Texas Bicycling News Digest December 14th 2017

New Bike Repair Stations


Fixit Stands are Popping Up around Houston
The second of five Bike Fixit Stands has been installed at the Waterworks at Buffalo Bayou Park. The stand is there for users to make minor bike repairs while they are enjoying a ride along the Bayou. Each of the stands features common tools for bike maintenance and an air pump, especially handy for those unexpected flats when on a ride. …

$8.9 million TIF bond weighed for underpass lights, Suspension Bridge, sidewalks/


The downtown Tax Increment Financing Zone board on Thursday will consider swallowing three big pedestrian-oriented projects in one big bite.

The board will consider an $8.9 million bond to fund a decorative lighting project on four downtown underpasses, several blocks of lighted sidewalks near Magnolia Market and a complete renovation of the historical Suspension Bridge.

The board, which recommends funding to the Waco City Council, meets on the third floor of City Hall at noon Thursday. The TIF Zone is funded through a …

House GOP deflates administrative state by moving to allow bikes in wilderness areas

By Valerie Richardson | www.washingtontimes.com

Bill would permit wheelchairs, strollers, mountain bikes after 40-year ban

House Republicans put the brakes on the federal bureaucracy Wednesday by advancing a bill to allow bicycles and wheelchairs in federal wilderness areas for the first time in 40 years.

The House Natural Resources Committee approved on a 22-18 vote H.R. 1349, which amends the Wilderness Act to allow for non-motorized vehicles, including bikes and wheelchairs, as well as motorized wheelchairs. …

Bid on CIP Cottonwood Creek Trail : Oak Point to Chaparral in Plano


Prebid: 12/04/17 1:00 PM
Solicitation Title: UPDATED CIP Cottonwood Creek Trail: Oak Point to Chaparral
Owner Solic Number: 2018-0090-B Status: bidding Report: 8205991
Country : United States State: TX County: Collin Location: Plano
Est. Low Value: $2,186,302 Est. High Value: $2,186,302
Scope: The improvements under this contract include the following: Construction of 16,538 SY of concrete trail, two prefabricated pedestrian bridges, and additional associated labor, materials, services, and equipment required in construction with or properly incidental to the construction of the Trail. …

This could be the beginning of the end of bike rides on SH 242. Traffic will probably increase to the point that biking will not be safe. Currently traffic on SH 242 is not very heavy.

Grand Texas breaks ground on Houston-area theme parks

By Aaron Barker | www.click2houston.com

NEW CANEY, Texas – Grand Texas will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for two new theme parks that will be added to the recreation complex in New Caney, just northeast of Houston.

The entire 630-acre park will be located near the intersection of State Highway 242 and Interstate 69.

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Veterans donate bikes to honor a friend’s memory

William Patrick | www.palestineherald.com

Santa has a new helper this year; the city’s disadvantaged children have a new friend.

Rod Skelton, take a bow.

Skelton, a retired pastor from the Montalba Baptist Church and a Vietnam combat-Marine veteran, spearheaded efforts to donate 10 bicycles to the Palestine Herald-Press annual toy drive.

For many years, Palestine residents Elton “Bubba” Harrel and his wife, Carol, made the dreams of many city children come true by donating 10 bicycles a year to the charity event. …

Changing Houston, one little fix a time

Eric Leshinsky, Taylor McNeill, Leslie Wren | www.houstonchronicle.com

Trees divide a pop-up bike lane on Eldridge Parkway during the Cigna Sunday Streets on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Houston.

Using colored duct tape, spray chalk and stencils, we were done in 10 minutes. The results were just as immediate: Cars stopped well in advance of this modified intersection, and pedestrians walked with new confidence.

The participants in the project were equally quick to react – “We’re allowed to do this?” asked many. In East Austin, we were transforming a crosswalk, an exercise in DIY pedestrian infrastructure that was part of …

Township moves to bring bike share to community

By Jeff Forward | www.chron.com

Residents and visitors alike will soon have a new resource for getting around The Woodlands – a new program that will bring shareable “smart bikes” to the township.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors approved at their Dec. 6 meeting a memorandum of understanding with a firm called Mobike. The company, according township documents, provides smart bikes which can be shared by anyone for fee. The company is reportedly the largest bike-sharing firm in the world with more than 5 million bicycles being shared in 180 cities across the globe. …

Ghost bike was a wake-up call for volunteer


People become BikeHouston members for a host of reasons. For volunteer John Lucci, it was the hit-and-run death of a local cyclist that prompted him to join the movement for safer cycling in Houston.

