Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for September 7th

Silverback’s Starke city bikes charge your gadgets, firm your thighs
By Joseph Volpe        www.engadget.com

Cyclists have a lot to be proud of — what with their terrific gams, above average lung capacity and eco-friendly locomotive choice. But tech isn’t exactly an area that falls under their outdoors-y province, unless they’re sporting one of Silverback’s Starke bicycles. The line of city bikes offers up four models for…

Bicycle Rodeo & Child Fingerprinting Sponsored by Target & Tyler P D 
Saturday, September 10th, 2011     9 am – 1 pm
Bicycle officers will inspect bikes & provide safety information.  Children will have the opportunity to ride their bike through a cone course, review common road signs and practice safe bike-handling skills.  Officers will also be…

White Rock Creek Trail Clean Up Day on September 10th
by dickdavid        Bike Friendly Richardson
BFR friend Sean posted this on our Facebook group page. From the Friends of the White Rock Creek Trail website:
The Friends of the White Rock Creek Trail is organizing a trail clean up day to coincide with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s “It’s My Park Day”. Please contact your friends and neighbors, homeowner’s associations, crime watch groups, running friends, bike clubs, etc, and…

Texas A&M bike permits identify stolen cycles in case of theft
Aggie Safety Week encourages student practices for students’ safety
By Amber Jaura
Throughout the year bike accidents thefts affect many students on campus. Neglecting bicycle traffic laws and safety measures aren’t worth the trouble of putting yourself and others in danger.

Debbie Hoffman, associate director for Transportation Services,, said a new bike program has been put in place this year to accommodate…

Recreational Sports Calendar & Sign-up Sheet – Sept. 7, 2011
San Antonio Express-News
Bicycling: Today, 8 a.m., Wheelers Senior Ride, 30 miles, Floore’s Country Store, Helotes. 210-643-0314.
Bicycling/Running: Saturday, 7 a.m., Poth Ride to Remember, 12, 22, 44 and 66 miles bike rides/5K run, city park, Poth. 830-542-9797, CityofPoth.org
Bicycling: Saturday, 8 a.m., Boerne Ride, 25 to 70 miles, city hall, Boerne. 210-325-2500, 210-524-9393. …

Op-ed: Expand Transmountain Road, then zone to preserve mountain’s character
By Jose M. Landeros        www.whatsuppub.com
…The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) released its plan a year ago in an attempt to accommodate current traffic and future growth on the road’s western reach. The plan was slammed partly for a perceived lack of public input.

But environmental groups and some elected officials also balked on environmental and aesthetic grounds. The road would go from a two-lane highway to a four-lane freeway, including overpasses, flyovers, hike/bike lanes and a median. …

L.B. Houston Nature Trail, Dallas Texas
by Shawn        Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Description
L.B. Houston, we have liftoff.
This trail has got to be the Nascar track of DFW mountain bike trails. It is fast and flat with plenty of twists and turns. Located just off of Highway 114 and Northwest Highway, L.B. Houston is only minutes from downtown Dallas. The terrain is hardpacked when dry but typically very sticky after a…

2011 Tour of Austin
by Ken        Texas Racing Life
The Tour of Austin is a race put on by Holland Racing over Labor Day Weekend, consisting of the only thing that Holland Racing puts on, well organized Crit/Circuit Races.  Over the 3 days, lots of spectators and racers had fun in the heat, wind, and sunshine.

My experience can best be described as mildly disappointing, eye opening, and hard.

Saturdays race was at the Driveway, a car race course in southeast Austin.  We raced the “long course”, which I have always thought more of a circuit race than a criterium.  75 minutes of fast paced racing.  I found it easy to…

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