Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup November 13th

SoPac Trail Phase 3 Meeting | Biking In Dallas
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Be sure to try and attend a meeting this Thursday, November 14, at 6:30pm at Ridgewood Recreation Center on 6818 Fisher Rd (map), read more here  SoPac Trail Phase 3 Meeting | Biking In Dallas.
Here’s a map of the proposed SOPAC Trail: …

Texas Cup Action – Gerogetown Cyclocross Festival

Race Director of the Georgetown Cyclocross Festival and Founder of Cyclocross Project 2015 kids cyclocross program, Rolando Roman, gets the U10 racers ready!

Next VC Club Meeting, Monday, December 2
The Violet Crown Sports Association
The December meeting will be at Mellow Johnny’s. It will be the Monday after Thanksgiving — December 2. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. as opposed to the usual 6:30 p.m. – the store doesn’t close until then.

What’s up: Kristian House will be there — hope to get him to say a few words to let us know what he’s been up to. …

BikeTexas Strategic Plan: 2013-2019
We’re excited to present you with our new 2014-2019 strategy, created with the input of over 1400 BikeTexas members, supporters, sponsors, and even potential supporters and partners. “This strategy will help the staff and board ensure the organization is taking action to increase cycling throughout Texas. The fact that our strategy is strong and was created by the community lets us know that what we’re doing is going to succeed with the support of all people who bike across the state,” says Annie Melton, BikeTexas Board Chair.

Here’s how we developed the strategy:

BikeTexas formed a strategy committee of 14 leaders representing staff, board, and other key stakeholder groups for the organization. The goal: to transparently create a new strategy for the organization that is owned by the diverse stakeholders we serve. The strategy committee sought an outside faciliator, Jeremy Grandstaff, for guidance and a fresh perspective in working through a strategy-building process.

A draft strategy was developed early in the process and the overarching themes were presented for survey…

Post-Flood Shoal Creek Trail Repair Workday
Austin Ridge Riders
Friday, November 15, 2013 – 14:00
The Shoal Creek Conservancy is leading a Trail Repair Workday at Shoal Creek and volunteers are needed.

The trail suffered significant damage from the October 30th flood and the City Parks Department has asked for our help with cleanup and repairs. We are seeking 20 volunteers to help shovel gravel and sand off the trail, remove debris, pick up trash, and paint over or remove graffiti. We will gather at 2 pm at Duncan Park (900 West 9th Street) and work on the trail from just south of…





Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup for September 6th

Bike riders feel penalized by relocation of campus bike racks

Texas Tech students and faculty who ride bicycles to school have seen the parking racks they rely on reduced and relocated. They claim they’re being penalized for their healthy habit.

A sign that reads “No tying bikes to hand rail. Use new bike pad on engineering key” has made some…

Bay to Lake Bicycle Tour
Team McAllen Cycling
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 8am – 2pm
Location: Port Isabel Lighthouse to “Largo de Wallace”
80mile Bicycle tour from Port Isabel lighthouse/ Laguna Madre to “Largo de Wallace ” Wallys Bikes.  Meet between 7.30-7.45am for wheels down at 8.00am
Dip your rear wheel in the Laguna Mardre and your front wheel in “Largo de Wallace”
This is a tour, there is no SAG.  Recommended rest stops at Rio Hondo (30miles) and…

BikeTexas Awarded Two Grants
There’s great news at BikeTexas this week. We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Brownsville! With funding from Brownsville and other sources, BikeTexas will work with the City to implement their new bicycle plan and help make Brownsville a great place to ride a bike.

BikeTexas leadership will be looking to local governments, private organizations, and sponsors in neighboring communities in the region to participate in this partnership and truly make a this a regional effort. South Texas is already a…

Thursday Ride at Walnut Creek – Beginner/intermediate ride level
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Thursday, September 12, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
Back to normal summer hours

This will be a beginner ride and will be doing around 8 -10 miles.
Chris is willing to lead a faster group so we can have an intermediate group.
Please be there and be ready to roll by 5:30 pm. We meet in the…



Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for July 12th

Fixed Touring’s – The Mini-Cat (Alley Kitten)
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
This Saturday evening, the Fixed Touring guys will be hosting an Alley Kat race at Four Corners Brewing Co.  If you’ve never been to an Alley Kat or don’t know what one is, read their description here, and see the event here:
On July 13 2013 Fixed Touring will embark upon a mission to provide the city of Dallas with a bicycle race like they have never seen!
Full sized bikes racing a compressed Alley Cat, full of obstacles, Challenges and Trivia.
What is the problem with bicycle racing as it is, you say? Well, touring races are very long and fairly uneventful not to mention hard to watch. Criteriums are easier to watch, but repetitive. The Alley-Cat — now…

“90 for Dad Bike Ride” gears for # 5
by Barbara Phillips            /www.archercountynews.com

Archer City High School graduate Dail Neely once again will lead a group of 25 cyclists on a 90 mile route this Saturday in the heat of the summer to raise money for Hospice of Wichita Falls.  The first ride began in 2008 after the passing of his father Melvin Neely of Archer City only days short of his ninetieth birthday, thus named “90 for Dad Bike Ride.”  Though his mother Polly Neely passed away soon after, the ride’s name remained the same, but a special patch created just for her is sewn tightly on Dail’s jersey close to his heart.  The care his father and family received during his father’s illness and later his mother’s, inspired Dale to give back to an organization which gave so much to the Neely family as well as so many others during a difficult time.
Neely’s   original goal was to raise $10,000 over a ten year period for Hospice of Wichita.  Only in its 5th year, $96,000 has…

Thursday Ride at Walnut Creek – Beginner/intermediate ride level
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Thursday, July 18, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
Back to normal summer hours
This will be a beginner ride and will be doing around 8 -10 miles.
Chris is willing to lead a faster group so we can have an intermediate group.
Please be there and be ready to roll by 5:30 pm. We meet in the parking lot near the pool in the middle of the island.
Any question please call/text  me at [masked]
Beginner level ride with no drop. …

Shimano to slash number of North American distributors
by Marc Sani        www.bicycleretailer.com
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Shimano American, in a major shake-up of its U.S. distribution network, will cut the number of distributors selling Shimano components from 18 to six effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The decision to streamline its distribution network, said Yutaka Taniyama, vice president of Shimano American’s bicycle division, will ultimately benefit its retail customers.
“Independent bicycle dealers have been and will continue to be our key customer base. By having a direct business relationship with them, we will be more aligned with their businesses, have closer relationships with cyclists, and offer more support and effective solutions to dealers’ challenges in the market,” he said. …

…Steve Matill, director of bicycle sales at Hans Johnsen in Dallas, Texas, said losing Shimano’s business would have an impact on his company’s operations. “It was a good part of our business and a major component line that we offered our dealers. But we’ll figure out what to do; we’ve lost bigger accounts,” he said. …

Area cycling prospect Craddock has talent to compete in premier events
by Dale Robertson        www.houstonchronicle.com

Lawson Craddock’s recent work days have started around 7 a.m. at Mozart’s, the cool coffee joint on Lake Austin Boulevard not far from his apartment. There, after a good jolt of java, he’ll pedal off into the hills west of town or perhaps in the other direction to Bastrop, 40 miles away. It’s not unusual for him to turn the crank hard for… (subscription required for the full article)

LAB rolls out new website and educational video series
by BRAIN Staff            www.bicycleretailer.com
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists has launched a new website that includes interactive features to help cyclists connect with local riding clubs, bicycle-friendly businesses, bike educators and other resources in their area. In addition, the League recently released a series of 19 educational videos that are free for public use.

“The videos are modern and professionally filmed that anyone can watch for free,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, director of communications for Women Bike, a program of LAB. “They are especially a great resource for bike shops that…

July Safety Clinics
Plano Bicycling Association
July is PBA Safety Month.  As part of our effort to increase safety awarness and improve the safety of our rides, two of our local bike shops will be conducting ride saftey clinics in July.  Plano Cycling and Fitness will conduct their clinic on July 15 and Richardson Bike Mart will conduct their clinic on July 20. Different safety topics are covered in the two clinics, so…

Ray’s Discovery About His Allez
by djcurtin                Bicycle Sport Shop’s Offical Cycling Blog
“Not Entry Level”

