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.

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.

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!

Pop-Up Bike Lane At Sunday Streets Gulfton

BikeHouston is building a pop-up bike lane! On Sunday, November 5, The City of Houston will be hosting Cigna Sunday Streets on Bellaire Boulevard in the Gulfton neighborhood from 12pm-4pm. Bellaire will be closed to vehicular traffic from Hillcroft to Chimney Rock to...

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A Word From Our Director………. John Long

October rolls in. Pumpkins. Bicycle wheels. Harvest moon. Houston’s October calendar is full of bike rides and first in our eyes is the 45th annual Moonlight Ramble on Saturday, October 14th. Bigger, better, and more fun than ever. Pre-party at Discovery Green begins...

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Bicycle Crash Follow: Responses from TxDOT and HPD

A couple weeks ago I happened upon a bicycle crash on Heights Boulevard and I-10 on my way to work. Following the crash and after a review prompted by BikeHouston, HPD retroactively issued a ticket to the driver for failing to yield right of way to the cyclist. In a...

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

I am passing along this letter from the League of American Bicyclists about a new report on highway safety. “This report...emphasizes the need for better data, law enforcement training, and roadway improvements rather than placing the responsibility for addressing...

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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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