Our Work

 

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.

Bike Plan

OurWork BikePlan

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!

 

Streets & Trails

OurWork - Streets & Trials

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 bmintz@bikehouston.org to be a part of this team.

Enforcement

OurWork - Enforcement

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.

We provide classes and outreach to thousands of people each year to teach people how to ride bicycles, how to 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.

Take Action!

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.

2. Get on a bike and ride, whether it be for recreation, or commuting once a week to work. We have a variety of events and resources for all ages and abilities that enables you to do this.

3. Sign this petition for safer streets. We are uniting 50,000 Houstonians for Bikes.

4. Engage in the Houston Bike Plan by attending a meeting, providing your comments online, and by completing this online survey.

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!

Call To Action In The Northside

Bike Advocate Cheat Sheet- Northside Your elected officials: From left: Council Member: Karla Cisneros, District H, districth@houstontx.gov; County Commissioner Rodney Ellis Comm_Ellis@cp1.hctx.net and Jack Mormon jack.morman@pct2.hctx.net Call to Action Email all...

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Transforming Elysian

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day a group of determined Northside citizens, BikeHouston, and Avenue CDC got together and built a 500-foot bike lane.

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A Word From Our Director………. John Long

Last month we introduced BUILD as Word of the Year for 2018.  We want to celebrate projects built to improve cycling in Houston. Links are especially important. So thumbs up for the connector between the White Oak Bayou Trail and the trail on the Northside of Buffalo...

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A Word From Our Director………. John Long

Looking Forward, Looking Back I’ve never dwelled on the past, but the New Year celebration always includes those lists of the year’s best songs, best movies, most significant events, most hilarious cat videos, even a word of the year. There is value in looking back...

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New Bike Repair Stations

Fixit Stands are Popping Up around Houston The second of five Bike Fixit Stands has been installed at the Waterworks at Buffalo Bayou Park. The stand is there for users to make minor bike repairs while they are enjoying a ride along the Bayou. Each of the stands...

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BikeHouston’s Letter Opposing Dockless Pilot Program

December 4, 2017 The Honorable Sylvester Turner Mayor City of Houston 901 Bagby Street Houston, Texas 77002 Dear Mayor Turner: Thank you for your efforts to create a pilot program for dockless bikeshare technology in Houston. We particularly note ARA’s hard work to...

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The Bike Lane That Got Away

  The Bike Lane That Got Away By Jessica Wiggins In May 2016, a temporary two-way cycle track was introduced on Houston Avenue. TxDOT and City of Houston were proactive in designing and building this detour which linked the Heights Hike and Bike Trail and the...

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Get Around H-Town

BikeHouston soon will be launching “Get Around H-Town” (GAHT) a bicycle safety education program geared toward middle-schoolers, age 11-13 years (6th and 7th graders). The purpose of the program is to cultivate more confident and safer bicyclists. Bicycling is an...

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A Word From Our Director………. John Long

Bike Lanes >>>Thumbs up to the City of Houston for extending the Lamar Street protected bike lane southeast past Discovery Green along Polk Street. Once completed, it will connect the Columbia Tap Trail to the Buffalo Bayou Trail through downtown. Let me be...

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