Texas Bicycling News Digest April 29th 2016

Pedaling all the way to Padre


SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – It will be quite a spectacle and accomplishment Sunday, May 1, when more than a 1,000 bicyclists are expected to pedal feverishly across the Queen Isabella causeway near the end of their 30-mile journey.
It also will be quite a milestone – 20 years in fact.
Pedal to Padre has been an annual bicycle event led by a local group of passionate cyclists who make the trek from Brownsville to the sunny island. …

Come WATCH bicycle racing and SOCIALIZE.

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 4:45 PM

Driveway Bike Race Series
8400 DELWAU LANE Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

Come watch some of your friends race bikes on a closed smooth track.. Learn more about the fun spectator family friendly racing series.. You can ride out on the walnut creek trail as it has an exit close to the track.Ask me questions if you want to try it out.. also stay and watch the kids race..click link to learn morehttp://drivewayseries.com…

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Veloway Work Day Volunteers Needed Saturday 4/30/2016 3:00 to 7:00 PM



I got the following request for volunteers to help at the Veloway –
Safety for ALL Veloway Users, Parks has asked for us to manage:
Thick Blocking of all ‘off road’ trails started by ‘off road’ cyclist, coming on and off Veloway at different points.
All others except Bowie entrance
(with nature/elements in area (down trees, large rocks) planting yucca, Agaves plants etc)
Please help: RSVP so I can communicate with you, know #s we have coming.
Text- 512 496-6300 …

Grey & Taft Area ReBuild: Include Bike Plan Identified Bikeways


The initial design of the Grey and Taft area Rebuild project did not incorporate bikeways identified in the Houston Bike Plan. BikeHouston has been assured that this will be corrected in the final design of this project and in future projects. As the Houston Bike Plan is still in new (and in fact still a draft plan) engineers are working to catch up. This is great news from the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department and represents a major step towards improving quality of life in Houston because including bikeways in Rebuild projects is …

Texas Law Enforcement Memorial Bike Trek Comes to San Angelo


The Memorial Bicycle Trek across Texas came through San Angelo on Friday.
Every year, a group of officers ride over two thousand miles to each community in Texas that lost a peace officer in the line of duty the prior year.
To make it to every community, the bicyclists must ride approximately 140 miles a day giving them a lot of time to remember. …

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Extended Bike Ride to Huffman With Wind Blown Sand

I got a slightly earlier start today leaving home at 11:50. The plan was to ride at least 37 miles and I accomplished that by riding 38.19 miles. I rode the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman Extended” route adding a few streets to “extend” it even further. This put April’s total miles at 751, 21 miles short of my goal. I don’t know if I will be able to bike tomorrow (Saturday April 30th) with the forecast calling for rain but in case it stops long enough I will try to bike some to get closer to my goal.

At least 4 other bikers crossed my route today, most of them between FM1960 and FM2100 when I was on Fairlake Drive and Old Atascocita Road. I was surprised today when I was approaching the railroad crossing on Old Atascocita Road. I hear a train whistle coming from my right. There is a difference between a freight train whistle and the Amtrak whistle. This sounded like the Amtrak whistle but I haven’t seen an Amtrak train on these tracks in at least a year; I figured they were on other tracks to the south going through Crosby. It was the Amtrak train. As it passed i waved. The last car had a glass window at the end with two men sitting in chairs watching the track as the train moved by. The train leaves the Houston station about 12:10 pm and it was 1:21 pm when it made its way past me.

The wind was a challenge on today’s ride until I made the left turn from Old Atascocita Road onto FM2100 north. At Bush Airport in Houston it was from the SSE at 21 mph with 28 mph gusts when I left home. Later when I got back home at 3:11 the gusts had increased to 30 mph from the south with sustained wind at 20 mph. Riding north on FM2100 to Huffman I enjoyed the tailwind and picked up my speed. I made my normal stop at the Huffman Chevron and took this picture of my Edge 520.

4-29-2016 Huffman Chevron

Speaking of the Edge 520. It now has firmware version 6.0 which installed earlier this week (I think it was Wednesday). The changelog did not mention any Bluetooth fixes so I kept the Bluetooth turned off on Wednesday’s ride. Today I decided to turn Bluetooth on and pair it with my Nexus 6P phone again. I thought maybe they did something and didn’t know they fixed my problem. The phone paired and Live Track connected like it should before I walked out to the garage to get the bike and leave. The screen showed the Live Track icon and the speed/cadence sensors connected as I rolled the bike out of the garage. So far so good. Riding out the driveway I turned left and at about 200 feet from home I got a “phone disconnected” message. I rode on knowing I started the Ride With GPS app on my phone as a backup in case the 520 failed. A few seconds after the disconnect message I got the “phone connected” message. The odometer was still counting up during this period so I figured the ride was still being recorded. After that no more messages and the 520 worked great. I talked to my wife when I was at the Huffman Chevron and she said Live Track was working great. She knew where I was and saw me riding earlier. When I got home she said it worked all the way until I saved the ride on the 520 which ends Live Track. In the past when the 520 failed the Live Track was still running on my phone but the webpage was not updating.

