your local representative or senator, and check on bills pending
before the legislature during the session. It is also a good
site for reviewing Texas state law on any subject. Be careful
downloading the codes, some of them are huge!
Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Visit this site to find out more about your local district
personnel. Texas has 25 districts, and each one is fairly
independent. If you are interested in the decision-making
processes regarding construction or road resurfacing, contact
your TxDOT district's Traffic Safety Specialist. Have your
cycling club contact the District Engineer at least once a
year to make your interests known. Here is a link to a .pdf
file with the district coordinators for Traffic Safety, Enhancements
and Bicycle Issues. Coordinator
List as an Acrobat® File.
TPWD allocates money for trails from the national Recreational
Trails program. TBC personnel sit on the board that approves
Recreation Trails grants. TPWD also controls access to state
parks. This is a great site with information on facilities.
Department of Health (TDH)
addition to keeping better statistics on bicycle crashes than
DPS, TDH also has a Safe
Rider program that will work with local organizations
to do safety courses and give away bicycle helmets.
States Congress: [House
These two sites give you access to your U.S. Representative
and to Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn. Austin
Congressman, Lloyd Doggett (D)-10th District, is a member of
the Congressional Bike Caucus and rides to his office.
Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Highway Administration (FHWA)
U.S. Department of Transportation is the umbrella organization
for all means of transport, both private and commercial. The
organizations that have the greatest impact on cycling are
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This is the most comprehensive highway site. They have
maps of America's Byways, lists of road closings, as well as
lots of statistics and other information.
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
This is the most comprehensive traffic safety site.
There is lots of information and statistics on a national
basis, and some good kids stuff, too. Lots of good statistics
on fatalities, but the injury statistics are understated because
of the reporting system.
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
site is very strong in injury prevention. They also have more
information about diseases than you really need to know. Actually,
the injury statistics here are probably a little more complete
than on the NHTSA site because of the reporting system.
Bicycle Racing Association (TXBRA)
Texas Mountain Bike
Racing Association (TMBRA)
Dallas Off-Road Bicycle
Lakes Bicycle Club
San Antonio Wheelmen
South Texas Off
Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM)
Ford's Touring Website
This is an interesting non-commercial touring website.
people who created the TransAmerica Trail and have continued
to create some of the best touring maps in the world. They
have a great site that's worth a visit.
America Bikes is a collaborative effort of leaders of the
bicycle community to advocate for positive outcomes for bicycling
in the next federal transportation funding bill. Significant
funding for America Bikes is generously provided by Bikes
for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
site brought to you by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Lists the Texas SuperCyclist Project as on of the nationally
important education programs.
A California site with good commuter resources.
supported lobbying group that offers grants to encourage cycling
Promoting sustainable transport and understanding worldwide.
of American Bicyclists
The oldest national bicyclist lobbying group, the
LAB is active in promoting education and raising awareness
of cycling in Congress. The League is currently working one
two issues in Texas: the removal of bike lanes in Houston
that were installed with federal funds, and the 20% administrative
fee that TxDOT charges on TEA-21 projects.
Center for Bicycling & Walking
One of the strongest lobbying groups in the country, the
Rails to Trails Conservancy has a great Web site with links
to lots of environmentally sound sites.
Transportation Policy Project
site has more information about enhancements and the impact
of ISTEA and TEA-21 than almost anywhere else. It has examples
and pictures of completed projects.
& City Advocacy Links
national alliance of state and local bicycle advocacy groups.
Bicycle Coalition (California)
Alternatives (New York City)
San Francisco Bicycle
Washington Area Bicycle
Alliance of Washington