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Old 07-26-08, 09:52 PM   #1
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Post BikeHouston's Strategic Cycling Plan for Harris County, TX

In September 2007, Harris County received an Economic Development Strategic Plan prepared by Angelou Economics of Austin, Texas. This report, prepared for the County at a cost to taxpayers of $300,000, made a series of recommendations regarding (1) making the County the location of choice for businesses; (2) developing, retaining, and attracting a world-class workforce; and (3) improving the quality of life.

After this report was widely publicized in March 2008, BikeHouston Board members came to the realization that many of Harris County's competitor metropolitan areas do a better job than Harris County in these three (and other) deficit areas precisely because they promote and encourage a more active, environmental, outdoors-oriented lifestyle which contains bicycling as a major element. Working through the Spring and Summer, the Board wrote a white paper which builds upon the Angelou Economics Harris County Economic Development Strategic Recommendations, presenting ideas for improving bicycling in the County which, if implemented, could help Harris County attain its economic development goals. When viewed as part of Harris County's overall strategic direction, cycling is no longer understood as an "amenity", "luxury", or "optional"... but as an aspect of life which is essential to the health and growth of the County and its residents.

BikeHouston's Cycling Strategy for Harris County, a 30-page full-color report, is available to the public as a free download from this website:

http://www.bikehouston.org/files/dcihc01.pdf
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Old 07-26-08, 11:09 PM   #2
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I'd just be happy if every time they They tear up a road and make expansions for car or light rail they included bikes in their plans, replace the bike lanes they tear up or at least make the lanes wide enough for bike and car traffic (restricting parking on shared lanes would be nice).
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Tex_Arcana, please write to your County Commissioner (Radack, Eversole, Garcia, or Lee) and tell them so! Also send a copy to Judge Ed Emmett. And VOTE! There is a choice in November, I will start another post on this in a few minutes.

Also, there is legislation in the US Senate and House that would direct Metropolitan Planning Organizations like our own Houston-Galveston Area Council to take all road users into account when building roads... The Complete Street Act.
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