Transportation

City Of Houston Seeks Input As It Develops New Bike Plan

Do you have some ideas on cycling in the City of Houston? Then city officials would like to hear from you as they continue to work on a new bike plan. They say the goal is to create a new network of bike routes, both on the street and off.

The city has launched a year-long process to update a bike plan adopted in 1993. 

Cathy Halka with Houston’s Planning Department says the city currently has a strong system of off-street trails through the Bayou Greenways program and they’re looking for ways to expand it. 

“We have some opportunities as well with a recent agreement to utilize power line corridors, which primarily include some great north-to-south connections. So there’s the basis of a grid which we begin to see across the city,” says Halka. 

Halka says they’re also looking at the needs of on-street riders. 

Three of them have been killed while cycling on Houston streets recently, and Halka says they have to find ways to help cyclists feel more secure.

“Safety is a big part of feeling comfortable, and having a designated space if you’re on street, or having a clear understanding as a person on a bike or a person driving a car, how to get along a key intersection along a route,” says Halka. 

The next public meeting is Tuesday (6/23) at 6 p.m. at the Baker-Ripley Center located at 6500 Rookin Street.  

Halka says they hope to have a final plan ready for adoption sometime next spring.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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