Texas Bicycling News Digest April 24th

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Public Hearing in Bryan

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(CITY OF BRYAN NEWS RELEASE)
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public hearing to discuss the planning and development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities as part of the ten county Bryan District boundaries. The hearing is co-sponsored by Texas A&M University, the City of College Station, the City of Bryan, and the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The public is invited to attend this hearing on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in room 301 at Rudder Tower on Texas A&M University Campus. The hearing begins with presentations on recent local developments and upcoming projects and concludes with …


Joe Martin Stage Race, Day 1 TT

By Kat Hunter, Visit Dallas Cycling p/b Noise4Good / Photos : Erin Conner, Massage by Erin

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Arkansas is beautiful. I always forget that until we’re driving across the border, North Texas and Oklahoma behind us. Fayetteville is in the Boston Mountains, the highest and most rugged portion of the Ozarks, and in April everything’s an electric green—the rolling mountains, the forests, the fields. The location of stage 1 of the Joe Martin Stage Race, a hill-climb time trial, is at Devil’s Den State Park. The park is an enchanted little gem tucked deep in the hills, home to scores of mysterious sandstone caves and a quiet river with an opaque, milky blue-green hue. I pre-rode the TT course on Wednesday with the sun out and birds singing. I kept telling myself to stay focused and learn turns and landmarks, but the scenery made me want to go chase butterflies in the woods, ticks and banjos be damned.
Thursday dawned cool and cloudy, however, and I’d lost the carefree feeling from the day before. Down to business now, it would be 2.7 miles and roughly 700 feet of climbing. There are a few turns on the …

Special Rock Crew – Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Building

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Today’s project will be for a ROCK CREW using specialized rigging under the direction of an experienced crew leader from The Central Texas Trail Tamers.  We will be using specialized rigging including two one ton Griphoists, cable & slings for rigging a high-line for moving large rocks.  Other less specialized tasks include using a wheelbarrow to b…

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Bike Month Proclamation at Denton City Council Tuesday, May 5, 6:30-7:00 PM

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Attention all Denton cyclists!
On Tuesday, May 5 at the beginning of the City Council meeting, Mayor Chris Watts will proclaim May as Bike Month for the City of Denton.
Let’s pack City Hall with as many cyclists, bicycle riders, and lovers of bikes as possible to show Denton just how many of us there are and show our city leaders how civic-minded we are.
When: Tuesday, May 5, 6:30-7:00PM
Where: City Hall, 215 E. McKinney Street
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Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride!

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!BRING YOUR PAYDIRT FORMS! http://www.tmbra.org/paydirt/paydirt.htmThe completed sections of the new trail were a hit at the 2014 Cranksgiving!  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  We are putting the finishing touches on 5+ more miles of trail os sweet singletrack!These sections have lots of elevation changes, …

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Sugar Land to celebrate Bike to Work Day

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The city of Sugar Land and Shape Up Fort Bend will celebrate National Bike Month on Friday, May 15, with the fifth annual Bike to Work Day and third annual Bike to School Day.
Residents, neighbors and friends will take a celebratory ride from Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd., to Fort Settlement Middle School, 5440 Elkins Road, and Sugar Land Town Square at U.S. 59 and Texas 6, according to a news release from the city.
The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with fun, food and prizes at the South Meadow Pavilion at Sugar Land Memorial Park, located adjacent to the Pawm Springs Dog Park.
Participants will depart at 8:15 a.m. for a 1.1-mile ride along University Boulevard to Fort Settlement Middle School. After dropping off students, Bike to Work Day participants will continue another 6.4 miles along …


Terry Chatman Killed in While Bicycling by Police Patrol Car

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Houston, TX — A cyclist died when he was hit by a police patrol car in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The accident took place at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Reed Road, around 4:00 in the morning.
The man killed in the accident has been identified as 48-year-old Terry Chatman. Reports say that Chatman was killed as the officer’s cruiser was driving through the intersection. Houston PD is contending that the officer had a green light at the time, and that the officer attempted to swerve and avoid the man. However, the victim’s friends and family say that police speeding through the area is a common …


