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.
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 for more safe places to ride. We can not work without them.
- Join your civic club (here’s how to find it). The more people who ride get involved with their community groups the stronger our voices will be when it comes time to make detailed decisions on where and how to design bike plans.
- Donate/Join BikeHouston: to celebrate the passage of the bike plan for the next month, all donations will be matched up to $20K! Your support will launch implementation work – including ‘Get Around H-Town,’ a community education program that gets youth riding now and builds advocates for future bikeways. Join BikeHouston as a member, renew your membership, or increase your donation. All memberships and donations will be matched. This is how you invest in a Bike-Friendly City.
Thanks go out to all the community organizations supporting the plan including: Houston Parks Board, AARP, Air Alliance Houston, American Heart Association, Houston B-cycle, Build 1, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, CTC, East Lawndale Civic Association, Memorial Park Conservancy, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Representative Gene Wu, Rice University, University of Houston – Office of Sustainability, Sierra Club, Sharpstown Civic Association, South Main Alliance, Super Neighborhood Alliance, Transportation Advocacy Group, as well as the entire Bicycle Advisory Committee to the plan.