Mayor lays out plan to make Houston more bike friendly

On Thursday, the City of Houston announced it wants to add about 800 miles of bike lanes in the city over the next ten years.

HOUSTON -- Big plans are in the works to make Houston more bicycle friendly.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his long-term bike plan Thursday.

"In 10 years, if we're able to achieve the plan we've laid out, we'll be able to triple the number of high comfort facilities in Houston going from 279 miles to 794 miles. It's really an incredible opportunity to make this city much more bicycle friendly," said Patrick Walsh, director of the planning and development department for the city of Houston.

According to a press release, the plan recommends:

  • Creating 328 miles of high-comfort bikeways through modest investments in short-term projects such as street restriping and wayfinding signage on low-volume, low-speed streets. 
  • Adding 86 miles of high-comfort bikeways through key connection projects to help connect neighborhoods and activity centers to a city-wide network.
  • Establishing a long-term vision to add 861 miles in high-comfort bikeway facilities, including nearly 600 miles that will be developed over time as streets are reconstructed.
  • Creating a bicycle toolbox that contains comprehensive approaches and recommendations for the design of bikeway projects, a policy framework and programs that will educate and encourage more people to bike.

The public has until April 11 to give the city feedback on the plan.



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