Moving forward for 2014

Houston Mayor embraces BikeHouston’s Goal Zero Fatalities and a Bicycle Master Plan by Gerry van Bakel The first quarter of 2014 contained too many tragic stories concerning cyclists. Fortunately the last week brought real progress as Houston Mayor Anisse Parker endorsed BikeHouston’s Goal Zero Fatalities Campaign. It is absolutely possible to make Houston a more cycle friendly city and the Goal Zero Fatalities lays out the first steps. The latest string of fatal collisions has been a wake up call for the the policy makers at City Hall. The plan can be summarized in three words that tell it all: engineer, educate and enforce. The campaign lays out suggestions for the City, motorists and cyclists which summarize the basic actions for these various parties. “Engineer” is about planning for and constructing a set of bikeways which will allow cyclists to move safely across the city. “Education” emphasizes the need for us to all to keep learning. It is vital for Planning Department, Police Department, Public Works as well as motorists and cyclists to develop a learning culture when it comes to cycling. How car drivers and cyclists can safely share the available roads will be a journey not a decision. The City has also launched a public service announcement as part of the effort to encourage motorists and cyclists to share the road. Last of all, but no less important, is “enforcement”. The Houston Police Department should hold all road users accountable for their actions in traffic. Motorists as well as cyclists have to obey the law and rules. The HPD has recently designated one person to be the...

BikeHouston ♥︎ OKRA!

You don’t have to eat okra to love OKRA. The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, famous for its philanthropic mission, has selected BikeHouston as one of the candidate non-profits for the month of April. And we at BikeHouston cannot think of a more enjoyable way to support your favorite bike advocacy group than to hop on your bike and cruise on over for a refreshing beverage. Whenever you visit during the month of April, you’ll receive one ticket to vote for each drink (or snack) purchased. At the end of the month the votes are tallied and the winning charity receives 100% of the profits for the following month. So come out and VOTE! The OKRA Charity Saloon is located at 924 Congress Street, just a few blocks from the Heights Bike Trail. For more information, take a look at their website...

BikeHouston Launches BikeValet

Leave your heavy lock at home – BikeHouston will provide free valet parking next to Onion Creek from 11.00 am till 3.00 pm at the first Sunday Streets event on April 6. Get on your bike, ride out to White Oaks and leave your precious bicycle in the capable hands of BikeHouston’s volunteers. Sunday, April 6 is the first Sunday Street event in Houston. White Oak between Heights Boulevard and Fulton Street will be closed off to motor vehicles, and open to all pedestrians, cyclists and skaters. BikeHouston will have valet parking for cyclists set up next to Onion Creek from 11.00 am till 3.00 pm, so you can enjoy a fabulous Sunday lunch without having to worry about parking your bike. Valet parking is free of charge, although BikeHouston welcomes your support through donations. Volunteer opportunity Interested in helping out with our valet service? No running, no sweating, no parking brakes. Easy as riding a bike. Slots available to fit your needs. Come join our team....

October Monthly Happy Hour at Batanga!

You are invited join BikeHouston for our monthly happy hour on Tuesday, October 22, from 6 to 8 pm, at Batanga in Downtown. Come out and meet your fellow BikeHouston members or learn more about joining BikeHouston. Are you curious about our upcoming events? This month’s happy hour will promote the 41st Annual Moonlight Bicycle Ramble and November’s Bike-In-Movie event, co-hosted with Aurora Picture Show. At Batanga, you’ll be able to meet and greet with BikeHouston members and volunteers or just mingle with fellow Houston cyclists. A usual, we’ll have a complimentary selection of food from Batanga’s menu. Their drink specials include $3 select beers, $5 mojitos/house wines/sangria, and $4 for select tapas until 7PM. Everyone is welcome, and it’s perfect weather for riding with friends! Please RSVP visiting the event page on Facebook and clicking the “Join” button or sending an email to Marissa...

Mayor Parker announces Complete Streets program for City

Executive Order coming Jay Blazek Crossley, Houston Tomorrow, Oct 09, 13. City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today that she will issue an Executive Order making Complete Streets the basis for a new, more urban and inclusive approach to the City’s streets as they are rebuilt over the next 20 years. UPDATE: The City of Houston Planning and Development Department has published the draft Executive Order (pdf). To read the entire original article, follow this link to Houston Tomorrow’s...

Pre-Ramble Volunteer Party!

BikeHouston is inviting all Moonlight Bicycle Ramble volunteers to a party just for you! BikeHouston ♥s its volunteers and wants you to join us at Firkin & Phoenix Wednesday from 6-8 pm. The drinks and eats are on us. Find out more about the big night and meet your fellow volunteers before the big night. And remember, all volunteers get to ride in the Ramble for free, plus they get this exclusive t-shirt just for helping us out. Not a volunteer? Sign up and join the party! Our volunteers are always the backbone of our ride, and we need at least 30 MORE people to help us make this 2013 ride more successful than ever! Since we’ll be coordinating volunteer stuff, (waivers, safety, team leaders, etc.) we plan to pay for snacks and an open bar (for beer, wine, & wells) for Ramble volunteers. If you cannot make it, we will be posting information about (when, where, what, etc. for Ramble Oct 26) We still need a ton more corner marshals, so please post our volunteer sign up sheet with the happy hour on your Facebook page or forward to your bike-loving friends. To volunteer for this year’s Moonlight Bicycle Ramble, sign up here for any open...

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