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A bike lane along Martin Luther King Boulevard is proposed for the Southeast bikeway network! The community has set mobility and infrastructure goals in somel studies and plans, including theRollin’ & Strollin’ mobility report. One goal in particular – to expand bike lanes and facilities – is addressed directly through the proposed rapid implementation bikeway network. The City of Houston-Harris County partnership seeks to meet that goal which will ultimately improve neighborhood mobility and increase safety and comfort for all road users.
The City of Houston Planning and Development Department has met with, and will continue to meet with, community members to discuss the area’s bikeway network plans.
Since the last community meeting, the project team has been diligently working behind the scenes to identify, explore and address potential physical challenges for each of the bikeway routes. Based on the findings, each route advances to the appropriate stage within the project’s process. Figure 1. shows the general process of the rapid bikeway implementation network (R.I.B.N) and below is an explanation of each phase.
Public Engagement – City of Houston planners meet with the community to collaborate on bikeway plans including priority destinations and connections as well as preferred routes. Once priority routes are identified, the routes are reviewed for feasibility. If routes raise some initial concerns, they enter a Study phase for thorough inspection.
Study – Traffic Engineers, Inc. (TEI), conduct more intensive feasibility analyses and traffic studies to determine if the selected routes are viable. If not, the route(s) may be removed from the priority list for the City-County rapid implementation bikeway network project (although the route can be considered for other future projects). However, if the study finds the route feasible, it will enter the Design phase.
Design – Toole Design Group works to devise safe, functional bikeway designs that complement existing infrastructure. The design team works in collaboration with Houston Public Works and TEI to ensure that suggested designs are physically feasible and able to be implemented quickly. Once all designs are approved, the selected route will enter the final phase, Construction.
Construction – Harris County Precinct 1 and Jones Carter secure the contractors and manages the construction process. City of Houston planners will engage the community before, during, and after construction.
Following the identification of priority bikeway routes by the community, a feasibility analysis will be conducted by the design consultants for this Precinct One project. Since rapid implementation is the goal of this project, feasibility of the selected bikeway routes depends on factors including existing pavement conditions, safety, and connectivity to a larger, bikeway network referred to as the regional spine.
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Questions, concerns, comments and/or feedback about planning, engagement, and implementation of the Houston Bike Plan? Please contact:
Houston Bikeways Program
City of Houston Planning and Development Department