Feb. 6th, 2017 – Press Release

For Immediate Release
Feb. 6th, 2017
BikeHouston

Contact: Mary Blitzer, Advocacy Director, mblitzer@bikehouston.org, 281-940-6139

There have been two deaths in three days. Marjorie Corcoran, a physics and astronomy professor at Rice University, was killed by the train as she crossed the tracks at Sunset Blvd. Another man, whose identify is not yet know publicly, was killed by the train while crossing at the 610 feeder road. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of these two people.

These are two tragic reminders of why the Houston Bike Plan is so important. No deaths on our streets are acceptable. City Council must vote Yes and adopt the Bike Plan to make the streets of Houston safe for all people riding bicycles. The Bike Plan provides a toolbox for designing streets and intersections to create a safe bike network across town and it includes education programs.

Following each death, the City should start an investigation asking: “Why did the death happen?” A full investigation should be done that includes, how could the designs of these roads and intersections be improved? Does an alternative route need to be provided? What were the human mistakes and how do we change the road design to make it harder for these mistakes to happen?

The Bike Plan, which was begun in response to earlier deaths, is going to City Council next week. We cannot afford to delay. We ask council vote yes on the Bike Plan.

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