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Community of Cyclists Profile: Lori Ferguson

 

 Hello My Name Is_Lori

OUTGOING   FRIENDLY   CARING

Lori Ferguson Lori Ferguson 
“When riding you notice things that you don’t when you are in a car and you get to have a more personal interaction with people that you pass by.”
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1. What is your occupation?
Mom and Photographer (wedding and commercial)
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Outgoing, Friendly, Caring
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
My whole life! I have the scars on my knees to prove it.  I was a tomboy growing up and lived in the country in Louisiana.  I was on my bike almost every day.
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
 Recreation although I do bike to Hutto Elementary with my 1st grader, Corban.
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
Being outside! And when riding, you notice things that you don’t when you are in a car and you get to have a more personal interaction with people that you pass by.  I like hearing “Hellos” and “Good Mornings.”
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
More bike paths that connect across the town.
7. Anything more to add? 
I think it would be fun to do a bike scavenger hunt. You have to bike to different places and take crazy photos with different things all around.  That would be a blast!
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.

Community of Cyclists Profile: Will Hutchinson

 

 Hello My Name Is_Will

LOYAL.  ADVENTUROUS.  ENERGETIC.

Will Hutchinson Will Hutchinson 
“I love the smell of the outdoors and the wind in your face.”
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1. What is your occupation?
I am currently in Hutto as a Church Planter with  Resonate Community Church.  I also work full time at the city as the Purchasing Specialist.
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Loyal, Adventurous, Energetic
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
I have been riding since I was a kid.  I really got back into cycling about 5 years ago while living in Nacogdoches, Tx.  They have some great Mountain Bike trails there.
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
I ride mostly with my kids, but I do love riding to work.
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
I love to be off-road.  I have always loved being out in the woods and putting a bike with that is just amazing.  I love the smell of the outdoors and the wind in your face.  Add in the complexity of navigating the trail and the thrill of the ride it is Awesome.
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
Definitely some off-road trails.  I would also like to see a practice course to teach kids how to ride off-road.  It would be nice to practice here as well.  Something simple with dirt ramps and a technical course would be amazing. 
7. Anything more to add? 
My family loves to ride the Cotton Wood creek trail.  It is safe and a good ride for my 4 year old.  I have only been in the area for a little over a year and have not had the opportunity to ride all the trails, but I love the ones around Georgetown. 
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.

Community of Cyclists Profile: Eli Grau

Hello My Name Is_Eli

HELPER.    FRIENDLY.    PLAYFUL.

IMG_1419Eli Grau 
“I ride because it’s so much fun going so fast.”
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1. What do you like to learn about?
I like learning about bones and fossils, monkeys, baby chicks, how plants grow, cars, and things that are really, really old. I want to have a paper route.
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Helper, Friendly, Playful 
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
For two hours. Actually, about two years.
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
I ride because it’s so much fun going so fast.
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
I like going up bridges and riding with my best friend – my sister, Norah.
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
A parachute. Or something that sprays out fire in the back to make me go faster (a rocket booster). But I don’t want to go too fast. I’d also like more sidewalks that are really flat where no cars drive.
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.

Community of Cyclists Profile: Ben Block

Hello My Name Is_Ben

CYCLIST.      ARTIST.      DAD.

Ben Profile ImageBen Block 
“Hutto needs a bike shop.”
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1. What is your occupation?
Manager at Baked and Sconed
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Cyclist, Artist, Dad
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
22 years
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
Both
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
No traffic & It’s quiet.
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
A bike shop
7. Anything more to add? 
If you need bike repairs or refurbishment/ maintenance call  956 545 1918
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.

Bike Hutto Now Has Membership!

Bike Hutto Membership Logo

Bike Hutto is excited to announce that it will now be offering membership!  We are pleased to be kicking this new program off at the start of National Bike Month –what better time to show your support for bicycling in Hutto!

Membership provides a sense of belonging and a feeling of being part of something.  Your 2015 Bike Hutto membership will provide the following benefits:

  • Discounts on future Bike Hutto events that have admission
  • Monthly E-Newsletter that provides updates on Hutto events, bicycling infrastructure, as well as State-wide bicycling advocacy
  • Founding Membership Status
  • Membership Card

Membership is FREE this first year!!  After signing up, you will receive a membership card in the mail which will expire one year after the month you joined.

