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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.

Taking this Town on Two Wheels: Bike Hutto’s First Bike Month Deemed a Great Success

Bike_Hutto_Texas_Bike_Month_2015At the April 16th City Council Meeting, the chambers dias was lined with bicycles as Mayor Deborah Holland read a Mayoral Proclamation declaring that May is National Bike Month in Hutto, Texas.  This was the first Bike Month proclamation for Hutto, Texas and the first time the city has celebrated the month of 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.

The official kick off of Bike Month was held at the Hutto Public Library on May 2nd.  Bike Hutto, Library Staff, and the Friends of the Hutto Public Library coordinated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the newly installed bike rack.  This is the first bike rack for the Hutto Public Library. Mayor Holland and Library Manager, Paula Waak each said a few words before Bike Hutto founder, Jessica Romigh officially cut the ribbon. The event, attended by bicycle riders, library patrons, and city council members, also included a free Bike Maintenance Workshop taught by Ben Block and kids activities centered on bike safety.  The Hutto Public Library continued the fun by hosting a display of bicycle-related books throughout the month of May.

National Bike to School Day was May 6th. Bike Hutto and the Hutto ISD worked together to spread the word through emails and social media to families, encouraging students to ride their bikes to school.

City of Hutto Staff and the Hutto Police Department celebrated National Bike to Work Day on May 15th with a late morning social ride.  The ride, which also included some members of Bike Hutto, was also the inaugural ride of the newly formed Hutto Police Department bike patrol.  Per Sgt. Chris Kelley, “The bike unit will, for the remainder of this year, be used for special events requiring security or a police presence.  This is great exposure for the unit and for the officers who wish to be a part of it.  Once our staffing level increases the plan is to have patrol officers (who are certified bike officers) carry the bikes on their patrol cars.  Once in an area where bike patrol would be beneficial they will deploy the bike in a patrol fashion.  This way they will be near their patrol car if a call comes out that is too far for them to respond on the bike.”

Bike Hutto launched its new free membership program the beginning of the month. They also had an information and bicycle tune up booth at the Central Texas Home and Garden Show and the weekly CO-OP Market Nights.

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.