CycloFemme Houston 2014 Photo Album

  This Mother’s Day, approximately 90 women participated in CycloFemme Houston 2014, hosted by BikeHouston. The morning began with a light breakfast provided by Happy Fatz, followed by a beautiful ride along Buffalo Bayou. Along the route our ladies were treated to refreshments at Bike Barn‘s race tent during the Houston Grand Crit which was also held that morning. Thanks to Happy Fatz and Bike Barn for helping us host. Thanks to all of our volunteer ladies and to our “manbassadors” for their mechanical support. And thanks to all the beautiful women who celebrated Mother’s Day and CycloFemme with...

MS150 turned 30 this year: Lisa Lin, Rose Mikulski and Michael Iverson share their stories

An estimated 13,000 people in bikes cycled from the biggest city in Texas to the capitol. A 180-mile fun ride to raise money for the MS Society Lone Star, but it is known as the BPMS150. The first one was in 1985 and brought 237 cyclists together. This year the MS Society employed 3000 volunteers to make it all happen for riders like Lisa Lin, Rose Mikulski and Michael Iverson, who all decided that 2014 was the perfect year for their debut at the ride. For Lisa Lin, it was a long time wish to participate as well as the significance that she and the MS150 were both turning 30 this year that helped her decide it was the year to ride. Another reason was to meet other cyclists who work for the City. “The City of Houston team nearly doubled in size since last year. We had a lot of encouragement and support, especially from our Human Resources Director who was trying to build more interest in cycling and encourage more active City employees. I didn’t train as much as I should have for the hills. For next year, I will definitely focus on that. I commute by bike for most of the week, and I participate in some training rides on the weekend with my sister or friends. Riding the MS150 is fun but also challenging. What I also like about it is the diversity of the people who ride it. You see families, groups of friends or colleagues, people who ride in honor of an individual living with MS as well as people living with MS...

Mid Main First Thursday Party is for BikeHouston

Eat, shop, rock is Mid Main’s theme for their special First Thursday nights each month. On Thursday May 1 you can add the word cycle here because Mid Main has chosen BikeHouston as their benefiting charity. That means 5% of sales that evening to make Houston a better place for cyclists. Experience the best Houston has to offer when it comes to eating, drinking, shopping, and having a great time. Arts, books, jewelry, fashionable clothes and lots of more. Music will be abundant and you can also take a shot at the Texas Gold Sprint’em stationary bike racing and try for one of those great prizes.  And don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets at the Sparrow Bar and Cookshop so you have a chance to win a rad new cruiser. The line-up Bike Barn Blender @ Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails GOLD SPRINTS and Bike Market @ the Art Garden 5 to 9 pm Katie Stuckey and Family Band@ Natachee’s, 6:30 pm Beetle Happy Hour @ The Continental Club, 7:30 pm Elephant Yard @ the Alley Kat, 9:30 pm Nick Gaitan and the Umbrellaman @ the Big Top, 10 pm BikeHouston is providing free BikeValet service; so hop on your bike or take the metro to 3600-3700 Main Street. The happening starts at 5 pm and goes on till midnight. Make sure to join the fun. Go to our Facebookpage and let us know you are coming to Mid Main on Thursday May 1. Invite your friends too. Participating venues are: the Continental Club, Shoeshine Charlie’s Big Top, Tacos A Go-Go, Sig’s Lagoon, My Flaming Heart, The Tinderbox, Double Trouble and...

First BikeValet at Sunday Streets a Success

The premiere of BikeHouston’s BikeValet service at the Sunday Streets event in The Heights was successful. Despite the rain, people turned up with their bikes at the bike coral on White Oak Drive. They left their bikes and went to enjoy all the entertainment the neighborhood provides. The BikeHouston’s volunteers also were enthusiastic about the arrangement. Of course they had to move their table with goodies around to keep everything dry, and next time they will ask people to leave their phone number in case someone forgets to claim their bike. In sum it was a great event for BikeHouston, raising awareness, building membership and making it more pleasant to cycle in Houston. Thanks to everyone who participated. Next opportunity to make use of BikeValet by BikeHouston will be at the Sunday Streets on Westheimer, May the 4th.   Listen here to three BikeHouston volunteers about their experience at the BikeValet:  ...

Moving forward for 2014

Houston Mayor embraces BikeHouston’s Goal Zero Fatalities and a Bicycle Master Plan by Gerry van Bakel The first quarter of 2014 contained too many tragic stories concerning cyclists. Fortunately the last week brought real progress as Houston Mayor Anisse Parker endorsed BikeHouston’s Goal Zero Fatalities Campaign. It is absolutely possible to make Houston a more cycle friendly city and the Goal Zero Fatalities lays out the first steps. The latest string of fatal collisions has been a wake up call for the the policy makers at City Hall. The plan can be summarized in three words that tell it all: engineer, educate and enforce. The campaign lays out suggestions for the City, motorists and cyclists which summarize the basic actions for these various parties. “Engineer” is about planning for and constructing a set of bikeways which will allow cyclists to move safely across the city. “Education” emphasizes the need for us to all to keep learning. It is vital for Planning Department, Police Department, Public Works as well as motorists and cyclists to develop a learning culture when it comes to cycling. How car drivers and cyclists can safely share the available roads will be a journey not a decision. The City has also launched a public service announcement as part of the effort to encourage motorists and cyclists to share the road. Last of all, but no less important, is “enforcement”. The Houston Police Department should hold all road users accountable for their actions in traffic. Motorists as well as cyclists have to obey the law and rules. The HPD has recently designated one person to be the...

BikeHouston ♥︎ OKRA!

You don’t have to eat okra to love OKRA. The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, famous for its philanthropic mission, has selected BikeHouston as one of the candidate non-profits for the month of April. And we at BikeHouston cannot think of a more enjoyable way to support your favorite bike advocacy group than to hop on your bike and cruise on over for a refreshing beverage. Whenever you visit during the month of April, you’ll receive one ticket to vote for each drink (or snack) purchased. At the end of the month the votes are tallied and the winning charity receives 100% of the profits for the following month. So come out and VOTE! The OKRA Charity Saloon is located at 924 Congress Street, just a few blocks from the Heights Bike Trail. For more information, take a look at their website...

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