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Houston Bike Plan and Night Driving: Monday’s Show (February 29, 2016)

The City of Houston recently released its first draft of a new Houston Bike Plan. It’s the first comprehensive effort to update the bike plan originally adopted in 1993, and it calls for nearly 800 miles of safe, connected bikeways by 2026. The city is seeking public input now. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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The City of Houston recently released its first draft of a new Houston Bike Plan. It's the first comprehensive effort to update the bike plan originally adopted in 1993, and it calls for nearly 800 miles of safe, connected bikeways by 2026. The city is seeking public input now.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more from Mary Blitzer, the interim director of Bike Houston, and Geoff Carleton from TEI (Traffic Engineers, Inc.) which is leading development of the Houston Bike Plan.

Dangers of Night Driving

Also this hour: A few weeks ago (Feb. 13, 2016), five separate traffic fatalities occurred in Greater Houston in one night. One driver was speeding and lost control of his car. A pedestrian tried to cross FM 1960 and was struck by two different cars. Another motorist trying to get around an 18-wheeler struck the truck, then a retaining wall. Another hit the West Sam Houston Parkway wall going more than 100 miles per hour. And an SUV, before dawn, hit a retaining wall, and flipped several times; the driver was sent flying. All grisly deaths. All in one night. And not necessarily all that atypical a night here. We talk with Dr. Sue Chrysler, senior research scientist with Texas A&M's Transportation Institute about the human and infrastructural factors that come into play while driving at night in Houston.

Kicking Fast Food Out of Hospitals

Then: Last week, Healthcare for All – Texas, a non-profit promoting a single-payer healthcare system, held an event challenging the CEOs of some Texas Medical Center hospitals to remove fast food restaurants from their buildings. The TMC is pressing for healthier eating for patients and employees. We learn more from Dr. Tim Garson, Director of the Texas Medical Center's Health Policy Institute.

The Week in Sports

Plus: While the Houston Rockets remain on the precipice of missing the NBA playoffs and the Houston Astros begin spring training games this week, the Houston Texans remain in pursuit of a quarterback. Jeff Balke (who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press) joins us to discuss the latest developments in Houston sports.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer...

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