“I got involved shortly after Chealsea Norman’s death. I didn’t know her personally, but the day I saw her ghost bike on Waugh at West Gray, something inside me flipped,” he says. “I went from passive cyclist to wanting to do something about making the …


Sunday, Dec 24, 2017, 1:00 PM

Dick Nichols District Park
8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749 Austin, TX

2 Austin Cyclists Attending

We will meet before 1:00 PM, wheels down 1:00 PM, at Dick Nichols Park for about two hours of casual rambling around SW Austin. Gary knows the area like the back of his hand.

Check out this Meetup →

Specialized issues ’Stop Ride/Stop Sell’ on three 2018 Allez road bike models due to fork issue

by BRAIN Staff | www.bicycleretailer.com

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — On Wednesday, Specialized Bicycle Components issued a notice to riders and retailers to stop riding and stop selling the following 2018 Allez bicycle models: Allez, Allez Sport, and Allez Elite. …

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Austin to Maine, by way of Anchorage

By Patrick Meaux | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 24 Saturday 12/5/17 Amtrak El Paso to New Orleans

Friday December 8, 2017, 25 miles (40 km) – Total so far: 733 miles (1,180 km)

I rode from Clint to El Paso on last Saturday…rode was Ok to good…drivers were responsible giving leaway when necessary…overall a nice ride on the way to the train depot.
I spent a few days in the motel in Clint waiting for train connections…it wasn’t that difficult…food was plentiful, good books to read on my cell from my local library…and the people I met were curious about my travel mode and interesting to visit with…once again, life is good on the Southern Tier.

The train ride was great…several people on their way to the …

Redline Trail Public Meeting


Funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond, the Red Line Trail will connect Braker Lane and the CapMetro Kramer Red Line Station to the existing Northern Walnut Creek trail system. The trail location is from Northern Walnut Creek Trail to Braker along the Red Line Rail. Funding has been provided for the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER), design, and construction of this trail. Currently, staff is drafting the PER. The PER evaluates all the environmental constraints of the project including: topography, drainage, various soil types, tree canopy, wildlife habitat, floodplain, surrounding land uses, location of utilities, cultural assessments, critical environmental features, endangered species, property ownership, as well as several other elements. …

C.O.P. – Cyclist On Patrol

The Tip | www.bikemojo.com

I was thinking about making up a tee shirt with that printed on it. Maybe with a sub text of “keeping your home safer.”

We need to change the perception of cyclists. Change from being regarded as pests, to being known as good for society. And we are. Studies have shown that trails increase property values and lower crime. No study that I can find says that a trail increased crime. But this is what adjacent home owners are always afraid of when new trail is being proposed. New trails should be easily welcomed, not so vehemently protested.

So just maybe a non-riding home owner will see the shirt and ask what it means. Then I can educate them to the benefits of having riders on close by trail.

Just half a brain storming.

Dumb idea? …

Local Roundup: Tobin Ortenblad cements lead in pro cyclocross series with pair of wins in Texas

By Sentinel staff | www.santacruzsentinel.com

Tobin Ortenblad of Santa Cruz won back-to-back races this weekend in Texas at the Resolution Cross Cup. The wins cemented his lead in the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross (ProCX) overall standings for Elite Men.

Ortenblad had to strain to drop Michael van den Ham, the newly crowned Canadian Cyclocross national champion, on the final lap Saturday. He …

Best and Worst of Dallas Culture in 2017

Caroline North | www.dallasobserver.com

You have to take the good with the bad. Getting the ratios right is the tricky part. How did Dallas’ cultural scene fare in 2017? Hey, we just report. You decide.

… Other exciting new Dallas developments, like the arrival of multiple stationless bike-sharing companies, had unintended negative consequences. All over the city, people can be seen pedaling bikes rented from VBike, Spin, Limebike and OFO, but some bikes are sequestered while others are left piled in inconvenient and even hazardous places, like the middle of the Santa Fe Bike Trail. …

Bid on Professional Planning Services to Develop a Comprehensive Plan Update and Related Deliverable for El Paso County’s Historic Mission Trail Area in El Paso


Owner Solic Number: 18-006 Status: bidding Report: 8202554
Country : United States State: TX County: El Paso Location: El Paso
Scope: Professional planning services to develop a comprehensive plan update and related deliverable for historic mission trail area.
Notes: Deadline for questions Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Plans: From Owner. See attached files.
Update Notes: Addendum #1, issued. See attached file.
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: El Paso County, Purchasing Dept. …

Austin Orders Up a Street That Puts Transit, Biking, and Walking First

By Angie Schmitt | usa.streetsblog.org

You’d never know by looking at the allocation of space on Guadalupe Street that it’s one of Austin’s busiest routes for walking and transit — cars get most of the real estate. But that could change soon.

Known locally as “The Drag,” Guadalupe Street is a busy commuting route to downtown as well as a commercial street. It also borders the University of Texas campus and sees enormous foot traffic.

