Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for June 25th

Downtown TIFs allocate funds to crucial bicycle infrastructure
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

The kick in the pants we needed as a city to rev up the implementation of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan has spurred more entities to help in getting wet paint on asphalt.   Robert Wilonsky reports today that the Central Core Connector has received small, but significant funding from two local TIF entities to help get that…

Bike Month Across Texas – 2012 Review
by Jack Sanford        BikeTexas
Bike Month came and went in Texas with proclamations, events, and celebrations in cities across the state. From a proclamation and group ride in El Paso, a month filled with walking and cycling events in San Antonio, to cities like Sugar Land and Pearland hosting Bike to Work Day events for the first time, Texas grabbed Bike Month with enthusiasm befitting the Lone Star State.

Other firsts for communities include Richardson’s Bike to Work Day Energizer Station. Bike Friendly Richardson reports that they were able to serve around 24 cyclists and motivate many more commuters to try cycling to work. They conclude, “Since it was…

Le Tour de Bastille & Tandemonium Bike Race, July 14th
by UrbanPedal
Timmy & Christa, our 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas, this one’s for you!!

On July 14, 7:00 PM, the third annual Bastille on Bishop event celebrating everything French will take place in the Bishop Arts District. This year Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is adding a bicycle element to the mix of crepes, wine, mussels, music, French cars and…

Club Rides – Hill Country Bicycling Touring Club
June 30, 2012 8:00 am
New Berlin Ride
Brietzke Station Cafe , 9015 Fm 775, Seguin

July 1, 2012 8:00 am
Devine Ride
Triple C Steakhouse , 698 East Hondo Ave., Devine

July 7, 2012 7:30 am
Sammy’s 471 Ride from Castroville
Sammy’s Restaurant, 202 US Hwy 90 EAST, Castroville

July 8, 2012 8:00 am
President’s Ride from Floresville
Roy and Laura Munro’s house, 11230 FM 775, Floresville

July 14, 2012 8:00 am
Rudy’s Ride
Rudy’s Barbecue, 10623 Westover Hills Blvd, San Antonio

July 22, 2012 8:30 am
Kelly Island Breakfast Ride
Port San Antonio, 143 Billy Mitchel Rd, San Antonio

July 29, 2012 7:30 am
Kirby Ride
Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, 4950 FM 78, Kirby

Bicycle progress report: Trails in Houston, parking in Nevada City
by Elly        Taking the Lane

While on tour for the last three years, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting many communities that are in the middle of big changes for bicycling. It’s a heady time right now. A lot of the people we met in the south and midwest this spring said that the bicycling movement in their city had just started taking off in the last three years.

Here are a couple of recent updates from places we’ve visited.

I wrote in April about the grand plan to make Houston the next big bike city, using Minneapolis’s model of developing a city-wide network of off-road trails. Tom McCasland just got in touch to say that a major goal has been achieved in his plan to fund that trail system. Houston will receive $15 million in federal funds from the TIGER grant pool (here’s a pdf of their application), which comes with a $10 million local match, and will go…

Burn your Buns Bike Ride in Conroe, TX
The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
The Burn your Buns Bike Ride invites you to join their upcoming ride happening on July 4, 2012 at  Bridgewood Farms, 11680 Rose Road, Conroe, TX

We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Flo Nelson, Executive Director of Bridgewood Farms to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.

Why join the Burn your Buns Bike Ride?
Open to riders of all abilities, the event offers three routes of varying lengths that travel through northeast Montgomery County. Riders who register in advance will receive a tie-dyed T-shirt and pin made by a Bridgewood Farms client. Food and beverages will be available at the rest stops and upon completion. The “Burn Your Buns” bike ride offers 20, 31, or 62-mile routes for riders of all abilities. All routes start and end at…

Houston Bicycle Club
Us NEW START TIMES !! Starting Saturday , June 30th, we will start at 7:30am to beat the heat in July/August.

What group should I ride with when I go to Ride Like A Girl?
by Laura Scagno            Austin Ridge Riders
Good question!

If you’ve never attended an RLAG ride before you might be a little bewildered about which group to chose. Remember…it is always your choice.

And if you start off with a group that is going too slow, we try to hook you up with a faster group on the trail. If we are going too fast…well, there is really no such thing. The group goes the speed of the last rider. Please…

El Paso Bicycle Club Rides
Thursday, July 5
Beginner/Intermediate Group-6:00 pm

Saturday, July 7
B/IG Metric Century-6:30 am

Sunday, July 8
Taking the Scenic Route-7:30 am

 

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