BikeTexas Today

September 2014
School is back in session and we're all joyously anticipating some cooler fall temps for riding in! Meanwhile, the BikeTexas Annual Bike Giveaway is ongoing and the winner will be drawn at our Annual Membership Meeting later this month. Join BikeTexas now to add your voice to many other Texans who ride bikes, to support bicycle advocacy in Texas, and to be entered to win a bike! 

Happy riding!
BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting: Register Now!
Austin BikeFest Presented by CapMetro on Oct 25
BikeTexas Annual Bike Giveaway
International Walk to School Day is Oct 8
Election 2014: Important Dates to Remember
Join Us at a Fall 2014 BikeTexas KidsKup
Good Morning, Minneapolis: NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride
Look for BikeTexas at San Antonio Siclovia on Sept 28
Five Reasons for Older Texans to Ride a Bike
What's the Scoop?
TAP Comments: It's a Waiting Game
National Bike Challenge 2014 Continues Through September
Coming to an Event in Austin? Rent a Bike!
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Save The Date

October 25

National Bike Summit
March 10-12
Washington, D.C.

Cyclists in Suits-- Texas' Bike Lobby Day
March 30
BikeTexas Member Events

Bike Out Hunger - Mansfield 

Sept 13



Tyler Speedwaves 

Sept 13-14



Fort Davis Cyclefest 

Sept 19-21

Fort Davis


Bike Out Hunger - Bridge the Gap 

Oct 4



Camino 205 

Oct 4



Dave Boyd Huntsville Classic 

Oct 12


Free Events 
Around the State


National Bike Challenge 




BikeTexas KidsKup at Tyler Speedwaves 

Sept 13



A Story of the Park: People in Nature

Sept 17



PARK(ing) Day Dallas

Sept 19



BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting 

Sept 21

Austin and Online



Sept 28

San Antonio


National Night Out Kickoff Party

Oct 4



International Walk to School Day

Oct 8


Many Thanks to our Major Sponsors

Richardson Bike Mart
Bicycle Sport Shop

Bicycles Inc Lgo 

Hans Johnson Logo


BNSF Railway Logo  


Northwest Cycling Club  
Bike World San Antonio

Thanks to all of our
Bike Shop & Business Members

Thanks to all of our
Club Members

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What's Happening?
BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting: Register Now!

At the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting Every September, BikeTexas members come together for the Annual Membership Meeting. 2014 is no exception. We want you to join us on Sunday, September 21, from 3 to 6 PM as we celebrate the work of another year together.

Join the meeting either at our office in Austin or via teleconference. The Annual Membership Meeting is open to the public, but you must be a BikeTexas member to vote.

Register here to attend either in person or online, and we'll see (or hear!) you on September 21!
Save the Date-- October 25, Govalle Park

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the FREE inaugural Austin BikeFest will showcase everything bicycle in Austin, Texas! Govalle Park on Austin's East Side will be packed with activities for all ages. Find out more at


The day will open with a ribbon cutting of Austin's newest multi-use path-the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (Honorary BikeFest Grand Marshal), Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and other local leaders will cut the ribbon and inaugurate the trail.


A family-friendly bike ride in three-mile, eight-mile and 16-mile distances entirely on this great new paved trail will follow the ribbon cutting, with hydration and snacks provided along the way.


After the ride, head back to Govalle Park for a full day of bike fun!

Giveaway bike from Trek
Every year, BikeTexas gives one lucky member a new bike. Is 2014 your lucky year? 

To show our appreciation to the members who make our work possible, we're giving away a 2015 Trek 7.2 FX bike (pictured)-- Trek's most popular model! Giveaway bike generously donated by Trek. 


How to enter? Become a member today or renew your annual membership to help make Texas a great state for biking and walking. You must join BikeTexas between August 1 and September 20 to enter the drawing.


As an extra thank-you, Sustaining Monthly Members are automatically entered in the drawing. No need to do anything else; you're already making Texas a great place to bike and walk!

A walking school bus on International Walk to School Day
School has started, students and teachers are getting to know one another, and your family is starting to get into the schoolday routine. Now's a great time to start planning your trip to school for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8.

People who ride bikes gathered at the Texas Capitol for Cyclists in Suits 2013

We urge you to be sure you are registered to vote and then cast your ballot for candidates who will support active transportation in your community. Many mayors and city council members, many state legislators, the governor, and all U.S. Representative seats are on the ballot this year, along with many local bond initiatives. Stand up and be counted!

