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Garden Bike Tour Moves Forward With November Date

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Bike Hutto will be hosting our rescheduled Garden Bike Tour on Saturday, November 12th! We will be riding throughout Hutto’s Olde Town and touring 4 home gardens including the Central Texas Gardener featured gardens of Mike and Donna Fowler. Homeowners of the four gardens will be sharing a variety of information about their home gardens including plant types, wildlife habitat tips, and yard art placement. We will also be riding by the Peterson Community Garden during the tour and talking about the revitalization that the Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation is working on.  And the library will be discussing the work that has gone into making the Reading Garden a reality.

This is a very beginner friendly ride and all ages are welcome. Each garden tour will be about 20 minutes. We will start and end at the Hutto Public Library Reading Garden located at .  Interested individuals should meet at 9:30am at the Hutto Public Library located at 205 West St. The reading garden is located in the back. We will be leaving for the tour at 9:30am and will be accompanied by a member of the Hutto Police Department Bike Patrol to assist with crossing FM 1660. This is a free event but you must provide your own bike.

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Facebook Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1258028330937667/

Bike Hutto Hosts Garden Bike Tour During Hutto Home And Garden Show

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***This Event Was Cancelled Due To Weather (and the whole Home & Garden Show being cancelled)****

Bike Hutto is excited to be hosting Hutto’s first ever Garden Bike Tour this Saturday, May 14th. The ride is being held as part of the annual Hutto Home and Garden Show put on by the City of Hutto.

We will be riding throughout Hutto’s Olde Town and touring 4 home gardens, including the Central Texas Gardener featured gardens of Mike and Donna Fowler. Homeowners of the four gardens will be sharing a variety of information about their home gardens including plant types, wildlife habitat tips, and yard art placement. We will also be riding by the Peterson Community Garden during the tour and talking about the revitalization that the Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation is working on.

This is a very beginner friendly ride and all ages are welcome. Each garden tour will be about 20 minutes. We will start downtown and end downtown.  Interested individuals should meet at 4pm on the corner of Farley St. and East St. (in front of the large green tractor). We will be leaving for the tour at 4pm and will be accompanied by a member of the Hutto Police Department Bike Patrol to assist with crossing FM 1660. This is a free event but you must provide your own bike.

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Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/541348022705455/

Bike Hutto Rolls Into National Bike Month With A Lot To Celebrate

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May 2016 not only marks the second year of Hutto, Texas celebrating National Bike Month, but the one year anniversary of Bike Hutto’s official launch. Formed out of a need for bicyclists in the Hutto area to have social opportunities, bike safety education, and an advocacy voice for future infrastructure – Bike Hutto became the first bicycling advocacy organization to be formed in Williamson County.

At the April 21st City Council Meeting, Mayor Deborah Holland will read a Mayoral Proclamation declaring that Hutto will be celebrating 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.

bike_month_1500x500_2Throughout 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 4th 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 2015, more than 2,600 schools participated. May 16th-20th is National Bike to Work Week, with May 20th 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 variety of special events, as well as regular rides as part FritzParkBikeRackRibbonCutting_2016of their group ride program. On May 1st, the bicycling organization will begin the month’s festivities with a kick-off event at Hutto Lake Park that will include a ribbon cutting ceremony for the park’s first bike rack and a family ride around the lake. This will also be a chance for people to sign up for the National Bike Challenge, pick up their Bike Month Bingo Cards, and socialize with others.

Other special events going on during bike month includes a bike safety preschool story time at the Hutto Public Library and a garden bike tour in Old Town as part of the Hutto Home and Garden Show. Bike Hutto will also be launching a Bike Parking Needs Assessment in May to determine areas within Hutto, Texas in which bike racks would be beneficial. The assessment will consider potential locations for future bike racks, as well as the quantity and type of bike parking needed. Each potential location will then be prioritized based on current and future bike traffic, cost, and overall feasibility.

For a full listing of happenings during Bike Month in Hutto, TX CLICK HERE!

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Their 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 values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

Bike Hutto Celebrates Creekside Park’s First Bike Rack with Ribbon Cutting

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On Saturday, January 23 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Creekside Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department.  Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park as part of their participation in the Adopt-A-Spot program.  All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the park clean-up event afterwards.

Creekside Park officially became a “home base” for Bike Hutto in July 2015 when it received signage designating the park as the organization’s Adopt-A-Spot location. The park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail, and contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the park’s amenities. “Bike racks are such a big part of the bicycling experience and help to encourage transportation by bike. If you know there is a place to lock up at the end of your trip, you are more likely to ride there. We are so pleased that the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department considers bike racks an important piece of their parks system and are making efforts to add bike parking.”

