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May 2013 13

https://www.facebook.com/events/649290081764101/?fref=ts – Event Details

This Wednesday, May 15th, BikeHouston will host the Tenth Annual Ride of Silence from Memorial Park to City Hall.

On May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here: http://www.rideofsilence.org/history.php)

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

Riders are asked to wear a white jersey or shirt. Helmet and lights (front and rear) are required after dark. Riders will gather in Memorial Park just in the parking area just west of the picnic loop starting at 6:30pm. The ride will start promptly at 7:00pm and will be assisted/escorted by HPD and two Ride of Silence trucks. The ride will proceed through Memorial Park and Washington Avenue into Downtown for a brief presentation in front of City Hall.

Riders are asked to refrain from any unnecessary talk during the ride.

May 2013 01

Bone Thugs N Harmony once said in their youthful harmony to “Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the first of the month.” And in this case, it’s National Bike Month! What does that mean exactly?  It’s whatever you want it to mean.  Do you want to ride every day this month?  Do you want to start an organized ride to raise awareness or just for fun?  Create a bike pub crawl?  Ride the neighborhood with the family or even take it to a park.  Is it your first time trying to ride a bike?  Well there’s no time like the present.

The League of American Bicyclists put out a pretty handy pamphlet that includes a bunch of ideas to be active around the city: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/pdf/guide_redesign_2013.pdf

Remember that Memorial Day is around the corner and there will sure be lots of events going on around the city, not to mention the ever-so growing musical festival of FREE PRESS SUMMER FEST.  It might be wise to bike to the event as you can find parking and rally down to the festival so you don’t have to worry about expensive parking and sit in a traffic line that never goes anywhere.

Yes, Houston had their official “Bike to Work Day” last month but it doesn’t mean that you can still do one during the official national “Bike to Work Week” from May 13-17th.

Check out the calendar to see any local bike store (LBS), city or social riding events are going on.  The weather is starting to get warmer so bring plenty of water/fluids with you on your rides.  Stay hydrated and ride safe.  Helmets, lights, reflectors, fog horns, whatever you need to see and be seen.  Enjoy seeing the city from the bike.  It’s more awesome than you think.

We are celebrating bikes ALL month long!

BikeHouston Monthly Happy Hour- West Alabama Ice House- Wednesday, May 8th (6:00-8:00 p.m.)
Houston CycloFemme- Sunday, May 12th (8:30 a.m.)
Texas Medical Center Bike to Work Day- Wednesday, May 15th (11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.)
Ride of Silence- Wednesday, May 15th- (7:00 p.m.)
Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day- Thursday, May 16th (6:30-7:30 a.m.)

More events and information to follow!!

Apr 2013 19

route map

All of the maps that you can think of that you will ever need for the ride:
http://biketxh.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/TXHBikeEvents?sid=6699&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=20226

If you take pictures, hashtag #pedalhouston on twitter or IG, we’d love to see them!  Ride safe and ride smart.  Have fun!

BP MS 150 Packet Pick-up and Expo
Friday, April 19, 2p – 9p
Omni Westside Hotel
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079

More details below:
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Mar 2013 24

It’s quite a way from now but the Tour de Cure has a great registration rate right now! So make sure you sign up before the end of the month!  DO it for ALERT DAY on March 26.

Check the details below:

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Join the movement to Stop Diabetes and ride in the 5th Annual Houston Tour de Cure on September 21, 2013! Register TODAY for only $3 in honor of Diabetes Alert Day!

Your families, friends and co-workers in and around the Houston area are all invited to join in a nationwide campaign to raise money to help fund diabetes research, education and advocacy.

Tour de Cure is the only cycling event in Texas dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. This event offers a memorable day of cycling and fun through beautiful country, as well as the personal satisfaction of completing a challenging ride and doing your part in the fight against diabetes. Whether you’re a novice, an occasional rider or expert cyclist, we have a route that matches your ability. All riders will enjoy a safe and well-marked route, superior SAG (support and gear) and medical support, and outstanding volunteer support. All routes will start and finish at AutoNation Nissan Katy. Come escape the city and see a side of Texas that can only be seen from two wheels.

