Tagged Bicycle Fatality

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 19th

Stolen Bike Houston – Transition Covert V2 White
by CovertV2        forums.mtbr.com
Long time reader, first time poster.
Unfortunately I am creating a post to alert everyone in the Houston area of a stolen bike. It is a Transition Covert V2, in white. It can be identified by the missing front deralliuer shifter, Specialized brand chain slap guard, and relatively new tubeless high roller tires.
It was stolen in Midtown, today between 11:30am and 12:30pm
If seen, it would be much appreciated if you could message me with location and other details. I have filed a police report.

Woman on bike struck and killed by train
by KVUE News
LULING, TX — A 50-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon when she attempted to cross railroad tracks blocked off by crossing arms.
Luling Police reported Carolyn Spears was riding her bicycle south on Walnut Street approaching Pierce Street in Luling around 4:40 p.m.
Witnesses and railroad personnel told police they saw Spears pass to the right of two cars stopped in front of the lowered crossing arms and ride onto the tracks. A Union Pacific train going 31 miles per hour struck the woman on her bike.
She was pronounced dead at the scene more than an hour later.
The Luling and Union Pacific police departments both investigated the…

HBC Brenham Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
2/1/2014        9:00 AM
Distances:    33(B), 40(B), 50(C), 59(C) miles
Varying hills, some require low gears. Quite a nice ride, particularly in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming. Stores at Long Point and Burton. In Brenham, stop at Must Be Heaven (113 W. Alamo) for Blue Bell.






Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 17th

Capellan gets shock incarceration, 10 years’ probation in cyclist’s 2012 death
Jurors handed down 10-year suspended prison sentence in December.
By Walt Nett        lubbockonline.com
A former Texas Tech student received 10 years’ probation in the hit-and-run death of a woman riding her bicycle near University Medical Center in July 2012.
But before 24-year-old Benito Francis Capellan is out on the street, he must complete 134 days on shock probation — a boot camp-styled program meant to discourage first offenders from re-offending by exposing them to an…

ARR/RLAG Club Ride @ Reveille Peak Ranch
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, February 8, 2014    10:00 AM
Reveille Peak Ranch
2046 County Road 115 , Burnet, TX (map)
Main Parking Area – look for the Austin Ridge Rider Banner
Austin Ridge Rider & Ride Like A Girl Monthly Club Ride on the granite at Reveille Peak Ranch!
All mountain bikers are welcome, riders will break into groups based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and pace (fast, casual, slow). This is a No Drop ride so no one gets left behind or lost, we will get you back to the trail head for the after party;)
Remember to bring your helmet, plenty of water, and cash for the park entry fee. Everyone is also invited to bring a dish to…

Interview- Freeze Your Fanny Bike and Run 2014 – Longview, TX

Don’t be kicked to the curb by the cold weather! Embrace it, and join us for the Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride and Run on February 1st, 2014 in Longview. Get the scoop on this ride with our exclusive Wheel Brothers interview with B’Ann Boiles.

Why join the Freeze Your Fanny Ride?
This is a great ride that has been improving every year for over two decades. There is a variety of distances and challenges offered for different skill levels. We even have a kid route. Additionally, an new route was introduced a few years ago that has proven to be a tough, hilly ride.
Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride and Run 2014
How long has your ride been around?
This race has been around 26 years, and…

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar

New Event: Easter Hill Country Tour 2014 – Kerrville, TX: Recurring Event First start: 2014-04-17 08:00:00 CDT… http://t.co/12kpW9RhCP

— Rick Ankrum (@texbiker) January 17, 2014



Open track time tomorrow 1-4PM. This is for experienced track riders only. BYO track bike as containers will not be open.

— Alkek Velodrome (@AlkekVelodrome) January 18, 2014


RT @JDCo: Attn Hou cyclists: Have eyes peeled for Monday @HoustonChron editorial on bike safety pls RT @BikeHouston @BikeTexas @BikeBarnTX — Bike Barn (@BikeBarnTX) January 17, 2014

#rideforreading @ElPasoTXGov @CrazyCatCyclery @VisitElPasoTX #elpaso pic.twitter.com/SKwq1Tbyeb — VeloPaso (@velopaso) January 17, 2014


A year in the making, we’ve completely reimagined @AllTrails . See what you’ve been missing: http://t.co/5hRFdYLIRy pic.twitter.com/PCQBG5YJeE

— AllTrails.com (@AllTrails) January 17, 2014


Rudolph’s Revenge is next weekend! If you haven’t registered yet, go ahead and sign up today. http://t.co/QGsjhMJsoe http://t.co/DvR5MkGMMR

— Texas MTB Trails (@TexasMTBtrails) January 17, 2014


It’s going to be a great weekend in Texas – road, dirt, and cross races. Pick you poison. http://t.co/IoFhspjt43 #texasbikeracing #cycling

