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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.