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!

A Word From Our Director……….. John Long

Monday’s first-ever Houston Bike Summit was a sold-out success.  Speakers included Mayor Sylvester Turner, HPD Chief Art Acevedo, City Councilwoman Karla Cisneros, and METRO Executive Vice President Tim Kelly — as well as outgoing Board Chair Regina Garcia and incoming chair Dan Piette. Mayor Turner spoke to the crowd... read more

NEW Holman On-street Bikeway, Hawthorne Connection?

Introducing our newest on-street bikeway: Holman through midtown. In the spirit of remaining positive and celebrating small victories we want to introduce you to the Holman project. Holman runs through Midtown passing light rail stops and HCC to just under Spur 527. There it stops and has a little... read more

2016 Staff Recap

2016 was a very exciting year for BikeHouston. So many wonderful events, so many exciting changes, and so many steps forward towards making Houston a more safe and bike friendly city! We asked our staff to let us know what their favorite memory or event was in 2016 (which... read more

A Word from the Director……….. John Long

We at BikeHouston are making New Year’s resolutions and sharing them with you. These are some of the opportunities, possibilities and goals that will guide our work in the year ahead. We resolve to shepherd the Bike Plan through the adoption process with City Council. It has been 22... read more

#PassTheBikePlan Campaign

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, they say. Now imagine what a picture and a short reason for why you support the Houston Bike Plan can do! This holiday season give back by sending in a photo of yourself holding a sign saying “I support the bike plan... read more

BikeHouston NOW: Tune In And Connect With Us

Here at BikeHouston world headquarters, we are always looking for ways to connect with our members and supporters. We want to make sure that you are up to date on the different things that BikeHouston is doing, what’s happening in cycling news, and of course update you on the... read more

A Word From Our Director

December is the season of lights:  Christmas candles, Hannukah menorah, Diwali lamps, Kwanzaa candles — all holidays of light celebrated near the winter solstice, the darkest days of the year in the northern hemisphere. In this season BikeHouston will stage an annual give-away of bicycle lights for people riding... read more

Brays Bayou Trail Detour Options, Ongoing

Updated 12/16/2016 Brays Bayou is undergoing construction which is resulting in trail closures. We will post updates on which sections of the trails are closed here so you can plan your routes accordingly. We are advocating to make detours safer and more convenient in the future. Note, while the... read more

ExxonMobil Cycling Club: Helping Grow Our Membership. Thank You!

BikeHouston would like to say a huge thank you to our new members from the ExxonMobil Cycling Club. In the first month of 2017 registrations 20% of ExxonMobil Cycling Club became BikeHouston members. There are dozens of MS 150 cycling teams in Houston, but few have shown their commitment... read more

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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