Texas Bicycling News February 25th 2017

How you can help make Houston’s streets safer

Kyle Shelton, Kinder Institute for Urban Research | www.houstonchronicle.com

Bikers and pedestrians: March 4-10, we need you to report how often cars nearly cream you

For most bicyclists, the feeling of a car zipping by too close to their shoulder is a familiar one. Pedestrians, too, have had their near-misses as cars roll through crosswalks. Even drivers have their fair share of “oh man, that was close” exhalations.
Though we’ve all had these experiences in one form or another, we don’t know much about their occurrence. We have our own memories of where a dangerous stretch of road or sidewalk might be, but …

Bike lane construction

by Brian Burns | www.kiiitv.com

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) – Local cyclists are concerned over a City Council discussion this week wondering if bike paths are worth the money.
Kiii Reporter Brian Burns looked into the situation.
Jeff Pollack, the director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization said that since the change in council, several members may be unaware of the …

Regional Hike and Bicycle Plan meeting scheduled for March 1

By Dawn Burleigh | www.orangeleader.com

South East Texas Regional Planning Commission’s (SETRPC)Transportation and Environmental Resource Division is holding a follow up workshop at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 1 at the MCM Elegante Hotel, Founainview Room, located at 2355 Interstate 10 South in Beaumont concerning development of a Regional Hike and Bicycle Plan for Southeast Texas.
“This is through Transportation and in the process, we never had a Hike …

Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 44: Hargill, TX to Brownsville, TX
Friday February 24, 2017, 74 miles (119 km) – Total so far: 2,216 miles (3,566 km)
I woke up feelingwell rested. The RV had a (cold) shower and a bed on which I put my sleeping bag. It’s interesting how much of a luxury that feels.
I set off cycling towards the town of Raymondville. With a population of 10,000 it was a fairly big town, and I stopped to do some laundry. I used the WiFi there to update this journal and also checked on the progress of my mattress, confirming it had been delivered to the FedEx Office in Brownsville, where I would collect it.
I had intended to go to a Walmart here as well, but found it to be closed down. I left Raymondville on a …

Simply on a Bike: the Southern Tier

By David Dalley | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Rest day at Big Bend National Park
Friday February 24, 2017
After that last windy challenge we had previously scheduled a rest day, the first really in almost three weeks. So we put the bike on the car and drove 120 miles down to Big Bend National park. What an amazingly beautiful place that is. One can only taste it in such a small amount of time but that we did. A couple of hikes and cottonwood camping. There were …

Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 45: Brownsville, TX to Matamoros, Mexico
Saturday February 25, 2017, 45 miles (72 km) – Total so far: 2,261 miles (3,639 km)
There was still no-one in the office at the RV park this morning, but as my plan was to go to the coast and then come back, I decided I would check back in the afternoon. I packed up and set off.
On the way to the coast I was cycling into a fierce headwind, making very slow progress. I didn’t mind this as much as usual, as I knew it would be a …

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Bringing in the OGs for Pace Bend Road Race! #trekbikes

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Mardis Gras Vibes #nitebike #rideyourbike #htxbikesocial #bikes #rideordie #cycling #mardisgras #bikeporn #specialized

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Oskar Blues Brewery offering year of free beer for return of stolen bike

KVUE | www.khou.com

AUSTIN, Texas — A local brewery is offering free beer for a year in exchange for the return of a bike that was stolen from one of their employees.
Oskar Blues Brewery in Austin said the bicycle belongs to Caitlin Bursack, their Texas sales manager. It was stolen on …

Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 42: Benavides, TX to Falfurrias, TX
Wednesday February 22, 2017, 43 miles (69 km) – Total so far: 2,082 miles (3,351 km)
As I was packing up my things, Freddie came and very generously invited me in for breakfast. I had a potato and egg taco which was very nice. Freddie also gave me a cross which he makes out of the nails for horse shoes, as well as a heart to give my mum. Thanks Freddie! …

Day 43: Falfurrias,TX to Hargill, TX
Thursday February 23, 2017, 60 miles (97 km) – Total so far: 2,142 miles (3,447 km)
I woke up, packed, and left Pealdo’s shop without incident. I was riding on a fairly big divided highway, which I haven’t done for a while. There was initially some fog but it didn’t last long. …

The BEARDNICK South Tier Tour 2017

By Kimmy Ellinwood and Aaron Ellinwood | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 35: Fast as we can to Texas and back!
Friday February 24, 2017, 40 miles (64 km) – Total so far: 1,175 miles (1,891 km)
Today we ride the 20 miles to Texas, take a pic and ride back to pickup our rental car. Crazy! What a moment, to finally reach Texas!

