Texas Bicycling News Roundup April 7th

P&Z tables bike plan until June

By Brian Bethel        www.reporternews.com

ABILENE, Texas – The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday chose to table a Bike Master Plan for the city until June, expressing a desire to see the results of the May 9 bond election and to get more information about need, especially among people using bicycles to get to work.
“I want to know what part of the population we’re really talking about there,” said Commissioner Bruce Bixby. “I see the people use it for …

Cyclist likely to die after being hit by car in Lost Creek (4/2015)

by MichaelBluejay        bicycleaustin.info

Reposting what Chavela started in a different thread:
chavela wrote:
We have had another likely-fatal collision, and I have not seen ANY coverage in the paper.  Last Wednesday evening, a couple was biking in Lost Creek (the woman works in my company, which is how I have heard about this).  Man was heading down a long hill, woman a good distance behind him.  Car passed him, turned right into him.  He hit the car, was seriously injured, and I heard reports this morning that he was determined brain-dead and the family is dealing with the decision to remove life support.  I was told that the driver did not have a license, and that–at the time–was …

Frustrated? Inspired? Seeking Change? Austin, You Should Meet Your Bicycle Advisory Council

Austin On A Bike

Sometimes, inspiration strikes and all you can do is scream it to the heavens above and hope for a response.
Or, in the case of cycling-related inspiration related directly to our fair hometown, you can bring it to the attention of the Bicycle Advisory Council. Did you know we have one of those?
I’ll admit, until not too long ago, I didn’t either.
Unlike the city’s bicycle program, which consists of the paid city staff responsible for actually “planning, designing and constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities”, the BAC is made up of 9 volunteer members of the community, with suggested representatives of “south Austin, central Austin, north Austin, the competitive bicycling community, the recreational bicycling community, and the utilitarian bicycling community”. All members may serve a term of …

Biking From Texas To Alaska To Fight Cancer

By Abz Zeitler        thelala.com

I am a part of Texas 4000. We are the 2015 team who will make this year’s epic trek across the nation making our mark on the communities we ride miles to in hopes of spreading our mission.
I will be biking over 4,500 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. The Texas 4000 is a 70-day journey, founded in 2004 by Chris Condit whom battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This bike ride was created with one goal in mind: to spread hope, knowledge, and …

Refuge International to host 6th Annual Chainge the World Bike Ride


Refuge International is hosting the 6th Annual Chainge the World Bike Ride to be held April 18, 2015 in Gilmer Texas. Bike riders will have the opportunity to enjoy a picturesque bicycle ride through towering pine trees and rolling hills on the beautiful back roads of both Upshur and Camp Counties. Different rides will appeal to different levels of riders and include 10 mile, 20mile, 40 mile, and 100k rides. This is a fully supported ride with rest stops about every 10 miles. Registration will start at the …

Traffic Patterns in This Community Showcase the Urgency of Making a Safe Way for Cyclists to Share the Road — Before Anyone Else Gets Hurt

by Agatha Beins Assistant professor of women’s studies at Texas Woman’s University    www.huffingtonpost.com

In North Texas, March brings signs of spring: daffodils, lawn mower sounds, garden stores seedlings peeking out hopefully, and people walking and riding bicycles. I ride my bicycle in Denton throughout the year, commuting to work, riding to the grocery store and meeting up with friends. After living in New Jersey for six years, I love the slower pace of Denton and the way drivers tend to be respectful and courteous. They pass slowly, giving a wide berth. However, when I get to work, the scene is not so nice.
Although city laws require cars to give cyclists at least 3 feet when passing — and …

Teen Cyclist Struck in Southlake Dies from Injuries

By Todd L. Davis        www.nbcdfw.com

A teenager has died a day after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle Monday night in Southlake.
James Malone, 16, was riding his bike in the 600 block of Byron Nelson Parkway when the car struck him, according to police.
Paramedics transported Malone to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in …