Checking the weather while I was at the Chevron station I took these screenshots.

The right screenshot shows the wind at 16 mph and sitting at the Chevron I could feel the wind blowing. I tucked the paper towels into my shorts’ elastic band around my legs to keep them from blowing away. I had to put my snack bar on top of the plastic bag I keep my phone in when I used the phone. I thought the wind would not be as big of a problem from the Chevron station to home except when I rode across Lake Houston on the causeway. I was right; the tried to push my wheels to the side whenever a gust of wind would pass through or the traffic passed leaving an opening for the wind. While I was resting at the Chevron station a freight train came. This created a dust bowl. With the strong wind blowing the train consisted of 30 to 40 open top gondola cars full of gravel and sand sticking above the sides of the gondola cars. The sand created a cloud as the train raced through Huffman making it hard to see. I wonder if the gondola cars will be as full when they reach their destination. After the train left the sand was blowing across FM1960 making small piles in the low places.

Once I got to Atascocita Shores Drive I turned right and the wind moved to my back. After that the wind was mostly at my back or right rear quarter helping me along. The weather when I got home.

4-29-2016 IAH Weather Finish 317PM

Now I will wait to see if the heavy rain forecast comes to pass on Saturday.

Texas Bicycling News Digest April 28th 2016

LPD officer to participate in Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ride

Heather M. Goodwin


The numbers are staggering – 120 in 2013, 136 in 2014, 128 in 2015 and so far, 32 police officers have been killed in the line of duty in the first four months of this year.
While Lewisville has escaped the statistics, the deaths still hit close to home.
Lewisville police Sgt. Jesse Hunter will once again take part in the second annual Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ride in support of all Texas C.O.P.S. Chapters and the DPS disability fund. Beginning Saturday, 72 riders will leave from Katy and ride to LaGrange. Sunday the ride continues …

Bike Masters Coffee Ride on Wednesday 6:30pm.. Very nice.. #Bikemasters #trek

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Bayou Greenways Post-Flood Update


We hope you and your family have fared well through the recent weather. Extreme rain events last week overwhelmed Houston’s bayous, creeks and reservoirs and caused significant flooding throughout the city. Over the next few weeks, Houston Parks Board’s Maintenance Team will be clearing debris and silt (fine bits of clay and sand) from the Bayou Greenway trails, as many of them have been affected by the recent flooding:
Brays Bayou Greenway
Silt on the trails and greenspaces are the biggest cleanup up issue and will take a couple of weeks to remove.
Debris left behind in the railings, on stairs and at the high water mark should be cleaned up by the end of next week.

White Oak Bayou Greenway
Debris removal from railings and trees should be cleared by the end of the week.
Silt removal should be completed by next week.

Halls Bayou Greenway
Minor amount of silt and debris were left on the trail and will be cleaned up by next week.

Buffalo Bayou trails
The portion of Buffalo Bayou trails downtown will continue to be affected by bayou overflow as water is slowly released from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs on the upstream end of Buffalo Bayou. Silt and debris removal is anticipated to take a month to clear.

Brushy Creek/Deception Ride

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00 PM

Brushy Creek Sports Park
2310 Brushy Creek Road Cedar Park, TX

3 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at 5:45 pm to air up, tune and hit the Brushy Creek Deception trail.Wheels down at 6:00 pm.This will be a ride for folks who want to ride Deception at a fast beginner to intermediate group pace, depending on the crowd. If we get a big group we can split up based on the pace people want to ride.NOTE: This really isn’t a ‘beginner’ trail- it…

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Brushy Creek/Deception Ride

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 PM

Brushy Creek Sports Park
2310 Brushy Creek Road Cedar Park, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at 5:45 pm to air up, tune and hit the Brushy Creek Deception trail.Wheels down at 6:00 pm.This will be a ride for folks who want to ride Deception at a fast beginner to intermediate group pace, depending on the crowd. If we get a big group we can split up based on the pace people want to ride.NOTE: This really isn’t a ‘beginner’ trail- it…

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Early Run to Vado, NM Grps A – B – C, Staggered Start

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016, 7:15 AM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

2 Cyclists Attending

• Group B meets: River Run 7:15am, Roll Out 7:30 am• Group B Pace: 14-17 mph avg• Group B Route: Ride Hwy 28 N to LaMesa 4 way stop then E to VadoReturn by I-10 Rollers to Outlet Mall, Spur to Doniphan, Borderland, UpperValley. Approx 44 miles• Group C meets: Sierra Vista Growers Nursery Parking lot, Hwy 28, LaUnion,7:15 am, Roll Out 7:30 am….

