service will be Friday, Sept 21 at 2 PM at Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. Visitation is on Thursday, Sept 20 from 6-8 PM at Baum Carlock Baumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. Details about a short memorial ride hosted by BikeTexas will be published as soon as they are finalized.


Tour d' Cotton Rolling Out in Childress October 6

BikeNews; Community

Photo of The Palace courtesy of Judy Johnson.

The Tour d' Cotton in Childress, a BikeTexas event member, began in 2004 as a fundraiser of Childress Theatre Company, dedicated to restoring the city's historic Palace Theater.

The Palace was one of the four theaters established by F.M. Phipps and G.S. Layton after they became partners in 1911 and had purchased the already existing LaGrande Opera House. The Palace first opened in 1926 as a silent movie house and survived a fire that destroyed the interior in 1934. She was remodeled for acoustics and reopened two months later with sound. A devastating fire completely destroyed her in 1935, and the present Art Deco structure was built in the same location, opening in 1937. The Palace was Childress’ center of culture for over 60 years until it closed in 1988. The 30’s, 40’s and 50’s were a glorious era for The Palace, including performances by Gene Autry and several other cowboy personalities. The Childress Theatre Company is working to return her to that glory.

The 2012 Tour d’ Cotton is on October 6, with routes for riders of all ages (children 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult). Registration is open now! Riders will see The Palace's restored neon sign and façade, as the race will start and finish on downtown Childress' historic brick Main Street in front of The Palace.

Photo of Tour d' Cotton courtesy of Judy Johnson.

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Bike Valet at Red Bull Soapbox Derby Benefits BikeTexas

BikeNews; Community

What's better than a fun day out with friends and family? Riding your bike to the fun day out, of course! This Saturday, Sept 15 in The Colony, the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club (STCC) will make it even easier for cyclists to find a place to park when they offer a bike valet at the Red Bull Soapbox Derby.

Ride your bike to the tips-only valet station at the top of Windhaven Hill and leave it in the care of the STCC while you enjoy a fun day of cheering on the racers in the Derby. At the end of the race, collect your bike again and ride home! The bike valet opens at 11 AM and the victor's ceremony is scheduled for 5 PM.

The STCC has generously offered to donate all their tips for a job well done to BikeTexas. Don't miss a great day out and the chance to support bicycle advocacy at the same time!


Texas Cities Seek Input

BikeNews; Community

Cities across Texas are always looking for ways to make their communities better for residents and future residents. Two cities are looking for community-bettering input from their residents right now! This week, San Marcos and Lubbock will be holding meetings for residents to share ideas.

Dream San Marcos's Design Rodeo begins Monday, Sept 10, and goes through Friday, Sept 14. The public is invited to all sessions, and ones of particular interest are marked as major public events on the schedule.

Imagine Lubbock Together  is holding meetings to gather ideas every day from Tuesday, Sept 11 to Thursday, Sept 13, with two meetings on Sept 12. The organizers promise that all ideas will be noted and considered. Additionally, Lubbock residents can submit ideas at any time on the Imagine Lubbock Together website.

If you live or work in either community, let them know what you think!


Trail Funding Saved in Texas

BikeNews; Advocacy

Texas mountain biker

As you may know, under the new federal transportation bill, MAP-21, bicycle and pedestrian projects now have more competition for less money than was available under previous transportation laws. The new bill also gives state officials more latitude in designating funds, and-- most importantly-- in deciding whether some funds are distributed to alternative transportation at all.

BikeTexas is happy to report that Texas did not opt out of Recreational Trails funding!

While rumors suggested that Texas would opt out of the program as allowed by the new transportation bill, and many national groups urged grassroots action, BikeTexas engaged in weeks of diplomatic communication with TxDOT, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Governor's office. We received word a few days before the deadline that Texas is keeping the Recreational Trails money provided in the new federal transportation bill.

BikeTexas had a hunch that resolving the Recreational Trails funding issue quietly, instead of flooding officials with calls from supporters, would work best in Texas. This strategy of diplomacy turned out ot be a good one. Many thanks to our partners who held their fire despite the calls for strong grassroots action; we believe it is best to save our calls for action until we are sure of what the best action for Texas is, so that our supporters can target their calls appropriately.

Thank you for your continued dedication to cycling access and safety across Texas!

We can celebrate this victory because of the membership and support of bike shops, events, clubs, and individuals like yourself. If you are not a member, join today and add your voice!


UT Dallas Installs Bike Repair Stations

BikeNews; Community

Photo courtesy of Bike Friendly Richardson

It just got a little bit easier to bike around UT Dallas campus, according to Bike Friendly Richardson-- the university has installed five bike repair stations, free for use by anyone in the community! In addition to the usual tools and air, these stations also come equipped with QR codes for smartphone users, which link to videos about basic bike repairs.

These new repair stations complement the university’s 150+ bike racks with over 1500 bike parking spaces available.

UT Dallas isn’t the only Dallas-area university with amenities for cyclists; Southern Methodist University’s Daily Campus reports, “SMU provides a bicycle repair station on the southside of the Umphrey Lee Center and key card access indoor bicycle storage behind McElvaney Hall.”

University students across Texas are back in class this week.


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