Bike-Friendly Companies

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So I would like to say that I helped put the Houston bike scene on the social map with PedalHouston.  It’s been a fun project to work with and I definitely need to get back on the ball with it just because I want to keep it relevant and current with the status of the growth in Houston.   Which in that area has been significantly growing faster than I had imagined thanks to the help of a city council that supports the idea of a cycling lifestyle city, especially inner city.

With that said, I’ve always had a fantasy of the Heights Bike trail turning into a flourishing trail business.  What I mean by that is I always imagined small cafes and eateries building alongside the trail promoting business by bike.  Take the trail and stop in for a morning coffee or an afternoon lunch during your ride.  It will become more busy bike traffic for people trying to get through there but it also promotes that lifestyle more.  It’s not necessarily a great business model from just getting cyclists but they can have e front end for walk-in customers and a back end facing the trail that gears the cyclists coming through.  I’d like to see and maybe it’ll catch on the longer these trails get around the city.  I think it’s cool that there are implanted city arteries of bike trails to get in and out onto main routes and that it connect to downtown and hopefully the UH campus.

There needs to be a coexistence between cyclists and motor vehicles.  I really believe that it helps the pedestrian levels increase that also helps with crime rates and safety of areas because it’s almost safety in numbers.  The more people walking around, the less likely to have creepers or whatnot.  It’s why places like NY or Austin that you can walk around town without feeling creeped out if you see a random person walking the streets and wonder what they’re up to.

Maybe I’m just blowing smoke but I feel like it should happen. I’m game for more businesses to focus towards the bike scene.  Also, when you see bike racks full, it DOES get people’s attention.  It makes them want to stop in and see what’s going on and why so many people rode in to that spot.

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Getting back on the saddle

I’ve always wanted yo say that and now I can.

So I’ve been really lazy as far as getting y bike put back together to go on some long rides. I got new TIME pedals and I want to see how they hold up. Granted my Shimano 105 pedals were fine, my cleats were wearing away and saw a good impulse deal on these. Only thing is, they need to be tighten by a tool other then the bike wrench. :/

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Anyway, my bike has been sitting flipped over all winter and I need to fix that because I haven’t even had a chance to break in the bike after it was properly tuned up.

Though my city bike has been getting all the attention, I miss a long ride.

Denver

Definitely need to ride Denver sometime.  Bike friendly streets, cool vibe and I like that I’ve hit up the bike shop above in my pic that they show in the vid.  I like riding around the city but I miss cranking down on my road bike also.  Waiting for the days to get longer so I can ride more.  Being on that work schedule throws off the riding schedule.  I’ll have to fix that.

Props that they used Aloe Blacc for the main track.  Dope song.

Video Visual

I can picture a pretty sick video production to this track.  It’s pretty much an urban type vibe to the video probably involving a group of friends riding their bikes downtown.  Less talk and more doing, am i right?  Maybe I’ll put it together eventually.

Austin vs. Houston

This comparison comes from my experiences so far.

Surprisingly, I rode a lot more when I was living in Houston.  Maybe it was because I knew the roads around my neighborhood better, maybe it was because more streets had actual street lights at night or maybe it was because it was one flat plane.  Houston has a lot of places to discover by bike and it’s not difficult to go exploring and no fear of a dreadful uphill climb around the corner.  It’s definitely a casual riding city.  It’s a lot of the obvious – if you want long distance – you hit up the country roads around the ‘burbs and beyond.  If you want to explore the city, you do just that.  The thing about not having a traffic heavy downtown during the non-work day makes it pretty liberal to ride around the area, just be aware of the light rail.

Austin is a different type of experience.  This city is just full of people involved in fitness, outdoor living and hobby enthusiasts.  Any turn you take on your bike here can be an experience.  People have their favorite up-hill climbs and descents.   You don’t necessarily have to go outside of the city limits to get a great workout.  Inside of the city, there are tons of bike commuters and they commute at all times of the day.  I can honestly say that I’ve seen guys and ladies crossing the bridge on Lamar around 3am, wherever they may be going.  It’s ridiculous and awesome.  Bike racks are everywhere and bike shops seem to pop up here like Starbucks, whom have changed their cups recently.

I’ll save more comparisons for later but it’s interesting how they differ so much in feeling when you ride in both cities.  It’s fun in Houston because it feels like it’s still fresh.  Austin is definitely established and I admire that also.  No true winner yet, so I’m just enjoying them both.

Common Courtesy

Since I’ve moved to Austin, I can count three, maybe four times that I have had a vehicle proceed to back up their car at an intersection to let me pass on the cross path.  One time was while I was jogging down by Lady Bird Lake and crossing the street.  It really amazed me as to how people treat pedestrians here. It’s a cool feeling especially if you are aware of it.

It’s the little things that count.  I say it’s almost like that insurance commercial where you see someone do a good deed and pass it on.  It’s simple as paying if forward.  Nothing lost.  It’s cool.  I appreciate it and I like the fact that there’s respect out there for one another.  Southern hospitality at its finest.

Proposition 1

Something worth voting for to improve the bike community.

source: http://www.getaustinmoving.com/

Help Get Austin Moving!

Proposition 1 will provide $90 million in bonds for new road, sidewalk, trail and bikeway projects to:

  • Reduce Traffic Congestion by improving roads and intersections & providing more choices.
  • Protect the Environment by reducing congestion & providing alternatives to protect air quality.
  • Improve Public Safety by makings our streets, sidewalks & trails safe for all users.
  • Provide More Options by improving roads and building new sidewalks, bikeways and trails.

Proposition 1 is within the City’s existing bonding capacity, so it will NOT require a tax increase.