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

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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

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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.

Politics + Elections

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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.

Enforcement

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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.

Complete Streets

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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.

Regional

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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 mblitzer@bikehouston.org

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!

Lighting Up Houston By Distributing Lights at Night.

  Shock and gratitude.     That’s what Ivan Fuentes, BikeHouston communications director, says he gets most when he hands a stranger a bike light. BikeHouston hosts a monthly light distribution ride to make sure cyclists riding around town can be seen....

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311 App Submissions Make A Difference

Our own Jessica Wiggins explains. On my morning commute I spotted Cecilia from Traffic Operations within the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department taking photos of the intersection of Dunlavy and Vermont Street. Due to complaints from community...

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A Word From Our Director………. John Long

Last Wednesday morning (7/26/2017) commute gone wrong:  a person driving a pick-up truck south on Heights Blvd turned right onto the I-10 feeder road striking a cyclist who was riding in the bike lane, hooking her handle bar in the truck’s rear wheel well and dragging...

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North Houston Freeway Reconstruction Project

TxDOT has released the plans for the largest highway reconstruction project in Houston’s history. The project is expected to cost 10 billion dollars and make major connectivity changes in the downtown and northside areas. Given the gravity of the project, BikeHouston...

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A Word From Our Director………. John Long

“How Houston is quietly becoming the next American cycling powerhouse.”  We posted that article last week. The author points to the Bayou Greenways Trails, the recently passed Bike Plan, and HPD’s campaign to educate the public about the 3ft safe passing law -- and to...

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Education, Learn To Ride Classes, and More

We recently introduced our new Education Director and we are now getting things moving! From the Education Desk: Good news! BikeHouston will be increasing the number of Learn-to-Ride classes soon. Our current offerings are bi-weekly on Saturdays. Future classes will...

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2017 Complete Streets Progress Report

        On May 2nd, the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets hosted the City Planning and Public Works & Engineering Department for report on their work in building Complete Streets. 70 people representing Coalition organizations, management...

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Heights Blvd. – Bayou Connection

Good news - BikeHouston advocacy supports Tx-DOT in building new high comfort Heights Blvd. to Bayou trail connection in coming months! Find project details in the below presentation given to the Houston Heights Association by BikeHouston and TxDOT. With any questions...

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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.

2016 Goals

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.

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