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Have An Idea For A New Bike Project? H-GAC Wants To Hear About It

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is looking for some innovative cycling and pedestrian projects. It’s offering a grant to help get one of those projects off the ground.

The $125,000 grant is from H-GAC's Special Districts Study Program. The entity receiving the grant will have to put up $25,000 in matching funds.

H-GAC's Andrew Pompei says the money isn't just for hike and bike trails but anything that supports mobility for walkers and cyclists.

"This funding can only be used for planning purposes so it's not engineering or construction of pedestrian-bicycle projects," says Pompei. He adds they want to identify projects "that can be implemented to improve mobility for both pedestrians and cyclists."

As an example of the projects they're looking for, Pompei cites an earlier grant that funded a study in Greenway Plaza.

"That study identified some places where showers or locker rooms or other facilities that make it easier to arrive by bike can be installed to make biking or walking more attractive commute options," explains Pompei.

Cities and counties in the Houston region can apply for the grant along with management districts and tax reinvestment zones. And Pompei says those early planning studies can help lead to more funding opportunities in the future.

"We found that a lot of times, after the special district study was completed in these communities, it spurred a lot more interest in improving pedestrian-bicycle mobility," says Pompei.

In deciding who gets the grant, H-GAC says it will look at how many vehicles could be taken off the road by making bike and pedestrian improvements.

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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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