About BikeHouston

BikeHouston’s mission is to create streets that are safe and accessible for bicyclists to increase the quality of life of all Houstonians. BikeHouston works to accomplish its mission through advocacy and community education.

  • Our advocacy work focuses on ensuring that bicyclists’ needs are included in government work from planning to construction to law enforcement. We use the power of our members to drive change. Join us today.
  • Our community education programs teach motorists about cyclists’ rights and cyclists about their rights and responsibilities. We also host events designed to empower everyone to start riding a bike.

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We are the only non-profit bicycle advocacy group in Houston. We started as an all-volunteer non-profit in 2004. In 2014 we transitioned to be professionally staffed and are positioned to continue growing in order to transform Houston into a bikeable city.

Here is a list of recent accomplishments:

  • 2014 – Mayor Parker agrees to completing a Bicycle Master Plan for first time in 20 years. Bike Houston, City of Houston, H-GAC, and the Park Board are all co-sponsors. Planning begins in 2015.
  • 2014 – BikeHouston expands membership base 600% up from 80 members in January to over 500 in December.
  • 2014 – Adovacted successfully for City to agree to Goal Zero Fatalities Campaign
  • 2014 -Hired first Executive Director becoming a professionally staffed organization and received capacity building grant from Houston Endowment allowing BikeHouston to expand staffing to four staff as of December 2014.
  • 2013 – Mayor signs Executive Order on Complete Streets – A common sense ordinance directing new street construction to include all users, including walkers and cyclists. BikeHouston is a member of the Complete Streets Coalition working to ensure the Executive Order is strengthened and implemented.
  • 2013 – Bronze Level – Houston was recognized in 2013 as the winner of a Bronze designation by the League of American Bicyclists for its dedication to cycling and bicycle infrastructure.  We are working hard on our Silver designation by  the League.
  • 2013 – Safe Passing Ordinance – This ordinance defines the rules protecting all vulnerable road users including walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. You could find us at City Council speaking on the behalf of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
  • 2012 – Bike Share – Founding sponsor and early adopter of the Houston B-cycle program. Within two years, Houston’s Bike Share program has almost 30 stations and 250 bicycles.
  • 2007 – Bikes on Buses – Helped ensure installation of bike racks on all Metro buses. A novel idea at the time…but now it’s a necessary tool for any commuter. It is very common to find a bike on the front of a Metro Bus in Houston.

Houston is on a roll and making major headway for cyclists in a new wave of urbanization. 2015 will be a big year.

Our 2015 goals are:

  • Complete an excellent Bike  Master Plan that is fully supported and implementable.
  • 2 pilot projects – like additional bicycle lanes – completed or under construction.
  • Strengthened and implemented Complete Streets policy.
  • Expand membership to 2,000 members.
  • Expand staff capacity.

We need the support of all cyclists in Houston to make sure your voice is heard. We are excited about the future of Houston and the future of cycling. Let’s work together to make Houston an even more bicycle-friendly city!   Donate and Become a Member….

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