Oberlin veteran bikes for MS awareness in Texas

By Valerie Urbanik        theoberlinnewstribune.com


One Oberlin veteran biked more than 66 miles to raise awareness for people fighting against multiple sclerosis.
Adam McCann participated in the annual BP MS 150 on April 18 and 19. The two-day event is a 180-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, Texas.
Bad weather forced the event to be cancelled the first day, though McCann said his team still pedaled on. The second …


Plano City Council Candidate Cycling Questionnaire

by Marc Mumby        www.bikedfw.org

Since 2011, the Plano Bicycle Association (PBA) and BikeDFW have sent a questionnaire to the Plano City Council candidates. Much progress has been made and more people ride bicycles in Plano than ever before.
In addition to recreational / fitness riders, more people ride for transportation to their jobs, to the grocery store, to entertainment and dining, parks, and everywhere else.
Plano Parks and Recreation states that multi-use trails are consistently the top desire of Plano citizens in their surveys.
The On Street Bicycle Route System has helped more people who ride bikes ride more comfortably and safely around Plano to more places.
Our Police Department has been helpful in accommodating bicycling, and most important, the Plano Staff and City Council have been very supportive.
Cities that have higher percentages of people riding bicycles see reduction of traffic congestion, improved traffic safety, not to mention the environmental and public health benefits. …


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What Happened to My Garmin 510?

Rolling out the driveway around a very big pile of mulch I stopped for traffic and to start my Garmin 510. When I glanced at the 510 I didn’t notice that the profiles had changed. I turned left and rode about 100 feet and stopped because the sensors were not registering on the 510. That was when I noticed my profiles were gone and the display screens were back to the default views. This was not a good start for the ride. I punched on some settings and made some changes trying to get the speed/cadence sensor to connect with the 510. I thought it was working and resumed the ride. I didn’t get too far (about .3 of mile) and again noticed the 510 was not working properly. Another session of screen flipping and punching settings trying to get it setup the way I like.

I use two profiles, one for road biking and one for mountain biking (really trails, we don’t have anything even approaching a mountain in Houston). I thought I had recovered the settings after the .3 mile stop and started riding again. When I got to 5 miles I saw the lap notice did not come up so I tried searching for that setting but couldn’t find it. I did set an alert for every 5 miles in the meantime. Next I stopped where I exit Kingwood Greens onto W. Lake Houston Parkway and tried looking again for the lap setting. I finally found it and set it. I think I have the settings I needed for today’s ride. Then I noticed the auto pause was not working which affected my average speed because it was counting during the stops to fix the 510. I found that setting and was now ready to continue.

The plan was to ride the “FM1960 to FM686 – Back” route for a little longer distance than usual and with the threat of rain tomorrow I wanted to get some extra miles. I rode that route and logged 38.93 miles (not counting what I lost setting up the 510). Leaving home at 12:17 and with the 510 setup delays I hoped I wouldn’t be caught in some late afternoon rain. I wasn’t though the gray sky was not encouraging. It was 83 degrees and the SSE 10 mph wind was not that helpful riding to FM686. Returning from FM686 was a little easier with the coming from my left side slightly to the rear. The 510 average speed was 14.0 mph while the Golden Cheetah program credited me with 15.3 mph. I like the GC one and think it is closer than the 510 average.

When I got home I found out all of the activities that were on the 510 were gone except for the last 3 rides. Fortunately I copy the files from the 510 to my computer after each ride.

Riding about half the miles on FM1960 is different from my usual activity. The road is generally smooth shoulders except for the first mile or so after crossing into Liberty county. I didn’t feel the chip’n seal as much because I was concentrating on keeping a good pace into the wind but I did notice when I got onto the smooth pavement before going up the railroad overpass hill (our mountain). The return leg was quick after the short turnaround stop at the Dayton Food & Fuel store at FM686. I wore a new Sweatvac cap today and at the stop I took time to wipe the sweat from behind my sunglasses. Overall I like the Sweatvac cap. This was the third ride wearing my new Catlike helmet too. I like the larger vents on the Catlike versus the ones on my old Bell helmet. A nice feature of the Catlike is mess in the 2 front facing vents to keep bugs out. Also the vents are large enough to get a finger in to scratch my head when I need to.

