Texas Bicycling News Digest October 19th 2017

TheRichDrew Ride Seres MTB Skills Clinic


Date/Time October 28, 2017 / 9:00 AM
TheRichDrew Ride Series MTB Skills Clinic heads back to one of the longest standing trails in DFW, Northshore! This will be a day packed with learning and applying knowledge and technique that will take your riding to the next level. Building on the success of recent Clinics, the curriculum has been refined to maximize the use of our composite ramps. Be ready to break through barriers, build confidence, and progress in your riding like you never thought possible. …

Katie McClung to bicycle from Austin to Alaska

by Alfredo E. Cardenas | southtexascatholic.com

Katie McClung, a 2014 graduate of Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, is training for one of the longest annual charity bicycle rides in the world, which stretches roughly 4,500 from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska. There are about 80 students on the team, and each will take one of three different routes. McClung will …

Video: Restaurant May Stop Deliveries Due To Crime Against Employees

By Andrea Lucia | dfw.cbslocal.com

DALLAS (CBS11) – The owner of a Jimmy John’s restaurant is considering stopping deliveries to a Northeast Dallas neighborhood after a series of attacks on employees.
Since it opened about six months ago, the restaurant on Greenville Avenue near Lovers Lane says there have been three assaults all on or near Melody Lane. …

… In one case, they say, two men punched an employee and slashed his bicycle tires. In another, someone threw white powder into an employee’s face causing him to fall off his bike and hurt himself. …

Hike and Bike Trail in Nueces


UPDATED Dr. Hector Garcia Park – Hike and Bike Trail
Prebid: 10/17/17 9:30 AM
Prebid Mandatory: yes
Solicitation Title: UPDATED Dr. Hector Garcia Park – Hike and Bike Trail
Owner Solic Number: E15142 Status: bidding Report: 8094999
Country : United States State: TX County: Nueces Location: Nueces
Est. Low Value: $310,000 Est. High Value: $310,000
Set Aside Types: MBE/DBE (Minority / Disadvantaged)
Scope: Construct 3,200 LF of asphalt trail. Install a total of 4 timber kiosks with concrete pad. Install new trail guide signs along new trail. See attached file.
Notes: A non-mandatory pre-bid conference for the Project will be held on October 17, 2017 Tuesday at 9:30am at the following location: City Hall Building Third Floor Parks and Recreation Smart Board Conference Room 1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. Minority participation goal for this Project has been established to be 45%. Minority Business Enterprise participation goal for this Project has been established to be 15%.This project has a “prevailing wage” requirement.
Plans: From CivCast USA, 4001 Sherwood Lane, Texas 77092. See attached files. …

Child jumps off bike and rolls to avoid being hit by van in front of elementary school

by SBG San Antonio | foxsanantonio.com

SAN ANTONIO — A child was injured while trying to avoid being hit by a van in front of a school on the Far Northwest Side Thursday.
The accident happened shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday near Stillwater Parkway and Silver Pointe, in front of Scarborough Elementary School.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of a white van was attempting to make a right turn, when the 10-year-old saw the van coming, jumped off his …

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Abilene police give woman new bicycle after she loses 2 to theft

Will Jensen | www.ktxs.com

ABILENE, Texas – Thanks to police, an Abilene woman has a new bicycle after someone recently stole two other bikes from her.
For the past month, Candace Oliver has had to walk 45 minutes to the bus station to get to work, then it’s another long walk home. It used to be a 20-minute bike ride until someone stole her bike from the bus station, even though she had it chained.
“I can’t lie, my …

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30 Degree Temperature Swing Bike Ride

Out biking again today along the “Atascocita – Huffman – Walden” route for a total of 32.2 miles. This puts with 210 miles of reaching 6,800 miles YTD by the end of October.

I probably over dressed for the bike ride wearing a long sleeve jersey and a short sleeve one (with shorts). With 48 degrees outside when I got up this morning I thought it would be hard for the temperature to get into the 70’s by the time I started riding. But I was wrong. The ride started at 11:39 AM and it was 76 degrees, almost 30 degrees warmer. The clear blue sky is hanging around though the forecast clouds will move back over the next couple of days. The wind was barely moving at 5 mph. When I finished the ride at 2:06 PM it was 81 degrees with 51% humidity. The rest of the week will have highs in the 80’s.