April Newsletter Published

Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts

The April edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter is published and available for download from the newsletters page. This month’s edition includes the following:
Upcoming Rides
“Informal” Willow City Loop Ride
Chisholm Trail Winery Ride
Tax Relief Ride – Round the Lake
Bluebonnet Ride
Southwest Tandem Rally
DATES Blue Ridge Ramble
Save The Date! – DATES Social
Easter Hill Country Tour
GDB Lancaster Country Ride
Honor Ride Clay Hunt
Ride Reports
Round and Round the Lake Rie
Dallas Shamrock Ride
Save The Date! – DATES Social
Southwest Missouri Tandem Weekend
DATES Rides & Activities

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


Event Reminders

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 6th

Rad Reportage: 2014 Texas Cyclocross State Championships Photo Gallery

Ride for Reading El Paso

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…

New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar




Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup for August 28th

Elite Bicycles group find new route for weekly ride
by Marlena Hamilton Reporter        www.ketknbc.com

Tyler Tx, (KETK) — Elite Bicycles in Tyler host a 30 mile bike ride every Tuesday.
And since bicyclists have been banned from riding on Loop 49, the group has found a couple new routes.
“This particular ride we are actually going to go out of town so we’re going to go ride on some back county roads and just enjoy the scenery,” said Elite Bicycles store manager Joe Self.
Self says they had to switch up a few of their routes due to…

10 Things I Think About While Biking (BIKING?!)
By Patti Tucker         blog.mysanantonio.com
Yes, this is still a running blog.  No, I’m not running.
I won’t bore you with the details of my continuing injury that is preventing me from running.  My training is taking a big hit and there are only 10 weeks left in the schedule.  Last week I banked a 4-miler and a 5-miler, with no long run attempted.  I’m beginning to wonder if I’m going to be able to pull off a half-marathon this year.  Lawsy.
The good news is I can bike with…

Denton Bicycle Safety Course

The Denton Police Department is offering a free “Smart Cycling: Traffic Skills 101″ all-day training course on Saturday, September 7th from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Denton Police Department. The course is open to those ages 15 and older and includes both classroom and on-bike activity.
Course participants are required to bring their own bikes, helmets and…

Houston receives $6.6 million grant to improve hike and bike trails (Video)
Marc Pembroke    Houston Public Policy         www.examiner.com
…The four projects will increase connectivity across the Houston area. They include.
1.The Mason Park Pedestrian Bike Bridge (TE Funding $3,544, 579). The bridge over Brays Bayou with 200 feet of new trail on each bank will link existing paths with neighborhoods, community service institutions, and business districts.
2.University Connection (TE Funding: $1, 844,655. ) The project will provide a safe pedestrian and bicycle crossing for Brays Bayou near two new light rail transit centers, two universities, and many neighborhoods in the MacGregor Park area.
3.Hunting Bayou Gaps (TE Funding $607, 440). The project will connect…

CPHS alumna returns from 4,000-mile cycling tour
Engler raised $6,497 for cancer research
By Cristina Peña        Austin Community Newspapers Staff
The old adage “mind over matter” is what pushed Rachel Engler through the Texas deserts and California mountains on her journey from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska.

Engler, a Cedar Park High School alumna, participated in teh Texas 4000 this summer and toured the western United States by bicycle with her team of 22 riders. The organization raises money to directly benefit cancer research through…

Tuesday Ride at BCGB – Intermediate skill ride level
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Tuesday, September 3, 2013        5:30 PM
Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access (beside brick office building)
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (map)

Back to normal summer hours.
Please be there and be ready to roll by 5:30 pm. We will meet in the parking lot of the office building
Any question please call/text  me at…




Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup August 15th

Bangs graduate shares 70-day, 4,000-mile bicycle journey
by Rick Phelps        www.brownwoodtx.com

Brittany Petty, a 2010 graduate of Bangs High School, recently returned from a 70-day journey which allowed her to honor loved ones, travel thousands of miles and raise money for cancer research.
The University of Texas senior returned home a few days ago after riding in the Texas 4000, a biking event which raises money for cancer research. The 4,000-mile trek began in Cedar Point and…

