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...
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...
Public Hearing on the Bike Plan Brings Many Supporters

Public Hearing on the Bike Plan Brings Many Supporters

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...

George Bush Trail Closure – Suggested Detour Options

January 3rd, 2017 George Bush Park, Noble Trail the main north-south trail in the park, is officially closed and may stay closed till 2019. The bridge in the middle of Noble Trail is now complete. We are working with the City of Houston and Harris County to come up with alternatives and asking if this long a closure is necessary. More details on this trail closure can be found on the Precinct 3 webpage here.  Detour Options: A suggested detour is provided below. From the South Follow George Bush trail towards Highland Knolls / Fry Exit the trail and enter the residential neighborhood on Alana Springs Dr. Navigate the neighborhood to pick-up the bayou trail next to Haxel Pattison Elementary School There is a new bridge that now crosses Mason Creek and allows continuation on Gary & Bonnie Trietsch Hike & Bike Trail. Follow that trail to Baker & Allview (there is a traffic light that allows for safe crossing of Kingsland Left on Allview (a 4-way stop allows safe crossing of Baker @ Allview) Right on Ember Trails and follow it around to Park Cypress (this is a quiet residential street) Right on Park Cypress to Barker-Cypress (again, this is a quiet street) Left on Baker-Cypress (this can be a challenging crossing on the way to the office as there are no signals; however, on the return, I cross at Barker-Cypress & Barker-Cypress Access which has lights) Follow Barker-Cypress to access the George Bush Park Hike & Bike...
Brays Bayou Trail Detour Options, Ongoing

Brays Bayou Trail Detour Options, Ongoing

Updated 12/16/2016 Brays Bayou is undergoing construction which is resulting in trail closures. We will post updates on which sections of the trails are closed here so you can plan your routes accordingly. We are advocating to make detours safer and more convenient in the future. Note, while the detour is a pain, the end result will be nice wide concrete trails with improved on/off ramps – not to mention less flooding! More details on flood control Project Brays here more details on Bayou Greenways trail projects here.  The new trail section from Buffalo Bayou to Brompton is complete and looks great! Brompton to Greenbriar Detour, Nov. 2016 – Spring 2017. Please note the trail detour shown below is simply onto a sidewalk. This sidewalk is often narrow, 3 -4 feet, and there are often driveways. North Braeswood Blvd. is another alternative, however people drive at very high speeds, and it is westbound only from Main to Kirby. Many people bicycling will want to take alternative streets  instead of the sidewalk. We will also post some suggested alternative routes below. Possible street detours include taking Brompton north to an appropriate east/west. Brompton is a good street for cycling. *As of 12/16, the trail is open east of Kelving St – with active construction on-going between Brompton and Kelving.                             BikeHouston is working with Harris County Flood Control and the City to improve detour options for people on bicycles. We are asking them to post construction speed limits during trail construction, as people may need to ride on the road. We are...

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