April 2015 - In This Issue:
VOLUNTEER FOR THE EASTER HILL COUNTRY TOUR!

We're still looking for a few volunteers to assist rest stop delivery drivers and help with break-down at this weekend's tour. Shifts are available each day of the event. 

Email Volunteer Chair William Hudson to volunteer: williampedalson@gmail.com.  

BIKE TO WORK DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Bike Austin and our partners are assembling a top-notch series of events this Bike Month, including the biggest Bike To Work Day yet on May 15th and an inaugural Bike Home From Work Day Party at Cheer Up Charlies. We're seeking volunteers to staff morning commuter stations and an evening bike valet.  Sign up here!


 

The Easter Hill Country Tour, hosted this year by Bike Austin, is clearly the best cycling deal in North America: three days of fully-supported cycling in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country for only $45. We are delighted to be featuring sponsored rest-stops with a "best rest-stop" competition. That, together with the optional dinner/dance on Saturday night, will make this year's Tour truly exceptional. On-site registration will be $55.  Don't delay - register today!

 

WANT A BIKE LANE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

Our new Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee will empower neighborhood residents like you to run grassroots campaigns for "Complete Streets" with safe space for everyone. With your input, we'll choose 3 streets to transform with protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements.  Want your neighborhood streets in the mix? RSVP Today.

 

WHAT: Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee

WHEN: Thursday, April 16th, 6:30PM

WHERE: Bike Austin, 1000 Brazos Street

THANK YOU CAROL!
Carol with professional cyclist Andy Hampsten

By Erick Benz, Bike Austin Board President

As we welcome Mercedes Feris as our new Bike Austin Executive Director it seems the perfect time to thank and acknowledge our Interim Executive Director Carol Reifsynder for stepping in and stepping up to the job of building two organizations into one over the past year. 

 

As those deeply involved in the merger know, there was a lot of great work put in by many, but an even taller burden fell to Carol as our half time staff person who actually had to be there to make things happen pretty much all of the time.  She really came through for us orchestrating the merger, creating structures for the new organization, developing new print materials, and generally getting the newly formed business up and running.  

 

THREE THINGS WE LEARNED AT BIKES vs. CARS

Austin was lucky enough to host Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten for the world premier of his documentary Bikes vs. Cars at this year's SXSW Film Festival. The pedal-powered premier offered several important lessons about the importance of bicycling in major cities:  

1. Believe it or not, Los Angeles used to have the best public transit and bicycle network in the world, including an elevated "bike super-highway". Like Austin, L.A.'s extensive street car network was removed to make way for cars and busses.   

2. Despite booming car sales around the world, cities big and small are waking up to the importance of promoting transportation options, including investments in world-class bicycle lane networks. These cost-effective improvements will have huge impacts on safety, quality of life and health for decades to come.  

3. Local activists are winning the fight for safer streets. From Sao Paulo to Sweden, local activists are winning major improvements in bicycling infrastructure, despite big challenges from the auto industry. Sign up for Bike Austin's Advocacy Committee to lead the revolution for safer streets here at home!