During the month of May, every person who becomes a Bike Hutto member will be entered into a drawing to win this bicycle yard art!  Drawing will be done on June 1st and the winner will be notified by email.  

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At this time, membership forms are only available in paper format.  We are working on getting an online format available as soon as possible.  However, in the meantime there will be multiple opportunities to find us throughout the month of May to become a member at any of our #BikeMonthHutto events!

May 2 – 10am-11:30am  Hutto Public Library for the Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Bike Month Kick Off

May 9 – 9am-12pm  Central Texas Home and Garden Show, we will be having a booth in the CO-OP Market section on the corner of Farley and Main St.

May 14 – 5pm-7pm  Booth at CO-OP Market Nights

May 16 – 11am-1pm  Hutto Lake Park Social Ride and Picnic

May 21 – 5pm-7pm  Booth at CO-OP Market Nights

 

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:

Bike Month Bingo 2015

May is National Bike Month

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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.

Bicycle-Powered Food Drive Comes To Hutto

 

Bike Hutto, in partnership with the Hutto Food Pantry and the Hutto Lutheran Church, presents:

Pedal For Plenty

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 Logo  Hutto Food Pantry  Hutto Lutheran Church

Community of Cyclists Profile: Jessica Romigh

Hello My Name Is...Jessica

WIFE.      GARDENER.      ADVOCATE.

Jessica Romigh ProfileJessica Romigh 
“Bicycling is what made me fall in love with living in Hutto.  You can discover so much more about a town when you get out of the car and either bike or walk it!”
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1. What is your occupation?
Founder of Bike Hutto 
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Wife, Gardener, Advocate 
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
Despite riding a bike when I was a kid, I was always a little fearful of falling (having been klutzy and doing it quite often!)  Taking up bicycling as an adult last year meant conquering years of pent-up fear and balance issues. But my desire to get out there and ride was stronger. Now the fears are gone and there’s no looking back!
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
I ride for both.  We made the choice to be a one-car family which means biking as transportation is a necessity.  It’s great since it means getting on the bike even when the weather is less than perfect.
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
I love the feeling of freedom and adventure that comes when you hop on your bike.  But I think what I love most is that bicycling is what made me fall in love with living in Hutto.  You can discover so much more about a town when you get out of the car and either bike or walk it!
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
For Hutto to eventually become a League of American Bicyclists certified ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’.  That encompasses so much of the discussions that have started about better bicycle infrastructure (bike lanes, bike racks, trail systems), social events, and safety education.  Hutto is in the perfect position to start thinking about and incorporating all of these things into it’s future planning!
7. Anything more to add? 
I am so excited for what the future hold for Hutto bicyclists!  Let’s climb on and enjoy the ride!
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.

Community of Cyclists Profile: Lance Romigh

 

Hello My Name Is_Lance

HUSBAND.      BEER-BREWER.      ENVIRONMENTALIST.

Lance Romigh ProfileLance Romigh 
“I am very much looking forward to the Brushy Creek Trail extension that will connect Round Rock and Hutto.”
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1. What is your occupation?
Networking Analyst 
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Husband, Beer-Brewer, Environmentalist 
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
I rode a lot as a teenager as an alternative method of transportation. But like many people, I stopped riding after getting a car. I got my first bike as an adult only last year and have been riding consistently ever since.  
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
I ride mostly for recreation right now, and I occasionally run errands, or ride downtown on the weekends. But I would love to be able to ride to work! I work in Round Rock, and the idea of braving 79 on a bike every day is something that I haven’t come to grips with yet. With that in mind, I am very much looking forward to the Brushy Creek trail extension that will connect Round Rock and Hutto.
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
I have very much enjoyed the rides out in the country that my wife and I have made since becoming cyclists. There is something cathartic about watching the seasons change and the crops grow.
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
That is a great question! I believe that Hutto is in a perfect position to consider alternative mobility options. I would like to see pedestrian and cycling projects go right along-side other infrastructure developments, yet I understand that the city does not have the budget needed to incorporate such bike lanes and paths at this time. Still, having an overall goal and planning ahead is something that I think will pay off when funds will allow it. My wife and I recently attended a community workshop where the city put forth ideas for Hutto’s 25 year comprehensive plan. I was very happy to see alternative mobility options play such a big part in that discussion.
7. Anything more to add? 
I can’t wait for the National Bike Challenge to start in May, and for Hutto to participate!
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.