Texas Bicycling News Digest November 22nd 2017


Three Ways Austin Is Doubling the Rate It Builds Bike Routes

By Michael Andersen | usa.streetsblog.org


PlacesForBikes is a PeopleForBikes program to help U.S. communities build better biking, faster. You can follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook or sign up for their weekly news digest about building all-ages biking networks.

If you want to learn how a city can start doing good street projects faster, keep an eye on Austin, Texas.

In 2014, when he was authoring Austin’s plan for a citywide “all ages and abilities” biking network, city bikeway designer Nathan Wilkes threw together an Excel chart that might have been easy to laugh at: …


Police release new image of alleged bicycle-riding Lubbock bank robber after bomb threat

By LUCINDA HOLT | lubbockonline.com


Police on Wednesday released an image of a suspected bank robber on the bicycle he’s accused of using to flee from a bank following a bomb threat Monday in Central Lubbock.

The suspect remains on the loose following the robbery at Happy State Bank shortly after 3 p.m. Monday in the 4400 block of 19th Street.

A police report states a suspect — described by police as a white man in his …


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Pre-Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride

Back on the bike today after taking several days off. I should have biked yesterday if I wanted warmer temperature but the overcast sky just didn’t draw me out but otoday’s clear blue sky did. It was cooler than I prefer but with a long sleeve thermal jersey, windbreaker jacket, leg warmers and shorts I was prepared and comfortable. The wind had a chill in it with 66 degrees at the 11:54 AM start. Wind was from the north at 12 mph. For some variety I rode the Blue Norcross AL bike. While the bike is heavier than the Stradalli the pedals turn so effortlessly.

I wanted to ride at least once before Thanksgiving to prepare for all of the food.

Now that my November goal has been exceeded and I am in good shape for the year’s goal as well I didn’t feel the need to ride too far so I chose the “Atascocita – Walden” route for a total of 23.8 miles. With the shorter distance no rest stop was necessary.

Nothing out of the ordinary during the ride but I did experience some car driver friendliness at a couple of 4 way stops when they waved me to go even though they had the right of way.

Finishing the ride at 1:43 PM the temperature had improved to 68 but the wind still had a bite to it especially in the shade. By Friday it should be back in the 70’s and be more to my liking.

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Video: Bike Advocate Highlights Rules of Pedestrian, Cyclist Safety

by Angelo Vargas | www.krgv.com


EDINBURG – Edinburg police found that a cyclist who was hit by a school bus was at fault.

The accident happened near Joe Ochoa Drive and 107 last month right in front of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Edinburg police said the cyclist failed to properly cross the intersection. Police said the South Texas ISD School had the right of way. A total of seven students were on the bus at the time. The cyclist was hospitalized. Police said she will be cited.

Thousands of UTRGV students use the same intersection every day. …


Outdoor Learning Center opens bike skills park

Felicia Frazar | seguingazette.com


Mountain bike enthusiast looking to better their game, or children wanting to learn have a new place to practice.

On Saturday, the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center officially opened the Seguin Mountain Bike Skills Park.

“The vision for this bike course started about 25 years ago with Irma Lewis,” Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Ron Quiros said. “It really is designed for kids so they …


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Police: Burglary suspects ran over officer’s bike while trying to flee in downtown San Antonio

By Fares Sabawi | www.mysanantonio.com


Two burglary suspects ran over a police officer’s bicycle while trying to flee in downtown San Antonio Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The officer wasn’t injured but the bike appeared partially jammed underneath the vehicle.

Both suspects were detained. …



Cyclist alleges he was attacked by Beaumont residents’ dog

by Philip Gonzales | setexasrecord.com

BEAUMONT – A Beaumont man is seeking damages after an alleged dog attack in the city.

Earl Pittman filed a complaint on Oct. 13 in the Jefferson County District Court against Dickie Rawls and Valerie Rawls

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 15, 2015, he was riding a bicycle on Rose Lane in Beaumont when defendants’ unleashed dog chased and attacked him and in the process caused the …


Raymondville police continue hunt for hit-and-run driver

By FERNANDO DEL VALLE | www.valleymorningstar.com

RAYMONDVILLE — Police had made no arrests yesterday in the investigation into a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a cyclist.
Meanwhile, victim Ruben Serna, believed to be 56 years old, is expected to survive after the suspect’s vehicle hit him as he rode a bicycle Saturday morning, City Manager Eleazar Garcia said yesterday.
But Serna remained in critical condition at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Terri Retana, the hospital’s …


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Cyclist seriously injured by auto

By FERNANDO DEL VALLE | www.valleymorningstar.com


RAYMONDVILLE — Police are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a cyclist.
A local convenience store camera captured an image of a man who could be a person of interest in the case, Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora said yesterday.
Zamora said he is searching for the suspect whose …



Students call for bike lanes on campus

By London Gibson | dailytexanonline.com


For bikers navigating construction on campus, getting to and from class can seem a little bit like driving in rush hour on Mopac. With decreased path space corralling pedestrians and bikers into the same areas, students are suggesting that construction detours include bike lanes to organize traffic flow.

