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Biking and Walking Plans and Actions: Wednesday’s Show (July 8, 2015)

Over the past couple of days, we’ve talked with advocates for cyclists and pedestrians about ongoing concerns over accidents and fatalities involving Houstonians walking or riding bikes around town, and a general feeling that Houston is still not a particularly easy place to get around on foot or on a bicycle. Jay Blazek Crossley, a […]

Over the past couple of days, we've talked with advocates for cyclists and pedestrians about ongoing concerns over accidents and fatalities involving Houstonians walking or riding bikes around town, and a general feeling that Houston is still not a particularly easy place to get around on foot or on a bicycle. Jay Blazek Crossley, a policy analyst with Houston Tomorrow, and Regina Garcia, the chair of Bike Houston, shared their suggestions for changes they'd like to see put in place to improve safety.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn to the Houston Police Department and the City of Houston's Department of Public Works and Engineering to learn about immediate efforts to make walking and biking safer, more accessible options for Houstonians. We welcome your questions and comments for Sergeant Ruben Peña, with the Houston Police Department's Bicycle Administration and Training
Unit, and Dan Menendez, the Deputy Director in the Engineering and Construction Division of the City of Houston’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. Then we talk with Patrick Walsh, Director of the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Department, about the state of Plan Houston, the city’s general plan, and the long-anticipated new city Bike Plan.

Also this hour: Early last month, Louisiana approved legislation designed to crack down on marriage fraud, the practice of marrying a U.S. citizen as a means to becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States. It specified that, among other conditions, a birth certificate, valid international ID or a passport would be needed to receive a marriage license. While no such law exists in Texas, with Houston's more than one million foreign-born population, we consider how much of an issue marriage fraud is here. We find out and welcome your questions for an area immigration attorney and an agent with Houston's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

Plus: Last October, the Menil Collection in the Museum District opened Bistro Menil, their signature restaurant, and hired Greg Martin as its head chef. Martin has been a decades-long mainstay in Houston area restaurants. Edel Howlin will talk with him about his career, including a time when he worked with beloved public television icon Julia Child.

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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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