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University Blvd. Reconstruction

University Blvd. Reconstruction

University Blvd is being rebuilt and the City of Houston is taking public comment on the proposed street design until this Friday, April 21st. If you travel through the University Blvd area, then you should send in an email into pweplanning@houstontx.gov, letting them know you want safe bikeways. (see the presentation from public meeting here). See sample email and read more about this project below.  Sample Comment Email for PWE, due Friday April 21st! This is a sample email to send based on key concerns from area riders, village shop owners, Rice students, and other stakeholders. Please be sure to personalize the email with where you live and why you travel through this area – PWE wants to hear from regular users: To: pweplanning@houstontx.gov bcc: info@bikehouston.org Subject: University Blvd. Rebuild, safe bikeways Dear PWE Planning, Thanks very much for the chance to comment on the University Blvd. Reconstruction project. It is great to see PWE working with stakeholders and asking for public input.  I travel regularly through this area for XYZ. I am happy to see bikeways being included in this project as this is a key corridor and I understand that right of way is constrained. I do have a few questions and concerns.   From Main to Greenbriar – Current design proposal from PWE is 5’ bike lanes on each side of the street, however the lanes currently disappear at Main, Stockton, and Greenbriar intersections, due to addition of turn lane.    Please consider how this design can be made more safe and comfortable. I would ride more if there was a physical barrier between me and the... read more

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Meet Dan Piette

Meet Dan Piette

BikeHouston’s board has a new chair. Dan Piette, who is a consultant for start-up companies, took the baton from Regina Garcia last month. With the Houston Bike Plan passed, Piette says it is good to take a good look at the goals and mission of the organization. “Our first priority is the safety of cyclists in the city. Too many people getting hit, getting hurt and getting killed on the roads in Houston. But the second issue we really need to work on is inequity. 40% of all people who ride a bicycle in Houston earn less than 25 thousand dollars a year. For them a bicycle is not a luxury, it is their only means of transportation. I am lucky to live in Montrose, I can bike to the grocery store, to appointments I have and other destinations and I still have a car to use if I need or choose to drive. But for those low-income cyclists, the bike is all they have, and they might need to ride at night and on streets that are less safe than the residential streets in my neighborhood. BikeHouston should be the organization that works for them.” “Mobility, in general, is another important issue. It goes beyond cycling. We have to look at walking, public transportation as buses and light rail as well. The Houston Bike Plan that just got passed in City Council – and thanks again to Mary Blitzer and John Long and all the BikeHouston volunteers that worked so hard for it – is a great step. We definitely need to continue the advocacy work. It is crucial that... read more

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Bike Plan

Bike Plan Passes! Now we need your help to build it.

Bike Plan Passes! Now we need your help to build it.

This is a historic moment, Mayor Turner and City Council have just passed our first bike plan in 24 years. This plan creates a vision for Houston to become a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly City. It identifies how to expand our network of safe & comfortable bikeways by 500 miles in 10 years.  (Check out the bike plan map and more details). BikeHouston convinced the City to create this plan, partially funded it, ensured a strong & community supported plan was created, and advocated for its passage. We will now work to implement it. Thanks are due to everyone who was a part of this victory for safe streets, healthy living, and economic opportunity in Houston. The entire bicycling community from bike shops to social rides to clubs, and many community organizations and people, made this happen. The plan passed with a 11 – 4 vote. Please see table below to see how your Council Members voted. Everyone votes for all 5 At Large Council Members and one district council member. The Mayor was a strong advocate for the plan. Now we can dig into the real work: building safe streets, encouraging people to ride, educating drivers and cyclists, and enforcing the law.  On the government side BikeHouston will: ask for the Bicycle Advisory Committee to be appointed ASAP; begin prioritizing projects with Council, BAC, and partners; seek funding sources; support and advocate for projects to be built across town; and advocate for continued education & enforcement programs. On the community side (this is where you come in):  Volunteer with BikeHouston. Volunteers helps us educate and unite cyclists, and advocate... read more

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