A Commuting Gamechanger
15,000 bikes on METRO a month? Surprising survey says Houston is dying to become a bike city
According to KUHF, between 10,000 and 15,000 passengers bring their bikes aboard METRO every month, and initial survey results indicate that "many more riders would like to bring their bike on a bus or train, but they don't know how transit fits into their travel choices."
This survey is part of a larger campaign by the joint agencies to "define a prioritized set of high-quality links between the bicycle and transit linked trips for all users" with the overall goal of making "joint use of bicycles and transit an easy and affordable way to get around."
As naysayers have pointed out, the unmentioned safety aspect may be the most difficult to overcome. Some maintain that existing roadways are poorly equipped for cycling; others insist that the city's often-inhospitable weather makes biking detrimental to health in more ways than one.
Do you have insight to share? Public comment is open through April 15 at 5 p.m., and the next METRO Bike & Ride Public Meeting will be held in the H-GAC offices on April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find more information here.