The City of Houston developed the Houston Bike Plan through a 12-month planning effort to update the City’s Comprehensive Bikeway Plan originally adopted in 1993. The City and the Houston region have made great strides in improving people’s ability to bike to more destinations, earning a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclist in 2013. New trails are being built along our bayous, new protected bikeways have been installed, and more people are riding all over the City.
The Houston Bike Plan builds on these efforts to help make Houston a safer, healthier, more bike-friendly city. The Plan clarifies a vision and goals for biking in Houston and identifies future projects to create a citywide bicycle network. This improved citywide network will serve a broader spectrum of people who bike at all skill levels, providing more transportation choices, with both on-street and off-street facilities and building on current efforts such as the recent Bayou Greenways Initiative to create a well-connected citywide bicycle system. The Plan develops better connections for more people to key origins and destinations like job centers, entertainment venues, parks and schools. The Plan identifies supporting programs like motorist and bicyclist safety education, expansion of end of trip facilities like bike racks and bike share, and improved integration with transit. The Plan also looks at best practices in bicycle facility maintenance, bike program funding, and bicyclist and driver enforcement. The vision and goals of the project are listed below:
Vision — By 2026, the City of Houston will be a Safer, More Accessible, Gold Level Bike-Friendly City
- Improve Safety – To provide a safer bicycle network for people of all ages and abilities through improved facilities, education, and enforcement
- Increase Access – To 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 – To 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
- To develop and maintain ridership – To develop and maintain a high-quality bicycle network, including both bikeways and end-of-trip facilities.
Public input was gathered throughout the planning process. A Bicycle Advisory Committee made up of representatives from Houston’s bicycling community, implementing authorities, community leaders, and other representatives guided the development of the Plan.
The City of Houston Planning & Development Department in coordination with the Public Works & Engineering Department and Houston Parks and Recreation Department led the update to the plan. The City worked with our funding partners, BikeHouston, Houston Parks Board, Houston-Galveston Area Council, FTA, FHWA, and TxDOT to develop the plan. For additional information on the City’s bicycle programs and projects please also visit the Houston Bikeways Program website.
One of the City of Houston’s partners in the Houston Bike Plan, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) recently developed a video on bicycling in Houston. Check out H-GAC’s Mobility Now video here.