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MPO Needs Your Imput

Daniel Day | bikesanantonio.blogspot.com

Our Local MPO is asking for Input on proposals for bicycle and pedestrian facilities across the region. They Are….
Hillcrest/Babcock Intersection Improvements: $1,000,000
Converse Greenway Trail: $1,382,725
Ackerman Sidewalks and Bike Lanes: $1,742,763
New Braunfels Citywide Pedestrian Connectivity: $1,516,711
Zarzamora Pedestrian Improvements: $5,000,000
Schertz Pedestrian Routes & Bike Lanes: $1,158,266
Seguin, Walnut Springs Trail Extension Project: $2,801,246
Alazan Creek Linear Hike and Bike Trail: $6,000,000
Martinez Creek Linear Hike and Bike Trail: $3,125,000
If you add all the amounts together, you get $23,726,671. Unfortunately, there’s only $15,000,000 available for …

Eight cool things I saw on my bike commute this week

Pam LeBlanc | fitness.blog.austin360.com

Vintage cars, giant cactus, public art, friendly folks – I saw all those things this week on my daily commute to work.
What do you see on your way to the office? Send me pictures, and I’ll share some of them here each week.
1. I’ve ogled a VW bus parked in front of a house along Shoal Creek Boulevard for years. I finally stopped, knocked on the door of the house where it lives, and asked if I could snap a few pictures. That bus reminds me of one we had when I was growing up. We had two, actually – a green …

This weekend’s rides: Mellow Johnny’s! Bagguet et chocolat!

by Thomas | steinerranchcycling.com

Many of us will be racing at Pace Bend on Sunday, so that will change up the rides and crew a bit.
Saturday Jason has proposed heading down to Mellow Johnny’s. The pace will likely be quite a bit more friendly since the racers will be doing something else for a …

Pace Bend Park on a Pivot Switchblade

by TC | www.turnincranks.com

I haven’t made it out to Pace Bend in a while so I was inspired by Alex Chamberlain’s KOM attempt to head out and try to bag a couple myself.
I picked up one easy and semi-obscure KOM so it’s hard to brag about that one. I would have been more proud of some new PR’s and/or a …

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McKinney’s ‘bike boulevards’

by tcs | www.bikeforums.net..

McKinney has mapped out some bike routes and signposted them as bike boulevards.
There are claims that the motivation was to get bicyclists off McKinney’s main thoroughfares and onto neighborhood streets. I dunno, maybe, I mean that kind of thing has been going on in Texas since 1971 or so. Or maybe the city council wanted to say they ‘did something’ about, or for, the bicyclists, or maybe the …

75 new bikes on A&M’s campus for students and community members

Shayda Nazifpour | www.kagstv.com

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M has teamed up with the company Zagster to offer bikes on campus.
The bikes have been available for the last two weeks, however, on Wednesday was the big launch where students could …

Texas A&M University, app developer launch bike-share program

By Aimee Breaux | www.theeagle.com

Faced with one of the largest campuses and student bodies in the nation, Texas A&M Transportation Services hopes to alleviate some of the transportation needs on campus with a new bike share program.
In the past two weeks, 10 bike stands with 75 bright white bikes have popped up across the campus as …

BSS South to Mountain City and Back – 47 Miles

Saturday, Feb 25, 2017, 8:00 AM

bicycle sports shop
517 S. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

This route is the standard South Austin Out-and-Back with a few stop lights and mostly flat. We will go to Buda and then just keep going to Mountain City, stop for refueling, then ride back. The ride is no drop and the pace will average 15-16ish mph so be sure you can maintain that ride pace. Regular bikes welcome, recumbents worshipped. Post-ride …

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Groups A & B Riders. Transmountain and Tom Mays

Saturday, Feb 25, 2017, 8:30 AM

The Bagel Shop
985 N. Resler El Paso, TX

3 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Bagel Shop on Resler.  We will take Resler out to Transmountain.  Climb  to the summit of Transmountain.  Everyone will meet up at top, so climb at your own pace.  Once all together we will descend down to entrance of Tom Mays Park.  We will meander into the park (some hills, challenging but not difficult and oh so beautiful) and meet at th…

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Temporary Fencing & Bike Rack/crowd Control Panels for Special Events


Bid Date & Time: 03/08/17 2:00 PM Prebid: 03/02/17 10:00 AM
Solicitation Title: Temporary Fencing & Bike Rack/crowd Control Panels for Special Events
Owner Solic Number: 504-17 Status: bidding Report: 7590932
Country : United States State: TX County: Dallas
Location: Richardson
Scope: 2,000 FT of 6 FT. tall privacy screen, event rate, without installation. 2,000 feet of bike rack/crowd control panels, event rate, with installation
Notes: Pre-bid conference Mar 2, 2017 10:00:00 am cst attendance is optional location: a pre -bid conference will be held on Thursday, march 2, 2017 at the civic center/city hall, Richardson, Texas 75080 in the parks conference room at 10:00 a. M. Central time. It is highly recommended that all bidders attend the pre-bid conference. For more …

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Transportation Services partners with Zagster to begin bike share program

By Rachel Knight | www.thebatt.com

In order to provide an alternative mode of transportation on campus, A&M Transportation Services has contracted with a company called Zagster to implement a bike share program.
The bike share program is a 24-hour service intended to help everyone get …

3,711 noggins protected for another year

By Nicole Shupe | www.navasotaexaminer.com

COLLEGE STATION — The seats of Texas A&M University’s Reed Arena were full of cheering, dancing and eager second-graders Wednesday morning. Assembled for the ninth annual Hard Hats for Little Heads event, the students came from ten different school districts within the Brazos Valley.
This year’s event provided 3,711 bike helmets to the children and was hosted by …