I got back home at 3:43 making this a 2:47:21 ride. I stopped at the Huffman Chevron to rest and refuel. The wind felt good as I sat eating and drinking. I stayed a little longer than usual allowing my legs to recover a little before tackling the last 11+ miles to home.

Activity standings after today’s ride: 144.78 miles this week, Riding time this week 9:43:39. 508.62 miles this month in 33:33:58 riding time. 1519 miles for the year biking 46 times so far.

Huffman weather while I stopped at the Huffman Chevron

Huffman weather while I stopped at the Huffman Chevron

Texas Bicycling News Digest April 23rd

HPD officer hits, kills bicyclist in southeast Houston

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HOUSTON (KTRK) — The intersection of MLK Boulevard and Reed Road in southeast Houston is completely closed after a Houston Police Department cruiser hit and killed a man on a bicycle around 4:40am this morning.
Houston police say Officer R. Scott was traveling westbound on Reed Road and had the green light when they say a man on a bicycle heading southbound on MLK biked into Reed Road and collided with Officer Scott.
We know the officer’s squad car lights were not on and investigators are working to see if the bicyclist had any lights on his bike. Witnesses tell us the officer was traveling fast. HPD …


Richard DeGarmo seeks financial support following cancer surgery

By VeloNews.com

American cycling pioneer Richard DeGarmo, a former president the United States Cycling Federation — the precursor to USA Cycling — and director of the Tour of Texas, is seeking financial help following surgery for liver cancer.
“Richard gave so many of my generation a fabulous month-long series of races that helped us not only jump start the season, but also our careers,” Olympic champion Connie Carpenter Phinney said. “He provided us host accommodations so that we could stay and race for the entire month of March. He was way ahead of his time and simply loved the sport of cycling.
“[He] gave many of us a forum to race and develop our talents. It will be a very long road and he is in …


Houston lawyer raises more than $100,000 for charity bike ride

by Lindsay Stafford Mader        blog.texasbar.com


The morning after severe thunderstorms and hail caused the first phase of the BP MS 150 charity bike ride to be canceled, cool and clear skies kicked off day two of the annual event, which is typically a 180-mile trip from Houston to Austin. Because of the weather on Saturday, participants started on Sunday at the mid-way point. For the fourth year in a row, Houston lawyer Stephen Susman was the top fundraiser out of approximately 13,000 participants, bringing in $118,009. He was part of his firm Susman Godfrey’s team, named “Swift Justice,” which has raised more than $1.1 million since it …


Wounded veterans cycle out of Killeen, head to Waco

JC Jones | Herald staff writer        kdhnews.com


FORT HOOD — Cyclists taking part in the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge are headed toward their next stop on the six-day journey after a send-off ceremony at Fort Hood’s III Corps Headquarters this morning.
The nearly 200 veterans arrived in …


City of Tyler seeks funding for bike trails

by FAITH HARPER        www.tylerpaper.com

Tyler Bicycle Club cyclists periodically pedal to Faulkner Park to cruise down mountain bike trails together, but the ride can be dangerous.
“There’s no way to get to Faulkner Park other than taking Broadway, which is crazy or Old Jacksonville, which is crazier than Broadway,” Elite Bicycles Store Manager Joe Self said.
The destination could be made safer for cyclists if the city of Tyler receives a grant for federal funds to make new trails to connect the Rose Rudman Trail to Faulkner Park and add a regional trail from …


New Bike Trails Get the Green Light

By Jacqueline Sarkissian        www.cbs19.tv

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TYLER (KYTX) – City Council gave the go ahead to apply for a federal grant through Texas Department of Transportation that would expand its biking trails.
Bikers are pleased after hearing Tyler City Council approves more trails in the community. One biker says this is long overdue.
Manager of Elite Bicycle Joe Self says, “especially where they’re talking about adding it along the Old Jacksonville Corridor that’s an extremely dangerous area for cyclists and even drivers.” Self says there has been many accidents at this location.
“There was a kid that was killed last year right where they’re talking about adding the route and also we had one of our local riders get hit right there …


