The Houston-Galveston Area Council awarded the Houston Bike Plan the 2017 Our Great Region Connection Award. The Connection Award honors a project that advances two or more of the HGAC Regional Plan's strategies through innovative partnerships.
The Houston Bike Plan, adopted by City Council on March 22, 2017, is a guide for the City of Houston to achieve the vision of make Houston a safer, more accessible gold-level bike-friendly city by 2027.
- The vision is supported by four goals:
Improve Safety - Provide a safer bicycle network for people of all ages and abilities through improved facilities, education, and enforcement
- Increase Access - Create a highly accessible, citywide network of comfortable bike facilities that connects neighborhoods to transit, jobs, and activity centers, including schools, universities, parks, and libraries
- Increase Ridership - Exceed average ridership levels in peer cities by implementing policies and programs that enable more people to ride bicycles and encourage healthy, active transportation choices
- Develop and maintain facilities - Develop and maintain a high-quality bicycle network, including both bikeways and end-of-trip facilities.
The City of Houston Planning & Development Department in coordination with the Houston Public Works and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department led the update to the plan. The city worked with funding partners BikeHouston, Houston Parks Board, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Transportation to develop the bike plan.
For additional information on the City's bicycle programs and projects, visit the Houston Bikeways Program website.