That is the title of Ray’s latest blog post over on “Bike Noob.” Ray, also known as “rainycamp,” is a 60-plus road bike rider from right here in Austin, Texas. He’s been riding for sometime, but like all of us, he learns something new all the time. His blog’s title reflects that–he still considers himself a newbie. On Bike Noob Ray shares his riding and cycling-related experiences and his recent post, “Not Entry Level” caught the eye of one of our riders: David Wenger. David, as you may know, is a member of our elite…

BikeTexas Planning Survey: Early Results

You spoke—and we’re listening! Over 1200 Texans responded to BikeTexas’ planning survey. We’ll have the full report ready in August, but here are some early results:

• Cycling is a recreational activity for most respondents, but over 60% also ride their bikes as part of their commutes

• 95% believe BikeTexas should continue to serve as the lead group for statewide bicycle advocacy

• 89% of respondents say BikeTexas should play a lead role in local advocacy or help to…

Public Input Meeeting for Cedar Park Bike Park
Austin Ridge Riders
Attention Bicyclists!  The City of Cedar Park will be hosting the third public input workshop for a new bike park on Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room in Building 3, City Hall Campus, 450 Cypress Creek Road. Please attend the meeting and give them your input.

Night Rider Family Bike Ride August 3 – Round Rock TX
Austin Ridge Riders
The City of Round Rock’s Parks and Recreation Department will hold the inaugural Night Ride Family Bike Ride from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 3 at Centennial Plaza in downtown Round Rock. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

About the ride
The Night Rider Family Bike Ride is a non-competitive family bike ride and block party at night through Round Rock. Night Rider is a unique, exciting ride and party.

It is not a race! Bicyclists will be allowed to ride at their own safe pace. Police support and volunteers will be along the route.

Early registration $10 per rider or $15 on the day of the event. (Non-Resident Fees Apply)

Glow-in-the-dark bike gear and flashing lights are encouraged. First 400 Night Riders receive a drawstring bag and glow-in-the-dark gear! …

Greater Dallas Bicyclists Rides
Sunday, Jul 14, 2013
Event           Location     Date/Time
9 AM Skill Builder By Request

8:00 AM
9 AM Sunday Roll – Spr/Sum

NE Corner Preston and Royal           9:00 AM
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013
Event           Location     Date/Time
5:30 Mesquite Ride

Poteet High School parking lot NW corner of Galloway and Americana           5:30 PM
6:30 Mesquite Moderate

Poteet High School           6:30 PM
6:30 TEBR – REI Dallas

REI Dallas           6:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 18, 2013
Event           Location     Date/Time
5:30 Mesquite Ride

Poteet High School parking lot NW corner of Galloway and Americana           5:30 PM
6:30 Thursday Night Ride

Forest Lane and Central Expressway Office Depot parking lot, SW corner of Forest and Central           6:30 PM…



Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup April 11th

The Great Tire Rotation Debate
As our Premium Members know, one of the perks of membership is the Ask RBR a Question form on the Premium Site. Pose a question, and we do our best to give you a meaningful, direct answer.

Some questions, like a recent one from Premium Member Greg Titus about how best to rotate tires, pique my interest in that “I wonder how other riders handle this” way. As is often the case in cycling, there is more than one way to accomplish the same thing. So I routed it around to a few of our RBR crew and…

Shifting Gears Lecture series with transportation expert Dr. John Pucher
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
This came to us from Bike Texas:
We’re bringing the expert and the elected officials and press to you. We need the cycling community to show up in force.

Join BikeTexas, the Irving Chamber of Commerce, state and local elected officials, and supporting organizations on Saturday, April 13 for the Shifting Gears Lecture series with transportation expert Dr. John Pucher!

Dr. Pucher is an excellent and engaging speaker and a world-renowned expert in the planning and policy field.

