Texas Bicycling News May 28th 2016

Eastside revitialization project promises to save flood prone homes

Sue Calberg


SAN ANTONIO — A dangerous, overgrown ditch along Menger Creek is being transformed.
The project is designed to save homes when it’s flooding and create a safe place to play when it’s not raining.
“The water comes up three to four feet back here,” said Dewayne Parks. “Like literally if it was raining we’d be standing up knee high in water.”
Parks says dogs are forced to climb atop their dog houses to stay safe from the flooding.
After every heavy rain, Parks can’t mow his lawn for weeks and the mosquito situation defies description, but help is at hand.
A $7.5 million dollar project that will take 49 homes out of the floodplain.
In the heart of the EastPoint Revitalization zone, this will be a terrific community resource with a playground, picnic areas, plenty of shade and a paved trail for hiking, biking, and nature. …

CPSC Recalls Certain Box Components Carbon BMX Forks


The recall involves Box Components’ carbon fiber BMX bicycle forks. The steer tube can become loose in the crown of the fork, posing a fall hazard. The forks are black with “BOX” printed in white on the side. The model numbers are printed in white letters on the front face of fork crown. The affected models have one of the following three serial numbers printed above …

New Location for Memorial Day Spring Fling Picnic! (approx 1 mile more)

Waco Bicycle Club


#PicnicInThePark Todd Behringer has given us permission to have our Memorial Day picnic at the newly-cleared picnic spot on Powder Monkey right at the end of the gravel road (Adeline) which parallels Arizona!! The road and mountain bike rides will still depart from Redwood Shelter at 10 AM.
NOTE: Sarah will be leaving Redwood Shelter Parking lot at noon sharp to lead people over to the picnic area. Additionally, turn by turn directions and a map are posted on the WBC web page. Finally, signs will guide people all the way from Redwood Shelter to the …

Volunteers needed: Collin Classic Break Point 6/11

by TimE


Wanted: Volunteers to help out with the ever-popular PBA Break Point “B” for the Collin Classic on June 11th. New route, new break point!
Tricia and I are coordinating the break point again this year and could really use your help. We will be breaking in a new location just after the Lake Lavon Dam. If you rode the WildRide this was one of their stop locations. Whether you plan on riding the Classic or not, we can use your assistance. We expect even more traffic than before, as we are catching both outbound and inbound riders.
If you can help out let us know by emailing us at timrides at verizon.net or timandtricia at verizon.net. Let us know the shifts you will be working (set up, during the ride, teardown, or any …

Abilene college students making border-to-border bike ride

By Loretta Fulton


A midpoint stop on a border-to-border bike ride will mean more to a group of Abilene college students than just hitting the halfway mark.
The stop, expected to come Thursday, will be in Abilene, Kansas, the cattle town that Abilene, Texas, was named for. The cyclists will bear gifts from the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau and a proclamation from Mayor Norm Archibald, titled, “Abilene Texas to Abilene Kansas Friendship Ride.” …

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High Water on Kingwood – Hare Cook Road – Kingwood Bike Ride

After not being on the bike Thursday and Friday due to heavy rain in our area I was able to to ride today. I chose a longer route, “Kingwood – Hare Cook Road – Kingwood”, to make up some of the miles I missed finishing with 46.19 miles. I left home at 12:06 and returned at 4:04. While I was gone I rode three places with water over the road. The first spot had the highest water moving me to the sidewalk to avoid the flooded Kingwood Green Drive. Another biker chose to ride in the middle of the street where the water was about 8″ to 10″ deep. The San Jacinto River was over its bank and flooding the golf course between the street and the river. I have talked to the other biker when we met on previous rides. After we got through the water and rode to W. lake Houston Parkway our paths parted.

Later as I rode on Vantage View Lane in Walden I could see Lake Houston had intruded into the backyards of the houses on the lake but no street flooding. The next flooded road was on Old Atascocita Road about 1/4 mile west of the Ramsey Road intersection. The fields were flooded and the cattle were hugging the fences to get out of the water. The road had about 4″ of water but I didn’t have a problem riding on the center stripe for about 100 feet. I thought this would be the last water crossing but after turning right onto Ramsey Road I could see water over the road ahead. This spot was about 6″ deep and about 150 feet long. The grass fields were lakes on both sides of the road. From that point I saw places where the water was on the road but receded.

