Texas Bicycling News February 23rd 2017

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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Gorgeous Bike Ride Weather

What a gorgeous bike ride day! The temperature was 80 degrees when I left home at 12:08 to ride the “New Caney – Tavola – Valley Ranch” route. A bright blue sky and light breeze completed the picture perfect weather setting. I almost chose the thermal long sleeve jersey but changed my mind and went with a regular long sleeve jersey under a short sleeve one. The choice proved to be good as I was comfortable whether I rode in the shade or sun.

No other bikers along the route today. No rest stops either. The water in my bottle was cold until I drank the last of it at the end of the bike ride (2:36).

Today’s 34.37 miles boosted my monthly total to 392.91 miles.

Nothing unusual to report during the ride. The new headset bearings makes steering effortless. Soon I will replace the chain and rear cassette, probably at the 20,000 mile point in about 250 miles.

Next bike ride day will be Friday.

Links to RideWithGPS.com and Strava.com.

Weather at the airport at the start and finish followed by my home weather at the finish

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’Eyesore’ no more: Safety, beauty goals of nearly $3M project to transform 19th near Texas Tech

By MATT DOTRAY | lubbockonline.com

The drive along 19th Street is probably where most people get a glimpse of Texas Tech.
It’s a nice view of the campus, but with its bare dirt median, it’s not much to look at if a driver looks straight ahead.
The street doesn’t look like the frontage road near a major university, local and state leaders acknowledge, but Texas Tech is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Lubbock to change that with a …

Midland bicyclist in critical condition following collision


A Midland bicyclist was in critical condition Tuesday following a collision with a GMC Sierra on the service road of east Highway 191 where he was thrown and landed on a barbed wire fence.
Fidel Rubalcaba, Sr., 47, was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital following the …

Construction of Craig Ranch Pkwy Hike and Bike Trail


Bid Date & Time: 03/09/17 1:00 PM Prebid: 02/28/17 2:00 PM
Solicitation Title: Construction of Craig Ranch Pkwy Hike and Bike Trail
Owner Solic Number: 17-26CC, PK4413
Status: bidding Report: 7586012
Country : United States State: TX County: Collin Location: McKinney
Scope: Construction of pkwy hike and bike trail.
Notes: A non-mandatory per-bid conference is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the office of the City Purchasing Department, 1550-D South College, McKinney Texas 75069.
Plans: From Designer. See attached file.
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: McKinney, City of – Purchasing Department

This season, take part in America’s bike racing tradition


The crit: It’s the iconic American bike race. With an hour or less of racing that features fast corners and punchy straight-aways, the fast pace and non-stop action makes the criterium arguably the most exciting event for a racer. But it’s not just racers that love a good crit. A series of short laps around a closed course provides the constant action necessary for a …

Cycling in the Americas

By Sam Burchell | www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 39: Eagle Pass, TX to Catarina, TX
Sunday February 19, 2017, 54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 1,926 miles (3,100 km)
I woke up to see that the sky had turned cloudy. The forecast was for storms tonight so that was no great surprise. I packed up and left the ranch without incident.
This road again had a number of picnic areas so I stopped frequently. As I mentioned yesterday I don’t want to arrive ahead of my tyres so I enjoyed the rests. …

Day 40: Catarina, TX to Encinal, TX
Monday February 20, 2017, 63 miles (101 km) – Total so far: 1,989 miles (3,201 km)
When I woke, I found my rear tyre was flat. The last few punctures have been by glass in the front tyre, and took a while to find. The cause of this puncture was more obvious, an inch-long thorn that still protruded from the tyre. …

Ever Get Buzzed by a Car While Riding Your Bike?

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Ever get buzzed by a car while riding your bike? Want to do something about it?
Kinder Institute needs cyclists to record these near-misses. We want to see what routes are safer and which places are more dangerous. This information can be used to make Houston streets safer for all people riding bikes.
We need bike riders to report their daily trips for one week between March 4 and 10. The trips …

Easy Street Recumbents to host bike rally this weekend

Pam LeBlanc | fitness.blog.austin360.com

Rather sit back when you ride a bike?
An Austin bike shop that sells recumbent bicycles – two or three-wheeled bikes on which the rider leans back in a supportive seat with his or her legs extended in front to pedal – will host a celebration this weekend.
The Heart of Texas Recumbent Rally 2017 will include the …

2017 Zombie Goat Enduro – “Canyon” Stage 1

by TC | www.turnincranks.com

Riding a brand spanking new Pivot Switchblade from Cycle Progression in Austin, Texas. It took me a few runs to get in the groove with the new bike, and moved from 9th after Day 1 to 6th at …

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