Dr. Pucher will discuss the impact of Complete Streets on cities across Texas and around the world. He will show how making biking…

Middle School & High School Cyclists Set to Converge in San Marcos, TX for Weekend of Scholastic Racing
by League Director in News            www.texashighschoolcycling.org/
Cyclists from 20 different schools across Texas are expected to compete in a weekend of racing hosted jointly by Texas State University and the Texas High School Cycling League.   The weekend is the 5th of seven stops in the statewide scholastic road cycling series.  Students will compete in team-oriented races by competing in one of four skill-based categories: Boy’s A, Boy’s B, Boy’s C or Girl’s.  Each category will contest three races over the span of the action-packed weekend.  The action starts at…

Weekend Ride Times Move To 7:30am
Corinth Cycling News
Make sure you set your alarm clock before drifting off to sleep on Friday night. Ride start times for the Saturday and Sunday group rides will now depart at 7:30am beginning on April 13th.

As we move into the heat of summer the group ride start times will be adjusted accordingly. Wash your bike, lube the chain and come out and enjoy the terrific weather.

El Paso Bicycle Club Ride
Lower Valley Loop      Sunday, April 28 9:00AM
Description:     Meet at Cotton-Eyed Joe’s at the I-10 Clint Exit for ride through Lower Valley, including Tornillo and San Elizario. 35 miles, moderate (16-18) pace. Dan Post, …

Car strikes teen cyclist in Harris County
A motorist struck a teenage bicyclist Thursday night in northwest Harris County, injuring her lower leg, authorities said.

The girl, believed to be about 13, was hit about 8 p.m. while she was riding along Mound near Smalley, Harris County sheriff’s deputies said. …

FIRST FRIDAY – May 3, 2013
This month’s FIRST FRIDAY ride is on May 3rd, 2013 and we will meet at the Capitol Building at 6:30pm for a 7 mile bike ride that will end at Mellow Johnny’s. Before the ride we will talk about some traffic safety tips and then we will roll out on a peaceful and relaxing cruise. After the ride there will be refreshments available and ACA president Stanton Truxillo will briefly talk about important initiatives affecting all cyclists in Austin.

Below is a link to the “Capitol Springs Mellow Johnny’s” route we…

Riding the Sante Fe Trestle Trail
by Eliot Landrum            www.bikingindallas.com
You may have never heard of it… but there it is, quietly connecting the Cedars to Oak Cliff. Sitting next to the DART line and crossing over a failed kayak park is the beautiful Sante Fe Trestle Trail.

Once you descend into the Trinity River area, this trail and bridge is a like a little slice of perfectly maintained apocalypse. No one is here. The roar of downtown Dallas is suddenly…

Irving considers bike-friendly transportation plan
by Amanda Casanova        www.irvingrambler.com
Bicycle enthusiasts and elected officials are meeting this weekend in hopes of spurring Irving to becoming a more bicycle friendly city.

“Biking and walking is important for so many reasons, including public health, quality of life, and mobility for our growing population, including the aging tsunami we are facing,” said Leslie Luciano, Bike Texas community relations and membership coordinator. “The economic benefits of walkable/livable complete streets are attractive to corporations, and attract corporations whose…

Local cyclists closer to goal of paying for Toll 49 access
BY ADAM RUSSELL        www.tylerpaper.com
The bicycling community appears well on its way to raising money to pay for safety improvements along Toll 49 as part of an agreement with the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

Last month, the authority’s board voted to allow bicycle access on Segments 1, 2 and 5, a 10-mile stretch connecting Texas Highway 155 near Noonday to Texas Highway 110 near Whitehouse.

Bicycles are prohibited on…

Ride2Recovery send-off today
Wounded warriors participating in the Ride2Recovery Texas bicycling challenge will get a Fort Hood welcome at the flagpole outside III Corps Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. today.

Traffic at the Bernie Beck Gate, the post’s main entrance, could be slowed as the riders enter the installation at approximately 9 a.m., post officials noted.

More than 200 injured veterans and their supporters are taking part in…

PUBLIC SURVEY: Time to talk the walk Pedestrians, cyclists asked what matters
By Monique Ching        San Angelo Standard-Times
SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angeloans have an opportunity to express their opinions about the city’s bicycle and pedestrian project plan in a public survey.

“We hope to capture the attitude of the citizens,” said Doray Hill Jr., director of the San Angelo Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Developed by the Center for Community Wellness, Engagement and Development at Angelo State University and reviewed by multiple agencies, the survey asks residents…