— TexasBikeRacing.com (@txbikeracing) January 17, 2014


Tomorrow! Share the joy! http://t.co/o03Dj3lMI1 #mtb #kids #ride #austin

— Bicycle Sport Shop (@BSS_Austin) January 17, 2014

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 16th

Mitchell heads to Texas ahead of most hectic season of career
By Colin Thompson        www.royalgazette.com

Top female cyclist Nicole Mitchell departed for Texas yesterday to step up preparations for arguably the busiest season of her career.
The 30-year old will launch her campaign at next month’s Tour of New Braunfels in the Lone Star state before jetting off to Arizona for the Valley of the Sun and Tucson Bicycle Classic.
All three events will provide Mitchell with ideal training for May’s Pan American Continental Championships in Guatemala.
The Ariel Re software developer arrived in Texas in…

Carthage cyclist hit, killed by pickup
A Carthage man died Monday morning after he was run over while riding his bicycle along U.S. 59 in Panola County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Tony Weldon Gilliam, 50, was riding his bicycle south on the shoulder, DPS said. Douglas Minton, 82, of Marshall was following Gilliam in a pickup, DPS said.
The wreck happened shortly before 5 a.m. when Minton suffered a stroke and…

IRT Wheels – Inertia Racing Technology
Power shot! Lauren Stephens of FCS Cycling Team powering through the sand of the Texas Resolution ‘Cross Cup. Photo courtesy of John Watson.

Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Building Day
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, January 26, 2014    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX (map)
It’s a big park please see map link below…then click it.
Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILDING Day
Austin Ridge Riders trail building project to bring new trail at the park.
NO TRAIL BUILDING EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Austin Ridge Riders will provide tools & guidance for volunteers, as well as a prize raffle after the work. Volunteers get into the park for free on trail building days.
If it’s been a long time since you have built trail, or if you have never built trail, please give it a try. It’s very rewarding to see a new trail take shape that many riders will enjoy for…

From Maypearl a Grand View – Lone Star Cyclists
Pace: Touring with a Fast Pace Option (Touring is a varied pace with frequent stops averaging 12-15 mph)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 8:30am
Location: Maypearl High School, 600 Phillips St, 76064
GPS 32.316025,-97.01756
Distances: 41 and 60 Miles
Mark O’Maypearl (Mark Robinson) has worked out a couple of real nice routes for us down south.
His 41 miler (From Maypearl a Grand View of Something Auburn) takes us from Maypearl over to Itasca, Grandview, Auburn and back to the high school.
His 60 mile route (From Maypearl Turn Corner Midway to Pluto) leaves Maypearl, heads to Itasca, Carl’s Corner, Midway, Milford, Dale’s Acre, and Pluto before returning to Maypearl.
It’s a pretty good bet both of these routes will have cows lining the roads to see their favorite Lone Star Cyclists ride by. The rolling country roads will also have dips and climbs granting us intimate closeness with…

Northwest Cycling Club Newsletter January – February

Austin PD Leads With Safe Passing PSA

Shortly after the passage of Austin’s Vulnerable Road User Ordinance, the Austin Police Department released this video to demonstrate how to pass safely. In addition to the agency’s Safe Biking sting, the PSA is a complimentary way in which the Austin PD has taken steps to apply its local safe passing law and acknowledge that it’s effectiveness lies in its enforcement.
“Vulnerable Road User Ordinance violations are very hard to observe and enforce,” said Austin Police Commander Fred Fletcher. “It is our hypothesis that most VRUO violations occur because motor vehicle operators are simply unaware of how dangerous it is – and how it feels – for a…

DORBA Frozen Endurance Series at Northshore
Texas Mountain Bike Trails

This Saturday, Jan 18th, kicks off the DORBA Frozen Endurance Series with DFW’s favorite trail, NORTHSHORE!
I don’t know about you, but I am super pumped about this race.
For those that have never done a DORBA Frozen Endurance race, here is what you need to know.
What Is It?
It is a 4 or 6 hour endurance race that you can do solo or as a 2 person team.
This ain’t cross country, so don’t go out and blow your legs on lap 1. You will want to cruise at a sustainable pace during your laps (unless you’re on a team) so that you…

2014 Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest

Saris Cycling Group has announced the 2014 5th Grade National Poster Contest. This year’s theme is President John F. Kennedy’s quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
5th grade posterWe invite your school to participate in this year’s contest. Encourage all your fifth graders to get their creative juices flowing to design an award-winning poster. Each school should select the top poster to submit to BikeTexas, the Texas contest coordinator, for the statewide contest.
The winning Texas artist will receive a bicycle, a helmet, and a light, and goes on to the national contest for a chance at a trip to…

