Houston is building what would be the largest off-street hike/bike network in the nation if it were completed today. Unfortunately children in many nearby neighborhoods cannot safely walk or bike to it. As an initial step toward Complete Streets, the Neighborhood Greenways approach will efficiently provide massive numbers of Houstonians safe access to our Bayou Greenways project, along with other parks, jobs, schools, and all the elements of the quality of life in the Houston region we all seek.
We propose duplicating the City of Portland Neighborhood Greenways program that is connecting 85% of households in that city to a safe hike and bike network in 5 years for $50 million, the cost of one mile of urban freeway. Houston could connect the inner loop and the equally populated area to the west of the loop for $100 million, 1% of the region’s four year Transportation Improvement Program. We are convening a workgroup to develop a proposal for the next TIP Call for Projects, regionally discretionary transportation funds to be allocated in the spring of 2015.
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