Tagged Bike share

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 14th

Gear up for a bicycle race
City to host second annual Cyclocross event
BY NATHANIEL MILLER            www.oaoa.com
Get ready to get down and dirty with your bicycle and other racers as the City of Odessa is scheduled to host their Second Annual Comanche Cross.
Set for noon Saturday, the event will consist of four categories — three for adults and one for children — and take place at McKinney Park. Participants will be placed in categories based on their age and athletic abilities.
Scott Anderson, assistant director for Odessa Parks and Recreation, said the event was only in its second year, but he is hoping for more than the 35 people who…

One person dead in bicycle vs vehicle accident
Longview, Texas (KETK) — One person is dead in a bicycle vs vehicle collision Monday night.
It happened at 6:58 p.m. near the intersection of Buchanan Street and Mobberly Avenue in Longview.
When Longview Police arrived on scene, witnesses told police that a bicycle rider had pulled out from Buchanan Street and into the path of a van owned by…

New bike rack just one part of smoothing cycle-bus connections
By Dug Begley        blog.chron.com

Texas Bicycle Coalition Executive director Robin Stallings, foreground, and Sherman Phillips place their bikes on a bike rack April 20, 2007 in Houston. Photo: Kevin Fujii / Houston Chronicle
Tuesday’s story on a Rice University project to create bus racks capable of holding three bikes is important for anyone who’s had to wait for the next bus to schlep their bike somewhere.
There’s a lot more to helping connect bike riders to buses, however.
Promotion and improved mapping are just two of the ways to better connect bicyclists to buses and trains, according to a team of Rice students tasked with helping Metropolitan Transit Authority officials outline strategies. In a report to a Metro board subcommittee on Monday, the students found 84 percent of current riders who bring their bike to a bus do so more than twice a week, and nearly 9 out of 10 would…

Group Workout Jan 12, 2014
By Williams Racing Academy
Photo gallery
Eight men enter…one man leaves. Good fun on a beautiful day in Wimberley!

Body of bicyclist found in Houston bayou
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a man found dead in a bayou apparently had been riding his bicycle and was struck by a vehicle that sped away.
Police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in identifying and locating the hit-and-run driver.
An autopsy has been ordered on a body found floating Monday night in…

Austin residents join Oak Parkers in seeking Divvy bike program
By Katy Kather        Austintalks.org

A little over six months after the Divvy bike-sharing program launched in Chicago, the city’s most-populated neighborhood doesn’t have a single station — but that could change, according to a city transportation official.

Of the city’s 400 bike stations, just two are slated for the West Side, including neighboring Austin.

In November, the Chicago Department of Transportation received a federal grant to build 75 more stations this year, bringing the total number of…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup November 7th

Would You Like to Be on the BFOC Board?
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
The events we throw year-round, grants and donations we receive, and infrastructure we advocate for are all determined by our core Board of dedicated volunteers. We’re looking to add a few passionate cyclists from the neighborhood to round-out our reach and capacity to make OC the most bike-friendly neighborhood in Dallas.
If you’re interested, shoot an email to Amanda. Include your contact info as well as why you’re interested in being on the board and what unique skills or experience you bring to the table. We’re hoping to increase the diversity of…

Camping and Mountain Biking
Dallas Cycling Trail Riders and Weekend Pub Crawlers
Friday, November 29, 2013        10:00 AM
Tyler State Park
789 Park Road 16 , Tyler, TX (map)
Well things did not work out before but I am going to try this again. Steve and I are going camping the day after Thanksgiving at Tyler State Park and we would love for anyone interested to join us. We are only camping Friday night. We will be arriving by about 10 on Friday Nov 29th and leaving around 10 on Saturday. We are going to get a tent sight this time but if anyone joins us who does not have a tent we will change to a shelter or bring our extra tent. If anyone wants to…

Broken spokes: Despite broad community support TxDOT withholds federal funds for bike share
City and MPO support smaller first-phase program as an alternative
by Alberto Tomas Halpern        newspapertree.com

Cities across the U.S., including in Texas, have embraced bike share programs as a way to reduce traffic, improve air quality and foster a healthier quality of life. But El Paso’s nascent bike share program, which the city, the University of Texas at El Paso, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority or RMA have supported, will be reduced to a much smaller program.

