NEW Holman On-street Bikeway

NEW Holman On-street Bikeway

Introducing our newest on-street bikeway: Holman through midtown. In the spirit of remaining positive and celebrating small victories we want to introduce you to the Holman project. Holman connects under Spur 527 to Hawthorne through Montrose (also crossing Smith). Now we know the section under the spur isn’t what it should be and are working with Tx-DOT on this. We are working with Montrose District on Hawthorne improvements and through other partners to get it connected east through 3rd ward. And yes, the signs on Holman should read ‘bikes may use a full lane’ not ‘share the road’ but our disconnected pieces of bikeways are becoming a network bit by bit. BikeHouston is pushing for and celebrating each little improvement. Update – Email sent by BikeHouston – 2/7/2017 BikeHouston reached out to the Districts involved with this project to ensure some concerns are addressed early on. Email sent by BikeHouston – 10/1/2017 Link to Pictures Sent We will continue to update you on this project as it develops. You can see more pictures of the lane and intersections we are referring to HERE. You can help: join us as a member or...
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...
A Word From Our Director

A Word From Our Director

December is the season of lights:  Christmas candles, Hannukah menorah, Diwali lamps, Kwanzaa candles — all holidays of light celebrated near the winter solstice, the darkest days of the year in the northern hemisphere. In this season BikeHouston will stage an annual give-away of bicycle lights for people riding in the dark darkly. On Wednesday, December 7th, BikeHouston staff and volunteers will disperse across the city to give away blinking headlights and tail lights to people riding in the dark.  We hope we are giving a gift of visibility and safety. Come join us. BikeHouston members are also invited to join a holiday lights ride — otherwise known as the December BikeHouston Christmas Party & Ride  We’ll tour Houston’s festively decorated holiday streets — and be sure your bike is decked out in lights for the occasion. And finally, come look for the BikeHouston tent at the Cigna Sunday Streets event in Garden Oaks this weekend.  These are always fun events — and a great way to demonstrate what can happen when streets are made safe for people. If you can’t make it to Sunday Streets but still want to interact with us — join our FaceBook Live event Dec. 2nd, 2016 at 12:30pm. May you be merry…and safe....

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