The ride went as usual without any surprises or events catching my eye. I stopped at the Huffman Chevron just long enough to refill my water bottle and then back on the bike for the 11+ miles to the finish.

No bike ride on Thursday but back on Friday if the potential rain lets me.

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6th grader on bike struck by driver near far West Side middle school

By Caleb Downs | www.mysanantonio.com

A driver hit a 6th-grade student on a bicycle Tuesday morning near the child’s school on the far West Side of San Antonio, officials said.
The driver crashed into the 11-year-old around 8:30 a.m. at Cavern Hill and Shaenfield Road near Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School, where the victim is enrolled. …

Bike Patrol Improves Communications, Fosters Relationships

Adrienne Zimmer | www.officer.com

Patrolling on two wheels makes police more approachable, increases their interaction with the public and strengthens police-community relations.

… The present-day benefits of bike patrol are notable. According to IPMBA Instructor David Millican of the Denton Police Department (Texas), one of the founding members for IPMBA more than 25 years ago, bike policing increases an officer’s access and maneuverability within his/her patrol area, promotes faster response times in heavily congested areas, gives officers the ability to ride into and through buildings, move in and around large crowds, almost eliminates foot pursuits and gives a better approach from unexpected areas. “It also increases officers’ awareness of the surroundings and enables them to better hear, see and smell than if they were in a squad car,” he says. Other present-day benefits are cost efficiency, environmental benefits and versatility. …

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Chupacabras 100k : Mountain Bike Racing in Mexico

Paul Fontenot | www.paulfontenot.com

My first international mountain bike race and of all the races I have done, I was most nervous about signing up for Chupacabras 100k. Was it the 100k distance off road with 4,500 ft elevation gain or facing the conditions of being far out in the chihuahuan desert? Perhaps it was also that it would involve leaving the safety of the U.S. during a travel advisory to Juarez, having to cross the infamous border via bicycle, or that my Spanish was a little rusty. Every part of the registration process was in Spanish, or rather google-translated english, so …

Big Data Sheds Light On Where Cyclists Go

By Paul Flahive | tpr.org

The sun is setting as more then a dozen tiny bike headlights blink on. A group of cyclists head towards downtown on their weekly Monday night social ride.
Rick Turnbill glides through traffic with a smile on his face, cheering on his fellow cyclists. He says he rides 120 miles a week and though he lives in Boerne more than half his miles are accrued in San Antonio. …

Heat map shows Houston’s favorite biking and running spots

By Fernando Ramirez | www.chron.com

Houston may not be known as a biking city, but it still has plenty of areas where riders thrive.
Strava, a running and cycling GPS app, collected data from users to create a nifty heat map showing America’s most popular biking and running spots.
When examining Houston, it’s clear the Bayou City is a little bare bones when it comes to cycling infrastructure, especially compared with Austin, whose urban center is more heavily navigated by cyclists. …

Captains Blog – 10/17/2017 – Tour de Gruene

by Sameer Gokhale | cycling.powweb.com

Its been 10 days since 1500 of my closest friends and I participated in the epic Bike MS ride. I’m still recovering from the euphoria that I got when I completed 161 miles over the 2 days. Kudos to everyone that participated in the ride and also raised funds for an important cause. This year, the team tent was bigger and better than the previous years. The new bike stands were perfect and a great addition this year. The dinner on Saturday was tasty and whoever choose the beer, hit the mark with the wide variety on offer. I could …

Sharma touts bike helmet safety at Santa Fe

By Matt Smith | www.cleburnetimesreview.com

One hundred Santa Fe Elementary School students received bicycle helmets gratis on Friday morning courtesy of the Texas Medical Association and the Johnson County Medical Society, both of which donated 50 helmets each.
Cleburne Pediatrician Ranbir K. Sharma, president of JCMS, also gave students a talk on the importance of wearing safety helmets and their proper use.
Manya Sharma, a third-grade teacher at …

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