MAYOR ANNISE PARKER ANNOUNCES MAJOR HOUSTON BIKE SHARE EXPANSION
Houston Bike Share Program is Growning!
September 25, 2015 -- Today, the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council (H-GAC TPC) approved $3.484 million of Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) dollars to expand bike sharing in Houston. The funding will enable the bike share program to increase three fold over the next 18 to 24 months, expanding from 29 stations to 100 stations and nearly 800 bikes when the phases are completed. The program will stretch from south of the Texas Medical Center to the north up into the Heights and from the west to Memorial Park to the Greater East End.
“Following on the heels of our METRORail expansion and METRO’s New Bus Network launch, this is a great day for transportation in Houston. Bike Share is an extremely successful and sustainable transportation initiative, and with the support of our regional and federal partners, we are able to expand the system into a large and thriving bike network, providing a real commuter and recreational transportation option for workers, residents and visitors while also improving health and quality of life,” said Mayor Annise Parker.
The expansion will be divided into three phases, with community input. The first phase will populate the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and Rice Village. Phase II will focus on creating greater station density; primarily in the Museum District, Midtown, Montrose and Downtown. Phase III will broaden the footprint into the East Side, SE around Texas Southern University and University of Houston Main campus, up into the Heights and west of Downtown.
The expansion will also create the largest bike share program in Texas and the Southwest.
Houston B-Cycle is a bike share program that provides a quick transportation alternative for getting around the city. To date, Houston’s bike share program has logged 205,000 checkouts, seen over 1 million miles ridden and created almost 1 million pounds of carbon offset.
The City of Houston thanks the H-GAC TPC for their support.
Houston B-Cycle is operated by the nonprofit, Bike Share Houston. Citizens can follow the progress of the bike share expansion @houstonbcycle and https://houston.bcycle.com/.