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Endorsements of Austin Candidates for November 2014 Election

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Election Day is November 4th, but many Texas voters choose to vote early. This can be done either in person or by mail. Early voting runs from October 20th through October 31st. For more information and to find out if you are eligible for early voting, click here.

Even if you’re voting early, however, you still have to decide how you will cast your ballot. Since it’s important to understand where candidates stand on the issues, BikeTexas has endorsed candidates that it believes are the most committed to ensuring that those who walk and bike on the streets of Austin are kept safe and that their voices are heard.

BikeTexas Endorsements for the Austin area:

Mayor – Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez
District 1 – Andrew Bucknall and DeWayne Lofton
District 2 – Delia Garza
District 3 – Sabino “Pio” Renteria
District 4 – Gregorio Casar
District 5 – Ann Kitchen
District 6 – James T. Flannigan
District 7 – Jefferson E. Boyt and Leslie Pool
District 8 – Darrell Pierce and Edward S. Scruggs
District 9 – Chris Riley District 10 – Amanda “Mandy” Dealey Rail
Proposition 1 – Yes

Here at Shefman Law, we know how important it is to understand the candidates and issues involved before casting your vote in the election. As a Bike Texas board member, Lenore Shefman can personally attest to the criteria used when selecting this list of endorsed candidates. First and foremost, these candidates have all been vetted and judged to be bike friendly. Additionally, each of these candidates is an active voting participant who appears to be concerned with their community, not just personal gain. Based on their histories and policy stances, these are the candidates that BikeTexas believes will create forward movement for Austin’s residents and promote safety and accessibility for those who bike on the city’s streets.

Join Shefman Law at BikeFest as Austin inaugurates the Southern Walnut Creek Trail

BikeFest-TourDeFat-TextOn Oct. 25th, 2014, Austin BikeFest will celebrate the trail’s grand opening in Govalle Park at 8:30 am. However, parking is limited, so everyone is encouraged to ride their bikes to attend. BikeFest is free, but you can register in advance here.

Many local leaders will be on hand for the 8:30 am ribbon cutting, including U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (Honorary BikeFest Grand Marshal), Mayor Lee Leffingwell and our own Lenore Shefman (BikeTexas board member and cyclist lawyer) There is a full day of activities planned for all ages, including live music from Blue Mist, The Staylyns, Continental Drift, Riders Against the Storm, and DJ Chorizo Funk, a Halloween costume contest, and raffle drawings. Also, there will be a Kids Adventure Zone and the Bike Texas Kids Kup Race, as well as other bicycle activities and contests, shopping, and of course, plenty of food and drink.
So grab your bike and we’ll see you there!

About the Southern Walnut Creek Trail
A great area of Austin to explore is the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. Made up of a maze of trails that cross themselves as well as a few creeks, bikers, walkers, runners, and those who simply love the outdoors can quickly lose themselves and enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while.

And now this area also boasts Austin’s newest multi-use path, the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. The Southern Walnut Creek Trail is 11 miles long and includes 5 bridges, 3 culverts, and benches. There are also parking lots at trailheads.

Austin City Limits on Two Wheels – Quick Tips

acl_signIt’s that time again in Austin! The Austin City Limits Music Festival is a time of great music, fun, and merriment for the city. ACL also brings street closures and traffic congestion. This means that often your best option for getting there is cycling. Follow these tips when riding to help make getting to ACL a breeze.

1) The ACL bicycle parking lot is next to the box office on the south side of Barton Springs Road-about as close as you can get! There are also bike racks at each of the festival entrances. Be sure to bring your lock, and don’t park in an unauthorized area.

2) If you’re on a motorcycle, you can park in the ball field parking lot off of Robert E. Lee. Also, motorcycle parking is always free downtown, so if you’d prefer you can park and take the free CapMetro shuttle located in Republic Square on 4th and Guadalupe to the festival.

3) Check your bike over thoroughly before you leave. Make sure that there is air in your tires and that all of the mechanical parts are in good working order. However, if you get there and have a problem, there will be mechanics on site to help with emergency bicycle repairs.

4) Be sure your bike is equipped with lights. It will probably be dark when you leave. Don’t forget your helmet!

5) If you don’t have a bike, or don’t want to bring your best one, you can always rent one from one of the bike shops in town or grab a B-cycle.

6) Be alert and aware. There will be many cars and pedestrians, and they may not always be paying attention to their surroundings as closely as they should. Be sure that you signal and follow all traffic laws as well.

7) Pack wisely. Remember that you may have a lot to carry. You may need to use a rack if you have one or leave some nonessentials at home. Plan ahead so that you are prepared when it’s time to head out!

8) Don’t ride your bike if you’ve been drinking. It’s dangerous, and it IS possible to get an impairment ticket on a bicycle. If you need an alternate lift, there are pedicabs available, or you can use Uber. First time Uber users can use the code ACLFEST for a free first ride up to $30.

A little advance planning can help keep you safe and save you a lot of time and hassle.

Have fun, ride safe and remember, Shefman Law and CyclistLaw – we’ve got your back.

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