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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.

Garden Tour Map Flyer

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

Fritz Park Joins Growing List of Places in Hutto, Texas to Offer Bicycle Parking

 

FritzParkBikeRack2016_TakenbyHuttoPARDOn Saturday, February 27 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Fritz Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department.  Following the ribbon cutting, Bike Hutto will be leading a family-friendly bike ride along the Cottonwood Creek Trail.  All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the bike ride afterwards. (Facebook Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555025381481292/)

Fritz Park is the largest park in Hutto and is located at 400 Park Street. This will be the park’s first bike rack and will get added to the other amenities that Fritz Park has to offer such as a pavilion, picnic sites, playscape, reflection pond, sports amenities, and trail.  The entire park will be undergoing a series of improvements and renovations in 2016 to better serve the Hutto community.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh is very happy about the addition to Fritz Park, especially since it comes so soon after the new Creekside Park bike rack that was celebrated in January of this year. “The City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department are really doing their part to help make Hutto’s parks more bicycle friendly!”

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 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’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.

Hutto To Pursue Bike Friendly Community Designation

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,

TheLEAGUE-BFA“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 Finds a Home in Creekside Park through Local Adopt-A-Spot Program

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In January, Bike Hutto became one of the first Hutto organizations to get involved with the Adopt-A-Spot program.  This City of Hutto program is a way for residents to get involved in taking care of the community.  Groups can “adopt” different city roadways, parks, and other areas around town by organizing trash clean ups, landscaping, and other ways to ‘Keep Hutto Beautiful’.  The organization makes a two-year time commitment with a minimum of four clean-up and/or beautification projects per year.

“We were very pleased to receive Creekside Park as our “spot” in the program. So many of us ride the Cottonwood Creek Trail that passes through the park. This was a way for us to help make the area even more beautiful and make an impact in the community. Creekside Park now feels like home and there is a real sense of pride.” says Bike Hutto founder, Jessica Romigh.

Adopt a Spot - Bike HuttoThe bicycling organization has had three Adopt-A-Spot events at Creekside so far this year. In March, they had one of their events in conjunction with the City of Hutto Arbor Day and were one of the volunteer groups that helped in the planting of 24 trees along the trail.  In April, Bike Hutto did a trash clean up in the park as part of Hutto’s Big Event.  Following the severe Memorial Day floods, a clean-up day was scheduled in June to help with all the debris that had floated into the park when it was underwater.  In addition to liter and debris clean up, there are plans to do some native Texas landscaping surrounding picnic areas in the future.

On Saturday, July 25 at 9am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new sign that officially designates Creekside Park as being adopted by Bike Hutto.  Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park and then bike to downtown Hutto for lunch.

Creekside Park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail.  The park contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Let us know you can make it by going to the facebook event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/689440817855345/

 

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.

Community of Cyclists Profile: Melissa Grubbs

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CHRISTIAN.     FAMILY.     ATHLETE.

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“The days that I am unable to ride, I feel like my day is not complete.”
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1. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Christian, Family, Athlete
2. How long have you been riding a bike?
I have been riding competitively for about 5 years.
3. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
I ride for health and recreation
4. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
 I enjoy that cycling is a chance for me to be alone with my thoughts. I have been a competitive cross country mountain biker for several years so I spend a great deal of time on a bike in training mode.  The days that I am unable to ride, I feel like my day is not complete.  My favorite days are the ones on my training schedule that read “Free ride day.  Just have fun”.  Those are the days that are good for my soul. I can work out just about any problem on a beautiful sunny day on my bike in the woods.
5. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
I would like to see improved shoulders for designated bike routes within the city as well as from Hutto to surrounding cities like Taylor and Round Rock to make it easier for those who have the ability to commute on a bicycle to do so safely.
6. Anything more to add? 
I enjoy riding the trails with my husband Brian who is also part of the Bike Hutto community. 
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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.

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“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.