Bringing diversity to cycling - Senator Ellis - Keynote Speech

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  • 1. BRINGING DIVERSITYTO CYCLINGTexas State Senator Rodney Ellis2012
  • 2. Coalition BuildingDiversity of Supporters
  • 3. 2011 National Conference of State Legislatures, SanAntonioEvery year legislators from all over the country converge at NCSL. Senator Ellisand other bi-partisan members sponsors a ride to tour the host city.
  • 4. 2010 National Conference of State Legislatures,Louisville, KYThese rides are often the highlight of the conference for the legislators thatparticipate.
  • 5. 2007 National Conference of State Legislators, Boston,MAThese rides are often the highlight of the conference for the legislators thatparticipate.
  • 6. 2010 Rise Across Texas Charity Bike RideIn 2010, Senator Ellis co-chaired the Rise Across Texas Challenge with Rep. CarolAlvarado. The 870 mile bike ride benefitted the Rise Schools of Texas, which provideearly childhood education services to kids with and without disabilities.
  • 7. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee with U.S. Sec. ofTransportation, Ray LaHoodCongresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee works with Sec. Ray LaHood on transportationfunding.
  • 8. 2011 Capitol Wellness RideSenator Rodney Ellis & Representative Armando Walle ride with Capitol staffers atthe annual Capitol Wellness Ride
  • 9. 82nd Session Sine Die Bi-Partisan Bike Ride, 2011Following the end of every legislative session Senator Ellis and other members from bothsides of the aisle sponsor a bike ride for members, staff, advocates, and lobbyists.
  • 10. African Leaders and StudentsSenator Ellis hosts a ride for a group visiting from Africa.
  • 11. Coalition BuildingDiversity of Role Models
  • 12. 2011 NAACP Bike RideSenator Ellis participates in the NAACP bike ride.
  • 13. 2011 Ride with Interns, Staff and the Biking BabesSenator Ellis takes a group to tour Austin by bike.
  • 14. 2011 Tour de HoodThe Houston Tour de Hood tours Civil Rights-Era Houston
  • 15. 2009 Texas Legislative Internship Program RideLyndon Baines Johnson Ranch, Texas
  • 16. Engaging Minority Communitiesv Accessv Safe facilities
  • 17. Third Ward Bike Shop, Houston TXDuring Open Shop participants of all ages fix their own bikes with help from trainedvolunteer mechanics. During Open Shop people can also buy or earn used parts fortheir bikes.
  • 18. Leland Ellis using the bike lane.Senator Ellis’ son demonstrates the importance of bike lanes.
  • 19. Safe Passing81 (R) SB 488
  • 20. Complete Streets82 (R) 513
  • 21. A great example of a complete street.This is a great example of a complete street. It has a wide sidewalk, a barrierprotected bike lane, and pedestrian crossing.
  • 22. 2010 Tour de Houston PollsSenator Ellis tours Houston voting locations on a bike.
  • 23. South AfricaSenator Ellis tours South Africa on a bike.
  • 24. LibyaSenator Ellis tours Libya in 2010 before the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
  • 25. Alena Ellis on the tandem bike.Alena Ellis, a bike advocate in training.
  • 26. Questions?The End