With the rain hanging around the last two days today was a great change with partly cloudy sky, lots of sun and a 10 mph wind. It felt great and the humidity was not too high (52%). The wind was a problem whenever I rode south or west. The best part was when I was riding north on FM210 to Huffman with the tailwind. I made great time arriving at the Huffman Chevron at 2:28. As I was approaching the station I saw the biker I was with in Kingwood Greens and the water crossing. He had went east on FM1960 while I had went south and east. He stopped at the Chevron station and we talked about the water, routes we took and riding in general. He was riding his titanium Lightspeed. I believe his name is Eric and he lives in South Woodland Hills Village in Kingwood. I have seen in a few times this year but this is this time we talked. My Edge 520 screen when I arrived at the Chevron station.

The weather while I was at the station was comfortable. After the other biker resumed his ride back home I sat down on the curb under the pump canopy to eat, drink and rest before starting the return leg to home. About 3:07 I got back on the bike and rode west on FM1960. The wind was somewhat troublesome coming from my left but whenever traffic passed I got some relief. At the Atascocita Shores Drive signal I turned right and from then on the wind was at my back. I did not ride on Kingwood Greens Drive like I usually do on the return home to avoid the high water. To compensate I took the longer way through Atascocita and in Bear Branch I took Maple Park Drive and Wildwood Ridge Drive to Deerbrook Drive way.

My Garmin Edge 520 performed well today with only one phone disconnect message followed by a phone connected message a few seconds later. This was early in the ride. As a backup I turned on the Ride With GPS app on my phone at the start of the ride. I did not need it though because the 520 recorded the whole ride, LiveTrack worked and the ride uploaded at the end.

I probably will ride tomorrow, Sunday, but I am not sure how long a route I will take.

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Bicycle Controversy at Texas High School for 2016 Seniors

By Jeff Easterling


What seemed to be a harmless display of pride in camaraderie for the end of the school year many Senior students at Texas High School met before classes and rode their bicycles to class today. However, it got them in trouble. Check it out…
The students met at the Ball Fields at Spring Lake Park and rode their bikes to school together. When the student arrived on campus the group were …

Games of Texas 2016 – Cycling


700 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen
Sunday 31 July 2016, 07:00
Organized by : TAAF Nation
The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation is a nonprofit organization established in 1925 to promote, organize and conduct amateur athletics in the state of Texas.
Adults: Open, Masters (over 50), CAT 1, CAT 2, CAT 3, CAT 4, CAT 5
Youth: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17

Thursday Morning Cruise

Thursday, Jun 2, 2016, 8:15 AM

7049 S Desert (Outlet Mall) Canutillo, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

Meet at 8:15 am at Starbucks at the Outlet Mall in Canutillo. Ride out at 8:30. 20-25 miles at 14-16 mph avg pace. Mostly flat, a few hills. Breakfast someplace after the ride. Bob Clark,[masked]

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Dallas man headed to California to ride AIDS LifeCycle in memory of loved ones



When AIDS LifeCycle leaves San Francisco for Los Angeles, Dallas will be represented by Cam Posani, riding in his second event, and Linda Griffith, who will be preparing meals for the riders and crew.
Now in its 23rd year, AIDS LifeCycle bike ride benefits the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation that brings visibility to HIV prevention and care.
Posani is riding in memory of his brother, John Anthony Posani, and his partner, Rene Saxon, as well as his friends John and Chris, all of whom were lost to AIDS.
Dallas used to have its own AIDS rides — first, the Texas Tanqueray AIDS Ride from Houston to …

This weekend’s rides: Liberty Hill! Red Horn!

by Thomas


After last week’s hilly-as-hell Real Ale ride, let’s shoot for a flat-ish route and head up to Liberty Hill. Rather than nailing down the route exactly as usual, let’s leave a little bit of flexibility in our route so we can maybe avoid some of Ronald Reagan or find some new routes based on expertise from those that show. I expect the route to be around 65 miles or so …

Let’s Ride Picnic – Brushy Creek Trail

by TC


Trail builder, Eric, gives me a tour of the Brushy Creek Trails. Here’s a short snip of the Picnic segment.