Bike racks play an important role in the lives of both the recreational and the commuting bicyclist. By providing a safe place to be able to secure their property, anyone riding a bike at any age can be encouraged to travel to that location. Bike racks also help to eliminate the clutter, hazards, and tree damage that comes from haphazard bicycle parking.

A bike parking needs assessment will be done by Bike Hutto in 2016 to determine other areas within Hutto, Texas in which bike racks would be beneficial. The assessment will consider potential locations for future bike racks, as well as the quantity and type of bike parking needed. Each potential location will then be prioritized based on current and future bike traffic, cost, and overall feasibility.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Their 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 values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

Bike Hutto Pledges to Shop Small This Season

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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.

Bike Hutto’s First Hippo Hunt Event A Success

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Hippo Hunt 2015 has been deemed a success! Just ask the winning team, the BGDB Hippos!!

Teams met on Saturday, November 14th at Creekside Park to compete in a bicycle-powered hippo scavenger hunt. Each team had a different “route” and received clues to solve that would take them to one of 12 hippo stations. Once all hippo stations were visited (in order based on clues), there was a mad dash for the finish. Jennifer Abrams, Sarah Shearin, Camille Baptiste, and Stephanie Webb of the BGDB Hippos team were the winners of this year’s event. 039Each member of the team received a small concrete hippo. BGDB stands for ‘Black Girls Do Bike’. (To learn more about the BGDB movement that encourages cycling among black women, please visit http://www.blackgirlsdobike.com/)

The event was able to raise $400 for Hutto Has Heart through registration and an addition donation made through Capital Metro. Hutto Has Heart seeks to serve and empower the emotional, financial, educational, and spiritual well-being of the Hutto community members by organizing and sustaining collaborative efforts.

Hippo Hunt could only be made possible through the generous sponsorship of Capital Metro, as well as a delicious breakfast sponsorship from Ricardo’s Tacos and Baked N Sconed.  Swag bags were courtesy of the City of Hutto and the Shop Small initiative.  The Hutto High School Leo’s donated their time to volunteer for the event. Bike Hutto would also like to thank Please Be Kind To Cyclists, the Wilco Wellness Alliance, It’s Time Texas, and the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department for their contributions to the participant swag bags.

Bike Hutto is already making plans for 2016 and will be turning Hippo Hunt into an annual event that happens in the spring. “Hutto has well over 300 hippos throughout the community so there is plenty of room for creativity as we develop new routes and clues. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand the Hippo Hunt event in the years to come.” stated Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh.

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Bike Hutto Celebrates 100 Years of Hippos with Inaugural Hippo Hunt Fundraiser

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In celebration of the 100 years of the Hippo, Bike Hutto is holding its first ever HIPPO HUNT on November 14, 2015! Hippo Hunt is a Hippo Scavenger Hunt on bicycles. Teams of 4-6 will bike to various hippos throughout central Hutto based on clues and a map. At each hippo location they get a clue that takes them on to the next hippo. Each team has a slightly different “route”. The event will start at 9am at Creekside Park located at 305 Orchard Way in Hutto, Texas. Check-In opens at 8am to allow teams time to receive their event packet materials, swag bags, and enjoy breakfast tacos courtesy of Ricardo’s Tacos. The first team that completes the scavenger hunt and makes their way back to Creekside Park wins the Hippo Hunt Trophy.

Teams are between 4 and 6 persons. If you do not have a team, Bike Hutto will be happy to pair you up with a team. Each team member is to fill out their own registration form (or have a parent fill it out for them). A team member is any individual riding their own bike on the team. Small children in carriers do not count as a team member and there will be no fee for that child.  Cost is $15 a person with a maximum of $60 per team. Each participant receives an event t-shirt, swag bag, and breakfast the morning of the event.  In order to be guaranteed t-shirt size, registration must be complete by November 1st.

Helmets are required to participate. All road and trail rules must be obeyed at all times. The only way to cross Hwy 79 is via the Cottonwood Creek Trail Underpass which is shown on the map provided at check-in. Any crossing of Hwy 79 not via the underpass will result in an immediate disqualification.

All registration proceeds from the event will go to Hutto Has Heart. Hutto Has Heart seeks to serve and empower the emotional, financial, educational, and spiritual well-being of the Hutto community members by organizing and sustaining collaborative efforts.  They do this by assisting both individual families on a case by case basis, as well as larger fundraising efforts such as creating a relief fund for the Memorial Day Flood Victims. http://www.huttohasheart.org/

Registration information can be found at https://bikehutto.org/hippo-hunt-2015/

We are very appreciative of Capital Metro for being the primary sponsor of this year’s Hippo Hunt.  Thank you also to Ricardo’s Tacos for their generous donation of breakfast tacos, and to the Hutto High School Leo’s, the City of Hutto, and the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department for their generous in-kind donations.

