Texas Bicycling News Digest June 16th

A reminder: Staying safe on the hike-and-bike trail

by Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

Last fall, a runner died after she collided with a cyclist on a recreational trail that winds through downtown Dallas.
Police determined that no one was at fault, and no charges were filed. But the incident shook the community, and showed that trail etiquette can have life-or-death consequences.
In Austin, more than 100 miles of trails, including the 10 most-loved miles that encircle Lady Bird Lake, twist through the city. In recent years, those trails have grown increasingly congested. Runners and cyclists, tourists and nature walkers, sometimes two or three abreast, share a trail also populated by strollers, dogs, a serenading musician or two and the occasional squirrel that darts across the path.
According to the Trail Foundation, the nonprofit group that works to maintain it, the trail around Lady Bird Lake records an estimated 1.5 million visits each year.
The challenge is to figure out now – rather than after someone gets …

Investigation into Fatal Crash at 1700 Antoine


Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 1700 Antoine about 7:10 p.m. on Monday (June 15).
The male victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant P. Kung and Officer C. Washington reported:
The victim was riding a bicycle northbound on Antoine when he and the driver of a white Isuzu box truck both stopped at a red light at the intersection of Long Point.  When the light turned green, the Isuzu’s driver proceeded through the intersection, striking the bicyclist.  The driver remained at …

Texas cyclists visit Little Rock en route to Alaska


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – About 30 University of Texas students who are biking their way to Alaska stopped by Little Rock to visit the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The University announced that the Texas 4000 team visited the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and UAMS Myeloma Institute Monday. The group is part of the longest …

Boy Scout turned Soldier aims for gold at DOD Warrior Games

By    Shannon Collins         www.army.mil

EL PASO, Texas (Army News Service, June 15, 2015) — When fifth grader and Boy Scout Stefan Leroy watched the World Trade Center towers fall during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he knew then he wanted to serve his country.
“We really saw the world change, and then thinking about service, commitment to yourself, your community and your country, the Army’s kind of a natural place to go from there,” said Sgt. Stefan Leroy, a cavalry scout, who now serves at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland.
Years later, Leroy found himself carrying a fellow Soldier to a …

Get Involved: Bike Happenings Near You


Cities around Texas are working on bike plans, master plans, and other plans to keep our cities and our state moving in all kinds of ways as we continue to grow. Don’t miss out on what may be happening near you!

Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi’s MPO is working on a strategic plan for active mobility. Take a survey or get more involved with their mapping to let them know where you ride– and where you need to see improvement.
Houston: Take a survey for …

SA Update: Vision Zero: Making San Antonio’s Streets Safe (Rivard Report)

by Matthew        bike4heck.com

I’ve been a fan of the Rivard Report for sometime and hope to contribute to them someday. I’ve been asked before since starting the blog.
This year we had a run off election here in San Antonio. We had a interim mayor Ivy Taylor ever since Julian Castro moved up to Washington DC. (Julian Castro was very pro-cycling) During the race there where three major candidates and about 12 others that didn’t have a chance. After speaking with a connection at Bike Texas a state based Bicycle advocacy group I learned that only one candidate asked for their assistance to help develop his …

Tour de Trash

by Bill Cullins        bcullins.blogspot.com

This is the season for large multi-day cycling races such as the Tour of California, Tour of Italy (‘Giro d’Italia’), the upcoming Tour de France and similar events.
The regions and towns these events pass through take great pride in showcasing the beauty of their areas to the millions of potential tourists who watch these races in person or on television.
Unfortunately, San Angelo does not have a large televised multi-day cycling event and that’s probably for the best.
If we had a local cycling race of that type, the only logical name would be the ‘Tour de Trash’.
The amount of intentionally-discarded litter that decorates many roadsides, parking lots and …

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Peary Perry teams up with inmates at a local prison to repair bikes and give them to any child who needs one

by Ken Hoffman        www.houstonchronicle.com

Peary Perry, 71, collects used bicycles for a prison program at the Carol Vance Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Inmates refurbish the bicycles, which are then are donated to under-privileged children during the holidays.
You know the saying.
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Double Lake Beginner Racer Clinic Round 2(no rain!)


Event category: Clinics
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 12:00pm
GHORBA wants to put on an event to get new racers out to try mountain bike racing! This event will go over what you and your friends will want/need to know to tackle a race! Bring questions!!!! Coach Nathan Winkelmann will be on site to lead the clinic.