The issue: the Texas Department of Transportation or TxDOT has withheld much of the funding.

On April 5, following discussions between the city and UTEP, the MPO voted to fund and create a citywide bike share program—the first of its kind in El Paso—with almost 200 bikes at about…

City Park (Emma Long) preride of the 100k route
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, November 10, 2013        2:00 PM
City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr, Austin, TX (map)

Park and meet at one of the picnic tables. Look for the red Santa Cruz Nomad
Wheels down at 2:00pm for a guided ride along the route for the 100k (which happens on 12/8/13).
You don’t have to be riding the 100k to come out and ride with us. Just show up and ride!
The first lap will be no-drop group ride to make sure everyone …

ATX100k sponsors a 50k bonus ride at Reveille Peak Ranch! Camp and Ride!
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:00 PM        to Sunday, November 24, 2013, 8:00 PM
Reveille Peak Ranch
2046 County Road 115 , Burnet, TX (map)

If you arrive on the 23rd, go set up your tent and then hang at the Pavilion. If you arrive on the 24th, park and meet at the Pavilion. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN AND PAY THE LAND FEES WITH THE RANCH STAFF!!

This is an organized race/ride at Reveille Peak Ranch with the option of camping the night before.  Bring your kids! Bring your bikes!
It is a bonus ride on the ATX100K Endurance Race Series (six-pack series). The distance will be a timed 50k on the ranch’s most…

Bicycle rides in the State of Texas for the month of November, 2013
Every month we present to you all of the bicycle rides and criteriums in the state of Texas in less then 90 seconds.

Look through the rides, pick your rides or criteriums, on our…

Kaizen and Cycling
by Shawn McAfee            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
Pedro Del Busto shares about the gradual process of upgrading and improvement.

Last week I was reminded about one more reason why I love cycling. My 5 year old son had just received a birthday present from a friend and he came to me asking for help. He wanted me to cut the cape off of an airplane from one of the Pixar films – “El Chupacabras”, if I remember correctly.

His request made absolutely no sense to me, but I was intrigued with his motive. So, I asked him why he wanted me to do that to his brand new plane. His answer was beautiful and simple , and made me so proud. He said “His cape is getting in the way and slowing him down, see?” as he showed me with his hands what I imagine was a display of extreme effort by the plane cutting through the wind.

Now, back to cycling and why this incident reminded me of another reason I am still as passionate about it and engaged as I was when I first started drooling over bikes and dreaming all-day rides almost 30 years ago. See, cycling is very complex in that it’s not only about you or a bike, or a trail or road. It’s about the relationship between all of that and everyone else around you doing it. I will not get into…

Action Alert: Submit Feedback to TxDOT for Texas Transportation Plan
Bikes ready to rideBikeTexas has just learned that TxDOT is holding a series of workshops, open houses, and public meetings to update the long range (through 2040) Texas Transportation Plan (TTP). BikeTexas and TxDOT encourage your participation.

The TTP 2040 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide the state’s multimodal transportation needs for the next 25+ years, addressing all all transportation modes including roadways, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and…

New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar



Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for July 22nd

San Antonio Housing Authority hosts Mission Road Bike Ride
On July 13, 2013, the San Antonio Housing Authority hosted the Mission Road Bike Ride. An estimated 60 bicyclists, from toddlers in bike trailers to senior citizens, rode from SAHA’s offices on Flores St. through the neighborhoods to Mission Concepcion, less than 3 miles away. …

Summer X Games ride into Austin: Austin wins summer X Games bid, prepares to welcome extreme fans
By Bobby Blanchard, Sara Beth Purdy            www.dailytexanonline.com

Within the state of Texas, sports are a way of life. Home to two MLB teams, two NFL teams, three NBA teams, NBC’s Friday Night Lights and a mob of frenzied fans, Texas is known for its all-American, traditional sports culture.
But the decision by ESPN to bring the summer X Games, a competition featuring events including motocross, rallycross, skateboarding and BMX, to Austin next May has the power to change the…