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Organizers gearing up for Lufkin’s annual Cycling Event


LUFKIN, April 28, 2016— East Texas’ premier cycling event is celebrating a big birthday with a big party.
The Garland L. Parise Pineywoods Purgatory is marking its 25th anniversary with a ride-and-play weekend beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, October 1, at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center in Lufkin. After the ride, the Expo Center will host a beer garden with live music and fajitas, and participants with tickets are invited to Lufkin’s Bistro at 7 p.m., in downtown Lufkin.
The popular autumn weekend event features four biking routes of 25, 52, 72, and 102 miles through some …

Bike Share Program


Bid Date & Time: 06/02/16 3:00 PM Prebid: 05/20/16 1:30 PM
Prebid Mandatory: yes
Solicitation Title: Bike Share Program
Owner Solic Number: 2016-013
Status: bidding
Report: 7005320
Country : United States State: TX County: Tarrant Location: Arlington
Scope: Bike Share Program.
Notes: University will hold a pre-proposal conference at 1:30 PM., Central Prevailing Time on May 20, 2016 in Room FAAA 102 of the Watson
Building, 219 W. Main St, Arlington, TX 76019. The initial term of the resulting agreement will be for three years. Questions due date: May 16, 2016.
Plans: From Owner. See attached file.
Owner Type: Public …

Houston man biking 7 days, 545 miles to fight HIV/AIDS


Houston resident Luke Moore is training to join thousands of other participants this June for a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. AIDS/LifeCycle is the world’s largest annual, single-event AIDS fundraiser, which takes place June 5-11.
“I am committed to AIDS/LifeCycle because I want to do my part to see an end to HIV/AIDS. With the money I’ve raised, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation can continue to …

S.A. mountain bike team finishing up ‘great season’

By Joshua Trudell, For the Express-News


COMFORT — With one race left in the season, the San Antonio High School Composite Mountain Biking Team is contending for its first state championship.
After the Comfort Climb, the fourth of five races in the Texas Interscholastic Mountain Bike League, San Antonio sits in third place overall, less than 50 points behind.
The team finished second overall at the Comfort race, led by Tanner Mckee, who won the junior-varsity boys race, and Cammie Robbiano, who finished second at the varsity-girls level. Mckee and …

PeopleForBikes National Bike Challenge starts Sunday


BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes’s fifth annual National Bike Challenge starts Sunday, May 1. The promotion seeks to have more than 100,000 bike riders tally 75 million miles ridden between Sunday and Sept. 30 this year. This year’s event is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark’s Cottonelle Products Brand. The 2016 Challenge offers a website with a redesigned look and new user experience, simplified registration, and more …

This weekend’s rides: Pflugerville Loop! New Red Horn Coffee Shop Route!

by Thomas


I hope everyone that wants one of our new jerseys and bibs comes out to the UT Golf Club tomorrow at 5:30 to try them on and select your sizes! This new kit is going to be awesome with better materials, an updated design, and new sponsors.
Assuming Saturday’s weather is ok in the morning, we will head out for a 65 mile loop around Pflugerville. The route is here: https://www.strava.com/routes/3955052 . After the …

This weekend rides

San Antonio Cycling Club


Saturday, Apr 30th
Hwy 471 Ride, Castroville to Exxon
7:30am – 10:30am
Where: 1101 Fiorella Street
Meet at the park next to Castroville’s Octane Coffee and Tea Haus for a 33-mile ride on 471 to Exxon then back to Castroville’s Octane Coffee and Tea Haus. The address is 1101 Fiorella Street. The pace will be easy to moderate. Nice wide lanes. This will be out and back, so anyone wanting to do about 13 miles can turn around in Rio Medina. Rest stop at Exxon. Map W1. Ride Leader, Davina, 210-663-5682. Join us for a snack & tea/coffee after ride. There is also a new farmer’s market that runs from 1000 – 1400 in front of Castroville’s Octane Coffee & Tea Haus.

Sunday, May 1st
New Berlin Ride
9am – 12pm
Where: Meet in New Berlin at the Brietzke Station parking lot, intersection of FM 2538 and 775
Note the later start time. It takes extra time to get there. Meet in New Berlin at the Brietzke Station parking lot, intersection of FM 2538 and 775. Come and join us on a ride of 24 or 34 miles in flat to rolling terrain. No one left behind. Map # E3. Lunch will be at the Brietzke Station restaurant (home of the great pies). Ride leader, David, 210.849.5663. Guests are always welcome.
Directions: Travel on I-10 East toward Seguin for approx. 12 miles from 410 East, take exit #593 at Trainer Hale Road (FM 2538), turn right on FM 2538 to New Berlin (8 miles). Restaurant will be on the right. Park in the back.

