BikeHouston Awarded a Generous Grant from Houston Endowment

BikeHouston is grateful and proud to announce that Houston Endowment has given a generous grant to help BikeHouston develop its staff capacity. In January of 2014, BikeHouston picked up the pace in its transition from an all-volunteer organization to a professionally staffed non-profit. The BikeHouston board felt that in a city the size of Houston we were ready to make the transition. The grant from Houston Endowment is helping us to achieve this goal. Elizabeth Love is the program officer for Houston Endowment’s Environment Program, a portfolio focused on supporting efforts to cultivate healthy urban environments. She notes that “a safe and connected bikeway network is a key strategy to enhance mobility in a fast-growing area like Houston, while also positively impacting public health, environmental quality and connectivity to jobs and local amenities. We at Houston Endowment believe that with its technical credibility, strong relationships and programmatic track record, BikeHouston can play a significant role in Houston’s evolution and, we are eager to see BikeHouston engage all cyclist groups within the Greater Houston area.” Bicycle Master Plan Apart from the grant which will cover some staff costs, Houston Endowment has awarded one hundred thousand dollars to BikeHouston to support the Bicycle Master Plan that the City of Houston is developing. According to Love, “BikeHouston has worked hard to encourage the City to initiate such a plan. Houston Endowment’s leadership believes in the value of planning and thinks BikeHouston will bring energy and expertise to this process.” Jesse  H. Jones Houston Endowment was founded in September 1937 by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, who strongly believed in empowering a...

Breaking News: Houston’s First Bike Lane in Downtown

The City of Houston has announced that it will convert one lane on Lamar street in downtown into a dedicated bike lane, separated from the other lanes by armadillos or zebras. The lane itself will be painted green and will run in both directions. This three-quarter mile bike lane will connect the Buffalo Bayou trails with Discovery Green in downtown. As BikeHouston’s executive director Michael Payne recently stated in the Houston Chronicle, “The key here is the physical separation, which makes cyclists feel more comfortable because their space is defined. When you’re on a bike route you’re right out there with the traffic. The whole objective here is for Houston to develop infrastructure that makes people feel comfortable, safe and encourages them to get out of their houses and cars and to use their bicycles both for recreation and for transportation.” Follow this link to read the full article. Hopefully this downtown bike lane will be only the beginning. Houston’s cycling revolution has just begun, so let’s keep it rolling. If you haven’t already signed up, become a member of BikeHouston by visiting www.bikehouston.org. BikeHouston executive director Michael Payne had some media apperances after the City of Houston announced its first  dedicated bike lane in Downtown. Follow these links to read and to watch. BikeHouston en espanol…con Univision 45. BikeHouston on ABC 13. BikeHouston on News 92 FM  ...

Mayor Parker to support BikeHouston’s donation to Crime Stoppers in honor of HPD Hit & Run Department’s efforts

HOUSTON, TX – On Thursday, May 29 at 1:30 PM, Houston Mayor Annise Parker is expected to issue a brief statement in recognition of BikeHouston’s donation of $2500 to Crime Stoppers of Houston. The donation has been made in honor of Houston police officer Yadira Estrada and the efforts of the hit-and-run department. Their investigation of the Chelsea Norman hit-and-run case began with a Crime Stoppers tip and ended in an arrest.  BikeHouston applauds the efforts of these two organizations and hopes to help solve remaining hit-and run cases with continued support from the public. The press conference will be used as an opportunity to highlight unsolved hit-and-run cases involving cyclists and the associated reward money with the hope of bringing justice to the victims. Expected in attendance will be Houston City Council Member Ed Gonzalez, senior Houston Police Department representatives, Crime Stoppers Executive Director Rania Mankarious, and BikeHouston Executive Director Michael Payne, in addition to Mayor Parker. Crime Stoppers of Houston is Houston’s leading public safety non-profit organization dedicated to keeping you safe where you live, learn work and play.  Through its famed anonymous tip line 713-222-TIPS, Crime Stoppers of Houston has solved over 30,000 crimes, arrested over 25,000 felony fugitives and paid over $10,000,000 in cash rewards. BikeHouston is a non-profit organization which promotes safe cycling and seeks to improve the quality of life in Houston.  By uniting cyclist of all types across the greater Houston area we are driving change by supporting the investment in bicycle planning and improved bikeways, greater education of drivers and cyclists and greater enforcement of the laws which protect cyclists. Learn...

BikeHouston leads Ride of Silence as part of worldwide movement in over 350 cities

HOUSTON, TX – On Wednesday, May 21, BikeHouston will host the Ride of Silence: a two-hour silent ride in honor of Houston cyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways, and the countless more worldwide. The ride aims to raise motorist awareness of cyclists on roadways and encourage them to Share the Road. Riders from across the city will gather at Memorial Park Loop, and ride at 7pm to Tranquility Park where there will be a short presentation. The Ride of Silence is similar to a funeral procession. Participants of all abilities are invited to join the procession. In past years, public officials and affected community members have shown their support of those affected by motor vehicle accidents involving bicyclists. This year BikeHouston expects to host representatives from Houston Ghost Bike, as well as bicycle community activists, and 3 foot safe passage activist Dan Morgan (of recent YouTube notoriety) among members of Houston’s bicycling diverse bicycling community. At 7:00 PM CT, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no...

BikeHouston joins Art Car Parade

BikeHouston is looking for cyclists to ride with our entry in this year’s Art Car Parade. Over the next week we will pick approximately twenty people representing diversity in Houston. Would you like to be part of the best parade in Houston? Please send a photo and brief note on your idea to info@bikehouston.org by 5 pm May 4th. We are looking for three types of diversity in particular: 1. Cyclists – ethnicity, age, gender, etc. 2. Profession – represented by professional uniforms or attire. We would love to have athletes, doctors, postmen, pizza delivery, construction worker, police, military, Sunday dress, etc. Some people will wear BikeHouston shirts. 3. Bicycles – road bikes, cruisers, recumbent, cargo bikes, tricycles, mountain bikes, etc. You are not expected to decorate your bicycle. We plan to attach a “3 Foot Its the law”, safe passing ordinance flag to many of the bikes to help raise the awareness of this recent legislation. This year BikeHouston will show that the Art Car Parade is not only about cars, but about having fun while being on the streets. If it is for a fun ride, to go to the shops or to go to work. Just like driving a car, cycling is for everyone and does not require special clothing. Over 300,000 spectators are expected to be watching. The BikeHouston team will join the Art Car Parade on Saturday May 10 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm on Allen Parkway. Details to follow for selected...

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....

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