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  • 1. BikeTexas: Serving all of Texas Mark Stine Program Manager mark@biketexas.org (512) 476-7433 1902 East 6th Street Austin, Texas 78702Mission: Advancing Bicycle Access, Safety and Education. Pedestrian issues a natural part of our work.
  • 2. Cyclists in Suits at the Capitol – Citizen Lobbyists
  • 3. Transportation Enhancements Recreational Trail Program
  • 4. Safe Routes to SchoolEngineering – Education – Encouragement
  • 5. Kids Kup RacesOperated Through Safe Routes to School Educational Material Program
  • 6. Texas Bicycle Tourism Trails Act •  Passed by 2005 Texas Legislature updating Texas Transportation Code Section 201.9025. •  TxDOT, other agencies to ID potential tourism routes and trails. •  May “include multiuse trails… … where practicable.” •  Routes “shall reflect the geography, scenery, history, and cultural diversity of this state.” •  No fiscal note attached.
  • 7. Adopted by TxDOT in November 2010
  • 8. BikeTexas Trails Plate
  • 9. Great Texas Cattle Trails Source: University of Texas at Austin
  • 10. Buffalo Soldier TrailsSource: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • 11. El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT
  • 12. San Antonio Missions Trail Bicycle Outing with Guests
  • 13. SRTS: Bike/Walk Our Rich Texas History Funded by TxDOT SRTS •  BikeTexas is reviewing potential developers. •  BWORTH will promote logging of bike/ped and other physical activity. •  BWORTH will teach bike/ ped safety lessons. •  BWORTH will provide context of journeys on historical Texas trails.
  • 14. Bicycle Tourism Study on Outer Banks North Carolina Department of Transportation - 2004
  • 15. Bicycling Contributes nearly $1.5 billion to Wisconsins Economy every year. 66 Summary – How does this compare to Texas?
  • 16. Bicycling Contributes nearly $1.5 billion to Wisconsins Economy every year.
  • 17. Personal cost of operating a family carFor an average sized car at 15,000 annual miles:$8100 or 54 cents per mile.Source: Your Driving Costs: How much are you really paying to drive? American Automobile Association (AAA) , 2009, Stock 2717
  • 18. Rising national cost of health care Year U.S. Cost Pct. of Federal State/Local Cost Per (trillions)1 GDP1 Coverage2 Coverage2 Capita1 2003 $1.7 15.8% 32% 13% $6,000 2010 $2.6 17.7% 35% 13% $8,500 2018 $4.4 20.3% 38% 13% $13,100 Source: 1.  National Health Expenditure Projections 2008-2018, Table 1, 2008, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2.  Ibid, Table 3.Any ideas on reducing these costs?
  • 19. Headin’ down the road, happy.