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On Saturday, November 28th Bike Hutto will be participating in Small Business Saturday in Hutto, Texas! The City of Hutto Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be participating in the Shop Small initiative and invites members of the community to keep their money local on the 28th and the entire holiday season whenever possible. Shopping Passports will be handed out at participating businesses. Individuals that receive at least 4 passport stamps throughout the day will be entered to win a $250 shopping spree to Hutto businesses! Learn more and see the list of participating busineses: http://www.visithutto.com/239/Small-Business-Saturday
Bike Hutto will be getting in on the fun and hopes to make a day of it as we ride around Hutto shopping and dining! We hope that you all ride downtown on November 28th and join us for lunch and some shopping. If you will be attending this event, please vote for which restaurant you would like us to eat at. Please also RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1223764517640034/ so we can keep you informed on times to meet, etc.
Bike Hutto will have a cargo trailer to help those who need it with transporting their purchases around.
On Thursday September 17th, the Hutto City Council voted and approved the Strategic Guide 2035. The Strategic Guide serves as a long-range, comprehensive planning document aimed at guiding the growth and development of the City to the year 2035. There are Policies, Goals, and Activities that are outlined to make this planning a reality. Under the Mobility Policy is the goal to “Maintain and Follow Pedestrian Mobility Plan”. For FY16 one of the activities to reach that goal is as follows:
“Pursue Bike Friendly Community Designation”
With the approval of the Strategic Guide 2035 document, Hutto can officially pursue a Bike Friendly Community Designation from the League of American Bicyclists! This has been an important goal for Bike Hutto and we are very excited to be able to move forward on this!
So what is a “Bike Friendly Community Designation”? Per the League of American Bicyclists,
“The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC℠) program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make your distinct vision for a better, bikeable community a reality. A BFC welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodations for bicycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Making bicycling safe and convenient are keys to improving public health, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and improving quality of life.”
This is done by targeting the 5 E’s — Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation/Planning. There are levels of designation within the program that include Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. In Texas there are currently five communities that are certified. Austin has Silver status. Houston, Richardson, San Antonio, and The Woodlands Township have Bronze status. The following Texas communities have received Honorable Mention through their applications: El Paso, Frisco, Hollywood Park, and Plano.
What happens now?
The City will be creating an employee team to help pursue the designation. Bike Hutto will continue to be involved in the process and will work with the City of Hutto on helping to make this designation a reality. There are two application cycles each year. There is one in February and one in August. Once there is a team put in place and planning has begun, it will be determined which cycle the application will be submitted to.
Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Community Program through the League of American Bicyclists by visiting: http://bikeleague.org/community
Bike Hutto will be leading a family-friendly bike ride on August 8th to kick off Vida Fest. The ride, which is open to anyone who has a bicycle and would like to participate, will start at the Hutto High School parking lot and will follow Carl Stern the two blocks to the Nadine Johnson Elementary School where Vida Fest is taking place. Bicyclists of all ages will be meeting at the high school at 8am and will time the ride to arrive at Vida Fest right at 8:30am.
Vida Fest is an outreach program, whose mission is to serve and help the community by meeting the needs of our city; one child, one family at a time. This program has worked to provide for children from the City of Hutto, and its surrounding areas to ensure they are equipped with school supplies to succeed in the new school year. This festival, now in its fifth year, provides free school supplies and back packs as well as free haircuts and immunizations. http://www.vidafest.org/
Bike Hutto will also have a booth at Vida Fest and will be providing free basic tune-ups for kids bikes, as well as bike safety materials generously provided by Texas Department of Transportation and Please Be KIND To Cyclists. Children storybooks emphasizing the importance of safety will be available free in both English and Spanish.
Physical activity is associated with improved academic performance in children and adolescents. The kick off bike ride is a great way to symbolize kids and families starting off the school year in an active living/wellness frame of mind!
Vida Fest will be held at Nadine Johnson Elementary School located at 480 Carl Stern Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634. The Bike Hutto bike ride will start at Hutto High School located at 101 Farm to Market 685, Hutto, TX 78634.
RSVP for the Ride: https://www.facebook.com/events/701571593280048/
Bike Hutto is excited to announce 2015 as the first year that Hutto, Texas is celebrating May as National Bike Month. Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.
At the April 16th City Council Meeting, Mayor Deborah Holland will be reading a Mayoral Proclamation declaring that Hutto will be celebrating May as National Bike Month. Throughout the month of May there will be multiple bicycle related events going on throughout Hutto, some of which tie into National dates and celebrations. May 6th is National Bike to School Day. The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school. In 2014, more than 2,200 schools participated. May 11th-15th is National Bike to Work Week, with May 15th being National Bike to Work Day. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.
