August 6, 2015 - In This Issue:
BIKE AUSTIN NEWS
 
A lot is happening at Bike Austin! To start, a new staff member, Becky Moriarty, has joined the team part-time as the Community Relations Manager.  She will be managing marketing efforts, as well as helping to coordinate cycling education classes and community events. If you see a new face around the office, be sure to say hi and welcome her to the team.

Hottest Day of the Year is quickly approaching and we have over 100 people registered!  Don't forget to sign up and join in on the fun. For more information on this ride , as well as a variety of other ways to get involved in the Austin cycling scene, see below!

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NEW & RENEWING MEMBERS
Thank you to the following people who signed up or renewed their Bike Austin membership in the last month! Not a member?  Sign up here!

Brenda Adams
Laura Arbilla
Camille Baptiste
Jean Anne Booth
Bill Carroll
Ben Carsten
Jerry W Chapman
Rollie Cole
John Coleman
Janis Connell
Jane DeLaCruz
Jennifer Duthie
David Falk
Jason Fialkoff
Huey Rey Fischer
Elizabeth Gray
Mark Grayson
Elaine Hamilton
Alan Hecht
Doug L Hillary
Curtis & Judy Hitt
Alan Holloway
Jack Mike Landers Hall
Alex Longshaw
Sally Loomer
Andrei Lubomudrov
Katherine Malm
Paul Mann
Lashanna Martin
James David Mauseth
Mark McCartney
Rebeca Mendizabal
Megan Meyer
Victoria Mitchell
Christi & Dan Mondrik
Julia Montgomery
Rob Murphy
David Orr
Bill Pappin
Stanley Peters
Al Pitre
Kevin Quach
Mary Lou Rizzo
Dan Ruble
Jeff Russell
John Saxton
Shahean Shariati
Judy Shipway
Joe Silva
Susan D Skyler
Michael Smith
Dave and Karen Smithson
Palmer Stevens
Maggie Valenti
Tom VandeStadt
Aprli Watkins
Matthew Weigel
Melissa Wheeler
Jack Williams
Lane Wimberley
John Roger Wood
Ed Yoo
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UPCOMING BIKE AUSTIN EVENTS
Hottest Day of the Year Ride
Saturday, August 8 from 2pm to 8pm
Celebrate the heat with the longest event on the Hottest Day of the year. This year's ride will feature free snacks, tasty beverages, 10 icey swimming spots, 3 start locations North, South and East a
nd a bigger-than-ever benefit party to end the day.          

With proper clothing, hydration, and an open mind, we believe going by bike to the park, to the pool, a cafe, or for ice cream (especially for ice cream) is completely do-able, fun, and preferable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.  Tickets are $5 for members, and $10 for future-members. For more information and to register, visit our website at Hottest Day of the Year!

 

Breakfast, Bikes and New Member Love
Friday, August 21 from 7:30am to 9:00am at
Mellow Johnny's
Ever wondered what you get being a Bike Austin member?  Stop by our Breakfast, Bikes and Member Love event to discover all the benefits of Bike Austin membership (including discounts at over a dozen bike shops and a free HOPE bag!), grab some free coffee from Juan Pelota and meet other Bike Austin members. Already a member?  Bring a friend to join and get a free gift card to Mellow Johnny's!  For more information, contact Miller at miller@bikeaustin.org.

Moonlight Serenade Social Ride
Each month, Bike Austin's staff and board of directors invite you to join us on an evening social ride around our great city. Join us for a pre-ride discussion on how we can make Austin a safer place to ride and walk. Then go for a short ride, visiting several music venues and wrapping up with beverages and food.
Upcoming rides:
  • FAREWELL TO THE BATS: Friday, August 28 from 7pm to 10pm, meet at Alta's Cafe, 74 Trinity St. RSVP here!
  • Friday, September 25, time and location TBD

Family Fun Ride
Saturday, September 19 from 8:30am to 12pm at Brushy Creek
Join Bike Austin at Brushy Creek Trail in Cedar Park. This family ride will consist of fun activities for the whole family. Come early for a helmet fitting and bike rodeo!
We will provide snacks to ensure you are off to a great start and be sure to stick around for a light lunch.
Please RSVP here by September 15th.