The construction on Speedway Mall takes up half of the street in one of the busiest areas of campus. With hundreds of students shuffling in-between construction barriers, bikers often have …


New to Austin’s public transit system? A Cap Metro employee will ride the bus with you

by Audrey McGlinchy | www.austinmonitor.com

Priscilla Jove, 19, sat cross-legged on a bench at a bus stop on the corner of West Oltorf Street and South Lamar Boulevard Saturday afternoon. A biology student at Austin Community College, Jove was headed out to study. She said she rides the bus because she’s not just curious about the human body – but also human behavior. …

… It’s all part of a new program called Smart Trips Austin. In April, City Council members voted to fund Smart Trips for five years at a cost of at least $900,000, most of which will be provided by Capital Metro. The program focuses resources – including staff-led biking or transit adventures and free bike and …


Riding for reading: 35th annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally benefits Tiny Library Project

by Sadia Saeed | ntdaily.com


The whistling wind could be heard through the spokes of the bikes, waiting silently together in a herd.

Joe Holland, the president of Denton Kiwanis Club, riled up the crowd for two more minutes before starting the rally.

The large mass of bikes slithered together like snakes as they took off, before separating into their respective trails. The steady stream of bikes made their way, staying attached until their route was spotted.

Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Club hosted its 35th annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Church. The rally included five bicycle trails, plenty of rest stops and …


UTEP to transform campus

by Simon Williams | kfoxtv.com


EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — UTEP will host a meeting on Monday to discuss their newest campus makeover.

The university wants to make University Avenue near Hilton Garden Inn more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

The area sees congestion on the sidewalks each morning. For most, it’s the main entrance to campus.

The project will create wider sidewalks, an additional crosswalk, new lighting, benches, shade canopies, bicycle lanes, a bicycle repair station and …


Bid on Weatherford Town Creek Trails in Weatherford

www.texasbids.net

Prebid: 11/28/17 2:00 PM
Solicitation Title: Weatherford Town Creek Trails
Owner Solic Number: 2018-002 Status: bidding Report: 8216453
Country : United States State: TX County: Parker Location: Weatherford
Scope: Provide approx one mile of 10′ wide concrete shared use path which would accommodate both bicycle and pedestrian users. New traffic signals would be installed at the intersection.
Notes: A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the City of Weatherford Transportation and Public Works offices located at 802 E. Oak Street, Weatherford, TX 76086.
Plans: From Freese and Nichols, Inc. 4055 International Plaza, Suite 200 Fort Worth, Tx 76109.
Owner Type: Public …


Leon Creek — Beginner Speed (Mountain Bike)

Saturday, Dec 2, 2017, 9:30 AM

Leon Creek Greenway – Mainland Trailhead
8198 Mainland Drive San Antonio, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

We will begin at the Mainland Trailhead just off of Bandera Road and then follow the Leon Creek Greenway. This ride will be on mostly dirt trails and some paved areas. We will meet by the shelter.Distance: About 12 MilesOur speed will range from about 6 to 10 mph. I adjust the speed to try to keep the group together.Rest Breaks: About every 10 …

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McAllister(Mountain­­­ Bike)

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017, 9:30 AM

McAllister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd San Antonio, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

We are going to mountain bike at McAllister park. We are doing the trails immediately around and inside the park. It should be about 2+ hours of riding.We meet at 9:30 and are riding by 9:40.Our pace will be about 6 to 10 mph.Distance: About 11Rest Breaks about every 15 to 20 minutes(Or as needed)Here is the usual message: There are smooth p…

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Leon Creek — Very Slow Ride (Mountain Bike) Wednesday Morning

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017, 9:30 AM

Leon Creek Greenway – Mainland Trailhead
8198 Mainland Drive San Antonio, TX

3 Mountain Bikers Attending

Ride for the very slow beginners.We will begin at the Mainland Trailhead just off of Bandera Road and then follow the Leon Creek Greenway.  This ride will be on mostly dirt trails and some paved areas.  We will meet by the shelter.Distance: About 10 MilesOur speed will range from about 5 to 8 mph.  I adjust the speed to try to keep the group tog…

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Night Ride McAllister(Mountain­­ Bike)

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017, 6:15 PM

McAllister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd San Antonio, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

We are going to mountain bike at McAllister park. We are  doing the trails immediately around and inside the park.  It should be about  2+ hours of riding.We meet at 6:15 and are riding by 6:25.Speed:  about 8 to 12 mph. (Will mostly keep it at 10 mph.)Distance: About 10Rest Breaks about every 15 to 20 minutes(Or as needed)This is a night ride…

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Leon Creek — Beginner Speed (Mountain Bike)

Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, 9:00 AM

Leon Creek Greenway – Mainland Trailhead
8198 Mainland Drive San Antonio, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

We will begin at the Mainland Trailhead just off of Bandera Road and then follow the Leon Creek Greenway.The first rest stop will be in 35 minutes and second rest stop is 20 minutes after that. The time for those first two stops is fixed and any rest stops after that are random.Our speed will range from about 6 to 10 mph.  I adjust the speed to t…

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McAllister(Mountain­­ Bike)

Saturday, Nov 25, 2017, 9:30 AM

McAllister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd San Antonio, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

We are going to mountain bike at McAllister park. We are doing the trails immediately around and inside the park. It should be about 2+ hours of riding.We meet at 9:30 and are riding by 9:40.Our pace will be about 6 to 10 mph.Distance: About 11Rest Breaks about every 15 to 20 minutes(Or as needed)Here is the usual message: There are smooth p…

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