Public Hearing on the Bike Plan Brings Many Supporters

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Mary Blitzer, BikeHouston Advocacy Director, mblitzer@bikehouston.org

A big thanks goes out to the many (we packed the house to standing room only) people who showed up on this bleak Thursday, 1/19 at 2:30 pm, to voice their support for the bike plan and tell decision makers why people on bicycles need safe places to ride and why Houston needs to develop better bikeways.

Watch the full testimony here: http://houstontx.swagit.com/play/01192017-930

It looks like Planning Commission, at its next meeting, Feb. 2nd, will vote to forward the bike plan to City Council for a presentation to the Council Subcommittee on Transportation’s Feb. 13th meeting, and then a vote by the full City Council on Feb. 15th or 22nd. (Council vote dates are pending…) Public session on council agenda items is held the Tuesday before they vote, so please be tuned in and plan to join us on Feb. 14th at 2 pm for the public session at City Council. We will send out notice when the date is confirmed.

There were 19 people who spoke today in favor of the Houston Bike Plan and many more who simply showed their support with their presence. A big shout out to the following people and organizations who took time to advocate for making streets safer: Council Members Robinson and Gallegos, The American Heart Association, AARP, Houston B-cycle, CYCLE Houston, Houston Parks Board, Neighborhoods to Trails SW, Rice students and Rice Bikes, as well as the following management districts: Downtown, Greater East End, Greater South West, Hobby Area, Montrose, Spring Branch, Aldine, Brays Oak and these individuals: Stacy from South Houston, Roger Moore, from Montrose, Mary Filley, Dr. Rich Ruder, Greg Nadine for West Houston. (If we missed you let us know! Email info@bikehouston.org )

There were three other people, representing the Super Neighborhood Alliance (SNA), who spoke in favor of a plan but had some specific concerns they would like to see addressed before passing. SNA together with BikeHouston and the City of Houston have already reached consensus on the key changes needed to Ch. 33 and the Houston Bike Plan. We expect to see these changes made in the final versions of both Ch. 33 and the Bike Plan which will be presented to City Council in the coming weeks – alleviating these concerns.

32371324596_4930b2bc45_zAnd here is the City of Houston Planning Team and BikeHouston back at the bikes after the meeting.  Forward.

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