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Cyclists in Suits Recap

ImageLast week more than sixty cyclists from across the state went to Austin to advocate for bike legislation at the capitol building.

We were there with several other Bike Friendly organizations to talk to house and senate representatives about several pieces of legislation, highlighted for us by Bike Texas. The day was a “success,” as we were able to speak to every office in the building.

The two pieces of legislation we focused on were Complete Streets (HB 1102 / SB 565) and Safe Passing (HB 2225 / SB 1515).  All have bipartisan support and are still their respective committees.

Complete Streets calls for a set of guidelines for any road projects or improvements that are supported by federal or state funds. These guidelines would accommodate for all modes of transportation, including cars, bikes, pedestrians including the disabled or children, busses, commercial trucks etc. The guidelines vary based on the suburban, urban or rural context, but generally call for more walkable cities and recognizes that transportation improvements are opportunities to improve air quality and safety too. 

Complete Streets was authored by Rodney Ellis and Bob Deuell. It was co-authored by Wendy Davis, Eddie Lucio, José Rodríguez and Kirk Watson. The house version was authored by representatives Linda Harper-Brown, Jim Keffer, Geane Morrison, Armando Martinez, Eddie Lucio III in the house. It was coauthored by Jessica Farrar, Elliott Naishtat.

 

Safe Passing will create a law requiring motorists give at least three feet of space when passing not just cyclists but any unprotected road user. A nearly identical, bipartisan, well-supported bill was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry in the 2009 session (AustinChron). The new bill has changed the words “Vulnerable Road User” to “unprotected” in an attempted to address Perry’s concerns.

Safe Passing was authored by Rodney Ellis. The house version was authored by Linda Harper-Brown, Armando Martinez, and Ruth McClendon.

 

Both pieces of legislation are still in committee, but you can contact your representatives anytime, asking her or him to support the bill.

You can find your representatives here. Send them an email asking for support, or one to thank the representatives that authored the bills.

Bike Texas representatives were sure to point out other bills that might concern cyclists. 

HB 307 Requiring a red rear light for cyclists. 
SB 28 / HB 36 Banning texting while driving 
SB 1693 Managing federal and state funds for the Texas Safe Routes to Schools program

 

For more on Cyclists in Suits read the BikeTexas blog, Bike Friendly Richardson blog (Suburban Assault’s photos), or the Pondering Cyclist’s latest post. People for Bikes.org also has a post about one couples expereience at the event. Also, a big thanks to BikeDFW for organizing transportation for everyone in the metroplex. 

Bike Friendly Arlington will keep you posted on the status of these bills as news develops.

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News Round Up

News

Bike Texas recaps the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C.  and the League of American Bicyclists has a photo slide show.

Senators re-introduced a bill to the Texas Legislature that would require city planners to consider all modes of transportation — like bicycles and walking — when drafting transportation projects. Sens. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, and Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, filed the “Complete Streets” bill, SB 565, which is identical to Ellis’s bill that failed to leave the Senate in 2011. — Houston Chronicle
Get involved by signing Bike Texas’s Complete Streets petition.

If you’re looking for another way to be more involved, we’ll be the Cyclist in Suits on March 21th. Sign up to join Bike Texas for a bus ride from Dallas or Forth Worth to Austin and speak to your Legislative representatives.

If you’re going down to Austin this week, you can rent a bike for the day or the whole week. — Bike Texas bike rental

Bike Friendly Arlington Events

Tuesday Night Ride. Every Tuesday night we leave from the patio of Twisted Root Burger and Hooligan. We’ll meet at 6:30, but will wait 15 or 30 minutes before leaving.

Saturday, March 16, we’ll take the train to Dallas to ride in the St. Patrick’s Day Bicycle Parade.

Saturday, March 30, we’ll ride from downtown Arlington to Grapevine Lake for a night of camping with other cyclists from the metroplex. There’s a group leaving from North Richland Hills and a group leaving from Dallas.

Sunday, March 31 Come celebrate Bike Friendly Arlington’s birthday for our easter picnic and egg hunt.

Wednesday, April 17, We’ll be at UTA for the campus’s Earth Day activities.

Check in every Friday afternoon for local bike news and events. If you’ve read something we’ve missed, please send us a link in the comment section and we’ll add it to the next roundup.

 

Events

Today 

Saturday

  • Join us in the Saturday February 22 at 9:30 a.m. for our second annual Canned Food drive Bike Ride. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Mission Arlington parking lot. 210 W South St, Arlington, TX. The parking lot is on the south side of the building.

Tuesday and Sunday 

News

  • Arlington streets need $400 million in repairs. — NBCDFW.com
  • Fort Worth Bike Share needs help. Volunteer to ride one of 300 bicycles to launch the bike share program on April 22. Contact — info@fortworthbikesharing.org
  • Cycling Savvy DFW has classes in March and April in both Dallas and Fort Worth. The three-session classes cost $75 dollars and teaches safe cycling on the streets and in traffic.
  • Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s rolling town hall meetings will continue this spring, starting in March.
  • Seattle, Washington considers a fee for cyclists to pay for its $10 billion transportation plan. — Seattle Times
  • Bike thefts in Amsterdam are being exported to other countries due to GPS tracking in the bikes. — Bike Europe

 

Since there are so many great articles out there concerning bicycling, and there’s only so much we can post on Facebook we felt it prudent to start a Weekly News Roundup and together articles, posts, editorials, in one place.

  • BikeDFW will host a one-day trip to Austin to give cyclists in the Metroplex an opportunity for speak with their state representatives. Sign up for Cyclists in Suits

  • The first bike of the Fort Worth Bike Sharing fleet arrived this week. FortWorthology has the scoop. (And Austin decides on its bike-share bike.)

  • Police in Seattle look for a cyclist who helped save a woman being assaulted in the park. SeattlePI

  • Bikes with 5-inch tires are the next big thing in mountain biking

  • NPR tells the story behind a love note written by bicycle. 

  • Don’t forget! Join us tonight for the monthly Pub Roll. While you’re there, like our facebook page. It’s only five away from 1,000 likes.

If you’ve read something we missed, please link to it in the comments and we’ll add it to the next roundup. 

Friday News Roundup

 

A Texas A&M study found the DFW Metroplex to be the 13th most stress full for our commuters.  (Study)

In 2009 a some people in a Colorado city wanted bicycles off the road. This week the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the city of BlackHawk’s ordinance to ban bicycles. (Yahoo)

We all know biking makes you smarter. But the science of why and how is still untapped. (TheAtlantic)

BikeDallas wants to do a critical mass on Central Express way, but the Texas Department of Transportation says they need permission to close the bridge. (CBS Local)

Dallas-based company SCA Promotions Inc. is suing Lance Armstrong for $12 billion in prize money it gave him for three of his Tour de France wins. (SanFranciscoChronicle)

The utility poles on Division St. will be gone soon. (nbcdfw.com)

“A chicken in every pot and a bicycles in every drive way!” A Malta citizen asks the local newspaper why no bicycles for all? (TimesOfMalta)

…And don’t forget to join us at the Trinity Bicycles hosted Bike Swap at Rahr & Sons Brewery this Sunday. You can ride there with us. Or meet at the eventRahr & Sons Brewing Co. 701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104




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