Bike safety

www.chron.com Letters to the Editor

Regarding “Ups and downs” (Page B7, Saturday), I saw your thumbs down on the Tour de Houston because the 60-mile route went through a park named after a mayoral candidate supported by the mayor’s former aides.
I have another thumbs down for you: Why is a city-sponsored bike ride supporting reforestation of the city when it should support more and safer bike lanes throughout the city? It’s time for this event to get its priorities straight.
Louis Cioletti, Pearland

Big Southie pre-ride

Saturday, Mar 28, 2015, 9:00 AM

Dick Nichols District Park
8011 Beckett Rd Austin, TX

8 Mountain Bikers Went

9AM, Sat 3/28 at Dick Nichols park. This will be the last weekend for guided pre-rides before the official event on 4/4.Will be faster (10 mph) and casual (7 mph) groups.Day-of the Big Southie, there will be no ride leaders or sag support. https://thebigsouthie.wordpress.com/

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Big Southie pre-ride

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015, 9:00 AM

Dick Nichols District Park
8011 Beckett Rd Austin, TX

4 Mountain Bikers Went

9AM, Sun 3/29 at Dick Nichols park. This will be the last weekend for guided pre-rides before the official event on 4/4.Hoping to have two different speed groups.Day-of the Big Southie, there will be no ride leaders or sag support. https://thebigsouthie.wordpress.com/

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Celebrate Earth Day at Exploration Green April 25


Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 to 2:00, Bay Area’s new Exploration Green will host its inaugural Earth Day Celebration at the 200-acre green space in the heart of Clear Lake. Free and open to all, festivities will include traditional outdoor games, running and walking, education and environmental activities and volunteer opportunities for visitors all ages. …

… Cyclo-Cross Exhibition – Witness the exciting sport of cyclocross with its challenging rough course races requiring riders to quickly dismount and carry the bike at times. Mountain biking beginners start at 10:30 a.m. and experienced mountain bike riders start at 11:15 a.m. …

Lancaster Country Ride on April 11th

by Marc Mumby        www.bikedfw.org

Make plans for a fabulous day of Texas springtime cycling in the beautiful countryside fifteen minutes south of downtown Dallas! For the 18th year, the Greater Dallas Bicyclists, together with the City of Lancaster, is staging the Lancaster Country Ride on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9 am.
Join the Greater Dallas Bicyclists’ annual rally and cycle along the scenic back roads of Ellis County visiting the small communities of Ferris and Palmer. The routes traverse flats, rolling hills and some challenging climbs. Rest stops are situated every 12 miles with water, sports drink and fruit. The ride is …

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Fronteras 330: Bicycling in the Southwest – Foster & Pearson

Fronteras: A Changing America (Ep. 330) Monica Ortiz Uribe has a discussion with Bennet Foster, President of Velo Paso and George Pearson, League Cycling Instructor #2614 about bicycle safety and future plans to make the area more bike friendly. More information about…

Houston Ghost Bikes
The Houston Ghost Bike Facebook page is about keeping track of all cyclist who has passed away from car related incidents, poor streets related incidents, & crime related incidents against cyclist.

The page will keep track of cyclists death, names, location, news article, vigil events, court trial dates, and…

San Antonio Cycling Club Ride Schedule

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM:
Lonesome Oak Ride, 26 or 33 miles
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM:
Leon Creek Trails, Mainland Trail Head
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM:
Port SA Afternoon Ride
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM:
Leon Creek Trails, Mainland Trail Head
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM:
The Amigos Ride

Texas student taking summer bike ride

Picture Cutline: (l to r) Bill Wallace, Ashley Wallace, Louise Dannehl, Jerry Dannehl.
Ashley Wallace, of Austin, Texas will be going on a cancer bike ride this summer called the Texas 4000.

Her father is Bill Wallace, who is from Lexington. He is the brother of cancer patient Louise Dannehl.

Ashley Wallace says the Texas 4000 is a bike ride from Texas to Alaska.

“So Texas 4000 is the longest charity bike ride in the world. It’s twice the length of the Tour De France. And it’s about 90 students from the University of Texas at Austin riding their bikes from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to raise…

Bayou City Outdoors

Date: January 25, 2014
Event: Bayou City Outdoors

About the Ride: This is a very social ride (we chat a lot) and all levels of riders are welcome. We will start the morning off with a leisurely coffee at Onion Creek and then cruise through 2-3 markets to shop for fresh produce, sauces, jams, and bread. This is a 12-15 mile ride that lasts about three hours so bring plenty of water and a backpack to carry your goodies!

Plan on sticking around after the ride to enjoy lunch at Onion Creek Cafe.  They are a locally owned eatery and one of the first of it’s kind.  Good food, good brews and…

City of McAllen Arbor Day Challenge

Date: January 25, 2014
Event: City of McAllen Arbor Day Challenge

About the Ride: This past year, the City of McAllen, Keep McAllen Beautiful, and Texas Forestry Service organized our first annual Arbor Day Challenge.  This year, we teamed up again to bring you an exciting, family-friendly event that will play an important role in “planting” the future for trees in our city.

This coming year, on January 25th, 2014, Keep McAllen Beautiful will be hosting the second annual Arbor Day Challenge.  We invite you to come out and participate with the rest of your community!  Get active, celebrate trees, and…

Bike crash temporarily sidelines Fit City

By Pam LeBlanc
I’m really bad at sitting still. Which means, of course, that I’m really bad at injuries.

