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Recap and Pics – Cyclists In Suits – Texas Bicycle Lobby Day 2015

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Image © BikeTexas.org – Please visit their site.

Last week, BikeTexas hosted their Cyclists In Suits – Bicycle Lobby Day event at the Texas State Capital in Austin, Texas. This happens every other year, for more years than some of us have been advocates. I think we heard somebody mention that they were on their 9th or 10th visit to the capital.

Each time, cyclists from all over Texas, strip the lycra, wool and skinny jeans, to put on their best dress clothes. Business attire was key to being taken seriously as we represented the cycling community to the Texas State Legislature.

The bills we’re took to legislators were (links will take you to the text of the bills):

The Iris Stagner Safe Passing Act, HB 2459 & SB 1416
Ban on Texting while Driving, HB 80
Safety Light at Night, HB 471
Transportation Safety Advisory Committee, HB 1136
Safe Neighborhood Streets, SB 1717

We also let legislators know that we oppose HB 383, which would require bicycles to be equipped with a mirror as part of a safe passing law.

The group coming from Dallas was a bit smaller this year. Some folks drove down, while others shared a van hosted by BikeDFW.

This year’s event was organized a lot better than previous years. Although it was a shaky start, with a little bit of confusion in the crowd, the lobby teams were better organized so that each person got to visit the office of their own Senator and Representative, as well as the legislative offices near by. This allowed us to optimize our time by not having to run all over the capital building. Most of us were finished by lunch.

After lunch, we headed over to the Senate to hear a special resolution for people who ride bikes – read by bike friendly Senator, Rodney Ellis. From there, we headed over to the front of the Capital building for our group picture.

Once our lobbying was finished, the group headed over to the BikeTexas headquarters for a small wind-down event. It was nice to regroup, visit and talk about the days events and share cycling stories about our hometowns.

If you enjoy cycling and want to make it safer and more acceptable in Texas, this is definitely an event that you should be a part of. I look forward to seeing you there in 2017. Here are a few pics from the event:

Cyclists In Suits - 2015

Cyclists In Suits - 2015

Cyclists In Suits - 2015

Cyclists In Suits - 2015

Cyclists In Suits - 2015

Cyclists In Suits - 2015

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Written by dickdavid

April 8, 2015 at 5:58 am

Pics From Cyclists In Suits – Bicycle Lobby Day in Texas

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Image ©BikeTexas.org – Please visit their site.

I’m back from the Cyclists in Suits event that was hosted by BikeTexas in Austin. It was an exhausting day that involved getting up by 3:00 am to catch a 5:00 am bus. After a 3+ hour trip from Dallas to Austin, we spent the day lobbying for cyclist to our state officials, only to repeat the same trip back that evening. It was a great learning experience and I got to meet some great people, which made it all worth while.

I’ll do a proper recap on the Bike Friendly Richardson site later this week. Until then, here are a few pics from the day (click here to see the entire set):

Cyclists In Suits March

Fresh Of The Bus, Heading To The Capital Building

Jay Dunn Gets It Done

Jay Helping Us Lobby

Texas Senate Room

Texas Senate Session

Group Break

Bike Pins Everywhere – Showing Support

Happy Hour

BikeTexas Happy Hour

Meet And Greet

BikeTexas HQ

Jay and Preston

Bicycle Networking

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March 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Back From Austin

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Sorry that it’s been a while since my last post. I spent a good part of last weekend in Austin, Texas for the SXSW Interactive conference. As with everywhere I go, I’m always on the lookout for good bike scenery. Well, in Austin, that wasn’t much of a problem. Here are just a few, random sightings.

This first pic is from the SXSWi welcome party, hosted by Frog Design and Microsoft. They always have cool, interactive games to play. Just like in the movie TRON, this is a light bike game where users pedal for more speed and steer to block their opponent with their light trail. The crowd can watch the progress on the big screen.

Tron Trikes

Similar to what BikeDFW has with their bike smoothie machine, Google had stationary blender bikes.

Bike Smoothies

The Austin Convention Center’s bike parking racks were always full.

More SXSW Bike Parking

As well as other racks around town.

SXSW Bike Parking

Velolet and Tern offered demo loaner bikes for those lucky enough to be registered and early.

Folding

And of course, there were the bicycle pedicabs. These folks were everywhere, day and night, rain or shine.

Vacant

Waiting

Pedicabs

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March 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Austin Is Crawling With Pedicabs

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I went to Austin last weekend for the South By Southwest Interactive festival. Unfortunately, it was a work trip, so I wasn’t able to bring my bike to ride around.

