How Much Will The Bike Plan Cost?

How Much Will The Bike Plan Cost?

You hear us talk about the Houston Bike Plan a lot. The plan provides a comprehensive guide to making Houston a safer and more accessible city for road users over the next 10 years. It has four pillars: improved safety, increased ridership, increased access and improved development and maintenance of facilities. If you’re thinking this ambitious plan must come with a price tag, you’re right. We talked to Mary Blitzer, Bike Houston’s advocacy director, about some of the questions and concerns she gets on the plan’s cost and funding, and how all this will affect Houston’s bottom line. How much will the bike plan cost? The 10-year cost is $150 million. That can be divided into three buckets, or phases. Programmed projects: These projects are already in the pipeline and are expected to be completed by 2021. Money for these projects has already been allocated. 130 more miles of bikeways are on the way! Potential short-term projects: $27 million – $51 million. This mainly covers  re-striping and signage. Examples include turning  extra space in a car or parking lane into a bike lane,, or posting signs that state “neighborhood bike route”  and “bikes may use a full lane.”. This may also include speed bumps, stop signs and traffic signals. Key connections: $73 million – $119 million. These are higher-cost projects that will connect neighborhoods to create a true network. Examples include building trails along bayous and utility corridors. The longer-term master plan is expected to cost between $235 million and $382 million for additional bikeways. This brings the total cost to around $500 million. What does the money buy, and...
2016 Staff Recap

2016 Staff Recap

2016 was a very exciting year for BikeHouston. So many wonderful events, so many exciting changes, and so many steps forward towards making Houston a more safe and bike friendly city! We asked our staff to let us know what their favorite memory or event was in 2016 (which was not easy). And here they are: “Distributing lights after dark to people riding in the dark was my favorite BikeHouston happening from the past year. Its impact was simple and direct; people-to-people. I loved seeing the real sense of mission from the twenty-five volunteers who came out to help, a wonderful cross-section of BikeHouston supporters. But really, how important could it be to randomly ride around the streets of Houston searching out people riding without lights? Remember this: two deaths in the past year were people riding bikes late at night with no lights. We distributed lights to fifty people in one night. That could have been fifty lives saved.” -John Long   “Bike Plan Pep Rally – seeing so many people from all different places — from downtown corporate employees to bike shop employees to social ride leaders to students — turn out in the middle of the day to ask for action from our Council and Mayor was very empowering and inspiring. It affirmed to me as the advocacy director that people will respond to calls for action and that this action makes a difference. Our 100 person Pep Rally has led to meetings with the Mayor’s office and we are now on track to pass the bike plan ordinance in January and the bike plan in...
A Word from the Director……….. John Long

A Word from the Director……….. John Long

We at BikeHouston are making New Year’s resolutions and sharing them with you. These are some of the opportunities, possibilities and goals that will guide our work in the year ahead. We resolve to shepherd the Bike Plan through the adoption process with City Council. It has been 22 years since Houston’s last bike plan; we’re way overdue for a revision. The new Bike Plan includes the ten-year goal of achieving Gold Level status on the Bicycle Friendly Cities Program. We can do this. We resolve to help make cyclists safer in the year ahead. We will do this by expanding our light give-away program. And we will do this by working with the new police chief and the new district attorney to ensure that laws protecting cyclists are enforced. We resolve to work with Metro to improve bicycle connections to the bus and light rail network, and to improve bicycle facilities at transit centers and high volume stops. We resolve to partner — and celebrate — with the City of Houston and Houston Parks Board as each new segment of trail along the bayous comes on line in the year ahead. White Oak Bayou trail is being extended to Jersey Village; Keegan’s Bayou trail is pushing beyond Sam Houston Tollway and Hwy 59/69; and Buffalo Bayou trail connectors to the Lamar Cycle Track and to the White Oak Trail at Allen’s Landing will be completed in the months ahead. Though not yet a continuous loop circuit, there are now more than 50 miles of trails along the bayous linked by the Lamar-Polk-Columbia Tap connector. Come ride this network...
#PassTheBikePlan Campaign

#PassTheBikePlan Campaign

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, they say. Now imagine what a picture and a short reason for why you support the Houston Bike Plan can do! This holiday season give back by sending in a photo of yourself holding a sign saying “I support the bike plan because ____, Name, City Council District X” (find what district you live in here) Take the photo outside in natural light and make the sign legible! Email your photo to info@bikehouston.org, post it to twitter, instagram, and facebook with the #bikehouston #passthebikeplan or better yet upload it to this shared folder (note you have to have a google account to load photos to this folder). We are expecting the bike plan to go before planning commission in January and then to Council in February. These photos will become part of the packet we send to City Council members. We’ve already received many of your smiling faces with your messages, but we need more. The more photos we have from all around Houston the stronger our message. Thanks to all of you who have already sent in your photo, and yes we have extended the deadline till January 1st. Please note we need photos from Districts A, G, B, J, and F so if you have friends in these districts ask them to send in a...
BikeHouston NOW: Tune In And Connect With Us

BikeHouston NOW: Tune In And Connect With Us

Here at BikeHouston world headquarters, we are always looking for ways to connect with our members and supporters. We want to make sure that you are up to date on the different things that BikeHouston is doing, what’s happening in cycling news, and of course update you on the BikePlan. BikeHouston NOW will be a new tool to do just that; we will use Facebook live on Fridays at 12:30pm. For fifteen minutes (or more depending on conversation), we will give you information and take any questions that you may have. We are very excited about the opportunity to interact with you on a weekly basis. So set some time aside during your lunch break, tell your friends, prepare your questions, and join the fun! Here is a recap from our first BikeHouston NOW: A great intro/common question we get is: 1. Why should I join BikeHouston? Overview of what BikeHouston does. Overview of the month/year 2.  When is the project that will link all the bayous to buffalo bayou going to be done? The Bayou Trail building project is known as Bayou Greenways 2020, it is led by Houston Parks Board and is paid for through public money (City of Houston voters passed a bond in 2012 to pay for a little less than half, 100 million, and the parks board raised the other half through private donations 120 million). By 2020 we will have trails on Bayous all across the City of Houston – providing equitable access to trails across Houston. The project builds 80 miles of trails to create a Houston Trail network system of over...

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