Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for October 5th

How-To: Speed Vest for Night Cycling
via MAKE by Goli Mohammadi

If car users knew how fast cyclists were moving, would they be more willing to share the road? That’s the question posed by Mykle Hansen in the intro to his Speed Vest project from MAKE Volume 19.

Bicyclists receive a lot of honk-based grief from car drivers who perceive them as slow and in the way, and when drivers misjudge a bicycle’s speed, it can cause “right hook” collisions that kill several bicyclists each year. This lightweight night-cycling vest displays your current speed in glowing, 7-inch-tall numbers easily visible to cars. On the back, an Arduino…

First-Ever Bike Parking Ordinances for Houston
by Aaron Chang            bikehouston.org
City of Houston Planning Commission Subcommittee has released their recommended changes to the city’s off-street parking ordinance (Chapter 26). These include Houston’s first-ever bicycle parking ordinances.

The proposed bike parking requirements (outlined in Section XII on Page 15) would require one bike parking space for every 25,000 square feet of gross floor area (GFA). Buildings with less than 5,000 sq. ft. GFA would not be required to have bike parking. Businesses are free to have as many bike parking spaces as they want, but the proposed…

Cat C Official’s Clinic
10/29/2011        Austin, TX
Event Registration Website
The clinic will cover the basic rules of road, track, cyclocross and mountain bike officiating, as found in the current rule book and will be taught by Steve Crews, National Commissaire Road, Track , Cyclocross and Mountain Bike.

An open rulebook exam will be given at the end of the session and those individuals passing with a 70% or higher will be certified as Category C officials and be eligible to start working events. The official’s license fee is $60 and will be collected at the end of the clinic. Checks payable to…

Rick Perry – Greasing The Wheels Of Injustice
by Christopher Curnutt        Biking in Dallas
Each year approximately 50 cyclists, 400 pedestrians and 500 motorcyclists are killed in Texas.  As a cyclist I can tell you that there’s a perception in this state that the drivers who are responsible for the death of people riding bicycles are seldom, if at all, actually held responsible.  In Texas if two automobiles collide, chances are someone is at fault, but if a car or truck hits a cyclist it’s just bad luck. In other words, “the sun got in my eyes”…

Recreational Sports Calendar & Sign-up Sheet – Oct. 5, 2011
San Antonio Express-News
Bicycling: Today, 8 a.m., Wheelers Senior Ride, 30 miles, Floore’s Country Store, Helotes. 210-643-0314.
Bicycling: Oct. 12, 8 a.m., Wheelers Senior Ride, 30 miles, Floore’s Country Store, Helotes. 210-643-0314. …

Hilltopper Austin and cyclist trains by treading Austin terrain
By Maryella Medina        www.hilltopviewsonline.com
Hilltop Views Sports dedicates the month of October to special coverage of cycling culture. Every week will feature a unique cyclist, from the environmentally conscious casual rider to the sports’ poster child, Lance Armstrong.

The Dam Loop: a biking route that begins at Bee Caves and Hwy 71, extends out to FM 620, crosses Mansfield dam by Lake Travis, circles back around on FM 2222 and finishes up on Loop 360. This route is approximately 50 miles and is a staple ride for junior James Austin.

A category four cyclist, Austin has competed in numerous races and is a member of 787 Racing, a non-profit organization that makes competitive cycling accessible while promoting the highest athletic and ethical standards of training and racing, according to the…

Bike around the Bay starts in Anahuac
www.theanahuacprogress.com
Samson is a “breakpoint sponsor” for Galveston Bay Foundation’s Bike Around the Bay cycling event that will be held on October 8 and 9, 2011. Samson will have several volunteers working its breakpoint, providing food and refreshments to the cyclists on Saturday, October 8 at the Bolivar ferry landing on Bolivar Peninsula.

The Galveston Bay Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay — one of the world’s most productive estuaries. Bike Around the Bay is a fully supported two-day, 150 mile bicycle ride around the Galveston Bay showcasing the natural…

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