Did you know that there are over 500 miles of bike trails, bike lanes and shared lanes in the city of Houston? To support bicycling access, safety and physical activity, Go Healthy Houston in partnership with the City of Houston and implemented the Houston Bike Racks (HBR) Program distributing free bike racks to eligible applicants located within Houston city limits from 2017 to 2019.
Houston Bike Racks (HBR) Program Overview:
The Houston Bike Racks (HBR) Program started as a pilot in January 2017 in Near Northside, Houston. With its growing momentum and supportive partnership support, the Houston Bike Rack Program officially launched citywide in April 2017 and operated until the Fall of 2019. The Houston Bike Rack (HBR) Program demonstrated the ability to increase the availability of bike parking in key community destinations to encourage biking and physical activity in routine short distance trips.
|From 2017-2019 the Houston Bike Rack Program:– Secured program funding for the distribution and monitoring of bike racks across Houston and developed a cross-city department bike rack distribution process and protocols
– Donated bike racks to private lot and right of way projects, prioritizing historically under-served neighborhoods and medium to large work-sites
– Process included an online application, letter of agreement and 1-year follow up
– Responded to community assessments & direct need indicated from stakeholders and community members
– Supported bicycle networks and mobility and active living strategies including the vision and strategies identified in the Houston –Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) 2040 Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan and the Houston Bike Plan
HBR Key Successes:
– The HBR program distributed over 180 bike racks to agencies across Houston, with more than 50 going to Houston priority areas. The HBR program donated bike racks reach and benefit over 43,200 Houstonians across 21 unique Houston zip codes.
– Presented to the City of Houston Bicycle Advisory Committee and was highlighted via poster presentation at two national public health conferences.
– Hosted an innovative youth summer project engaging 35 Houston youth on topics including community health, access, health equity, mobility and the built environment.
– Share results & lessons learned from the HBR program
– Continue to support the H-GAC 2040 Regional Ped/Bike Plan, Houston Bike Plan, Vison Zero, and the Mayor’s Complete Communities Initiative
– Maintain partnerships between public, private, and non-profit entities and stakeholders to continue to promote health and built environment policy to sustain healthy Houston communities
– Ongoing Evaluation & Quality Improvements
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