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Bike Hutto Launches New Share The Road Campaign

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Share the Road campaigns have been utilized across the country in order to caution motorists that other forms of transportation utilize and cross roadways.  The phrase, “Share the Road”, is applicable to both motorcyclists, as well as bicyclists depending on the campaign.  Whichever the focus, these campaigns are meant to improve safety conditions for entities by raising awareness and encouraging these segments of the population to watch out for one another. Bike Hutto is now working to build bicycle/car safety awareness in Hutto through their new public education outreach campaign, Share the Road Hutto: Looking Out for Our Neighbors.

ShareTheRoadHuttoCampaign_EliBike Hutto sites campaigns such as Bike Pittsburgh and People For Bikes for serving as inspiration for the Hutto campaign because they emphasize the humanization of bicyclists in order to promote safety. It is a reminder that the person you see on a bike is a friend, family member, and neighbor to someone.  The images and descriptive words used in Hutto’s new campaign come directly from their Community of Cyclists program.  “It was important for us to use pictures and words from bicyclists that live right here in Hutto”, says Bike Hutto Director, Jessica Romigh. “We hope this is a first step in creating a culture here in Hutto where all forms of transportation that use the roadways can feel safe and be aware of each other.”

The Share the Road Hutto campaign will primarily be a digital marketing campaign in its initial launch with a focus on social media and online publications. Utilizing a combination of images, text, and the #ShareTheRoadHutto hashtag, Bike Hutto hopes to spread this important educational message virally throughout Hutto and Central Texas.  The long-term goal will be to do a print ad and sign campaign once a grant and/or sponsor can be found to assist with funding.ShareTheRoadHuttoCampaign_Erika

For a full display of images currently available within the Share the Road Hutto campaign, please visit https://bikehutto.org/programs/share-the-road-hutto/.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Our 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.

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Bike Hutto Kicks Off Vida Fest with Bike Ride to Promote Health

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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/

Share The Trail

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Using trails can be a lot of fun! Whether it be the Cottonwood Creek and Hutto Lake Park Trails here in Hutto, or exploring another park, trails are a great way to get outside and get moving! But it’s important not to forget trail etiquette. Trail etiquette keeps the trails more safe and enjoyable for all to use.

Rails to Trails Conservancy has created a wonderful SHARE THE TRAIL campaign with six tips to keep in mind when using the trails!  Below are the tips. Go to their SHARE THE TRAIL page for even more great information! And while you’re at it, TAKE THE PLEDGE to share the trails!

1_Use Safe Speeds

Using safe speeds ensures that all trail users feel comfortable and safe. Having a speed demon fly by on the trail can be unsettling. Be respectful by keeping your speed in check and considering the comfort of others, regardless of your training or time schedule—or need for speed.

2_KeepRightPassLeft

Just like driving on the road, slower traffic should stay to the right. When passing, use a bell or quick verbal warning to alert slower traffic to stay in their lane, potentially averting a collision. A friendly heads-up also helps to avoid startling your fellow trail users.

3_StandingStill

By standing aside, you are enabling others to use the corridor freely without having to weave around static users or make sudden stops. It’s also courteous and shows respect for your fellow trail enthusiasts.

4_MindYourPets

Not all trail users know how to act around pets, and vice versa. Pets should be under control at all times to reduce uncomfortable run-ins and eliminate collisions with others.

5_BeAlert

Being alert and predictable allows other trail users to calculate what you’re going to do and act accordingly. And by staying alert, you’re showing others that you respect their trail journey, too.

6_KnowRules

Knowing the rules of your local trail enables you to act in a manner in accordance with everyone else. Being predictable is important; if you’re following the guidelines that everyone else is following, too—everyone’s trail experience will be safer and more enjoyable.

Community of Cyclists Campaign to Launch 2015

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Bike Hutto is launching the ‘Community of Cyclists Campaign’ in January 2015.  The campaign was inspired by similar campaigns launched by People For Bikes and Bike Pittsburgh, which emphasize the humanization of bicyclists to promote bike safety.

The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The term, “Cyclist” can sometimes give off a certain type of image. 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.

Profiles will be done on a variety of Hutto bicyclists.  Each profile will include the “Hello My Name Is….And I Ride” logo, a picture of the cyclist, 3 descriptive words that the person being profiled feels represents them, and answers to a brief interview.  The process will take part via email and will not take up much of the individual’s time.  The Community of Cyclists profiles will be promoted both on the Bike Hutto website, as well as on all social media channels.

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.  If you are a bicyclist, it is important to know your fellow riders.  If you don’t ride, it is an important to remember that the needs and safety of the person you see bicycling could be your neighbor.