August 20, 2015 - In This Issue:
BIKE AUSTIN NEWS
 
With over 200 participants, we are excited to report that Hottest Day of the Year was a huge success! Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

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UPCOMING BIKE AUSTIN EVENTS
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

Active Transportation Visioning Session for The Grove
Saturday, August 29 from 2:30pm to 4pm at La Mancha, 2203 Hancock Dr.
Bike Austin, in partnership with the Grove at Shoal Creek and Friends of the Grove, invite you to give input on the community design. The designers aim to have safe and robust accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. Come view plans, provide feedback and offer suggestions to the proposed design. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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? Bike Austin member pricing is $45 until October 19. Want to ride and not join, no problem! Non-member registration rate is $60.

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 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:
  • Saturday, August 29 at Twisted X Brewery for 1400 Miles
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 12-13 at Freescale South Austin for Tour de Cure
Contact Miller if you are interested in volunteering, miller@bikeaustin.org.

Monthly Volunteer Night
secure-checkout-computer.jpg Monday, September 14 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm 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, September 16
  • Wednesday, October 21

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 
COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENTS
Texas Cyclocross Project
Get your kids off their electronics and on their bikes once a week by signing them up for the Texas Cyclocross Project a proud partner organization of Bike Austin! 
Sign up and learn more here: Register

2015 Freescale CTX Tour de Cure
Saturday-Sunday, September 12-13
The American Diabetes Association's 2015 Freescale Central Texas Tour de Cure and will provide an opportunity to ride the famous Central Texas Hill Country!  You have never quite seen the Texas Hill Country until you've explored it on a bicycle. 
For more information, please visit Tour de Cure Austin.

Viva Streets!
Sunday, September 13
Join the energetic fun at VIVA STREETS! -  a free festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch, and celebrate good health. On Sunday, September 13, one-mile of East 6th Street will become a car-free and tobacco-free playground for thousands of Austinites. This is a born-in-Austin take on the Ciclovia, has become an international phenomenon.
For more information, please visit www.vivastreetsatx.org.

Mamma Jamma
Saturday, September 26
Join us for the biggest, best Mamma Jamma Ride yet!  We'll start from the charming community of Martindale and ride our bikes through the beautiful Texas countryside to help Central Texans facing breast cancer. After the ride we'll have a huge street party with live music, food trucks, a bike rodeo for kids, a Frankenbike Swap, a Zumba dance-along, a helmet decorating contest with prizes, a bike raffle and more. Join us!

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.