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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.

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

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.

Community of Cyclists Profile: Jessica Romigh

Hello My Name Is...Jessica

WIFE.      GARDENER.      ADVOCATE.

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“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.

Join the I Bike, I Vote Movement

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#IBikeIVote

Even when you ride alone, you’re part of something bigger. Every time you get on your bike you make your community — your country — better.

Bikes bring us together, uniting us across political lines for a common bipartisan goal: Building a bicycle friendly America for everyone. Whether or not you bike to your polling place on election day, you are a citizen cyclist — and your values for safer streets makes a difference no matter who’s on the ballot.

So declare yourself. Tell your friends, your family, leaders in your community and beyond: I Bike, I Vote.

While bicycling is on the rise, riding isn’t a comfortable or convenient option for many Americans. Together, we can change that. Together, we are a movement of millions — a constituency that can’t be ignored. When we bike and we vote, we advance our vision for safer, healthier, more connected communities.

With staff on Capitol Hill and thousands of individual and organizational members at the local and state level, the League has the pulse of bike advocacy nationwide. But we need YOU to make a difference. We need YOU stand up and say I Bike, I Vote, when it’s time to mobilize for policies or funding that make biking better.

Let’s do this together: Join the I Bike, I Vote movement today.

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