Archive for April 7th, 2010

Austin Bike Summit 2010

The Austin Bike Summit 2010, a gathering opportunity for local bicycling proponents, whether you’re already active or only aspiring, will take place this weekend. The two-day event is an opportunity to get connected with the bike movement in Austin. Participants will discuss where Austin bicycling has come, where Austin bicycling should be, and plan and organize to create a better bicycle-driven Austin. The summit will consist of workshops and informal networking sessions to share knowledge and maximize efforts through collaboration.

The Austin Bike Summit 2010 will be hosted by the League of Bicycling Voters, Austin Cycling Association, Yellow Bike Project and Bike Texas. Registration for the summit events are free, though the co-hosts encourage everyone to become a member or offer a donation to one of the participating non-profit organizations. The Austin Bike Summit events will include the following:

Friday, April 9:

6 – 7 p.m. — Kick-Off Bike Ride at Pfluger Bike/Ped Bridge, over Lady Bird Lake near Lamar Blvd.

7–11 p.m. — Opening Reception, which includes social, speakers, food and drinks at Bike Texas, 1902 E. 6th St. at Chicon St.

Saturday, April 10:

All events will take place at the Yellow Bike Project Headquarters, 1216 Webberville Rd. at E. 12th St.

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. — Breakfast and coffee

9 – 9:30 a.m. — Morning assembly, which include a quick review of historical efforts and an orientation for the day of workshops and discussions

9:45 – 11 a.m. — Workshop Session #1: Bike Month; Opportunities for social rides; and the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan.

11:15 – 12:30 a.m. — Workshop Session #2: Promotional Campaigns and Resources:  How do we make new cyclists. How do the community, bike shops support bicycle advertising; Bike programs at schools; and Advocacy efforts in Austin.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. — Workshop Session #3: Advocacy Training; Adult cycling education; and Making businesses bike friendly.

3 – 4:15 p.m. — Workshop Session #4: Bicycle facility design in Austin; Next steps: Help set the LOBV and bicycling agenda for the next two years; and Non-violence in road encounters.

4:30 – 6 p.m. — Afternoon Assembly, which includes a recap of the day, goal setting and orientation for how to make the most of the evening networking opportunity.

6 p.m. – Late — Closing Social and Networking, including dinner and beer.


Austin Sports

Face it, unless an Austin athlete’s uniform sports a burnt orange bovine looking sort of like an expanded flux capacitor, you probably don’t pay attention.

However, there are several other non-Longhorn Austin teams with entertaining games and cheaper tickets.

The Austin Toros

The Austin Toros are the D-League affiliate for the San Antonio Spurs. Aside from being the name of a league I will one day own and name after myself, the D-League is the development league, where NBA prospects learn a team’s system and hone their skills before joining the franchise in the NBA. The 5 year old Austin Toros play at the Austin Convention Center . They have a dance team, the Capital City Dancers and a mascot, Da Bull

The Toros aren’t bad either. At 32-18 they are second in the Western Conference, next to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Houston Rockets’ D-League team. The Toros face the Dakota Wizards this weekend in the first round of the playoffs. Apparently not only do people live in the Dakotas, but they play basketball too.

Fun Fact: The Dakota Wizards feature former Texas star Connor Atchley.

If basketball isn’t your thing, you can get your hockey fix with the

Texas Stars

The Texas Stars are an American League hockey team affiliated with the Dallas Stars. The team, which is completing its first  season, plays at the new Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park. The team doesn’t have a dance team or SNL-based, lawsuit waiting to happen, mascot like the Toros, but they do commandeer Austin’s English and Spanish ESPN radio stations for live game coverage for reasons beyond comprehension. They are currently engulfed in the Lone Star Faceoff against Houston and San Antonio’s minor league teams.

Last, my very favorite non-Longhorn Austin team

The Austin Turfcats

The Austin Turfcats are a brand-new member of the Indoor Football League. They are pretty new so there is not a whole lot to say, except there are few sports more entertaining than arena, erg, I mean, indoor football. Like the Toros, and unlike the Stars, The Turfcats have a dance team, The Lady Cats, (though I prefer the Cat Ladies) and mascot that is a combination of a feline and a type of flooring.

The Turfcats are Austin’s fourth try at an indoor football team. Seeing as they play at the Luedecke Arena nice are far away from downtown, and lost their home opener by 49 points, you may want to catch them before their gone

For those of you who enjoy semi-professional sports, here are three teams you can check out in Austin. Who knows, maybe someday one of these players will be a star.