Bike Plans are becoming increasingly more important to Houston’s and the H-GAC’s transportation modes. By H-GAC’s recent study (2012) residents across the H-GAC area wish to see $13 of every $100 spent on bike ways and sidewalks. See the pie chart below.
CTC filed comments to Houston Public Works and Engineering/Planning focusing on the need for written, formal processes insuring access of neighborhoods to public involvement in formulating bikeway plans; and notice, comment, open meeting, and outreach procedures to be included in Chapter 33 Bike Plan revisions (as well as other PWE/Planning revisions to the city code or its guidances and policies.)
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To prevent stakeholders for having to fight each time about the public involvement processes for each separate project, we urged the city to consider a blanket public involvement and transparency process for the city, or at least perhaps for PWE/Planning to promote greater and earlier public involvement, to promote fairness, and to prevent legal and other obstacles to important projects from cropping up at the last minute.
The city PWE/Planning should rise at least to the level of other agencies with regard to involvement of the neighborhoods. Other governmental agencies which have formal bike plans, such as TxDOT, FHWA, and particularly H-GAC, all have formal notice and comment processes for adopting regulations, open meetings, and formal processes for soliciting public comments for particular projects including bicycle plans. The city has no compelling reason not to be in line with those agencies in terms of procedural and access rights of residents and neighborhoods.