Texas Bicycling News December 22nd 2016

What’s It Cost the City When a Cop Hits a Cyclist?

By Nina Hernandez | www.austinchronicle.com

After two years of negotiations, injured cyclist receives settlement
The city didn’t just settle with one Austin cop on Dec. 2 when it threw $35,000 to Geoffrey Freeman, the officer who shot and killed 17-year-old David Joseph back in February. The same day Freeman waived his right to arbitration and ended his effort to get his job back, the city agreed to settle a case that involved a second officer, who hit a bicyclist in the road and later admitted in a deposition that he didn’t know the …

Gift bicycles stolen from Some Other Place giveaway

By Dan Wallach | www.beaumontenterprise.com

Volunteers James Ruby, left, and Gerardo Segura, check their list to retrieve the right bicycle for the right family at the Some Other Place Toys for Kids program. More than 20 bicylces were stolen from a … more
Beaumont police might have located perhaps 20 or more bicycles stolen earlier today from the Some Other Place Toys for Kids gift giveaway and families that had counted on giving a bike to a child might see their Christmas saved.
Early today, a thief or thieves cut through three locks, forced open a gate in a storage pod on Some Other Place property at …

Beaumont police find 13 stolen bicycles in time for giveaway

Associated Press | www.oaoa.com

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Police say 13 snazzy new bicycles meant for needy children in Southeast Texas were stolen but recovered just in time to hand out as Christmas presents.
Beaumont police say nobody has been arrested for the theft reported Thursday morning by officials with a volunteer group called Some Other Place. Police say a storage unit where the …

Mary Moore Searight Park – Disc Golf Course

cyclingfan1981 | www.youtube.com

Clockwise loop from basket #18 to #1

Tweener 12/24 8:00 start

by planobob | www.planobicycle.org

Temperatures in the 50s, winds less than 5mph, 80% chance of no rain, OF COURSE we ride! Let’s burn some calories, so we can have some egg nog and pie and on and on. Meet at my white pickup by 7:45 for sign in and tail gate pre-ride chat. We will ride the usual 42 mile route at about 16 mph. This is a no drop ride.

Wednesday night ride

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016, 7:00 PM

No location yet.

1 HHRC members Attending

Road bike ride from the Heights hike and bike trail up White Oak Bayou and back. Please make sure your lights (front and back) are operational and bring plenty of water.

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Captain’s Blog – 12/21/2016 – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year!

by Peter Ray | cycling.powweb.com

$100K and Climbing – Woo hoo!
…It is indeed the most wonderful time of year. Hopefully each and everyone of you will find a little time in the next week or so to spend with family and friends. We’ve had an amazing year as a bike team in 2016, and there is just so much to celebrate. But first things first (drum roll please): We need to pause and acknowledge that we as a cycling team have now officially raised over $100,000 for Bike MS as …

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Dale Robertson Writes About the Betaseron Team

In today’s Houston Chronicle Cycling Notebook column, Dale Robertson writes about a team that will ride the Houston to Austin MS150 but not leave the Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston. The Betaseron Team will simulate the ride to Austin on stationary bikes.

Team members, lead by Dr. Cynthia Tait, suffer from multiple sclerosis. Dr. Tait came up with the concept in 2002. Read more at the Houston Chronicle link above.

Katy Ram Challenge, Texas Prairie and Skunks

The Katy Ram Challenge began at the Katy Mills Mall outside of the Sun Ski Sport store. Looking over the crowd and noticing numbers during the ride I estimate between 1565 to 1800 riders were on the roads north of Katy. The rest stops were full. The third one was short on sport drink when I got there. Rest stop 5 actually had two flavors of sport drink to choose from. I took the orange. The Vanilla Wafers were a nice switch.

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Tour de Houston = Fabulous! (Again)

Last year I used this same title and this year’s ride is a repeat. Weather in March can be unpredictable but today the blue sky and north tailwind for the return to downtown made the trip picture perfect. While the route this year is entirely different, going north instead of south, the experience of riding on the Hardy Toll Road without cars was special. It reminded me of years ago when the toll road first opened and the kickoff included a bike ride from the Spring toll plaza to Beltway 8 and back.

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