  • Monday, October 6: Last Day to Register to Vote
  • Monday, October 20: First Day of Early Voting
  • Friday, October 24: Last Day to Apply for a Ballot By Mail (application must be received by your county clerk on this date)
  • Friday, October 31: Last Day of Early Voting
  • Tuesday, November 4: Election Day. Polls open 7 AM to 7 PM in Texas.

See all these dates, find your polling place, and check out other election information on the Texas Secretary of State's page here.  

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Are you ready for KidsKup? We have two more races on the schedule for the fall and can't wait to see you there. Mark your calendar now!

September 13

October 11

Online registration for each race will open the Monday following the previous race (dates are on the schedule page). You can also register on site the day of each event.

See our article about KidsKup at Camp Eagle Classic on August 30 here.

Want to help KidsKup keep rolling into 2015? Donate to the Dave Boyd Memorial Fund.
Group picture at the 2014 NCSL Bipartisan Bike RideOver 150 legislators, their families, and their staff joined BikeTexas and BikeMN staff and volunteers on Friday, August 22, for the 10th NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride.


Legislative hosts for the ride were:
Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
President of the Minnesota Senate Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) 
Minnesota Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center) 
Minnesota Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester) 
Texas Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving)
Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) 

The ride was sponsored by Walmart, BNSF Railway, General Mills, Primal Wear, People for Bikes, Quality Bicycle Products, Siemens, and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


The Bipartisan Bike Ride is a great way to let lawmakers see firsthand what it's like to ride a bike through a city, which translates to states taking greater steps forward to make their state bike friendly. 

A man on a bike at San Antonio Siclovia

BikeTexas is very excited to once again offer free bike rentals to participants at Texas' largest open streets event. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend the next S�clov�a, running along Broadway to Alamo Plaza, with a new added route connecting to the east side Dignowity Hill neighborhood.


Select Federal Credit Union is providing generous sponsorship to BikeTexas to allow us to be there. Find us between the band stage and the farmer's market at Dignowity Park on the route's eastern edge. For more information, be sure to sign up for the San Antonio Area List on our E-Newsletter signup page here. We'll be sending more details like parking options and other awesome things going on with bicycling at Siclovia that day. On September 28, come play in the streets!

Two happy Baby Boomers/bike riders!

August 21 was Senior Citizens Day, and we join with others across the nation in honoring older Americans. We also celebrate that so many older people are choosing to ride a bike! Why ride once you're over 60? Read on to learn five great reasons. 

What's the Scoop?

People riding bikes on a quiet road in Texas
You may have noticed that information about bicycle research and happenings flies fast and furious over the internet every day. We're always running across great articles we'd love to share, but even with our website and social media humming day and night, we can't keep up!

So, we've created a new weekly feature we're calling Friday Reading. Every week, we'll collect all those great links into one place just for you and then publish it on Friday morning so you have all weekend to get caught up. Ready to read? Check out our first few posts to get started, then head to on Friday morning (or look at our Twitter feed) for the next one. 
Texas Transportation Commission meeting in Dallas.
Texas Transportation Commission meeting in Dallas.
Many of you responded to our call for comments to TxDOT regarding the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds that are intended for bicycling and walking projects.

On August 28, the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) met in Dallas and we took the opportunity to address the TTC on the TAP comments. Earl Erickson presented letters to the Commission from several mayors in East and Northeast Texas who support TAP funding being kept where it is. Joe Pitchford spoke on behalf of the Northeast Texas Trail, and BikeTexas Executive Director Robin Stallings gave TTC members copies of petitions in favor of TAP funding being spent for TAP purposes.

We expect an update in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for an announcement when it comes.  

One month to go in the National Bike Challenge presented by the League of American Bicyclists! It's been a great summer of logging miles and swapping stories on the challenge website. Plus, a few lucky Texans have won prizes from challenge sponsors.

You could be next! Don't miss out on these bragging rights. Sign up today.
I Bike TX t-shirt
BikeTexas is delighted to announce the newest addition to the BikeTexas store: "I Bike TX" t-shirts in women's cut or unisex!

These t-shirts are only available while supplies last. Don't miss out-- get yours today! 
Woman on a BikeTexas rental bike
ACL Fest is coming to Austin in early October! Will you (or someone you know) be coming, too?

Getting around downtown Austin during a special event can be a challenge. Rent a bike from BikeTexas and not only will you be able to roll through town with ease, you'll also support bicycle advocacy in Texas!

Not coming to ACL? It's not to early to reserve your bike for Formula 1 or SXSW. Don't get stuck-- rent a bike now!

Cycle Safely!