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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.

Bike Hutto Now Has Membership!

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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.