Local cycling, running events becoming extinct



Back in 2011, I wrote a column that discussed why there were very few local cycling events that year and listed some strategies to bring events back to San Angelo.
Unfortunately, the local cycling event situation has not improved since 2011 and the decline in events is starting to impact local triathlons and to a lesser extent running.
Running is still up in terms of the number of events and participants, but there are …

The southern tier!

By Cheyenne Dolin


Day 47: Cedar Creek – Navasota: Feelin’ the burn (but I also feel the bern ;))
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Tyler drove me out to cedar creek in a rental car, which spared me about 10 miles of biking. It was hard to say goodbye but I guess luckily(?) it wasn’t drawn out since he sorta had to rush to return the car and make his flight. I started cycling around noon and it felt strange to be alone again. Most of the ride I was sort of in this haze. I felt exposed to cars for the first time in a while, but eventually I got used to it. I biked through Bastrop state park which was mostly burnt down from a fire in 2001 and it looked really trippy. Roosevelt had created the park in the 1930s after …

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Boy, 7, on bicycle hit by car in NW Harris County

By Dale Lezon


A 7-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after a car hit him late Wednesday night as he was riding his bicycle in a roadway in northwest Harris County.
The boy was hit about 10 p.m. in the 14100 block of FM 529 near Blenheim Palace Lane, said deputy V. Garcia of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Garcia said the child and another boy, who are relatives and live in a nearby mobile home park, were playing and riding their …

Cycling in the African American Community: Safety Training Guidelines and Findings


Description: This is a report is a users’ manual for Cycling in the African American Community on safety. The report attempts to address perceived misunderstood beliefs that cycling is unsafe.
Creator(s): Center for Transportation Research
McCray, Talia
Durden, Teri
Schaubert, Eileen
Location(s): United States – Texas …

NwAus- Austin Cycling Team North Country Ride (Road) in Austin


June 19, 2016
Sunday 7:30 AM
Bicycle Sports Shop
517 S Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704
Weekly Sunday ride of the Austin Cycling Team. More at http://teambrainandspinecycling.com/pages/event-calenda

White Oak Bayou Greenway Construction Announcement


Exciting news! A new 1.75-mile Bayou Greenway trail segment will soon be under construction along White Oak Bayou.
The new project picks up where a previous Bayou Greenway project left off – at Alabonson Road where the new hike and bike bridge is located (pictured below) – and extends north west to the city limits just before the Hollister Detention Basin. …

The southern tier!

By Cheyenne Dolin


Day 39 – 46: Austin rest week: A Beer-lovin’ Vegan’s review of Austin
Tuesday May 17, 2016, 25 miles (40 km) – Total so far: 1,641 miles (2,641 km)
Austin was amazing for what it was, that being a city. While it had everything I could dream a city would: pedestrian and bike trails, vegan food, lots of breweries and unique bars, art, and a body of water; it was still lacking something. It was like the city was trying too hard. Perhaps I didn’t meet the right people. Also, the vegan food was damn expensive, so thank you Tyler for picking up half the tabs! I stayed at the HI Hostel in Austin the first two nights, which was super nice and I’d totally recommend it. The first day I was in Austin I did the usual touristy stuff, saw the Capitol, graffiti hill, and walked through the university- it’s huge and obviously gets a lot of funding! The bike path along the river is …

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $3.54 million in Grants to 22 Recreational Trail Projects


On Thursday, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $3.54 million in federal grants for 22 recreational trail projects across the state.
The National Recreational Trails Fund (NRTF) funds recreational trail construction, renovation and acquisition.
The grants are funded from a portion of the federal gas tax generated by gasoline purchases for off-road motorcycles and four-wheelers. Thirty percent of the total NRTF grants must be spent on motorized recreational trails, while another …

Wednesday Night DT ride to eat!!

