Commuter Stories: Veon McRenolds

Veon McRenolds uses his bike to go everywhere, but no longer to work. “I am retired, I don’t have to go to work anymore,” he says while standing in the backyard of the Compound on Wheeler Ave, most people will consider to be his workplace. Veon doesn’t own a car anymore. He takes his bike to go shopping, to meet friends, or even to do long distance traveling. “The only thing that keeps people from cycling to work, school or other destinations is time, but if you are not in a big hurry you can go everywhere you want on a bike in Houston. I even go on my bike when I need to travel out of state and take a plane. I take my bike on the plane too. ” And on those days the weather is too bad, Veon rides the bus. When needed Veon carries bikes, fitness equipment and daily groceries on his bike. On his regular Tour de Hood social rides that start at the Compound on 2305 Wheeler Avenue he brings fruit and water for the people that ride with him. “Just make up your mind, get on your bike and go.”   Judith Villarreal takes her bike to go to social events, a restaurant or to visit a friend. The big advantage for her is the lack of parking problems. “If you go by car you have to drive around the block endlessly to find a parking spot. When I am on my bike I don’t have to do that. And on the way home we choose the back streets where there is...

BikeHouston's monthly newsletter Spoke&Word #12 is out

BikeHouston presents its latest newsletter Spoke&Word #12 with a list of the events BikeHouston will be part of the coming month, please consider signing up to help with BikeValet, Outreach, leading a ride, or when and where your district holds its Capital Improvement Plan meeting so you can attend and speak up for cyclist’s wishes and rights. If you want to receive the newsletter, send an email to newsletter@bikehouston.org with your full name, address and phone number or sign up as a member and support BikeHouston’s mission to make Houston a more bicycle friendly city. You can read the whole newsletter by following this link....

BikeHouston in Media

2015 brings many new initiatives for Houston cyclists and therefor also much more media attention. On this page you can find some links to media appearances of BikeHouston.   On February 18th Michael Payne and Fab Ordonez were invited by KPFT Open Journal for a discussion about BikeHouston, Critical Mass, protected bikelanes and cyclist advocacy in general. Listen here to the program...

BikeHouston's monthly newsletter Spoke&Word #11is out

In this issue of Spoke&Word – What BikeHouston staff and volunteers have done in January; – Upcoming events, BikeHouston needs you to volunteer as ride leader, outreach table volunteer, bike valet volunteer, photographer, BikeHouston Ambassador and much more. Check it out and sign up; – Read BikeHouston volunteer Alec Lawton’s amazing bike tale in Mexico; – Houston Bicycle Club in the spotlights. Follow this link to the latest issue of Spoke&Word. If you don’t receive our newsletter, sign up here or become a BikeHouston...

Celebrate Our New Office

We have moved into our new office, but the fun is far from over. We still need to paint the entire building, inside and out, as well as continue cleaning, decorating, and adding features such as internet, resource storage, and better lighting. This is very exciting for us and we can’t wait until our office is fully functional! The high priority items are paint, office chairs/seating, shelves, floor or desk lamps, and a microwave. If you can help out in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. We need office supplies as well as volunteers. See our Wish List of items here. Be a part of our team by volunteering here. Thank You. See Below for our Painting Plan.   BIKEHOUSTON PAINTING PLAN Jan 22nd or 23rd: Power Wash Jan 24th: Volunteer Day Jan 26th or 27th: Logo Tracing with permanent marker *scaffolding/ladder and projector needed* Jan 27th or 28th: Paint Logo in daylight PAINTING ESTIMATE 1. Exterior Labor (hrs) Area Side 1 – Front Side 2 – Right Side 3 – Back Side 4 – Left PW Prep  0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 Soffit/Facia  1.5 1 0.5 1 Cutting  2.5 1 0.5 1 Siding  1 3 1 3 Misc/Ladder  2 1 1 1 Set-up/clean-up  1 1 1 1 Side Totals  8 7 4 7 Totals: Prep  2 hrs Paint  26 hrs Supplies Totals Paint  7 gals Brushes  6 Rollers  6 Misc Drop Clothes Power Washer Rags Buckets Ladders 2. Interior Main Room Labor (hrs) Paint (gal) Walls  4 2 Trim  6 0.5 Totals  10 2.5 Kitchen Labor (hrs) Paint (gal) Walls  2 1 Trim  3 0.5 Totals  5 1.5 Back...

BikeHouston helps the City with a Bicycle Master Plan

For BikeHouston the year 2015 will be defined by the Bicycle Master Plan the City of Houston is undertaking for the first time in twenty years. BikeHouston requested this plan and is providing a significant portion of the cash required to pay for it, thanks to a $100,000 grant application we wrote and received from the Houston Endowment to ensure cyclists presence on the steering committee. We are excited about this great opportunity which will also be a major undertaking. We hope we can count on your support as a member and a volunteer to ensure its success. The contract is expected to go to the city council in January for approval, once approved the consultants will be able to start work. To learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan tune in on Friday January 9th to KPFT at 90.1 fm.  City of Houston’s director of Planning Pat Walsh and Michael Payne will be guests at KPFT Open Journal from 8:25 am till 9 am. On December 17th planning director Pat Walsh informed Houston’s city council about the Bicycle Master Plan. Follow this link to see his presentation. In the Houston Chronicle there is an interesting article to...

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