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 values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

Bike Hutto Gears Up Local Group Ride Program After Positive Community Response

 

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What started with a community survey and one Bike Hutto member stepping up earlier this summer has become a full-fledged Group Ride program here in Hutto, Texas – one that attracts both Hutto residents, as well as bicyclists from surrounding communities.

On June 20th, 2015, Bike Hutto had its first Hutto Group Ride which was led by Ride Leader James Jumonville.  Jumonville had approached Bike Hutto with an interest in leading a group ride in Hutto the beginning of June.  Coincidentally, the local bicycling advocacy organization was in the process of conducting a community survey to get a pulse on what types of future biking activities would be of interest. Group Rides had already surfaced as being a number one need for Hutto.

“The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!” says Bike Hutto founder, Jessica Romigh. “James is a very accomplished rider and really knows the country roads around here. We were so happy when he volunteered to start leading rides!”

After that initial ride in June, the program slowly gained momentum with a couple more rides being added each month over the summer. More and more community members started attending rides. And it wasn’t just Hutto residents joining in the fun. Bicyclists started to come from surrounding towns to enjoy Hutto’s trails and easy access to scenic country roads through the group ride program.

In September, Bike Hutto expands the program to include 5 Group Ride Leaders: James Jumonville, Camille Baptiste, Amber Townsley, Kimberleigh Kimball, and Gina Auditore. Rides vary in length and intent giving the opportunity for a wide variety of bicyclists to get involved. The goal is to reach as many different types of cyclists as possible –ranging from beginners to experienced.  Scheduled rides in September include Gearing Down For Yoga (a group ride centered around a stop at the launch party of The Hutto Yoga Room to participate in a yoga class) and Bike & Brunch (a 40 mile ride that ends with the riders having brunch at Baked N Sconed, a favorite local spot in Hutto.)

Hutto Group Rides are open to all individuals wishing to ride. There is no requirement to have a Bike Hutto membership or any fees involved.  All rides are no drop (no one gets left behind).  For more information on upcoming rides, please visit: https://bikehutto.org/programs/hutto-group-rides/

Celebrate Bike Month in Hutto

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Bike Hutto is very excited to be having some really wonderful events and opportunities throughout National Bike Month!  Throughout the month, use the #BikeMonthHutto hashtag to share with us what you’re doing to help celebrate through bicycling!

Events:

BikeRackRibbonCutting_HuttoPublicLibrary_050215MAY 2ND 10AM-11:30AM   BIKE RACK RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND BIKE MONTH KICK OFF

Bike Hutto is excited to be teaming up with the Hutto Public Library for a celebration of the newly installed bike rack at the library! We will be starting off with a free Bike Maintenance 101 workshop led by Ben Block at 10am, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony and additional activities to be announced. Plus a great display of bicycling books for all ages!  The weather should be beautiful so make sure to grab the whole family and ride on over for this very special event!
Special thanks to the Hutto Public Library and the Friends of the Hutto Public Library for all their help in putting this together!!

BikeHutto_NationalBikeSchoolDay_2015MAY 6TH   NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

As part of of National Bike Month, schools and communities around the country will celebrate the fourth annual National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Join in the fun by having you or your child bike to and from school that day!! Remember to be safe. Helmets are recommended. Stay on bike paths and sidewalks. Obey the crossing guards.

Why bike to school?
It’s fun! Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.

Healthier habits. The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.

Cleaner environment. Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and airpolluting emissions. Passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, and SUVs together account for 62 percent of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.1 The transportation sector is responsible for one third of all carbon dioxide emissions in the US.2 Air quality is measurably better at schools located in neighborhoods with integrated street and sidewalk networks, and these schools have more students arriving by bicycle and on foot.

Promotes safety. Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements for the trip to school and the broader community.

Community benefits. Reducing traffic congestion and creating a sense of neighborhood by being outside walking and bicycling benefit the community.

BikeHutto_HomeandGardenShow_2015MAY 9TH 9AM-12PM   BIKE HUTTO BOOTH AT HUTTO HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

Downtown Hutto‘s Central Texas Home and Garden Show is going to a FANTASTIC event full of vendor booths, speakers, and demonstrators. Make sure while you’re out there that day though to swing by Farley and Main St., where Bike Hutto will be having a booth. Become a free member and get a free gift for your garden PLUS be entered to win a bicycle garden art raffle prize! We will also have Bike Month Bingo Cards! And if you bring your bicycle over, we will be happy to do a little tune up (i.e.fill your tires and grease your chain)!

Make sure to check out the awesome event page for the Home and Garden Show so you can be kept posted on which vendors and speakers will be there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/392218284272408/

BikeHutto_NationalBiketoWorkDay_2015MAY 11TH-15TH  NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK WEEK / DAY

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 the number of bicycle commuters has grown. On the 15th, make an effort to bike to work if it is possible (and safe). And if you are unable, at least try to use the bike for transportation sometime that week!