Smurfboy River Legacy Race Results
Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:00 PM (GMT-5)
Race info
Sport:     Cycling – mtn cross-country
Start type:     Mass start
Racers:     105
Laps:     Time-limited
Timed on:     iPad
Timed with:     Webscorer PRO
Version:     1.6.1
Location:     Dallas, TX
Country:     United States
Updated:     Sun, July 21, 2013    11:03 PM (GMT-5)…

Metro train hits, kills woman on bike in downtown Houston
By Dale Lezon        www.chron.com

A young woman on bicycle died after being hit by a Metro train Monday morning in downtown Houston, officials said.
The incident occurred about 8:10 a.m. on Main near Walker, according to the Houston Police Department.
Patrick Negly said the collision occurred almost right in fron of where he was sitting. He said he saw the person riding a bicycle down the tracks. He said he started screaming for the person to get out of the way. Then he saw the impact.
Negly believes the person was…

Chili’s donating to Cycle for Hope on Monday
By KCBD Staff
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you feel like going out to eat tonight and also want to help out a good cause you can head over to Chili’s on Slide Road.
From 4 p.m. until close Monday night, anyone who presents the flyer attached to this story will have 10 percent of their order donated to the upcoming Cycle for Hope event here in Lubbock. …

How GIS Can Help Make for Safer Routes to School
by Michelle Fisher        www.stnonline.com

In the recent webinar, “Harnessing the Power of GIS for Safe Routes to School,” the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership brought together GIS experts to discuss current uses, trends and stumbling blocks in school- and route-planning efforts.

This webinar, along with a new SRTS report, was designed to help school administrators better understand GIS tools and maps that work to improve student safety. …

…He pointed webinar participants to the report, “A Framework for GIS and Safe Routes to School: Improving Data Collection, Access and Usage,” which reports findings and recommendations from 15 GIS experts who participated in an April SRTS forum in Austin, Texas. …

Well, it wasn’t Paris France…
Plano Bicycling Association
…But it was still the Tour de Paris (Texas) and it was conquered by one of the PBA’s most admired cycling families: the Atkinson’s; Kathy, David, and Matt.

Voting and Suggestions for Bike Share Stations Begins Today

A San Antonio B-cycle stationBike sharing is coming to Austin! Joining San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth, Austin will soon become the fourth Texas city to have a bike sharing program. In the meantime, the City of Austin’s Public Works Department and local non-profit Bike Share of Austin need your input. They’re requesting feedback from the public to identify bike share locations throughout the city.

Individuals are asked to suggest where they would like a station to be placed and vote for already suggested locations. Participants are also asked to select a color preference for…

Rebecca Creek Ride
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     07/28/2013
Time:     08:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location:     Bulverde Elementary School
Bulverde, TX
Rebecca Creek Ride (N) [R to H] Routes of 16, 22, 32, and 48 miles.

The new & improved Rebecca now includes water stops on all routes. The short routes are rolling, while the 32 & 48 mile rides have lots of hills. Ride starts at Bulverde Elementary School. Take US 281 North to the FM 1863/Bulverde exit. Turn left and…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for March 5th

Double Lake Pre-BRC Workparty
Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 9:00am
Double Lake Pre-Race Workday, Sunday 3/10, 9am – noon, meeting up 3mi south of the DL entrance at FM2025 and FR220 across the road from the house with the white fence. Then we’ll caravan in and thru the locked gate to trim some back reaches of the new(er) trails on the race course. Bring loppers and clippers. Ride afterwards.

Pro XCT: McConnell and Henderson jump to early leads

(March 5, 2013) — The USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) kicked off the mountain bike cross-country season on March 2 with the 2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny’s Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas. Australians Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) and Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) earned wins to take narrow leads following the first of the nine-race series.

Daniel McConnell (AUS/Trek Factory Racing) won the men’s race in Dripping Springs to take the early lead in the Pro XCT men’s standings. McConnell collected 250 points and…

All Level Ride @ Walnut Creek Spring/Summer hours
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, March 31, 2013        9:30 AM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
We set up under the trees in the parking lot near the swimming pool. Look for the ARR Banner.

New Spring/Summer hours to help when the weather gets hotter.  Starting 3/31 we go to 9:30 am.

We know that this time change doesn’t work for everyone so we hope you considering hosting a ride for yourself and those who might want to ride at a different time or on a different day.