Hot Pick: Humane Society wine ride
by:Beth Rankin        blog.beaumontenterprise.com
Nothing goes together quite like bike rides, puppies and wine. At this weekend’s Humane Society of Southeast Texas Bike Ride and Wine Tasting, take a scenic loop around Sour Lake before spending an afternoon tasting local wine at Bruno & George.
The ride has a 47-mile route and 30-mile route beginning at 8:30 a.m., and an 18-mile route beginning at 9 a.m. Rest stops will be…

Boy Cycles From TX to AK For Cancer
By: verstarr        www.komonews.com

AUSTIN, Texas – August 15, 2013 – Oak Harbor native Ver Andrew Starr and his team of 69 cancer fighters cycled over 4,500 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska this summer with Texas 4000, a cancer fighting student organization from the University of Texas at Austin.
Starr, a graduate of the Oak Harbor High School Wildcat class of 2010, has finished up his…

TxDOT denies $1.6 million for El Paso bicycle-sharing program
By Aaron Bracamontes / El Paso Times
The Texas Department of Transportation slammed the brakes on a bicycle-sharing program for Downtown and Central El Paso by denying $1.6 million in federal funding, at least for now.
During its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority was prepared to move forward with the BikeShare Program, which the City of El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso had already approved partial funding for. But the plans…

Houston Bicycle Club
Upcoming Rides

Ride DateRide NameStart TimeStarter
Sat 08/17/13Chappell Hill North7:30amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sun 08/18/13Your Ride7:30amNeeded
Sat 08/24/13Montgomery7:30amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sun 08/25/13Your Ride7:30amNeeded

Conroe Ride
Woodlands Cycling Club
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 06:15pm
Start location: Carl Barton Jr Park (click for map)
WCC Thursday Evening Conroe Ride

To provide a safe, fast-paced training ride to the members of WCC/WCCRT and guests, while ensuring that all rules of the road are followed; all participating cyclists are to keep safety for the group as a primary focus. Our goal is to get the best training with zero incidents. This ride is for advanced level cyclists and racers.
Ride Description: …

El Paso Bicycle Club Rides & Events
The Big Loop
Description:   Meet at Madeline Park in Kern Place. Ride Mesa to rollers to Anthony Gap, return via Northeast and Scenic. Chris Hoffman, 497-3026. 50 miles. Fast (18-plus). Moderate (15-17) pace group will be led by Larry Reid, …

Day 3 Riding The NETT
Texas Mountain Bike Trails

This is Dean Nix’s personal recap of his ride up the Northeast Texas Trail (NETT). He has setup a Facebook page called the NETT Awareness Ride where you can find additional discussion. If interested in finding out more about the NETT, check out the NE Texas Trail Facebook page set up by the NETT Coalition, the 501c3 non-profit responsible for creating the Northeast Texas Trail.

Day Three
July 13, 2013

The final day’s goal was to ride from Clarksville back to Farmersville, 91.5 miles. Even though I knew what sections were not rideable from West to East I still planned to test them from East to West and see how far I could get. This would help my number one goal for the Awareness Ride which was to ride as much of the NETT as safely possible.

I woke up at five disappointed to learn that my sores had not dried over night as I had hoped. I packed and set out early eating a sandwich from the B&B Refrigerator. I skipped the breakfast dinner because I wanted to get an early start and…

Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred Cycling Tips from Cadence Cyclery: Riding, Snacks and Staying On-Track
When it comes to cycling, Cadence Cyclery knows whats on your mind. This McKinney, Texas based bicycle store has been selling bikes and cycling accessories since 2011. And now they are sharing their tips and insiders secrets with us at Wheelbrothers.com.

In this short video clip, Chris from Cadence Cyclery goes over some…

Back to School by Bike

Students make their way to school on Walk to School Day 2012.Schools across Texas are opening their doors for the fall semester, and the trickle of students heading back will become a flood by the end of August. As your household transitions back to a time of learning, are you planning for biking and walking?

Biking or walking to school gives your child tremendous health and mental benefits. Childhood obesity is on the…