Armadillo Hill Country Classic
Saturday, October 24  in Liberty Hill

This year's Armadillo Classic Ride will be one of the best rides around central Texas!

 

Bike Austin leads the charge to ensure your voice is heard and educates the community at large on bike safety.   

We are the recipient of a grant that will help launch the Bike Austin Education Fund to offer bicycling education in the community to both bicyclist and drivers. We will offer free classes to the underserved population and corporations alike on how to utilize active transportation methods. Per the grant we need a match of $20,000 by September 30 and your registration will help us meet our goal. 

 

Will you ride? Early Bird member pricing of $40 will be extended until Saturday, August 8th, 11:50 PM CST. Want to ride and not join, no problem! Non-member registration rate is $50.

Please register using discount code: WE_ARE_BACK

REGISTER Today!
 
Thank you so much for your past support and ask for your continued support!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at ed@bikeaustin.orgSponsorship opportunities are available!

 

BIKE EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
City Cycling-Classroom
Third Friday of every month from 5pm to 9pm at REI Downtown
Riding in traffic is smooth when you're prepared with the knowledge and skills to avoid potential conflicts.  In the City Cycling class, you will learn where to ride safely on the street, how to be visible and predictable to motorists and where to position yourself at intersections.  Even if you are an experienced cyclist, you will be surprised at how much you did not know about safe cycling. $35.Click here to register. Upcoming classes: 
  • Friday, August 21
  • Friday, September 18
City Cycling-On Road
Third Saturday of every month from 8am to 1 pm at Thinkery Parking Garage
Practice what you learned in City Cycling - Classroom by getting on the bike and having an on-bike session to improve your riding skills. The course will start with parking lot drills that cover bike handling skills and avoidance maneuvers. Then you will put everything you've learned together for practice on the road.  The on-road experiences include quiet residential streets, minor arterials, multi-lane low- and moderate-speed arterials. Finally, you will learn how to change a flat. $35. Click here to register. Upcoming classes:
  • Saturday, August 22
  • Saturday, September 19

Ride Leader Training
Bike Austin's ride leader training class is a three-hour presentation that is intended to give a prospective Leader the tools that he or she needs to design, post and lead rides.

For more information on the Ride Leader training please email: mercedes@bikeaustin.org. Upcoming Training: 
  • Sunday, September 20 from 2pm to 5pm at REI, 9901 N. Capital of Texas Highway
  • Sunday September 27 from 2pm to 5pm at REI, 601 N. Lamar Blvd. 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bike Valet
Join other Bike Austin volunteers to greet bike-riding event-goers, sign them in to our bike valet and park their bikes. Upcoming volunteer opportunities:
Contact Miller if you are interested in volunteering, miller@bikeaustin.org.

Monthly Volunteer Night
secure-checkout-computer.jpg Monday, August 10 from 5:30pm to 7pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Stop by our office to help out with data entry from our bike lane advocacy campaigns.  Free beer, snacks and music on us!  Please bring a laptop if you have one. Contact Miller if you are interested in volunteering, Sign Up Here!.

STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee
Second Wednesday of the Month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Bike Austin's Neighborhood Bike Advocacy Committee empowers neighborhood residents like you to run grassroots campaigns for "Complete Streets" with safe space for everyone.
Upcoming meetings: 
  • Wednesday, September 9
  • Wednesday, October 14
RSVP here! or contact Miller Nuttle for more information, miller@bikeaustin.org
Education Committee
Third Wednesday of the Month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Join us to discuss cycling education classes and offerings, learn about teaching opportunities and to give input on curriculum.
Upcoming meetings: 
  • Wednesday, August 19
  • Wednesday, September 16

Marketing Committee
Third Friday of the Month from 12pm-1pm at 1000 Brazos St. 
Do you have PR or Marketing expertise and would like to be a part of the Bike Austin movement? Then join us and lend us your talent. Upcoming meetings:
  • Friday, August 21
  • Friday, September 18 
Mission:

Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.

Guiding Principles:
 

  • Bicycling should be safe and accessible.
  • Bicycling positively transforms our community.
  • Bicycling benefits all people, whether they bicycle or not.
  • Bicycling is an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system.