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 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,...
BikeHouston@Work, August 2016

BikeHouston@Work, August 2016

UPDATED – Bike Plan Ordinance moves to City Council. Highlights from this month include: the Bike Plan drafted into city ordinance with votes upcoming, completion and construction of new connections to Buffalo Bayou Park, and advocacy for safe bikeways on streets across Houston. Houston Bike Plan:  Houston’s first citywide master plan. It provides the vision to triple our high comfort bikeways in 10 years. Check out the map of proposed bike routes here. How well connected is your home?The Houston Bike Plan is currently moving through City Hall processes, which is a bit time consuming. You can help right now by sending in a letter of support. Houston Bike Plan next steps: The Planning Commission must vote on amended ordinance.  The Commission is a 26 person group appointed by the Mayor and approved by Council that makes decision on development and planning in Houston. They first need to approve an amended City of Houston ordinance Ch. 33 to require City Council to have a citywide bicycle master plan. Update – Planning Commission voted YES! Now… Then 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, Planning Commission will vote on the Houston Bike Plan. If approved by the Planning Commission… The Bike Plan gets sent to City Council for a final vote. Public hearing for this vote will take place on a Tuesday...
Houston City Council Respond to Fatalities

Houston City Council Respond to Fatalities

After the Die-in at City Hall last week, people spoke in front of City Council asking for safer streets through the enforcement of existing laws and the expansion of slower streets and bikeways. The following is Abrahan Garza’s dialogue, and it can be seen in the video below starting at 73:45. “My mother never learned how to ride a bike but I remember when I was a kid that I told her that I would get her a bike someday with adult training wheels so she could ride with me. I must have been 5 years old, already on my second bicycle. My mother was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on fathers day in 2010 on Crosstimbers while sweeping the edge of her driveway. Crosstimbers has a “bike lane” on it and my mother was standing VERY near it. The driver turned herself in a week later and was given only 5 years for failing to stop and render aid. She served about 3 of those 5 years after the DA promised my sister and me that they would make sure she served all 5 years. Between May 2013, when city leaders passed the three-foot safe passing ordinance and April 2014, there have been at least 950 crashes involving bicyclists within city limits and there were at least 213 hit-and-runs involving a cyclist during that time. Now because of the death of fellow cyclist Chelsea Norman – the hit and run law changed in 2013. If the law was then what it is now, the driver who struck and killed my mother might still be serving time....

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...

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