In additional to calling attention to these National events within Bike Month, Bike Hutto will be having a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Hutto Public Library on May 2nd to celebrate their newly installed bike rack. The library event, which starts at 10am, will also include a free Bike Maintenance 101 workshop taught by Ben Block. There will be opportunities to sign up for free membership to Bike Hutto and to be part of the National Bike Challenge by visiting the Bike Hutto booth at the Central Texas Home and Garden Show on May 9th, as well as the May 14th and May 21st CO-OP Market Nights. On May 16th, there will be a social ride and picnic event at Hutto Lake Park. More information on individual events will follow in the coming weeks.
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. Bike Hutto was formed by Jessica Romigh in October 2014 after she attended the City of Hutto’s Setting the Table Workshop and saw a need within the Hutto community to create a fun and informative group for local bicyclists.
Bike Hutto, in partnership with the Hutto Food Pantry and the Hutto Lutheran Church, presents:
Pedal For Plenty originated in Fort Worth, Texas and is a bicycle-powered food drive hosted by cyclists to inspire communities to support their area food banks in the fight to eliminate hunger. In 2013, the first annual Pedal For Plenty in Fort Worth collected 825 lbs of non-perishable foods for Tarrant Area Food Bank. In 2014, their efforts gained momentum in the amount of 5500 lbs of food. They are proud to take the Pedal for Plenty initiative nationally starting in 2015.
Bike Hutto is adopting the Pedal For Plenty program to fit the needs of Hutto, Texas. The program will kick off on April 11, 2015. Participating local businesses, schools, and churches will have donation boxes available for individuals to drop off non-perishable food. Donations will be collected until May 15, 2015.
On May 16th, bicyclists from the Hutto Community will load the collected donations onto bike racks and baskets for a short, family-friendly ride to the Hutto Food Pantry. The ride will start at 10am. As a group, we will ride the donations to the Hutto Food Pantry located at 206 E. Live Oak Street. Next door at the Hutto Lutheran Church fellowship hall, there will be a Collection Celebration which will include lunch, final weight totals from the food drive, plus some surprise speakers. The celebration will conclude at 1pm.
Bike Hutto is very excited to announce its adoption of Creekside Park as part of the City of Hutto’s Adopt A Spot program! This is a wonderful service opportunity for our organization to give back to Hutto as part of our Circle of Giving and help beautify a park that is part of Hutto’s Cottonwood Creek Trail system.
Per the City of Hutto: “The Adopt-A-Spot program is a new way for residents to take care of Hutto. Groups can “adopt” different city roadways, parks, and other areas around town by organizing trash clean ups, landscaping, and other ways to keep Hutto looking good.”
Creekside Park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail. The park contains two playscapes, practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms. We will be organizing cleanup and landscaping events at least four times a year and welcome any community member to join us.
Our first two cleanup days have been scheduled. The first will be on March 7th as part of Hutto’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Arbor Day event. We will be picking up litter and planting trees at the park from 8am-12pm. The second cleanup day will be April 11th as part of Hutto’s BIG EVENT Trash-off. Times and details will follow.
This is great opportunity for all involved with Bike Hutto to take a special interest in the beautification of a park that we bike through when using the City’s trail system.
“The third-annual H-E-B Community Challenge launched on January 1, 2015 and runs through April. This one-of-a-kind competition spans four months and challenges communities across the state to compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. The Challenge unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and leaders toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health.”
Have you heard about the H-E-B Community Challenge powered by IT’S TIME TEXAS? Hutto won the challenge in our division (small community) in 2013 so it is time to defend our title! A winning community in each category will receive a large trophy and a banner for the city. Each winning community will receive recognition via IT’S TIME TEXAS promotions and be provided with a template to provide to their local media and press. The winning communities and the runners up in each category will be recognized at the annual Slim Down Showdown Finale, and one school in each of the winning communities will be awarded a grant provided by IT’S TIME TEXAS.
“I recognize that a healthy community is more unite, more productive, and more prosperous. As a result, I am committed to the health of my community and pledge to make our community a model for others to follow.”
Ways to Participate!
Register for FREE and learn more at: https://www.hebcommunitychallenge.com/
Community members earn points by uploading health‐focused photos and videos and by tracking their physical fitness weekly. All registrants are awarded 100 points for using the Slim Down Showdown Weight Loss Tracker once a week, and individuals can additionally earn points for uploading Healthy Selfies, IT’S TIME TEXAS Shout Outs, and Group Walks!
We will be doing some rides starting in February and be taking some fun group pictures to upload as part of the challenge!
Encourage your kids’ schools to participate!! Schools earn points for their community by encouraging superintendents, principals, Parent-teacher Association (PTA), SHAC members and School Board members to take their IT’S TIME TEXAS pledges, and by showcasing Healthy Actions happening on school campuses. Schools are also awarded points for each person who uploads photos when they download the FREE Teach Healthier App and lead Teach Healthier Lessons in Action. Remember, the winning school gets a grant!!
Include #ITSTIMETX and #HEBCC in all posts and pictures about the Community Challenge! This way, fellow Texans can easily follow all Challenge posts to see what you’re up to, and what they’re up against!