Temple Christian principal reflects on bicycling trek

by Mark Caudill


MANSFIELD – Temple Christian principal Paul Baird is thinking about his recent attempt to bike across the country.
Baird tried to bicycle from Mansfield to Santa Monica, California, in March to raise money for the school. His goal was $60,000.
While Baird was not able to finish the trek, his efforts raised about $50,000. Temple Christian is making one last push to raise the rest of the money, which …

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Texas Bicycling News Digest April 27th 2016

Bike lanes to be widened on Walsh Tarlton

by Rachel Rice


Traffic lanes will be reduced and the road resurfaced on Walsh Tarlton Lane from Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) to Wilderness Drive, making more room for bike lanes and removing unnecessary turn lanes, according to the City of Austin Department of Transportation.
Pinnacle Drive from Walsh Tarlton Lane to Ripple Creek Drive is also scheduled for resurfacing. …

18th Annual Burleson Honey Tour Bike Ride


Now in its 18th Year, the Burleson Honey Tour Bicycle Ride will take place on Saturday, May 28th. For 17 years, the Honey Tour has been delighting bicycling enthusiasts from across Texas with its 67, 46, 30 and 7 Mile Routes. The three longer routes feature rest stops roughly every ten miles; the 7 Mile Route has its own mid-point rest stop to serve beginners or families with …

Beginner Intermediate Group (B.I.G.) training program

El Paso Bicycle Club


Our popular Beginner Intermediate Group (B.I.G.) training program starts Tuesday, May 3. Meet in the parking lot of River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club Road. A short (15-minute) lesson begins at 6 p.m. followed by a 12-15 mile ride in the Upper Valley. The program runs through July.
The program is open to all riders, from first-time road cyclists to intermediates who want to build their skills. We also need experienced riders willing to help lead on the rides.
Helmets are required. No ear buds. Bring water bottles. ?Anyone younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Wear comfortable riding clothes. No one is ever left behind!
Please be there 15 minutes early to prep for ride.
The May 3 opening lesson is “Is Your Bike Road Worthy?” Upcoming lessons will focus on the basics of road cycling, how to ride in a group and how to develop speed and stamina. Special weekend rides will help riders work their way up to riding a full metric century (62 miles). See the meetup calendar for specific lesson topics.

Construction set to begin on Resler bike lanes

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times


The construction of new bike lanes on Resler Drive in west El Paso will begin Sunday as city officials continue to work on increasing safety measures for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
“It is very important for safety,” said James C. Fisk, El Paso’s transportation planning administrator. “We want to create separation for the cyclists and pedestrians, so they feel comfortable. It …

CenAus- Thursday Night Social Ride by Social Cycling ATX. in Austin


April 28, 2016
Thursday 7:30 PM (on various days)
Festival Beach
Lady Bird Lake
Austin, Texas
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet at Plaza Satillo at 7:30p.m. leave at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Ride routes change weekly with a final stop that usually involves some complimentary Lone Star. Bring an ID and lock if you plan to join in the after ride festivities.

BBVA Compass Named Presenting Sponsor Of Cross-Country Bike Ride, Charity Campaign


HOUSTON, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — BBVA Compass is putting its name behind every push of the pedal as presenting sponsor of PURSUIT FOR THOSE WITH disABILITIES, a 3,500-mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise money and awareness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, organizers announced today.
Pursuit, conceived and brought to life by Houston energy executive David Baldwin, is an epic journey that seeks to raise $11 million for The Center, a nonprofit organization that has been serving Houston for more than six decades. The bank said its partnership with Pursuit is the …

Bike to Work, Shop, Play, and More!


With proper planning, bicycling can be a convenient and fun part of your day. This May, we want to get more people out on bicycles riding to work, for fun, to celebrate and to raise awareness about road safety. There are Bike to Work events happening all over the Houston area, along with the international CycloFemme and Ride of Silence. For Bike to Work events, BikeHouston has organized group rides from residential areas to job centers at the Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza/Galleria, and Downtown. Please follow the links below to register. If you would like to spread the word at your workplace, here is a link to a printable PDF poster.
Rides & Events …

Bicycle Accident? What to Do in SATX

by Matthew


Cycling is not only an easy and fun way to get around town, but a great form of exercise. Unfortunately, even the safest cyclist could be involved in a crash. Even if you find yourself mostly uninjured, you could still face bike repair bills or medical costs down the road.
Fortunately, drivers are required to carry auto insurance to cover you in the event of a crash. As long as you follow the right steps, you can be awarded damages to pay your medical bills, your bike repairs, and even lost wages if you …

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