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Nov 2013 05

Festival Schedule:

10AM – HTX BIKE FEST BEGINS

– Registration for all bmx and ramp events

– Open ramp session for registered riders ($10 to register for all events)

– Flatland riding area open for play

– Bike Polo open for play

– Texas Gold Sprint’em open for play

– DJ AF The Naysayer

11 – 12PM

– DJ Fredster

12PM – 1PM

– DJ Frankie 5x

– Bike Polo Demo (12 – 12:30)

1PM – 2PM

– BMX Freestyle Comp

– DJ Kayo

2PM – 3PM

– All bikes race and freestyle course comp

– DJ Ill-set

3PM – 4PM

– Foot Down, Track Stand, Bunny Hop

– DJ Cee Plus

4PM- 5PM

– Texas Gold Sprint’em Finals

– DJ Grand Dad Crunk

5PM – 6PM

– Awards Ceremony for FRC, OCC, TGS

– DJ GWizz

9PM – 2AM – HTX BIKE FEST AFTER PARTY AT CLUTCH CITY SQUIRE

AfterPartyAD_website

 

Volunteering Info: http://htxbikefest.com/volunteer/

Oct 2013 11

HOUSTON B-CYCLE OFFERS

FREE BIKE SHARE WEEKEND OCTOBER 12-14

 WHAT:

Houston B-cycle – presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, will offer FREE 24 hour passes each day over the three-day weekend fromSaturday Oct. 12 – Mon., Oct. 14.  During this time users can check out a bike with no membership fees by using promotion code 1234 at any of the 28 B-cycle stationsfor the FREE 24 hour membership. Bikes can be checked-out and returned unlimited times during the day; however usage fees will STILL apply for any trips OVER 60 minutes. Station hours are from 6am-11pm and a credit card will still be required to check out bikes.

Houston B-cycle is a bike share program that provides a quick transportation alternative for getting around the city. Whether grabbing coffee or commuting to work, Houston B-cycle sets you free from your car and relies on the best alternative fuel: YOU.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 12- Monday, October 14, 2013

 WHERE:

DOWNTOWN
Smith & Capitol
Dallas & Smith
Tellepsen YMCA
Lamar & Milam
Main & Dallas
LaBranch & Lamar
McKinney & Caroline
Sabine Bridge                        
Rusk & St. Emanuel
METRO Transit Center
UH Downtown/Main & Franklin
Market Square
City Hall
George R. Brown Convention Center

 MIDTOWN                         
W. Gray & Baldwin
Milam at Elgin
Ensemble/HCC Station
Milam & Webster

 MONTROSE                      
Westheimer & Waugh
Freed Library
Menil Collection
Taft & Fairview

HEIGHTS
Spotts Park
Stude Park

MUSEUM DISTRICT           
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Hermann Park Lake Plaza

NORTHSIDE
Leonel Castillo Community Center

SOUTH CENTRAL HOUSTON
Project Row House

MORE:
Houston B-Cycle is creating opportunities for expansion into 2014. To find out more about sponsor opportunities to create a B-cycle station in your area, please call 713-865-3662. To find out more about Houston B-cycle, visit houston.bcycle.com.        

Jul 2013 31
Cedar Creek Cafe – 10am to 4pm – 1034 W. 20th St., Houston, TX 77008

Come out and buy or sell some stuff.  You might find that gem you’ve always been looking for.

Jul 2013 29

It seems that the growth of the Houston Critical Mass ride has some soaring numbers to compete with. It’s great to see but also people need to ride responsibly especially in numbers like that.  The more people there are, sure you can see one another and there’s safety in numbers, but also there’s a lot of careless things that can happen so be cautious of others and that you still keep your safety distance.  Rubbing tires can turn into an instant domino effect with people so closely around you.  Who says there’s nothing to do it Houston?  Especially on a Friday night at the end of the month?  This picture begs to differ.

Picture by Jamie Salinas, from Critical Mass Houston Facebook group

If you want more info on the ride or want to make new bike buddies – join the Facebook group: Houston Critical Mass.  It has grown to over 7,000 members. Pretty legit, if you ask me.  The forum basically runs itself now.

May 2013 23

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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!!

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.

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

Jan 2013 09

Mayor Annise Parker today announced Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has committed $750,000 to expand Houston B-cycle, sharing the City’s commitment to provide healthy transportation alternatives to residents.

“We are excited and proud of our new partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Bike Share is a great new transportation program for Houston and with the support of BCBSTX we are able to expand our pilot into a thriving program, providing a real commuter and recreational transportation option for workers, residents and visitors, improving health and quality of life.”

Part of the BCBSTX mission is to promote the health and wellness of Texas communities. The Houston Bike Share program is a perfect opportunity for Houstonians and visitors to Houston to have fun and take care of their families’ health at the same time.

“We are excited to partner with the Mayor and Houston Bike Share to continue transforming Houston into a healthier, more active and innovative city of the future,” says Bert Marshall, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. “Supporting Houston’s Bike Share Program is part of our commitment to the Texas cities where we live, play and work. We hope this investment will help Houston children and families, not only find more convenient transportation, but get healthy and stay healthy through increased, fun physical activity.”

Houston Bike Share is an active transportation alternative for the City. Houston’s initial phase has been successful, and, thanks to funding support from BCBSTX and the US Department of Energy, will now grow to 200 bikes in downtown and other Houston neighborhoods, with a third phase in the planning stage.  Pollution, traffic, and rising oil costs are just a few of the reasons why Houstonians need options for getting around.

Houston B-cycle, now available at City Hall, Market Square Park, and the George R. Brown Convention Center, will be expanded from 3 to 24 stations and from 18 to 200 bicycles. This Phase II expansion will create a presence not only in Downtown (with 16 stations), but also in Midtown, Montrose and the Museum District with four of the stations located at key METRORail stops. The self-service B-cycle stations will be available from 6 am to 11 pm every day. Bikes can be checked out during these hours and dropped back at the same location or any other B-cycle station.

Phase III expansion discussions and planning include the Texas Medical Center and local universities, as well as additional neighborhoods.

Houston B-cycle is a membership driven bike share system.  Memberships are available by day, week or year.  All members have unlimited access to the bikes. The grey and red B-cycles are specially designed for all riders – short or tall, thanks to an easy-to-use adjustable seat post. Fenders, skirt guards and chain guards keep clothes clean. Automatic lights help keep riders visible and safe. All bikes are equipped with a lock and basket. Riders can take the bike anywhere and lock it up, even if no kiosk is available.

All are equipped with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and GPS technology, the most advanced bike share system available in the U.S. Annual and weekly members can track their mileage, calories burned and fuel savings through the website www.houston.bcycle.com.

Houston’s program is managed and operated by Houston Bike Share, a non-profit whose mission is to implement, expand and operate a Houston-based bike share program that will be environmentally friendly, financially sustainable and affordable. Bike Barn will assist with maintenance for the B-cycle stations and bikes. The Houston B-cycle Phase I program is being funded through the US EPA’s Climate Showcase grant. Phase II and III expansion will be funded through the generous sponsorship of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and the US DOE’s ARRA stimulus dollars. Additional support comes from Bike Houston; Bike Barn; Downtown District; Houston First; the City of Houston Office of Sustainability and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, memberships and maps, visit www.houston.bcycle.com or call 713-865-3662.