Texas Bicycling News February 8th 2016

Doubling Our Bikeway Network in the Short Term

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On Thursday, Feb. 11th, we are holding meetings on the Draft Houston Bike Plan. This plan is a major step forward for Houston. It sets the plan for doubling our safe, comfortable bikeway network in the short term and ultimately building a network of bikeways that are within a half mile of 95% of Houstonians.
And we need you to make this plan a reality!
Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 11th, at the Freed Montrose Public Library for a noon meeting (12 – 1 pm) or an evening meeting 6:30 – 7:30. Sign-up here.
This meeting is for people wishing to be Ambassadors about the Bike Plan and those …


Come Ride With Us! – Meetup Group

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Come Ride With Us! is a recreational cycling group focused on bringing together you and other cyclists in our community for safe and fun social rides. We believe in making gro…

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Weatherford residents give their parks visions

By Christin Coyne www.weatherforddemocrat.com


If there was one thing it appeared Weatherford residents could agree on during the packed parks planning meeting Thursday night it was indoor swimming.
Residents made a long list of recommendations for what should be on the city’s master parks and recreation plan, which is being prepared by landscape architecture and planning firm Dunkin Sims Stoffels Inc.
Ideas were wide-ranging but a few comments echoed repeatedly safer biking areas, …



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Harlingen maps out a master plan for future of parks and recreation

By RICK KELLEY www.valleymorningstar.com

HARLINGEN — Design a product that has to appeal to everybody from the age of 2 to the age of 100. It has to be available 365 days a year, and there’s no break for bad weather or anything else.
Oh, and it has to make everybody happy.
Welcome to the world of municipal parks.
The Harlingen City Commission soon will take up the final version of the Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan, which will chart how the city proceeds over the next five years. A portion of that plan consists of the …



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Tour de Campus Ride

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016, 2:30 PM

Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross Street Houston, TX

8 Cyclers Attending

Visit all 6 major colleges & universities in the Inner Loop on bicycle in a single day! Odds are, you’ve been to 1 or 2 of our Houston colleges, even getting a degree there. Let’s take pride in all our higher institutions that call our city home.Meet at the Menil Park at 2:30 PM, next to the Menil Collection. I’ll lead the bicycle tour through eac…

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Getting bent in Big Bend

By Terry Parsell www.crazyguyonabike.com

Making my list and checking it twice it twice.
Thursday February 4, 2016
Well tickets are bought and bike is shipped. Now all I need to do is pack.
Checked the weather for the week I am gone and it’s gonna be a high of 30 here. In Texas I …


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Astronomical prices forcing riders to get creative with bicycle purchases

by Bill Cullins www.gosanangelo.com

The spring and summer cycling events will be here soon and many people are contemplating the purchase of a new bike for races, fitness rides or triathlons.
My advice to bike shoppers is prepare for sticker shock.
The prices for high quality bicycles and associated cycling equipment have gotten so high that many people are being priced out of the sport.
It’s to the point that I’m expecting someone to start a ‘Poor Cyclists Matter’ movement.
It’s not unusual to see ads for ‘entry-level performance’ bikes with $2,000 or …

Everything You Need To Know About Buying a Bike in Dallas.

By Javier Fuentes centraltrack.com


Welcome to Like a Pro our recurring feature where, every so often, we show off our expertise in very specific areas pertaining to life in Dallas. We’re not trying to brag here. We’re just trying to help you enjoy the city like the pro that we know you can be.
In a place like Dallas, with its non-winters, bike riding can really be a year-round activity. This is a fact that more and more people are beginning to realize, too, as evidenced by the fact that so many new bike shops have been opening up of late.
Between the weather and the plethora of places to shop, now’s a great time to buy a bike in Dallas. Only, that’s a task that’s easy said than done. Once you really start looking into it, you’ll find there are just so many options when it comes to bicycles — so much so that it’s …

Getting bent in Big Bend

By Terry Parsell www.crazyguyonabike.com

Logistics
Wednesday February 3, 2016
Once I decided to make my trip to big bend I realized that I had to do something creative to get the most enjoyment out of this trip. The closest place to fly I. Is El Paso But the. You are faced with a two or three day ride to get off the major highway.
I toyed with the idea of taking the train but it didn’t go exactly where I wanted to start. Plus I have heard numerous reports of the train being 4 hours late. And there was some questio of whether I could load the bike at that station. The bus was t any better requiring a transfer and many hours of down time.
So I decided to do the American thing and rent a car and drive to fort Davis.
Selecting the airline was based on price. I found a …


Support your fellow Austin cyclists for a great cause!

by wiqqido www.reddit.com

Every year the Austin TX social cycling group Queer Ride participates as a team in the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, a not-for-profit fundraising initiative that donates 100% of proceeds to a collection of 10 regional nonprofits that benefit those living with HIV and AIDS. These nonprofits …


Meeting Minutes – February 4, 2016

Texas A&M Cycling Team amct.tamu.edu

The February 4th meeting was the first of the spring semester. After an appetizer of ChipsAhoy! cookies, the first order of business was an introduction of the team to several new people. They were told about what we do and instructed to join the team’s listserv (on the right hand side of this page under “AMCT E-mail”). Next, an …


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Biking in Dallas: A survival guide

By THOR CHRISTENSEN www.dallasnews.com


Dallas streets — once among the worst in the U.S. for bicyclists — are slowly becoming more bike-friendly with the addition of shared and dedicated bike lanes. Yet the idea of urban biking as a safe, fun form of exercise is still a tough hill to climb for all but the bravest pedal-pushers in our car-centric city.
It needn’t be so daunting. By following a few basic tips, just about anyone can reap the benefits of being an urban cyclist. Not only is it an excellent way to improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength and …


Texas State Cycling Team Training Weekend

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San Marcos
Friday 19 February 2016, 17:45
Organized by : Jake Boone
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*Friday 5:45 pm .- meeting at the light up sign in the TX State quad. 30-35 mile no drop ride.
* Saturday 9:00 pm. – meeting at the light up sign in the TX State quad. 80 mile (2X40 mi. loops) out east ride. 40 mile option for those not comfortable doing the full 80 miles. First lap no drop, Second lap fast. …


Views of/from Hayden Ranch Road

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Hayden Ranch Road [here a previous article on bicycling there] is one of the gorgeous country roads that I like bicyling so much here in the Texas Hill Country. I’ve been out bicycling there a few times lately [here a link to the (GPS-)data, map etc.], but without my camera. So, on Monday, I decided to drive along that road in our car and take some pictures in the …


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