City of Houston Bike Plan
TEI is leading development of the Houston Bike Plan, the first comprehensive bicycle master plan for the City of Houston in more than 20 years. This project comes at a critical time for the City as the number of people biking has grown rapidly and interest in becoming a safer, healthier, more bike friendly city has greatly increased.
The City of Houston was recently recognized as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City. However, the Bike Plan is working to create potential step change improvements to achieve the full potential of Houston as a great bicycling city, with the support of Houston’s diverse and growing bicycling community.
Existing Houston bikeways.
Comments were collected from community leaders, bicyclists and other stakeholders.
By doing an in-depth analysis of existing bikeways and trip patterns in the city, working with a Bicycle Advisory Committee of community leaders, and engaging people across the city, the TEI team has:
- developed strong consensus on a vision and well-defined goals for bicycling related to safety, access, ridership, and maintenance that support bicycling for people of all ages and abilities
- captured citywide and neighborhood-level insights on opportunities to make bicycling better and what barriers exist to more people riding
- identified policies and programs to foster and protect Houston’s growing culture of active transportation.
Goals for the Houston Bike Plan were gathered from the community.
This robust public engagement process included community-based goal setting, educational bike rides, a bicycle network planning game, and outreach at community events. Online engagement included an interactive map that allowed participants to draw ideas, on line forums, bilingual web-based surveys, and Meeting in a Box to allow people to hold their own bike planning meeting.
The plan is developing a comprehensive and well-connected network of low-stress, high-comfort bikeways that will accommodate bicyclists of all ages and abilities. The plan will also develop several pilot projects and a framework to support the implementation of projects and policies to help Houston become a Gold Level Bike Friendly City by 2026.
Three community members share their goals for the Bike Plan.