A Word From Our Director……….. John Long

A Word From Our Director……….. John Long

Monday’s first-ever Houston Bike Summit was a sold-out success.  Speakers included Mayor Sylvester Turner, HPD Chief Art Acevedo, City Councilwoman Karla Cisneros, and METRO Executive Vice President Tim Kelly — as well as outgoing Board Chair Regina Garcia and incoming chair Dan Piette. Mayor Turner spoke to the crowd in the St. Arnold’s parking lot and presented a proclamation naming February 27th BikeHouston Day.  He also declared that it is time to pass the Houston Bike Plan and expressed confidence that City Council will endorse it when it comes to a vote this month. Echoing that message, Councilwoman Cisneros said she is solidly behind the Bike Plan. Chief Acevedo previewed the program he’s about to introduce to the general public:  police officers on bikes will be patrolling the streets to enforce the 3-ft safe-passing ordinance.  This was met with enthusiastic applause and generated several questions from the audience.  He also said that once officers begin enforcing laws that protect cyclists, there may also be times when cyclists are cited for violations, that ‘it cuts both ways.’ Mr. Kelly alluded to the recent deaths of two people who were struck and killed by METRO light rail trains while riding their bikes.  He said that METRO is looking for input from BikeHouston and individual bike riders in helping to make the streets safer for all people and that METRO is in the process of re-evaluating its entire operations with an eye toward safety.  He said that METRO wants to engage with BikeHouston as an active, ongoing partner. Three awards were presented at the end of the evening: BikeHouston “Volunteer of the...
NEW Holman On-street Bikeway, Hawthorne Connection?

NEW Holman On-street Bikeway, Hawthorne Connection?

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 runs through Midtown passing light rail stops and HCC to just under Spur 527. There it stops and has a little sidewalk connection to Hawthorne and Montrose. Midtown has done a good job with Holman street improvements so go check it out, it will officially open later in Spring! Of course, we have noticed how Holman street could be more comfortable, this signs on Holman should read ‘bikes may use a full lane’ not ‘share the road’ and it would be great to have big sharrows in the roadway making it more like a true high comfort bicycle boulevard/neighborhood route. But it is a clear improvement and our disconnected pieces of bikeways are becoming a network bit by bit. BikeHouston is pushing for and celebrating each little improvement, while continually asking for better. Now we are advocating to make the final, critical 100 foot connection to Montrose neighborhood and all western destinations safe. Currently there is a very poorly marked, little hole in the wall connection. Update – Meeting Feb. 16th attended by Montrose District, Midtown District, City of Houston and Tx-DOT to discuss improving this intersection to make connection onto Hawthorne. Next steps are determine who will be able to work on which part of the improvements (intersection paint, signage, tree cutting etc.), who will pay for it, and how quickly can we get it done? BikeHouston will continue to birddog this project till we get the intersection improvements we need to...
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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