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Full Show: Bike Plan Revisited, And The Life Of A Storm Chaser (April 17, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Bike Houston issues a report card on the city's bike plan. We look back at the Branch Davidian siege, which ended 25 years ago this week. We learn what issues Texas museums are facing. We meet a biomedical engineer who makes wheelchairs for the disabled in developing countries. And we learn about the life of a famous storm chaser.

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Should Houston’s Bike Plan Be Revised to Address Safety Concerns?

Posted on · The weekend Houston hosted Super Bowl 51, there were two fatal accidents involving cyclists and light rail trains. Those were just two recent examples that highlight the danger cyclists face on the roads in Greater Houston. And they came as the Houston City Council prepares to take up the Houston Bike Plan. Mary Blitzer of […]

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Revisiting the Bike Plan, and Surviving Life in the Oil and Gas Industry: Thursday’s Show (February 16, 2017)

Posted on · The weekend Houston hosted Super Bowl 51, there were two fatal accidents involving cyclists and light rail trains. Those were just two recent examples that highlight the danger cyclists face on the roads in Greater Houston. And they came as the Houston City Council prepares to take up the Houston Bike Plan. Mary Blitzer of […]

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Update on the Finalized Houston Bike Plan

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Joe Turner from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department  announced plans to close gaps in the White Oak Bayou bike trail. The project is a piece of a larger citywide bike plan awaiting City Council approval. We last discussed the plan in late February, when its first draft was […]

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Bike Plan Draft Offers a Vision for a Bicycle-Friendly Future

Posted on · 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. We learn more from Mary Blitzer, the […]

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Cyclists: They’re Not Just Urban Hipsters

Posted on · When it comes to bikes in Houston, we’re used to hearing from those who choose to ride for health, recreational or environmental reasons. But what about those who have no other choice but bikes to get around? We learn about these so-called “invisible cyclists” and how they fit into the city’s new bike plan. We hear from Andrew […]

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What’s in Houston’s New General Plan and Bike Plan?

Posted on · Part of the equation in improving Houston’s infrastructure around biking and walking rests at the feet of the city’s planning department. Currently under construction is both the city’s new general plan, called Plan Houston, and the city’s new bike plan. So far, Plan Houston has issued twelve draft policy directives and the accompanying strategies to implement […]

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How is the City of Houston Making Biking and Walking Safer?

Posted on · 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 […]

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Sharing the Road: How to Make Houston Safer for Cyclists

Posted on · 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 […]

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City of Houston Will Develop a Citywide Bicycling Plan

Posted on · The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It’s the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and changes Houston’s bicycling community would like to see. We welcome […]

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Bike Plans, Ask the Dentist, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Posted on · The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It’s the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and changes Houston’s bicycling community would like to see. We welcome […]