Bike Hutto’s mission is to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure.
We intend to honor this mission through the following goals.
To Increase Community among Bicyclists in Hutto through Events, Volunteerism, and Social Media.
A variety of formal and informal social rides will be planned throughout the year. We are trying to develop a nice mix of long routes, family-focused outings, and destination-based rides.
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike and promote the idea that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle. Please let us know if you are interested in being one of our profiles!
The National Bike Challenge, a free program through People For Bikes, is a way for bicyclists to record their biking and participate in friendly local, regional, and national competition. From May to September, riders log miles, share personal triumphs and unite around bicycling, whether for fun, for work or for health.
Bike Hutto believes in giving back and tries to include programming when possible that raises money and/or donations for a variety of great causes here in Hutto as part of a Circle of Giving. Currently, Bike Hutto is participating in the city’s ‘Adopt a Spot’ program, adopting the entire Creekside Park and is working on a Pedal for Plenty program that will be a bicycle-powered food drive benefiting the Hutto Food Pantry.
We also have an active social media presence through Facebook (www.facebook.com/bikehutto) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/BikeHutto), as well as our website www.bikehutto.org. We encourage you to follow us on these platforms if you are not already.
To Increase Awareness of Bicyclist Needs in Hutto through Advocacy, Campaigns, and Communication.
Bike Hutto is working hard to lay the foundation for Hutto to apply and receive certification as a Bicycle Friendly Community through the League of American Bicyclists. There are currently only four communities that have this honor in the state of Texas. Bike Hutto is confident that through hard work and a dedication from city and residents that this is an achievement that Hutto can have in the future.
Bicycle lanes/sidewalks, trails, bike rack placement, trail maps, and way-finding signage will be encouraged as we work with both the City of Hutto and private commercial spaces. Bike Hutto was asked to be a stakeholder in discussions surrounding the Parks Master Plan revision and has given input concerning bicycling needs that should be addressed.
Bike Hutto has been instrumental in encouraging Hutto to celebrate May as National Bike Month. The national campaign is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. May 2015 was kicked off with a Mayoral Proclamation from the City of Hutto and has included activities such as a Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Hutto Public Library, Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Week.
To Increase Education of Bicycle Safety and Health Benefits in Hutto through Programming.
Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. Bike Hutto will work to assist the Hutto ISD whenever possible in encouraging this program.
As part of the ‘Healthy Hutto’ initiative and committee, Bike Hutto works with other partners within Hutto to increase awareness of the benefits of healthy living. This includes helping Hutto compete in the HEB Community Challenge each year through promotion and encouraging its members to participate.
Bike Hutto is also Co-Chair of the Active Living Work Group through the Wilco Wellness Alliance, a division of the Williamson County & Cities Health District. The Active Living Working Group encourages the utilization of existing active living resources, creates awareness of new opportunities, and serves as a forum for collaborative efforts and information sharing around physical activity and built environment.
Partnerships are being initiated with the Hutto Police Department and the Hutto Fire Department to create a year-round Bicycle Safety Program that will include helmet checks, bike registration, and road safety.