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...
Bike Plan Status Report, Vote delayed

Bike Plan Status Report, Vote delayed

Updated March 8th. What’s going on with the Houston Bike Plan? Here is a short rundown of what’s happened with the plan to date and what the next steps are:  March 22nd: Anticipating vote by City Council.  March 8th: Bike Plan at City Council for a vote: vote delayed for 2 weeks by Council Members Knox, Travis, Kubosh, Martin, Le. These Council Members all ‘tagged’ the bike plan and supporting ordinance, which means delay till the Mayor brings it to the agenda again. Council meets again to vote in 2 weeks on March 22nd, we anticipate and hope the plan is on the agenda then. We expect the plan to pass when voted on but each delay matters because there is a real human cost to not prioritizing safe streets. See the video of Council voting session and public session here. Help by: sending in your letter of support. These Council Members delayed the vote because they have outstanding questions – given that the plan has been underway since 2015, was presented to the transportation subcommittee twice – in June 2016 and then again on Feb. 13th, both the Mayor and BikeHouston think there has been plenty of time to get questions answered. The Mayor asked for Council Members to be sure to get their questions to the administration in advance of vote day. BikeHouston has reached out to all Council Members to answer questions and will continue to do this. Council Member questions were as follows: Knox did not provide a reason for his tag. Travis is primarily concerned about the Bike Plan being used as a hammer to force unwanted bikeways...
Houston Needs Safer Streets

Houston Needs Safer Streets

There have been two deaths in three days in Houston. Marjorie Corcoran, a physics and astronomy professor at Rice University, was killed by the train as she crossed the tracks at Sunset Blvd. Another man, whose identify is not yet know publicly, was killed by the train while crossing at the 610 feeder road (we will update when we have more information on his identity). Our hearts go out to the families and friends of these two people. BikeHouston is asking for the following actions from the public and our City officials in response: Everyone should follow the law and be vigilant while on the streets. Following each death, the City and other officials should start an investigation asking: “Why did the death happen?” A full investigation should be done that includes, how could the designs of these roads and intersections be improved? Does an alternative route need to be provided? What were the human mistakes and how do we change the road design to make it harder for these mistakes to happen? BikeHouston has reached out to officials asking how we can support them in this work for these two incidents. Beyond the direct answer of always stop for trains, what are the underlying and contributing factors in these cases? Regarding the 610 crash: Why was a person riding a bike on the 610 feeder road? Can we provide a safer route through this part of town? Regarding the Sunset crash: How can this complex intersection be simplified? How can the signals be improved to result in more compliance with the signalization? Pass the Bike Plan. These are...
Bicycle Search – A Word from John Long

Bicycle Search – A Word from John Long

I just Googled “bicycle Houston” to see what pops up. Page one of the search included a number of the city’s great bike shops.  I also found Houston B-Cycle, the city’s bike share program.  And BikeHouston, too — I was really glad to see that. Page two included Critical Mass, the monthly casual bike ride with a message:  that the streets belong to bikes, too.  And Bayou City Bike Tours. Page three featured the Houston Bicycle Museum, the Houston Bicycle Club and the City of Houston Bikeways Program. I hope you’re beginning to get a feel for the richness of cycling resources available in the city for every kind of cyclist.  Page three also included a news story about Ghost Bikes, a chilling reminder of the dark side of riding a bike on Houston’s streets. On page four I encountered information about two of the more prominent organized rides that fill our annual calendar:  the Tour du Rouge and the BP MS150. (Let me add a note here about the BikeHouston Moonlight Ramble which is coming up on October 22nd.  You can sign up here.) It was not until page 5 of my Google search that I found an entry for the Houston Bike Plan. It has been 22 long years since the City of Houston adopted a comprehensive Bike Plan.  Anyone who has ridden in one of Houston’s painted bike lanes knows that an updated plan is long overdue.  So much has changed in 22 years.  Population in the city has grown 50%.  Cycling is exploding in popularity. And standards for bike lanes, intersection crossings, and other cycling...
Houston Bike Plan, FAQs

Houston Bike Plan, FAQs

This is for all you natural skeptics out there and everyone else who just needs a refresher. What’s with that crazy map? How did you make it? Is it going to make traffic worse? The Houston Bike Plan FAQs are here to help!  The City has created 3 FAQ sheets – general, on the map and on public engagement (& you thought we were wordy…) Find the full versions linked to the left or read the selected highlights BikeHouston pulled below. After you get re-inspired from reading this: remember, the plan is still not through City Council. Send in a letter of support now!  General FAQs  (full version) Excerpts with BH editorials in italics below: What is the Houston Bike Plan? The Houston Bike Plan is a guide for the City of Houston to achieve the vision of making Houston a safer, more accessible gold-level bike-friendly city within 10 years. The vision is supported by 4 goals: Improved Safety, Increased Ridership, Increased Access, and Improved Development and Maintenance of Facilities. The Plan provides recommendations on the general location and types of bicycle facilities, projects, policies and programs that support the goals and vision. The Plan includes maps showing how the bike network might develop over time.  What are the next steps to get the bike plan through Council (BH addition):  City Council needs to vote yes to approve the amended Ch. 33 ordinance on the bike plan. This yes vote then triggers… Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on the Houston Bike Plan. Look for updates, as having people attend commission on the appropriate date will be helpful! Two weeks following the public hearing,...
Ramblin’ Towards Houston Bike Plan Approval

Ramblin’ Towards Houston Bike Plan Approval

Coming soon: BikeHouston’s Moonlight Ramble.  Sign up now at bikehouston.org/ramble2016. When is soon? 11:59 pm, October 22 – a week before Halloween. Did I mention that many people ride the Ramble in costume? In fact, there’s a costume contest. What could be more fun than a midnight bike ride in costume?  And there’s a prize for “best lights.”   Since you’ll need lights anyway, why not go all out?  You could win a prize. And there’s a cause.  The 44th Annual BikeHouston Moonlight Ramble supports our mission to make our city safe and comfortable for all people on bicycles.  Your entry fee helps us continue this work.  And if you want to do more to help the cause, fundraise above and beyond that basic entry fee.  If you do, you could earn a special edition Moonlight Ramble jersey. Check our website for details. The Ramble is one way to celebrate the anticipated passage of The Houston Bike Plan by City Council. It was recently written as a draft city ordinance.  You can also support our mission and ability to implement the plan by volunteering at a fall event. With HTX Bike Fest, Outreach Pop Up Days, and Sunday Streets, fall is our busy season for outreach.  At events, we gain momentum by uniting people who support safe bicycling. Join the fun at an upcoming weekend event and learn how you can help at our upcoming volunteer party (details soon). Sign up to volunteer at bikehouston.org/volunteer   John Long Executive...

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