Some fun facts about commuting to work:

Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour.

The average person loses 13 lbs in the first year of commuting by bike.

A daily 4-mile bike commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year

With 350 calories, a bicyclist can travel 10 miles, a pedestrian 3.5 miles, and an automobile 100 feet.

If the average person biked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent the pollution of close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every year.

Since 2000, bike commuting has grown by 62 percent.

There were 882,198 bike commuters in 2013.

From 2000 to 2013, there was a 62% growth in the number of Americans commuting by bike.

83% of Americans say obesity is their No. 1 health concern.

BikeHutto_COOPMarketNights_2015MAY 14TH 5PM-7PM   BIKE HUTTO BOOTH AT CO-OP MARKET NIGHTS

We are so very excited to be part of the new Hutto Farmer’s Market, CO-OP Market Nights during #BikeMonth. Hosted by Downtown Hutto, offerings at the market will include fresh local produce, homemade baked and canned goods, homemade soap, as well as handmade arts and crafts.
Visit the Bike Hutto booth to become a free member and be entered to win a bicycle garden art raffle prize! We will also have Bike Month Bingo Cards! And if you bring your bicycle over, we will be happy to do a little tune up (i.e.fill your tires and grease your chain)!

Make sure to check out the awesome event page for the CO-OP Market Nights so you can be kept posted on which vendors will be there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1381394012173482/

BikeHutto_SocialRidePicnic_051615MAY 16TH 11AM-1PM   HUTTO LAKE PARK SOCIAL RIDE AND PICNIC

Bike over to Hutto Lake Park on Saturday, May 16th for a social picnic and ride through the park. Bring your own meat to grill and will have potato salad, coleslaw, waters, etc.

And if Hutto Lake Park is too long of a ride for the kiddos, drive on over with the bikes on the back so you can still enjoy riding around the lake and the picnic!  The park includes a mile long trail around the lake.  Plus a dock for fishing and a bird blind for birdwatching.

Make sure to let us know if you are coming so we know how many people to expect and how many picnic tables to snag when we get there!

Hope to see you then!

BikeHutto_COOPMarketNights_2015MAY 21ST 5PM-7PM   BIKE HUTTO BOOTH AT CO-OP MARKET NIGHTS

We are so very excited to be part of the new Hutto Farmer’s Market, CO-OP Market Nights during #BikeMonth. Hosted by Downtown Hutto, offerings at the market will include fresh local produce, homemade baked and canned goods, homemade soap, as well as handmade arts and crafts.
Visit the Bike Hutto booth to become a free member and be entered to win a bicycle garden art raffle prize! We will also have Bike Month Bingo Cards! And if you bring your bicycle over, we will be happy to do a little tune up (i.e.fill your tires and grease your chain)!

Make sure to check out the awesome event page for the CO-OP Market Nights so you can be kept posted on which vendors will be there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/772589832823435/

Programs:

FREE MEMBERSHIP

Bike Hutto is excited to be introducing its new membership program!  This will be a FREE program the first year.  Members will get a membership card mailed to them that will be able to be used for future discounts and events to be announced.  Members will also receive a special email newsletter once a month keeping them in the loop about upcoming events and programs, as well as ‘behind the scenes’ work being done to improve bicycling infrastructure both in Hutto and throughout Texas.

Become a member in the month of May and be entered to win this fun bicycle garden art!  Perfect for a garden bed, a patio, or even indoors! (Plant not included)

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BIKE MONTH BINGO

This is a fun activity through The League of American Bicyclists.  Share a picture of you with your completed card on their twitter feed (@BikeLeague) and you could win a prize!

We will be handing out Bike Month Bingo Cards at the Ribbon Cutting Event, the Home and Garden Show, and the CO-OP Market Nights.  Or download and print off your own here:

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First Event For Bike Hutto!

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Bike Hutto will be holding its first event, a social ride and picnic, on Saturday, February 7th.  Bicyclists in the community will be meeting at Hutto’s Fritz Park at 12:00pm (by the hippos of course) for this family-friendly event.

A “Bring Your Own Lunch” picnic will start things off.  Over lunch, future plans and ideas will be discussed.

After lunch,  attendees will ride down the Cottonwood Creek Trail to Nadine Johnson Elementary School and the back to Fritz Park.

For those who would like a longer ride, they can plot out an extended ride to do on the country roads in the afternoon after our trail ride.

The Bike Hutto Social Ride is a great way to showcase (and perhaps introduce to some) Hutto’s Cottonwood Creek Trail, as well as get feedback and ideas as members share what they would like to see Bike Hutto become!  We will also be doing a group activity “selfie” as part of the HEB Community Challenge.

If you are interested in biking and being a part of Bike Hutto, this is the perfect introductory event to attend!

RSVP for the social ride here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1537656799852271/