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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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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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Abandoned Oil Wells and Houston’s Bike Plan: Tuesday’s Show (July 5, 2016)

Posted on · Brent crude oil prices are hovering these days around $50 a barrel. While that’s an improvement over the historic lows seen back in January, it’s still a far cry from $100-plus totals we saw through much of 2011-2014. Such sustained low oil prices have had ripple effects across the industry, leading to layoffs, some bankruptcies […]

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

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. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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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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Lost Oil Jobs and Invisible Cyclists: Thursday’s Show (October 29, 2015)

Posted on · The effect of low oil prices continues to ripple through the Houston community. Just this week, the Houston Business Journal reported that Houston-based Deepwater Drilling Inc, announced 135 job cuts due to a plant closure in the Gulf of Mexico. The one thing the company didn’t mention was which positions were being cut. Announcements from […]