Central Texas Bike Ride | Brushy Creek Sports Complex | Monday, 27. February 2017


Training ride meeting at Brushy Creek Park start time 9am to 12 pm. Parmer lane out and back 20 to 25 miles. Please send Andrea a text 512-992-9358 giving me a heads up so I can look out for you. Bring two bottles water and a power bar.
Thank you #TeamHEB for riding this year! For first time riders, check out this short video to see the beautiful course and family festival at the Rosedale Ride #RosedaleProud

dfwbike Social Ride

by Shwimp | www.reddit.com

When: Feb 26th
Where: The Lot (7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214)
Time: 9:30 am
We will be meeting up at The LOT (near the back trail entrance) for a casual no drop cruise around White Rock Lake and then grabbing some brunch and drinks after.
Wheels down and ready to roll by 9:30am so please show up just a little early.
We will be doing two laps around the lake for a total of about 23mi at a 13-16mph pace. (we’ll split the group in 2 for …

A Few Leisurely Starter Rides to Enjoy this Amazingly Bikeable City

By San Antonio Current Staff | www.sacurrent.com

All that buzz about urban redevelopment, the Decade of Downtown and reviving San Antonio’s urban core usually skips over a key selling point: The area is ridiculously bikeable. Biking is (and hopefully, will remain) the hands-down best way to move in and around San Antonio, so expect more of us who live, work or play down here to travel to and from work, run errands, or head out at night on two feet-powered wheels. While navigating the traffic …

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan


Bid Date & Time: 03/16/17 2:00 PM
Owner Solic Number: 1617-16 , 1617-21 Status: bidding Report: 7543748
Country : United States State: TX County: Gregg Location: Longview
Scope: The development of a bicycle and pedestrian plan that will establish a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle network for transportation and recreational purposes, for the MPO area, while promoting walkability and connectivity in an efficient and safe environment. The Longview MPO seeks a consultant who will develop a comprehensive transportation network of sidewalks, multi-use pathways and other bicycle and pedestrian facilities, appropriate and achievable for the cities and communities within the Longview MPO Area.
Notes: Additional information and/or specifications may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Manager, 300 W. Cotton, Longview, Texas, or by calling 903-237-1324. QUESTIONS regarding this solicitation should be directed to Jaye Latch at (903) 237-1324/jlatch@longviewtexas.gov on or before 5:00 P.M. CST, February 14, 2017.
Plans: From Owner.
Outside Link: https://www.longviewtexas.gov/bids.aspx
Update Notes: Bid date extended from 03/03/17.
Owner Type: Public …

Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 41: Encinal, TX to Benavides, TX
Tuesday February 21, 2017, 50 miles (80 km) – Total so far: 2,039 miles (3,281 km)
Shortly after I woke up I heard a car door near my campsite under the bridge. This was followed by footsteps and a surprised laugh as my tent was spotted. Some workers had arrived and were surprised to see me, but had no problem with my being there. They were friendly and I chatted with one of them, Javier, for a while.
After breaking camp I set about repairing the puncture from last night. I found the hole on the inner tube and patched it, but …

Bicyclist remains in critical condition

Odessa American | www.oaoa.com

A 47-year-old Midland man remained in critical condition Wednesday one day after he was thrown from his bicycle during a collision with a full-size pickup on the south service road of eastbound Highway 191.
Fidel Rubalcaba Sr. continued receiving treatment at Midland Memorial Hospital where he was taken Tuesday following the …

Text When George Bush Park Flooded Needs Adjusting

Cycling Space City | cyclingspacecity.blogspot.com

I have previously written about one of my favorite bike commuting tools the USGS SMS Update when George Bush Park is flooded. Unfortunately this tool no longer seems to be effective. The Army Corps of Engineers is strengthening the dam and moving the current water gate and this looks to have effected the USGS sensors in the dam. From September through November 2016 the USGS wasn’t even providing text updates. The …

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RLAG Pre-Season Meet and Greet

Monday, Mar 20, 2017, 6:30 PM

REI – Downtown
601 N. Lamar Austin, TX

6 Mountain Bikers Attending

If you’re a mountain bike chick (or want to be) and you’ve heard about Austin’s Ride Like a Girl Mountain Bike program and want to know more, come join the ladies of Ride Like a Girl for a fun pre-season meet and greet to learn more!You will get to meet the RLAG Director, Cindy Abbott-Wood, as well as a few of the program’s volunteer ride leaders,…

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Central Texas man indicted in hit-and-run that left boy dead

By Sam DeLeon | www.kwtx.com

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Bell County Grand Jury handed up an indictment Wednesday against Ronal Norwood, 61, who was charged after the hit-and-run death of a local middle school student who was struck by a truck as he rode his bicycle.
Norwood remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond, charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Richard Snyder was struck as he rode his bicycle on Nov. 18, 2016 in the area of the 7-Eleven store at 2701 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. in Belton. …

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