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Making Houston More Bike Friendly: Tuesday’s Show (July 7, 2015)

A couple weeks back, cyclists staged a “die-in” outside Houston’s City Hall, to send a message to the City Council that cyclists need safer roads and that motorists need to be held accountable for bike-related accidents, especially in light of four bicycle-related fatalities that occurred over a recent three-week period. The demonstration outside City Hall […]

A couple weeks back, cyclists staged a “die-in” outside Houston’s City Hall, to send a message to the City Council that cyclists need safer roads and that motorists need to be held accountable for bike-related accidents, especially in light of four bicycle-related fatalities that occurred over a recent three-week period. The demonstration outside City Hall came as city officials held public meetings inside seeking input on a new bike plan. It will be the first bike plan the city has adopted since 1993.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we continue our conversation with advocacy groups seeking to make Houston a safer environment for people to walk and ride bikes. Today, we welcome your questions and comments for Regina Garcia, the Chair of Bike Houston, about what’s working, what isn’t, and what still needs to be done to make Houston a more bike friendly community.

Also this hour: Last Thursday, BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle state and federal claims from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. We discuss what the settlement means for BP, Houston and the Gulf region with Bradley Olson, who reports on the oil and gas industry for Bloomberg News.

Then: There’s this old saw — a stereotype, really — that denigrates educators, especially coaches. In essence: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, coach.” A Rice University sociologist and his colleagues decided to put this concept to the test, to learn just how effective teachers who also coach are at their jobs. In a paper published in Education Policy Analysis Archives last month, they presented their findings to the question, “Do Teacher-Coaches Make the Cut?” Paige Phelps will talk with Daniel Bowen, one of the study’s authors, and a post-doctoral fellow at Rice.

Plus: Author Kevin Kwan, who spent his formative years in Houston, has watched with fascination as economic growth in countries like China has created a new class of uber-rich, referred to there as “China rich.” That fascination drove him to write the novel Crazy Rich Asians, and a sequel: China Rich Girlfriend. Both chronicle the lives and problems of Asia’s new and old money. He talks with Michael Hagerty in this week’s installment of our summer reading series.

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