Bike Routes, Bike Lanes, and Signed Routes

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Bicycles may be operated on all roadways, except where prohibited. However certain roads may be more desirable for use due to low traffic speeds and volumes and do not necessitate a separated bike facility. These roadways can be designated as shared lane bike routes with route signage and pavement markings to designate shared use of the travel lanes. Shared lanes should not be used as a substitute for conventional bike lanes when space permits.
Typical Use
On streets with low traffic volume (=3,000 ADT)
On streets with low travel speeds (= 35 mph)
To fill a gap or transition between bike facilities
Facility Benefits …


Bicycle Tour Leads Couple through Multiple States

by Lisa Tipton        www.brownwoodnews.com


On a bicycle built for two, Brian and Dena Squire are taking a once-in-a-lifetime, 5300 mile trip through the central part of the U.S., visiting family and stopping along the road to “meet America.”  They stopped in Brownwood Wednesday at a local hotel and were able to share the story of their travels.
The Squires were high school sweethearts and have been married for 33 years.  They lived and worked in Cleveland, Ohio for years before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado to retire.  He had worked for a municipal parks system for 32 years, she had worked in finance, most recently for the Cleveland Browns in their accounting department before retiring.
The pair often bike shorter rides and Brian commuted to work for 32 years by bike.  He stated that he “loves the health aspect of it.”
Their plan is to ride from Fort Collins to Austin, Texas to visit their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren for a week, then ride to Cleveland where they will visit old friends and …

DORBA Beginner Clinic

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 9:00 AM

Location details are available to members only.

6 Members Attending

There will be a beginner clinic on Sunday the 10th of May at 9 am at River Legacy Park in Arlington.What: There is a “classroom” for about an hour or so, a mini-skills workshop for 30 minutes, and then a ride of an hour or more. So count on approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. The clinic is recommended for riders new to the sport. If you have never ridde…

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Dinner+Bikes with Elly Blue Rolls Through Texas for Bike Month

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BikeTexas is delighted to announce that we and other groups around Texas will be hosting Elly Blue, Joshua Ploeg, and Joe Biel on their Dinner+Bikes tour in May!
Elly Blue is the author of Everyday Bicycling and Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, both excellent resources and fun reads. She’s also written for many blogs and magazines, and is very engaging and open on social media. We’ve heard from her at the National Bike Summit and are looking forward to meeting her in person!
From the Taking the Lane blog: “Elly talks about powerful Bikenomics movements around the world, Joe shows a selection of very short documentaries about …


Hospital to give away bicycle helmets at Derrick Days

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Navarro Regional Hospital wants to help ensure the safety of local children by giving away free bicycle helmets on Saturday, April 25 at the Derrick Days celebration in downtown Corsicana. The giveaway will be in the children’s activities and carnival area from 9 a.m. to noon.
The helmet giveaway is part of the statewide effort “Hard Hats for Little Heads” launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet.
Physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels such as biking, …


Toll project, bike bridges causing MoPac lane and exit closures

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The Lake Austin Boulevard exit on southbound MoPac Boulevard will close for at least a month beginning Sunday evening as the highway’s $140 million expansion moves into what will be its most invasive and complicated phase.
Meanwhile, bicycle and pedestrian projects elsewhere on the work-in-progress expressway will force nighttime closures as well, in one case for many months to come. …

Barton Creek Greenbelt 360 Access Intermediate level ride (swim after ride)

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015, 4:00 PM

Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

The trail is more technical than Walnut creek., there are more rocks, drops, and roots, so it will wear you down fast. would recommend knee and elbow pads to accompany your helmet.Bring a small towel because we plan on relaxing in the water near the falls after the ride!!!I would estimate the ride to be 9-11 miles in 1 to 1.5 hrs.  Please ensure …

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Friday Night Beginner Ride – Bull Creek Trails

