Texas Bicycling News Digest November 16th 2017

WurstCross 2017

Jason Baker |www.youtube.com

WurstCross 2017, the last round of the 2017 Austin Cyclocross Cup.

Vista Ridge parents: Bike lane change even more dangerous

By Lauren Kravets | kxan.com

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Concerns from parents of school children and those who live in the Vista Ridge neighborhood led to a change in the area’s bike lane — one that some say is a dangerous alteration.
“It takes a situation that was already very dangerous and it makes it even worse,” said parent Nathanael Ferguson. …

Unsafe streets killed my mother. It’s time to act.

Colleen Corcoran | www.houstonchronicle.com

This Sunday is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

It’s been one year since I have seen my mother, the day after Thanksgiving last year.
Just over two months later we would say goodbye to her for the last time, after she biked into an intersection she knew to be dangerous, in front of an oncoming light rail train, on her way to work in Houston.
The day after her death, my family and I went to the crash site. We watched more than a dozen people cross this complicated intersection against the …

Novice Ride 11.18.2017 @ 8am

cmathews | www.planobicycle.org

Novice ride goes at 8 am from Coit and Spring Creek at the Stonewood Professional Office Park parking lot (usual place by the dumpster). We are in for a treat: Guest ride leader Kathy Atkinson will be leading us around the town. I’ll be there at 7:45 to give the safety speech and get the waivers signed.

I can not ride a bike for another week or so due to a recent heart procedure. All went well and I’m looking forward to being back in the PBA peloton.

Saturday’s forecast calls for temps in the low 60’s and a stiff breeze cropping up from the southeast. Enjoy the ride!! …

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Bike Ride to Atascocita – Walden

Another short bike ride today, 24.4 miles on the “Atascocita – Walden” route. This leaves 24 miles to reach my 360 mile goal for November. I am enjoying the warm November weather that will probably get much cooler on Sunday. When I started at 12:39 PM it was 78 (75% humidity) and at the 2:27 PM finish it moved up a couple of degrees (71% humidity). The high humidity made the air heavy but warm. I decided to wear a short sleeve jersey and for the first couple of miles I was feeling some chill but then the body heat kicked in and I didn’t notice it anymore.

I continue to fine tune the TV antenna and will work on it some after I finish writing. The antenna has a rotor on it but no instructions on what happens when I push the remote buttons. This wouldn’t be so bad if I could watch the antenna move when I press a button but I have to walk inside, push the button and then go back outside to see what happened.

No events on today’s bike ride, just pedaling. With the shorter distance no rest stop was needed.

Plan on biking Friday.

Texas Bicycling News Digest November 15th 2017

Police: Driver didn’t stop after hitting man on bike

By: FOX4News.com Staff | www.fox4news.com

DALLAS – A man was seriously hurt while riding his bike on Malcolm X Boulevard in South Dallas.
Police believe a pickup truck hit the man�s bicycle late Tuesday night. The victim was not wearing a helmet and did not have any lights on his bike.
Although it …

City of Austin looking to expand Shoal Creek Trail to the Domain

by Adam Hammons | cbsaustin.com

The city of Austin held its last workshop Wednesday on plans to expand the Shoal Creek Trail that planners hope could bring more commuters to the trail.
Current plans are to extend the trail that stops at 38th Street to the Domain, and eventually to the Walnut Creek Trail.
“Which will create the big loop, which is a 30 mile loop around the city of Austin,” Shoal Creek Conservancy board member Clinton Sayers said.
On Wednesday, the city at the …

2 Bellaire Cyclists Trek Israel In Support Of Defense Forces

By Scott McDonald | patch.com

Mark Mucasey and Craig Teller joined more than 30 other cyclists, including David Massin of Houston, in 350-mile ride

BELLAIRE, TX — Two Bellaire cyclists and another from Houston concluded an intense six-day bicycle ride through Israel last month with a group of more than 30 other fellow cyclists. Mark Mucasey and Craig Teller of Bellaire and David Massin of Houston endured rough Israeli terrain in support of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).
The more than …

Cranksgiving Wookie episode 1

Woody C. Harrison | vimeo.com

Cranksgiving 2017 is going to be a new experience! Ride, a lot, build, a lot. We’ll have raffle tickets for laps and for trail improvements. Food, drink, a volunteer appreciation party and more.

Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017, 6:15 PM

15200 Memorial Dr
15200 Memorial Dr Houston, Te

1 cyclists Attending

This will be a medium to fast pace ride through the Ant Hills of Hershey Park! Bring WATER, spare tube/tire, snacks, etc…Helmets required. Call if you are going to be late so we can wait for you. Wheels rolling by 6:30! See you there

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Gulfton Residents Loved Their Bike Lane


On Sunday, November 5, BikeHouston along with the City’s Public Works department and Traffic Engineers Inc. built a temporary bike lane at the Sunday Streets event in Gulfton. Residents and visitors got a first-hand look at what a protected cycle track would look like in their neighborhood and it was a hit! We are hoping to do …

‘Unsung Hero’ Keeps The BH Books In Order


You may not remember when BikeHouston transitioned from a scrappy, all-volunteer organization to a scrappy, full-time nonprofit advocacy group. That transition was successful, and it couldn’t have happened without Rick Hecksel.
Around the time that BikeHouston was establishing itself and taking on staff, Rick was wrapping up a long career as a CPA. Volunteer talent was — and still is — essential to the …

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Silver Car Upside Down Bike Ride

I got a later start on today’s bike ride because I was finishing up installing a new outdoor TV antenna to improve our reception. Last week I disconnected our satellite service to become a cord cutter. Starting at 12:29 PM the sky was overcast to mostly cloudy, 76 degrees (74% humidity) with a light 4 mph breeze. The routes was “Kingwood – FM1485 – Kingwood” for a total of 28.3 miles. I only need 48 miles to reach the 360 mile goal for November and 298 miles to reach 7,430 miles for the year.

My wardrobe choice was a long sleeve and short sleeve jersey over bike shorts. I probably could’ve not worn the long sleeve jersey as the temperature warmed to 80 degrees by the time I finished at 2:30 PM but some times the wind was chilly and I prefer hot to cold.

Sadly as I rode north on the I-69/US59 service road there were lots of flashing lights as I approached the FM 1314 exit from the freeway. When I got there a silver car was upside down in the grass between the service road and the freeway. Two DPS troopers were at the back of the car looking at stuff from the car. I didn’t see an ambulance so no idea what happened to the person(s) inside. By the time I returned on the south bound service road there was no sign of the accident. I said a prayer for the people involved.

With the light wind and moderate weather I built my average speed up to 15.2 mph for a short period before getting back to Kingwood and slowing down. Average power was 88 watts but I got up to 95 watts average at one point. Sometimes when the wind is helping watts is not very meaningful.

Warm weather will stick around through Saturday and I plan on biking. Sunday a cold front should arrive and biking will slow way down.