During the daily peak on the busiest mile of Guadalupe Street, about …

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Find a home for the Frisco dome?

Racer_Ex | www.bikeforums.net

Just found out that the Community College District has given notice to the City of Frisco (they run the Frisco Velodrome, it sits on land owned by the CCD) will not be renewing their lease.

If folks are involved in planning out a velodrome somewhere, this might drop the initial cost of building quite a bit…to the best of my knowledge the substructure could be taken apart and moved.

Sad to see that track going away. …

BikeHouston, LINK, BCycle Letter Opposing Dockless Pilot Program


The Honorable Sylvester Turner
City of Houston
901 Bagby Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Dear Mayor Turner:

Thank you very much for all of your efforts to date to create a pilot program for new dockless bike technology in Houston. We particularly appreciate ARA’s hard work in navigating these new waters.

As you know, Houston Bike Share (HBS) is a non-profit that has successfully launched and operated a docked bike sharing system in the City for the last five years. HBS has closely studied the evolution of dockless bike sharing in Asia and now in the United States. HBS and the biking community share the same goals with the City of Houston and would like to assist as we have over the last five years in making biking and bike share a success in …

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Anthony, Ortenblad Dust Off Wins on Day 2 of the Resolution Cross Cup in Texas – Report, Results


GARLAND, TEXAS — When the dust had settled on a hot, dry Texas Sunday, two Californians came away with titles and significant UCI points at the Resolution Cross Cup.

In the Elite Women’s race, Crystal Anthony (Maxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross) of Newbury Park, Calif. would reign supreme and give her enough points to move her into second overall in the Professional Cyclocross (ProCX) standings. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) Santa Cruz, Calif. would go two-for-two on the weekend and secure his hold on the ProCX overall standings for Elite Men. …

Bid on Construction of Leander Trail in Austin


Prebid: 12/19/17 1:00 PM
Solicitation Title: Construction of Leander Trail
Owner Solic Number: IFB-303783-0-2018/KP
Status: bidding Report: 8271506
Country : United States State: TX County: Travis Location: Austin
Scope: Construction of a bicycle and pedestrian trail extending. Work includes construction of the 10-foot wide concrete trail, and associated bridge, lighting, and other improvements.
Notes: Non-mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit on December 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM at 2910 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78702.
Plans: From Owner. See outside link.
Outside Link: …

Bike Repair — University Village Phase 8, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson TX


Long Description:
This Dero self-service bike repair station at the University Village (Phase 8) Mail Center north of Lot H on the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) campus.

It is convenient to all the students who live in the nearby residence halls, and who use bikes to get around campus.

Each repair station has a QR code when scanned with a smartphone will bring up a website with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make minor bike repairs. How cool is that??? …

New Trail on East Williamson Creek needs wheels

cxagent | www.bikemojo.com

We finished cutting a new trail on the East Williamson Creek Greenbelt this weekend. Mrs cxagent and I rode it yesterday.

A map can be found at – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f…type=3&theater

This is a GPS track for the East Williamson Creek Greenbelt Trail. The ‘top left’ end is at the southeast corner of the C-store at Stassney and IH-35. To put in there -go to the south east corner of the detention pond and look for the trail / jeep road. It will take you past a homeless camp with a lot of aluminum cans in front. Follow the flags from …

UTPD gives most common locations for bike thefts

By Reagan Ritterbush | dailytexanonline.com

Make sure your bike has extra locks when leaving it around Duren Residence Hall, Jester Residence Hall and the UT Administration Building, the three most common places for bike thefts, according to UTPD Corporal Le’Patrick Moore.

“Because Duren and Jester are huge student housing centers, there is a concentration of bikes there to steal,” Moore said. “(The administrative building) is secluded, making it an easy spot for thieves to get bikes without being noticed.” …

Captains Blog – 12/11/2017 – Happy Holidays

by Sameer Gokhale | cycling.powweb.com

‘Tis the season for giving
I would like to wish everyone a very wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. This is the time when we get to spend some quality time with our family and create wonderful memories. I have a special request for this year.
Back in October, Valero Energy Foundation granted a wish for seventeen year old Angel Acosta through Make-A-Wish Foundation. Angel is battling Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer which has to do with the soft tissues. Angel’s wish was to have a custom made bicycle. He was presented with his custom bicycle and he took a short ride with some of our …

Austin no longer bike-friendly according to LAB?!

MichaelBluejay | bicycleaustin.info

The League of American Bicyclists released their Bicycle-Friendly Communities awards today, and if I’m reading it right, Austin has dropped off the list, but it’s rather ambiguous, so I can’t be sure.
Here’s the new Fall 2017 list. Austin isn’t on it, even though many of the cities that are on it are listed as “Renewed”, which suggests that if your city kept its award, it should indeed be listed. …

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