Three ways to influence how east side of Butler Trail looks
By Pam LeBlanc        www.austin360.com

When the new boardwalk opens this summer, traffic will spike on the eastern portion of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
Want a say in how the part of the trail between Interstate 35 and Longhorn Dam looks in the future?
The Trail Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department need help developing their Southeast Shore Master Plan. Here are three ways for you to pitch in: …

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January 15th Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup

Who’s Legal In Austin Bike Lanes?
Some Austin bike lanes are becoming a battleground between cyclists and pedestrians.
Streets, like Shoal Creek, can have joggers and walkers invading the space stripped for bikers.
Whether it’s on tennis shoes or tires, where the rubber meets the road matters in Austin.
“About 30 miles a day, on average,” said Gary Obernolte spends a big chunk of his day on two wheels. He says Austin’s bike lanes make the city safer, except when pedestrians invade this space.
“Shoal Creek you see it more often, mainly the runners are in the bike path,” said Obernolte.
And cyclists say injuries are inevitable.
“Cyclists are traveling close to 20 miles per hour in a bike lane. You could nick them or hit them if they’re…

Good vibrations for Craddock at Giant-Shimano
By: José Been        www.cyclingnews.com

American neo-professional looks ahead to 2014

Lawson Craddock is one of five new riders at Team Giant-Shimano for 2014. The American signed a contract after top ten finishes at the Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, although the then-Argos-Shimano team management had already scouted him before those results came about.

“I talked to [general manager] Iwan [Spekenbrink] as early as March 2013. I felt really good vibrations from the team. It was the right fit. This really was a no-brainer to me. This team can help me become the best cyclist I can possibly be,” Craddock told Cyclingnews at the Giant-Shimano team launch in Lelystad, the Netherlands.

The 21-year old Craddock comes from Texas and is proud to be born and…

Bike & Build

Following hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact on the Gulf Coast in 2005, Bike & Build re-routed Southern U.S. in 2006 to join the ongoing rebuilding effort in the Gulf Coast. The second week of the trip will be spent building in areas that are still in need of hurricane reconstruction. From there the group continues their trek West onto the ranges of Northern Texas, the deserts of the South West and, eventually, the coast of Northern California. While the name “Southern” is often noted by many potential applicants as red flag for extreme heat and a summer spent in the desert, the route’s alumni look back…

Race Results for S&S Trails’ Excruciation Exam – Warda, TX
Men – Cat 1/2/3
Place     Points     Name    City, State    Time     USAC #    Bib    Team
[1st Place]     1    533.50    Nathan Winkelmann       Huntsville, TX    05:02:48     188575      84     WTF/BikeLane
[2nd Place]     2    538.64    Mason Shea       Austin Tx    05:09:14     286395      97     Coach Ahmadi
[3rd Place]     3    543.78    Elliot McKinney       Amarillo, TX    05:09:42     169299      99
4    548.92    Wallace Groda       Santa Fe, TX    05:22:41     14246      89     Tile roofs of tx / bike barn
5    554.06    Zach Ross       Houston , TX    05:22:43     310652      96     Tile Roofs of Texas/ Bike Barn
6    559.20    Robert Biard       Austin, TX    05:23:41     260814      86     787 Racing
7    564.34    Joshua de Boisblanc       Austin, TX    05:25:11     316522      87     Team Cycle Progression
8    569.48    Brady Stewart       Spring Branch, TX    05:30:50     345142      98     Chain Link Racing
9    574.62    Rocky Gingg       Austin    05:32:23     375122      88     Team Cycle Progression …

Interview – Megan Baab Memorial Road Race 2014 – Coryell, Tx
Here is another great upcoming race to check out. Megan Baab Memorial Road Race takes place on January 18th, 2014. Megan Baab was an incredibly talented young woman and avid cyclist who was tragically killed in a head-on collision while on a training ride. She was a life-long riding enthusiast and was attending college on a cycling scholarship. Her spirit lives on in so many ways – and because she was so devoted to cycling, this ride is one of them. Read more to learn about this great event, and about the great things they have been able to do with the race funds. Get ready for a challenging ride for a good cause.

