Texas Bicycling News Digest January 19th 2018


City manager warns bike share companies to clean up mess

Alisha Ebrahimji and Matt Howerton | www.wfaa.com

The City of Dallas is taking action against bike share companies across the town and warning them if they don’t clean up the eyesore their bikes leave, they’ll have no choice but to take control.

City Manager T.C. Broadnax sent a letter to …


UPDATED Construction of Abram Street, Phase 1 – Street Improvements (cooper Street To Collins Street) and Phase 2 – Abram Area Bicycle & Pedestrian District

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Bid Date & Time: 01/24/18 2:00 PM Prebid: 01/03/18 2:00 PM
Solicitation Title: UPDATED Construction of Abram Street, Phase 1 – Street Improvements (cooper Street To Collins Street) and Phase 2 – Abram Area Bicycle & Pedestrian District
Owner Solic Number: 0902-90-035, PWST10009 Status: bidding Report: 8246513
Country : United States State: TX County: Tarrant Location: Arlington
Set Aside Types: MBE/DBE (Minority / Disadvantaged), WBE (Woman Biz Enterprise)
Scope: Phase 1 of this project consists of street improvements and appurtenances of Abram Street from Cooper Street to Collins Street and will be funded by the City. Phase 2 of this project, entitled Abram Area Bicycle & Pedestrian District (Cooper Street Center Street) is for the enhancement of the parkway and will be federally funded, hence subjected to federal requirements.
Notes: This solicitation has some or all federal funding, additional requirements may apply. This project has a “prevailing wage” requirement. A PRE-BID MEETING will be held for this project on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Public Works and Transportation Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76010. If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Andrea Ruales, P.E., at 817-459-6368 or at Andrea.Ruales@arlingtontx.gov.
Plans: From Owner.
Bond: 5% bid bond
Update Notes: Addendum #1 attached.
Owner Type: Public …


EDITORIAL: Get ready to run this weekend RGV

THE MONITOR EDITORIAL BOARD | www.themonitor.com

One of the best attributes of the Rio Grande Valley — one that many up North envy — is our climate. Yes, it may be cold and drizzly today but the sun and warmth is supposed to return this weekend (seriously) just in time for the McAllen Kids Marathon on Saturday, and the McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run on Sunday. …

… The first 200 children into the Expo can get a free bicycle helmet from the UTRGV School of Medicine. There will be free asthma screenings for children and free blood pressure checks for adults by Rio Grande Regional Hospital, as well as runner education. …


Light Distribution Ride: A Rewarding Experience For Volunteers

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Meet Randall Ard, Our Volunteer Bringing Light to the Third Ward

Have you thought about going on a light distribution ride but figure it would be one or all of these: scary, unfamiliar, dangerous?

Volunteer Randall Ard wants you to know that the ride is one of BikeHouston’s best regular events, and the rewards are great.

“My favorite thing about LDR is seeing smiles on faces when they get them lights put on,” said …


This weekend’s rides: Bee Creek! Red Horn!

by Thomas | steinerranchcycling.com

It looks like we are finally getting a break and should have a nice weekend! Let’s once again celebrate on the beautiful Bee Creek route. It is a super easy 62 miles and the route can be found here: …


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To end share-bike dumping, focus on how to change people’s behaviour

by Conor Wynn | phys.org


While most cities are keen to promote bike use, few foresaw the problems caused by dockless bike-sharing schemes such as oBike and Reddy Go. The advantage of dockless bikes is that users needn’t find dedicated stations to pick up and return the bikes. Instead, the user leaves the bike in a public place for the next rider to use. But the disadvantage turns out to be that these bikes are littering streets or being dumped in parks and rivers in cities in Australia and overseas. …



Instead of a Wall, Why Not a Binational Border Bikeshare?

MARTÍN ECHENIQUE | www.citylab/com


As the debate about President Donald Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S. Mexico border drags on, plans for an entirely different kind of infrastructure project are also proceeding: The cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua are considering a scheme to build an integrated binational bikeshare system between the two cities. …


Bicycle Technician – Houston, Texas, Store1329 Summerwood TX

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Veterans Baseball Field – Bicycle Racks

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Bid Date & Time: 01/30/18 3:00 PM
Status: bidding Report: 8358324
Country : United States State: TX County: Webb Location: Laredo
Scope: Provide bicycle racks.
Plans: From Leyendecker Construction Inc, Laredo, TX, 78041,
956-722-0531, $150.00 per set, refundable.
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: Laredo Independent School District, Purchasing
Address: 1702 Houston St, Room #205, Administration Buildin PO Box 658
City: Laredo State: TX Zip/Postal Code: 78040
TEL: 956-795-3220 FAX: 956-795-3221
Website: http://www.laredoisd.org <http://www.laredoisd.org/>

Bid Pkg Source: Leyendecker Construction Inc
Address: 4220 Sanders Avenue,
City: Laredo State: TX Zip/Postal Code: 78041
TEL: 956-722-0531 FAX: 956-722-8215

Prime Contractor/Construction Manager: Leyendecker Construction Inc
Address: 4220 Sanders Avenue,
City: Laredo State: TX Zip/Postal Code: 78041
TEL: 956-722-0531 FAX: 956-722-8215


Want more bikes in Austin? So does Katie Smith Deolloz, Bike Austin’s new executive director

Pam LeBlanc | fitness.blog.austin360.com


Look for Katie Smith Deolloz riding a bike, walking or taking a bus, but don’t expect to see her driving a car. And now, look for her at the helm of Bike Austin.

The non-profit organization, which promotes cycling for transportation and recreation, has selected Deolloz as its new executive director.

