BikeHouston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to transform our city by creating safe bikeways to improve the quality of life of all. We work through partnerships with the City and other organizations to expand the mileage and access to high quality bike lanes and trails, to educate all road users, and to enhance enforcement of the laws that save lives.
We strive to be the voice of everyone who rides. We need you to join us in this work as a volunteer, as a member, or maybe even as staff. Below you can read more about our work, find our blog and take action.
For the first time in 20 years we are setting goals to make Houston Bike Friendly. We are outlining our bicycle network plus the programs and policies that will be needed to meet our goal of becoming a Gold Level City by 2026. Read more about the Houston Bike Plan in our blog and online here.We are actively recruiting BikeHouston Ambassadors to support our community outreach and advocacy efforts for the Bike Plan. Find more information about our Ambassador program here and sign-up as an Ambassador!
We advocate for safer, more connected streets and trails. Our vision is to complete a bikeway network that reaches within a half mile of all Houstonians. Our street work focuses on ensuring that when streets are rebuilt, it results in a safe and convenient corridor for bicyclists. For example, a current project is TC Jester. We support partners like the Houston Parks Board in their effort to build more trails. Email Bill at email@example.com to be a part of this team.
We run “I bike, I vote” activities seeking to ensure pro-bicycle candidates are elected. We educate candidates and the general public about bicycling issues. Find all the details at bikehouston.org/vote We also build relationships and educate politicians, like our City Council members, and other influential groups such as Management Districts on important bicycling topics.
We provide classes and outreach to thousands of people each year to teach people how to ride bicycles, how to bicycle ride safely in traffic, and how to drive safely around bicyclists. We promote cycling through a variety of rider encouragement programs. Please see more information on all of programs by looking at our Safety & Education page.
We work with our contacts at Houston Police Department, City Hall, and the county to get more enforcement of the laws that protect cyclists lives. We also are working to ensure that cyclists receive respectful and lawful treatment in their interactions with the police, whether they are in a crash or due to an infraction like riding on the sidewalk.
Is a movement to bring all roadway deaths to zero. We are working with partners to get the City of Houston to establish a Vision Zero Task Force. Current efforts are focused on building awareness of the 3 foot safe passing ordinance, reducing speed limits in Houston, and passing a no driving while using a hand-held device ordinance.
BikeHouston staff serve as the co-chair of the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets. This is a Coalition of 36 independent non-profit organizations that see the benefits of building streets for people of all ages, abilities, and modes. This group successfully worked to pass an executive order on Complete Streets in 2013 and now is working to get Complete Streets built throughout Houston. Read our memo for 2016 work here.
We work regionally through the Houston-Galveston Area Council and serve on their Pedestrian and Bicycling Subcommittee. We support regional bicycle advocacy efforts, such as the Bike the Woodlands Coalition. We are seeking to expand and formalize this regional work by creating local chapters. If you are interested in starting a chapter in your region – please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
We need YOU to take at least a small step to improve biking in Houston. We can only improve our city by unifying all people with bikes. Here are ways in which you can support a more livable Houston.
1. Vote! Find all the details on voting here. Including where candidates stand on bicycling issues, as well as, a group ride to the polls on Oct. 30th at 5:30 for our Tour de Vote. Your vote for Houston Mayor and City Council is critical to our ability to build safer streets.
3. Sign this petition for safer streets. We are uniting 50,000 Houstonians for Bikes.
5. Join BikeHouston by becoming a member and being an even more integral part of our organization.
6. Volunteer with us. It’s simple; without active volunteers, we would not be able to do what we do.
7. Educate yourself and lead by example. Have your friend’s and family take this free online class too.
8. Support Vision Zero. Every life matters. Deaths on our roadways are preventable.
9. Apply for a staff position at BikeHouston!
2014 & 2015 WINS
Grew membership from 80 to 1000.
Launched the Goal Zero Fatalities campaign, which was embraced by our Mayor.
Convinced the City of Houston to begin a Bicycle Master Plan.
Went from zero to four staff and opened our first office.
Expand membership to 1300 current and sustaining members.
Produce a quality Bicycle Master Plan that will lead to better bike lanes and a connected bike network.
Identify funding sources to continue implementing the bike network.