Why should you get involved?

You may know someone with diabetes! Over 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, 1/3 of them don’t know it, and over 79 million are pre- diabetic.Every 17 seconds someone in this country is diagnosed with diabetes. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 children born today will develop this chronic disease in their lifetime.

American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, this year’s Alert Day will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Use the coupon code ALERT2013 (all caps) and register today for just $3! This is the lowest the registration will be all year, so take advantage now! This offer will only last until the end of March.

diabetes.org/houstontourdecure

Mar 2013 13

When: March 20, 2013
Wheels, Wine & Women (Men too:))!
InfoSocial – Featuring Biking
Stag’s Head Pub
2128 Portsmouth St HoustonTX 77098
6:30 – 8:30PM

BCO takes our monthly Infosocial a pedal stroke further this month – not only can you visit with friends, learn more about BCO, and meet Event Leaders — this month you can learn more about biking in our fair city and around the world! Doesn’t matter what kind of bike you have, we love to cruise, mountain bike, road ride, tootle around the city — you name it!  Biking is great exercise and loads of fun.

With the MS150 coming up in April, this is a perfect time to learn a little more about riding – or about maintaining your bike.  If you would like to learn/practice changing a flat tire – bring your bike wheel (and a spare tube).  The best way to learn anything is hands-on and this is your chance!  We will also have bike experts on hand to answer your questions about basic maintenance, bike fit, the best bike/seat for your build, what roads and trails to bike in Houston and the surrounding areas.

As always – you can come to our InfoSocial to learn about biking and stick around and meet new friends and catch up with “old” friends.  Or, you can skip the bike room completely and just hangout with us – your choice.

We have the private room blocked off for our biking experts from 7:00 to 8:00pm. You can ask questions in small, break-out groups. Don’t forget, if you want to learn/practice that tire change, bring your front tire and a spare tube and get gritty!

Get out, get active and get social! Join us to learn more about how you can get outdoors and find your own outdoor adventures! Meet us at Stag’s Head Pub to begin your adventure. Don’t forget that Stag’s Head has a great Happy Hour with $5 pizzas! With 85 to 100 events a month – from kayaking to camping, biking to hiking, concerts to wine-tastings – we never run out of things to do or friends to meet!

Need more information? Call us at 713-524-3567 or email Kelly@bayoucityoutdoors.com or www.BayouCityOutdoors.com

Mar 2013 07

Thanks to one of our readers and now a contributer, we have a great community corner post, which we haven’t had in a while.  Thanks Andrew for bringing a great perspective to riding in Houston vs other cities, as well as the lifestyle change that comes along with cycling.  Here’s the interview below:

Austin to Houston – Lady Cyclist in Motion

Lee is a 56-year-old Texas native and recent transplant to Houston. Struggling with health and weight issues, she’s discovered cycling’s benefits and has transformed herself into a daily 20 mile + rider. We interview Lee about the impact of cycling in her life and her experience as a lady cyclist in Houston.

Lee, welcome. Tell us about how you first started cycling.

Well I grew up in Austin with parents who were pretty athletic. They were always doing outdoors activities: rock climbing, running, and tennis. I guess in my own way I rebelled by not participating past my teen years. After college at the University of Texas, Austin, I married, started a career and a family with my husband. I had played tennis as a child, but never really got into the swing of my parent’s athletic rhythm. Lack of activity followed me into marriage and motherhood, especially with 3 little kids running around the house. When the oldest was old enough, we took him out to a cul de sac in Shady Hollow, where we were living at the time and taught him to ride his first bike. He took to it immediately and we couldn’t get him off the darn thing! I had an old rusting cruiser in the garage and I started going on short rides with him through the neighborhood. That’s how it all started.

So how did you progress as a cyclist from there?