Because Austin is so bike friendly, cyclists were everywhere! One of my favorite pedal powered sites is all the great pedicabs around town. I managed to capture a few pics to share.

Pedicabs

Pedicabs

Pedicabs

Pedicabs

Pedicab

Written by dickdavid

March 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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I Spent Some Time At The 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

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Entry Pass - Saturday

Pic By Lucas

Las Vegas has Interbike – in Texas, we have NAHBS.

This year I made the effort to actually attend. Not having ever been to this event, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess I was envisioning a a few tables, each with a couple of really beautiful, well crafted bikes. The crowd would consist of a few diehard bike enthusiasts – all experts (or at least relatively knowledgeable) in custom bikes and niche brands. Not having much experience in this custom bike world, I felt like I would be out of my element at this show.

Surprisingly, it was nothing like this. In fact, it felt like this event was more of a ‘bike show’ rather than a ‘handmade bicycle show.’ Sure there were plenty of fantastic handmade bike builders displaying their awesome bikes, but there were also lots of other bike related vendors as well.  There were booths from several bicycle magazines, some bike services, many different component vendors, raw material suppliers, messenger bag & pannier designers along with plenty of clothing companies.

I got to see some fantastic wheels crafted from wood by Wheel Fanatyk, prototype pedals from VP Components, a 36er from Black Sheep, a variety of insane components from Brooks, Chris King and PAUL as well as the latest styles from Apres Velo and Twin Six – and that was just to name a few. I picked up tons of swag, including stuff from Bicycle Times Magazine and a autographed Mike And The Bike book for my son. Even United Bicycle Institute had a booth.

The crowd was amazing too. There were enthusiasts from all over the country, with different levels of bike interest – all there to enjoy this well organized event. There was also a surprise siting of Gary Fisher.

Let’s not forget about all the amazing bikes. Built in every material from titanium to bamboo, in every shape from folders to tandems, road to mountain, from individual frame builders to bigger bike distributors, there were more bikes than I could have imagined. My only regret was that I couldn’t spend the entire three days of the event to truly explore each builder’s products. Quite honestly, I’m not sure if three days would have been enough. There were a few brands that I personally found interesting and will follow up with a more detailed review on a later post.

Until then, click here to view my gallery of pics from the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Yipsan

Bikes From Yipsan

Signal

Bikes From Signal

Bicycle Times

Bicycle Times Magazine

Dinucci

Bikes From Dinucci

Chris King

Components By Chris King

Black Cat

Bike From Black Cat

Brooks

Lots of Brooks Saddles

Panda

Bamboo Bikes From Panda

Written by dickdavid

February 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Urban Farm Bicycle Tour – December 4, 2010

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I was thumbing through the October issue of Texas Monthly magazine and ran across a really cool ad for the Urban Farms Bicycle Tour, presented by Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin. The tour is a featured event of Edible Austin’s Eat Local Week.

As you can see on their ad, you can take a self guided bike tour and ‘Discover Austin’s food producing gems by bike…”. There’s also a free raffle to win some great prizes.

I’ll need to figure out a way to make it down to Austin on Saturday, December 4, 2010 for what sounds like a really awesome event. I’ll post more information as it becomes available.

Click here to register.

Written by dickdavid

October 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Suburban Assault In Austin for SXSW

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In case you were wondering about the lack of posting the past few days, it’s because I’ve been in Austin for the SXSW Interactive Festival. My agency, Launch, sent my copywriter and me (for the second year) to learn about the latest online trends. It’s a non-stop fusion of seminars, networking and learning that’s going to take a while to process – but well worth it.

There are some exciting things to see in Austin:
– Bikes EVERYWHERE!
– Bike lanes were everywhere.
– Pedicabs seemed to outnumber the taxis around the convention center. Sorry, I didn’t get any pics – but I’ll try later this morning.

Even with all the excitement of SXSW, I still have a few regrets:
– I miss, miss, miss my family!
– I did not have time to ride a bike. However, we have been walking a bunch.
– Missing the Bike Hugger Mobile Social ride and party at Mellow Johnny’s. I was here for work, so I had to keep my time work related.
– Missing the arrival of the SXSFixed group to Austin. I really wanted to cheer them on as they arrived, but again, I was there to work.

Here is a link to some of my ‘extra’ flickr pics. We’ll be heading back to Dallas later today.

Written by dickdavid

March 16, 2010 at 6:12 am

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