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016, 6:30 PM

“The Rock”
1700 Veteran Drive Austin, TX

3 Austin Cyclists Attending

welcome to the wed downtown ride to eat ride!!ride is 24mi. route is a loop around austin. which starts on the westside. it goes north from start though neighborhood along MoPac to anderson ln. then heads east over to springdale. then south on springdale back to downtown. ride avg is bout 14-17mph depending on weather and who shows up. also at 17m…

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Wednesday Night ALL GROUPS Ride (there is no RIDE LEADER on this evening ride)

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016, 5:45 PM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

• LEADERLESS, ALL RIDERS – ALL SPEEDS – Please note:  This is not a Club sponsored ride, therefore, there is no ride leader on these Wednesday night rides.  You should know the route before heading out.• Meet: 5:30 pm  Roll-Out 5:45 pm• Distance: 24 miles when begin at River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club OR20 miles if begin at Rio Plaza, 6205 Upp…

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Mollie Walker Memorial Bike Ride

Saturday, Jun 4, 2016, 7:30 AM

Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill
5529 Weslayan St. Houston, TX

1 Outdoor Animals Attending

Many of you knew Mollie Walker. Come out on June 4th before our Brazos Bend camping event to help celebrate her life.I am posting this event from the Facebook page created for it.  See the Facebook posting here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/991854660851957/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1464276825932891″Mollie Davis Walker was an active …

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Going Green to Texas

By Ken Sidenblad


Navasota, Tx to The Woodlands, Tx: Closer by the day
Tuesday May 24, 2016, 54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 782 miles (1,259 km)
After a restful night at the VFW post 4006 in Navasota I was off to an early start down state hiway 105 towards The Woodlands. After a few miles I stopped for a good breakfast to fuel the day. In Plantersville I stopped for a Power Aid and a snack while waiting a small rain shower to pass by. After a troublesome ride thru …

The Woodlands, Tx to Kingwood, TX: The final leg
Thursday May 26, 2016, 30 miles (48 km) – Total so far: 812 miles (1,307 km)
This is it the destination is just a few miles away I’m excited about finishing but disappointed that I missed my goal of one thousand miles due to a few sick days. An early start to beat the heat and try to out run the afternoon showers that are on their way, all doctored up with Off to Keep the mozzies away and I’m off to Kingwood and the end of my adventure. Today was a great ride with many miles through the woods and along Spring Creek what great bike trails in this part of Texas. The trail ended by dumping me into the traffic on FM 1960 West and then the …

Texas Hill Country Loop

By John Koonz


Day 1: North Austin to Martindale
Tuesday May 24, 2016, 70 miles (113 km) – Total so far: 70 miles (113 km)
After running my dogs and packing a few last items I was on my way by 0800.
* Forget what you might have heard about Austin being ‘bike frindly’. It is not. Yes, there is some good bike infrastructure in …

Sat 5-28-16, 59 Miles, 7:30 AM start

Plano Bicycle Association


Hopefully the storms will stop overnight and the roads will be clear for Saturday. I will post by 6:30 in the morning if I know the ride will be canceled. If no post than I anticipate riding. With the winds forecasted to be out of the South we will be headed to Rowlett to explore some new roads (including Dublin Rd.). Sign in is at 7:15 – please be on time so we are not delayed in leaving.

ATD is striking out with bike lane proposals this year

by owlman


As part of regularly scheduled street maintenance, Austin Transportation Department often proposes safety/mobility improvements like new bike lanes. Since the street will be re-striped anyway these improvements are usually free or very cheap.
Unfortunately, the last three proposals have been significantly scaled back due to drivers’ and residents’ concerns.
Proposed: Restrict parking on one side, separate bike/parking on the other side, so bike lanes will be free from parked cars.
Revised: Widen bike lanes but …

Flooding At North Texas Lakes Keeps Some Areas Of Parks Closed

By Jack Fink


NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – James Murphy oversees recreation at Grapevine Lake and six other lakes under control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“It makes me sick to see it like this,” says Murphy.
Murrell Park may not look great now, but it’s better than last year.
The courtesy boat dock and light pole were completely under water last year. And these picnic tables, parking spaces, and one of the boat ramps are still under water. …

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