You do NOT have to be a ARR member to attend most club riders. You will need to sign a waiver and wear a helmets when riding.

This is for all levels of riders, which will break into groups according to ability. Beginners are welcome, and there will be no drops. Meet in the…

Carrollton Cycling Club Rides
Ride Schedule
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00pm Effective March 11, 2013
“No-Drop” ride, Irving Bible Church, Irving. About 23 miles at an average
13 MPH No-Drop pace.
Contact: Don /Jean Blackard: djblackard @ verizon.net

Monday and Wednesday, 6:00pm Effective March 11, 2013
“Intermediate” ride, Irving Bible Church, Irving. About 27 miles at an average 16 MPH+
Moderate to Intermediate pace.

Healthy Lubbock Calendar
April 6, 11AM to 5PM
Lubbock’s first Ciclovia. Activities will include open, car free streets for the public to bring and ride their bikes and walk on, bike safety instruction, dance and aerobics demonstrations, jumpers, hula hooping, chalk writing, jump roping, yoga, group stretching, and more fun activities to come. Healthy Lubbock, a program of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Garrison Institute on Aging, seeks to make Lubbock and its surrounding communities a healthier place by supporting and motivating people to become active through physical activity and improved nutrition.

Grab a bike at the Tern SXSW bike share in Austin
People for Bikes Blog
Heading to Austin for the famous South By Southwest (SXSW) festival this March? You can beat the traffic by signing up for SXcycles, the official SXSW bike share program. Our friends at Tern bicycles will be supporting the second annual SXcycles, presented by NBC’s Revolution. At SXcycles, Tern folding bikes are available to conference attendees to help them navigate the city with ease and efficiency. If you’re riding downtown, chances are you’ll land on one of Austin’s growing number of protected green lanes. (Austin is one of six Green Lane Project focus cities.) …

Progress on Houston’s Bayou Trails Network
biketexas.org        By Charley Olena

Houston is about to be a nation-wide leader in off-street, safe, shared-use paths. That’s right, Houston—the town usually known for its freeways and traffic—has approved a major bond initiative aimed at completing a 100-year-old idea to unite its bayous with parks and trails.

This is the biggest parks project in the state, and one of the largest in the nation. Currently, Houston has 75 miles of trails along the major bayous throughout the city, but will expand the trails to 150 miles in the city, connecting 77 parks with linear greenways along the…

Cycling Advocates Injured in Hit & Run while Cycling in Dallas
by Jenny Rilling        BikeDFW
Many of you have heard about the incident that occurred on March 3rd when two cycling advocates were hit by the driver of a pickup truck who ran a red light near Baylor Medical Center in Dallas:


BikeDFW has drafted a letter that you can use to contact the City of Dallas Mayor, City Council, and Police Department. (Thanks also to Eliot Landrum & Zachary Wainwright Ford for their contributions)…

Atkinson nabs first road win for Centenary
by Centenary College Athletics
College Station, Texas – Taylor Atkinson made it a great weekend in the Lone Star State when he grabbed his first career victory and first ever collegiate bicycle road race win for Centenary College at the Texas A&M “Tunis-Roubaix” Road Races.

Saturday’s 31-mile Men’s Cat. D race, in the countryside north of College Station and part of the SCCCC conference race schedule, included a total of five miles of dirt roads for the racers to maneuver in. Several attacks were easily reeled back in by the 50-rider pack and it seemed that the group was content to stay…

Mountain Bike Training with Garmin Connect
by Shawn McAfee            Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Ok, so admittedly this is going to display just a bit of my nerdy side. This is a little look at how you can use the free software available at connect.garmin.com to plan, track and analyze your riding.

I’m a total geek when it comes to stats and junk. Every ride pretty much has to be in Strava and also posted up in Garmin Connect. I can’t play Madden Football without pouring over the stats for each player at the very end to see how I performed, regardless of win or lose.

It’s a compulsion.

But when riding, being aware of the stats from your ride can be a good thing. I’m not recommending you get carried away with it, but it will provide some very helpful information. Check out this ride from a few days…

Michelle Hayner sprints it out at New Braunfels
Velossimo Racing Cycling Team