Deolloz, her husband and two children don’t own a car, and want to show others how it’s possible to live …


Step-Up Ride for Jan 20th, 8:00 AM Start

jtotaro | www.planobicycle.org

At this writing (Thursday Noon, Jan 18th) the weather for Friday night into Saturday has a 40% chance of rain for the Plano area. Otherwise, weather is for mid 40s wind chill temps with moderate southerly winds. Depending how much and the coverage extent the rain actually comes in overnight, check the Step-Up page on the PBA Ride Forums webpage on Saturday morning for possible further delay or cancellations of the ride. Any cancellation notice will …

DB Lite 1-20-18, 8:00am, 43 miles to Downtown

Ron_Shome | www.planobicycle.org

We’re going to Downtown due to S winds. Please note, although DBL is now advertised as 16mph-17mph rolling average, we might come in slower today due to strong headwinds on the way out. This route is also a bit shorter than normal, since many of us have been off the bike more than we’d like. …



Hello from Bike Austin’s New Executive Director

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Hi! I am Katie Deolloz, Bike Austin’s new Executive Director. It is a privilege to take over for my predecessor Mercy Feris. She has helped in making the transition as seamless as possible and every member of the staff (Carson, Shavone, and Michelle) along with the Smart Trips Ambassadors (Jorge, Jolene, and Myles) have extended a warm welcome and been quick to adapt to the changes.

My husband, kiddos, and I choose to live a carfree lifestyle in the 78704, intentionally positioning ourselves along Bike Route 31 and the CapMetro 5 line for our multimodal and active commuting styles. Fun fact: both my daughter and husband are unicyclists! …


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BIKE AUSTIN SELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO LEAD AMBITIOUS AGENDA IN 2018

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BIKE AUSTIN SELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO LEAD AMBITIOUS AGENDA IN 2018
AUSTIN, TX (Jan. 17, 2017) Bike Austin, the city’s leading bicycle advocacy and education organization, has named Katie Smith Deolloz as the organization’s new executive director.

The board of Bike Austin selected Deolloz because they believe her energy and commitment will aid the organization in expanding and strengthening its leadership role in education and advocacy.

Bike Austin Board President Hill Abell, owner of Bicycle Sport Shop, says her appointment comes at an important time for the growing organization. …


9:00am – Lambent Wheels Rolling to Buda – 32 Miles @ 14ish MPH

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018, 9:00 AM

Bicycle Sport Shop
517 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

• What we’ll do I am slowly building up my distance after my vehicle collision back in October, so I am posting this ride so that I can stop at Maria’s on the way back for tacos. This is the standard South Austin route to Buda and then returning. This ride is no-drop and the pace will average 14ish mph so be sure you can maintain that ride pace. No…

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10 AM start: Tour de Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018, 10:00 AM

Govalle Park
5200 Bolm Rd. Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

We’re riding out at 10 AM for the winter! A moderate C-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park to the Abrupt End and return. Round trip is about 20 miles. The trail is paved for the entire distance, with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound. We’ll regroup at the top of the hill on the outbou…

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Video: Mavs’ Barea, Ofo donate 600 bikes to Puerto Rico for Maria relief

Landon Haaf | www.wfaa.com


DALLAS – Mavericks point guard JJ Barea and bike-sharing company Ofo have partnered to bring 600 bikes to Barea’s native Puerto Rico.

Ofo, one of several bike-share companies to pop up in Dallas in recent months, shipped the bikes to Puerto Rico, where the JJ Barea Foundation assembled them. Ofo and the foundation …


What a photographer found on a search for rental bike carnage in Dallas

Rose Baca | www.dallasnews.com

I’m at the corner of Live Oak and Olive streets downtown. There are 30 bikes stretched along the sidewalk. Four are strewn over each other like dirty clothes on the floor. How did this happen? It’s a combination of disrespectful bike riders, people fed up or indifferent, and bike share companies operating …


LimeBike blames residents for bikes flooding Katy Trail

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DALLAS – It’s no secret that Dallas has experienced growing pains as ride-share bikes flood the city.

This week, one company pointed the finger at Dallas residents for some of those issues saying they’re making it look like a dump.

The Friends of the Katy of Trail group has …


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Denton Bike Friday Night Social Ride in Denton

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January 19, 2018
Friday 7:00 PM (on various days)
Denton Bicycle Shop
1700 North Elm Street
Denton, Texas 76201
Join us every Friday night at 7:00 pm here at the shop for a casual social ride through downtown Denton! Get to know the shop staff, and make some new friends!

Appx. 10 miles, no drop.

All rider types and bicycles are welcome!

Cost: Free


Video: Houston’s handling of waste from bike lanes project in question: ‘It shouldn’t be on the ground’

By Mario Diaz | www.click2houston.com

HOUSTON – Rosanne Barone, the program director for Texas Campaign for the Environment, recently expressed her concerns over how the city of Houston’s Traffic Operations Facility handled a material known as methyl methacrylate, or MMA.

“Wow and that is very, very scary,” she said.

Barone, whose organizations examines how materials and chemical waste is handled around the …


Examples of bad facilities

Darron | bicycleaustin.info

… There is a nice 10ft wide shared use path long Park Street in Cedar Park.
For about the first .75 miles it flows nicely along the street with strait through cross street intersections like this:
[https://www.google.com/maps/@30.5139578 … a=!3m1!1e3](https://www.google.com/maps/@30.5139578 … a=!3m1!1e3)
Unfortunately the developer further down the street decided to narrow down the cross street intersections to normal pedestrian width plus make a sharp turn in as well and basically negating the advantages of a …


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