Saturday, I was riding my new dual suspension mountain bike at the Slaughter Creek Trail with my husband and some friends when I hit a patch of jagged limestone and got slammed to the ground. Just like that my right leg and arm looked like I’d gotten into a wrestling match with a dozen angry house cats.

The fall won me a trip to the minor emergency center, where the doctor ordered…

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for September 24th

Biking from Austin to Denver
… I wish I could do it! 1400 Miles is a new campaign and film following Texas craft beer brewers cycling from Austin to Denver in 14 days to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The ride kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Austin’s North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery (NXNW) at 7 am and ends in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 8 just in time for the Great American Beer Festival. How freaking cool is that?
Austin Beer Works hosts a party tomorrow, Tuesday, from 6-9pm to celebrate the cyclists and kick off the ride.
Motivated by NXNW’s Brewmaster Don Thompson’s inspirational recovery from prostate cancer, the two-week ride will…

Bike Safety Expo To Promote Safety Among Cyclists and Motorists [Audio]
by Roni Vowels        kfyo.com

On Tuesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Susan Alger, spokeswoman for the West Texas Cycling Association, gave the details of next month’s Bike Safety Expo to educate motorists and cyclists on safety measures that should be taken when sharing the road. The expo will take place on Saturday October 19th at the South Plains Mall from noon to 4 pm.
The Association has teamed up with University Medical Center for brain injury awareness month and…

The Byke Project
Wednesday Night, Sept 25th, The Byke Project is taking it to the streets, GreenStreet to be exact.
“Destination GreenStreet” is an all inclusive bike ride hosted by the Byke Project & Greenstreet in Downtown (formerly known as Houston Pavilions).
The ride meets from 6 – 7pm at UNDERDOG Bar at 4212 Washington Ave. where beer and bites will be served. The ride departs at 7pm on a 10 – 15 mile casual route before we end at…

Do you need a ‘black box’ camera for your bike?
Rideye is a video camera that goes on your handlebars or helmet. Its continuous footage can be examined after an accident.
by Tim Hornyak        news.cnet.com

Accidents with cars killed 677 cyclists in the US in 2011, according to the Department of Transporation. Another 48,000 were injured.
But do cyclists need a “black box” to record video that could be used in a crash investigation?
Rideye is a high-def video camera that records footage from the cyclist’s point of view. The device, which is in the pre-production phase, could very well be a vital tool following a…

Reveille Peak Mountain Biking!

-Watch in HD!
-First time at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.
-Trails in video: Race loop, Reveille Peak loop, Epic, Flowtrack, and more!
-Visit rprtexas.com for more info on this 1300 acre outdoor wonderland.
-RIP Karate Monkey Clip.

Walnut Wednesday Workday and Volunteer Appreciation BBQ
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, October 2, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)

Look for the white pickup truck with ARR banner and white popup.
What:  Walnut Wednesday Workday and Volunteer Appreciation BBQ
When: Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Where: Walnut Creek in the pool parking lot. Look for the white pickup truck with ARR banner and white popup.

What: We will be doing about an hour’s worth of trail work (yes, RichFit so bring gloves and some digging tools), and then we will have a full BBQ spread and fixins under the popup starting at 7:00PM.  I will have schwag and other goodies for the volunteers that have put in the hours through the…

Fort Davis Cyclefest Bear Mountain (Video Presentation)
Pedal Pushers
Fort Davis Cyclefest
Fort Davis, Texas
September 21, 2013
The Fort Davis Cyclefest features a 75 mile scenic loop over the Davis Mountains. There are three major hills ranging from 1-3 miles of climb and one “heartbreak” (11%) hill after one thinks he is finished with the hills on the route.

Earlier this year I received a new “toy” from my boys: a GoPro Hero 3 video camera. Fort Davis was my big chance to show shots heretofore not available using my point and shoot camera. I could show climbs and downhills and document people passing me left and…

Southside Lion’s Park Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Sunday, September 29th:   Ride starts at 7:30 from the Southside Lions Park (4600 Pecan Valley Road).  We will meet at the greenway trailhead.  To get there, turn left as you enter the park from Pecan Valley Road and follow the road around.  The greenway entrance is  from a parking lot on your left.   Look for cars or people you recognize.  This is a 40 mile out and back ride along greenway trails that lead to the dog park just inside of McAllister Park.  There are some short stretches of packed gravel so some may wish to bring an off-road or hybrid bike although you can ride these stretches on a…

Save the Date! Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference 2014

Plans are underway for the 2014 Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference and Texas Bike Summit, coming to Fort Worth March 26-28, 2014.

TTAT is hosted by the Texas Trails Network and BikeTexas in non-legislative session years. TTAT brings together planners, trails experts and professionals, elected officials, advocacy and transportation groups, and active transportation enthusiasts from around Texas to learn and network over three days packed with speakers, breakout sessions, and mobile workshops.

You don’t want to miss this great conference! Register now to join us in Fort Worth in March. Can’t wait that long to interact with trails and…

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