Friday, May 1, 2015, 5:30 PM

Bull Creek
Old Spicewood Springs Rd Austin, TX

3 Mountain Bikers Attending

Hey folks,We will start out on a short little track that is very smooth and easy. (a slight step up from Lady Bird Lake paths) If the group is up to the challenge, we can take on some additional trails with minor climbs and some rougher sections.Pace is as slow as the slowest rider.We will be riding some of the paths near the Bull Creek area. I …

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Saturday 4/25 and Sunday 4/26 rides!

by Thomas        steinerranchcycling.com

Saturday actually looks decent so far (it is sammiched between rainy Friday and Sunday though). Let’s break out our bikes and tackle Cozy Cove for a meager 47 miles of hilly fun! The route is short, but you will feel it at the end. Note that Saturday is also the Shiner GASP ride.
If you want to do something more epic, Bob Brown is considering the LiveStrong Alternative route on Saturday (it’s 105 miles and has considerable climbing). He wants to achieve several Strava Challenges for …


Bicycle Advisory Council April: Accident Reports, Trail Updates, Bike Lane Parking, 360 Gets a Shoulder & More

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A lot of ground was seemingly covered at this month’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting, so I’m going to try to keep it brief, just-the-facts-ma’am, and present the basics of what you need to know. There was definitely some interesting stuff, so read on. Here it is, bullet-point style:
Your new mantra will be “Forty Three Eleven”
This one came up off the agenda and somewhat in passing, but I feel it’s very much worth mentioning. It’s still in the works and has yet to get the full approval of Chief Acevedo, but if everything goes right, the numbers “43-11? will soon have meaning for Austin cyclists, as they will be your polite way to reinforce that police should, indeed, file an accident report when you are in a collision with a vehicle. “bike crashes that occurred in a public place, bodily injury resulted, the crash was the result of potential criminal activity, violation of the Texas Transportation Code, city ordinance or actions of another,” as clarified by Lt. Malanka
Once this gets the okay and is issued to APD in a training bulletin, we’ll let you know the full details. Right now, all we have is what we heard, which isn’t much, but it sure sounds like a good thing.
Bike Lane Parking Enforcement & Third Street
CoA Bicycle Program staffer Nathan Wilkes got up to explain what’s been going on with …


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Texas Bicycling News Digest April 22nd

2015 Pace Bend Mountain Bike Race

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My Cat2 40-44 mountain bike race video from 2015 Pace Bend Race in Austin, Texas.
Finished 5th place
Course was run in ‘reverse’ of the normal race loop. I prefer the ‘normal’ way but still enjoy the course no matter the direction.
Lotta flats this day, the DNFs are a testament to the sharp limestone at this venue. …


Commissioners support bike plan, get safety award

By Brian Bethel, Abilene Reporter-News, Texas
ABILENE, Texas — Taylor County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting a proposed $2 million bicycle/sidewalk path project that would connect various portions of U.S. 277 to schools and other locations.
In January, the Texas Department of Transportation announced a call for projects for the Transportation Alternatives Program. The city of Abilene would need to put up $408,712 of the $2 million project, assuming it receives the grant dollars.
“That’s a really good return on that investment if we can secure those funds,” said E’Lisa Smetana, executive director of the …


Wounded Warriors bicycle into Keene Friday morning

By PAUL GNADT        www.keenestar.net


More than 200 bicyclists who are wounded military veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ride into Keene and stop for breakfast between 8:30-9 a.m. Friday as part of the seventh Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge.
The Johnson County segment — which includes a free dinner Thursday night at Grumps in Cleburne and an overnight stay at area motels — will conclude when the riders travel south to north on Old Betsy Road through Keene and stop to eat at …

ARR May Club Ride @ Reimers Ranch

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:30 AM

Reimers Ranch Park
23610 Hamilton Pool Road Dripping Springs, TX

20 Mountain Bikers Attending

ARR May Club Ride @ Reimers RanchWhere: Reimers Ranch: 23610 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TXTime: Arrive by 8:30am to prepare yourself and your bike, wheels down promptly at 9:00am.All riders are welcome, you do not have to be an Austin Ridge Rider member to participate in club rides.Please consider the low cost of membership and how m…