Why join Megan Baab Memorial Road Race?
The Megan Baab Memorial Road Race is a perfect first race of the year.  It has kicked off the USAC road season no for about 10 years.  It’s a tough race, but one where you can judge your winter training. …

Lone Star XC Series

There’s a new XC race series in town!
Introducing The Lone Star XC Series
A seven race cross country series across Dallas Fort Worth.
the Lone Star XC Series currently has 4 races on the calendar that are ready to go and another 3 races in the pipeline. Here are the dates and locations for the first 4 races.
March 1st: Northshore
April 6th: Sansom Park
May 24th: Erwin Park
June 14th: Big Cedar Wilderness Trail…

January 18th (new route) and 19th Rides!
Steiner Ranch Cycling Club
Saturday we had 12 riders for the Avery Ranch ride and it was perfect weather with the exception of the pollen clouds it was a perfect day.  We even had a tail wind on the way back to Steiner Ranch going down the 620.
Sunday we had 8 riders and we went out to Ski Shores and again we had perfect weather but when we descended down Glenn Lake Blvd you could see these huge clouds of pollen blow across the road.  I have never seen anything like it.
New Kits? We are starting to talk about getting new kits made in 2014.  We will probably do a smaller run so that means only our active riders will get a free kit.  That being said, we will give anyone an option to buy a kit or jersey as part of the order.  The cost to purchase a jersey or kit will still be less expensive than what you could buy in a bike store.
So the big question is should we go with a new design or should…

Transit Priority Lanes for Cyclists, 101.
by djcurtin        bicyclesportshop.wordpress.com
We received an email from the City of Austin Bicycle Program regarding Transit Priority Lanes that are coming to Guadalupe and Lavaca streets and we want to share the explanation of this new mobility feature with you. Happy reading and riding!
Transit Priority Lanes 101
Greetings! There are some changes coming to Guadalupe and Lavaca streets and we want you to be in the know. The Austin Transportation Department’s Transit Priority Lane project has created new bicycle facilities along both roads. Guadalupe and Lavaca now feature bicycle lanes on the right side of the road, outside of the new Transit Priority Lane, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the north, to Cesar Chavez Street to the south.
The new bicycle lane is similar to any other dedicated bicycle lane. Right-turning cars must yield to the cyclists in the lane. The northbound dedicated bicycle lane continues from the South 1st Street Bridge onto Lavaca. On Lavaca, between 4th and 5th Streets and between…

Photographing a Nightmare
A Houston photographer discovers cycling and uses his talent to help spread a message about awareness
By Chris Lockwood, BikeHouston Board Member

Look closely at the image above. It represents a fear shared by everyone who rides.
This haunting image recently made the rounds on Facebook and was shared across Houston’s cycling community. It was created by Houston photographer, Bryan Anderson.
Anderson became interested in photography in college. While traveling in Los Angeles he noticed lot more people there using bicycles to run errands and for basic transportation. Living in the East End of Houston with so many stores, restaurants and businesses close by, he thought he should do the same. So he bought a Townie, a basic city cruiser which he uses to get around the neighborhood.
Recently while sitting in Starbucks, he heard about a local woman, Chelsea Norman, who was…

Bike Lanes / Facilities » Transit Priority Lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets
by AusTexMurf        bicycleaustin.info

Happening Now: City crews are completing Transit Priority Lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets from Cesar Chavez Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in preparation for Capital Metro’s new MetroRapid bus service that launches January 26, 2014!
In partnership with Capital Metro’s MetroRapid premium bus service, Transit Priority Lanes will help move people through downtown safer and faster! The specially striped BUS ONLY lanes are designated lanes for transit vehicles and cars making right turns. To the right of the Transit Priority Lane is…

ARR Trail Stewardship Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – 18:00 – 21:00
ARR Trail Stewardship Meeting
When: Wed, Feb 5 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  Pizza, drinks, beer, wine are all available for purchase.  Come early to eat and drink, formal meeting begins at 7:00PM.
Where:  Pizza Bistro , 12001 Burnet Road @ Mopac, 512-832-5550, www.pizzabistro.com
Who should attend:  All current ARR Trail Stewards and Assistant Trail Stewards, any ARR member interested in learning more about trail stewardship activities and/or becoming a Trail Steward, anyone currently working on off-road cycling activities (dirt jump, pump track, bike park, etc.) in Central Texas, and anyone interested in…

Whole Paycheck
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
The newest Whole Foods store just opened.  It is a mere 4 miles as the Old Guy pedals.  Although it is inconveniently located in The Domain shopping center, a haven for suburban car domination.  The owners might like to pay lip service to transit, walking and biking, but that’s all it is.  Pure, simple green-washing lip service.

While some people might think it is not a cycling destination, I don’t find it that terribly difficult.  There are some risks and you have to be attentive, as your fellow road users frequently aren’t.
I rode over there to see the madness of the grand opening.  And that’s what I found.  Cars everywhere, many circling to…

An Old Guy On Two Wheels
No, not the annoying get-out-of-my-way noise from a car or truck.  In this case the honk comes from Honk!TX, an annual festival of street bands.  The local crazies, Minor Mishap Marching Band and bands from all over the U.S. fill the streets and parks of Austin with musical goodness and just plain fun.
Since its inception, the festival has been supported by Austin Yellow Bike.  Each year we fix up a small fleet of loaner bikes for visiting musicians to use during the event.  The bikes then return to the shop.  They get refurbished either as…

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