Well my son and I would go on these casual rides, just a few miles through quiet back streets. He kind of grew out of it and when his mom wasn’t cool to hang out with any more, we gave it up. My weight increased dramatically during the next few years as the kids grew up and all of a sudden they were all in college, my nest was empty and I was sitting in a doctor’s office being told that I have Type II Diabetes. It was a frightening moment. As a result I had to dramatically change my diet – no more Texas-style BBQ’s, creamed corn, pies, cakes, I now have to strictly control what I consume and how I do it. I also was instructed to institute a daily exercise routine, at least 1 hour every day of light cardio. I tried local gyms, women gyms, and just hated them. It felt artificial. Except for the brutal summer months, Texas has gorgeous weather and I wanted to be outside. That’s when I pulled the cruiser out and began riding around Austin on casual rides by myself, just 10 miles here and there. It felt so good to be active on a regular basis that the rides became longer and my weight dropped steadily over a period of a few years.

What was it like riding in Austin?

Well this was just when cycling was taking off in Austin, it wasn’t the scene it is now, but there were certainly a growing population of folks getting out there for rides. We were just starting to get some recognition from cars that cyclists had a right to share the road. The culture came a little later on.

How did you transition to more serious riding?

I think my attitude towards cycling actually shifted dramatically with a short trip to London for my mother-in-law’s birthday just a few years back. She had recently purchased a Dawes Discovery lady’s bike from a UK shop, Bikes N Bits. She had just turned 78 and was excited to get out on rides! That was it. I knew that if my elderly mother-in-law could do it, I could take my riding to the next level.

When did you move to Houston?

We got back to Texas from London a few years ago and my husband was transferred to Houston. I was a little nervous because of Houston’s reputation as a “fat” city. According to the statistics it is one, if not the, least healthy cities in the country. But what I have found here is totally different than the stereotype: there’s a tremendous community of healthful individuals who are active in all kinds of ways. I hooked up with a group of lady friends from UT Austin living in Houston. Through sheer serendipity they had recently begun a cycling club, with rides every Thursday evening and Sunday morning. I bought my first road bike and joined them. I also started riding on my own, discovering the huge bicycle network Houston has developed. It was such an incredible surprise to find that Houston has invested in cycling infrastructure the way it has. Folks don’t think about Houston as the “Cycling City”, but it now has over 300 miles of routes that take you something like 500 miles around the greater Houston area. It’s an incredible opportunity to get out and see the beauty of this incredible city.

Tell us more about the impact cycling has had on your life.

My health is totally stable. I carefully control my diet, working with my doctor and nutritionist to ensure the proper balance for my diabetes. I still allow myself to indulge in the occasional BBQ or slice of homemade pie, but they’re the exception, not the rule. My drug now is riding. I ride 20+ miles 6 evenings a week no matter what’s going on. It’s calming, soothing, invigorating. I love riding with the girls or with my husband, but I especially love riding by myself. It’s become a lifestyle and I can’t imagine a better city than Houston to live it in.

Feb 2013 19

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The PedalHouston shop is up and shirts have been restocked!  New colorways for the season and just in time for the warmer weather to sport around town and while you ride.  Thanks again to everyone that’s supported the site and also just wanting to show Houston’s bike scene is strong and actively growing everyday.

Direct link: https://pedalhouston.storenvy.com

Jan 2013 29

BBVA Compass Tour de Houston

 

Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation, the annual 20, 40, and 70 mile fundraising bike ride, will take place Sunday, March 17, 2013. The severe drought conditions spreading throughout Texas have dramatically increased the need to protect our parks and green spaces.  Funds raised from this year’s ride will benefit Houston’s reforestation efforts through our non-profit partner, Houston Parks Board, dedicated to creating, improving and protecting parkland in the greater Houston region.

The 2013 route information is up!  Packet Pick-up is Thursday, March 14.

 

While Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is a fundraising ride, it also serves as a recommended ride for the BP MS 150. We encourage BP MS 150 participants to participate in the many recommended rides offered throughout the Houston area.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: http://www.houstontx.gov/tourdehouston/index.html

 

Jan 2013 28

In Houston. Bike lobbyists are pushing for a safe passing law requiring three feet of distance for regular vehicles and six for commercial vehicles.

Read more of the story on Chron.com: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Safe-passing-law-lacking-in-Houston-4227831.php#ixzz2JIu7VyEW