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Veterans pedal through Central Texas

JC Jones | Herald staff writer        kdhnews.com


Johnathan Dade hadn’t been on a bicycle since high school, but a friend convinced him to ride in 2011, after noticing Dade was struggling with his transition from military life.
The Georgetown resident left the Navy in 2009 after six years in the service.
“I didn’t know where I fit,” he said. “I was gaining weight and really depressed and stuff, and he wanted me to cycle with him one day. Ever since then, I’ve been …


My son. The bike crash. The helmet.

By Saira Jilani, for the Houston Chronicle

‘Safety first,’ I lectured. Minutes later, he was on the ground.

It was early April, a beautiful, sunny spring day in Houston. That rare time of year just before the stifling heat of summer hits. Zayd, my 11-year-old son, had just left our driveway on his bike to ride around the block with his neighborhood friends. My mom, who happened to be visiting us, glanced out the window and noticed that Zayd didn’t have his helmet on.
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Lower Crabapple Road

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Last Sunday the weather was fine and I decided to ride out on Lower Crabapple Road for a few miles and take some pictures:


Bike Month 2015: Texas Preview

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may is bike month. Every month is bike month for most of us who love to ride our bikes around the Lone Star State, but we also don’t want you to miss out on all the special two-wheeled love that happens during the month of May! Check out what’s happening around Texas for Bike Month. …


Bikeabout TX

By Gordon Hodge        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 7- Bastrop SP to La Grange,TX: No shame
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 39 miles (63 km) – Total so far: 235 miles (378 km)
weather- 67-81 deg., muggy SSE winds 10mph, T-storms developing late afternoon. some stats- 39.1 miles, 5:20 seat time, 7:25 trip time 7.4 mph moving avg.
A good nights sleep and got an early start for me at 0850. Title is no shame, as in I walked the up 5 hills today. The ride on the park road from Bastrop SP to Buescher SP was one hilly road. I have an inclinometer on bike so I can get a feel for what slopes I can ride and how stronger my stamina is improving. I can pedal 6 deg. ok and grind up 10 deg. if I feel strong. There were several hills 10-15 deg. and one hill at 16 and 18. The 18 deg. hill I could barely even push the bike! Once out of the park there was one more hill to climb leaving Smithville and the Colorado river valley. There was this stupid water tower at top of hill laughing at me(see pic). No more walking hills after that and the ride was pleasant through farmland and rolling terrain. At 12:30 I was nearing Winchester and hoping to stop for lunch break. There was a sign showing a Winchester eatery up ahead, great. Not so great, only open Thur.-Sat. if at all by the looks of it. They did have picnic table in the shade I would take advantage of and break out my reserve rations. I heard some people talking and looked over and 1 block away there were lots of cars. It ended up being just the kind of restaurant I love in a small town (pop. 50). The place is named Murphy’s Steakhouse and is 1 block on the north side of FM 153. There is also the Winchester Ice Cream Parlor next door. I had the …


Ride for the fallen

By FERNANDO DEL VALLE Staff Writer        www.valleymorningstar.com


Officers take a trek in honor of comrade
RAYMONDVILLE — Texas police officers rode to town on bicycles Wednesday to honor Sgt. Alex Martinez, the first Willacy County sheriff’s deputy to die on duty in about 90 years.
Sheriff Larry Spence presided over the ceremony after eight officers rode in as part of the group We Remember Memorial Bike Trek Across Texas.
The officers, representing police departments in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Odessa, presented …


Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by SUV downtown

By Mark D. Wilson        www.mysanantonio.com


SAN ANTONIO — A man was seriously injured early Wednesday morning after being hit by a vehicle downtown.
According to police, a woman driving an SUV was traveling on the Interstate 37 access road near Montana Street when the man, identified by police as Allen Sapenter, 52, darted out in front of her on a bicycle.
The woman tried to avoid the cyclist, but was unable to do so.
Sapenter was taken to Southwest General Hospital in serious but stable condition.


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