Take H-GAC surveys today; plus, planners seek comments at 2045 Regional Transportation Plan Public Meetings
Transportation planners are asking Houston-area residents for their input to update the Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.
Two surveys are now available from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) – the eight-county planning group working on long-range plans for an integrated multimodal transportation system.
H-GAC hopes the surveys will help planners better understand walking and bicycling throughout the region.
Two surveys are ready for public comment. People interested in bicycling can take the “I bike here” survey in English here or in Spanish here. Those who want to comment about walking can take the “I walk here” survey in English here or in Spanish here.
The process is part of H-GAC’s effort to update the Regional Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan, a long-range planning document that describes the region’s vision for enhancing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure within the eight-county Transportation Management Area. With the Houston region home to six million people – and 11 million residents potentially by 2045 – enhancing the pedestrian and bicycle network could provide greater transportation options for people of all ages and abilities, while improving public health and creating new economic development opportunities, according to H-GAC.
The pedestrian / bicycle plan also supports the long-range 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, designed to guide investment into multimodal transportation infrastructure throughout the Houston-Galveston Area.
Ideas from pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and commuters are being sought during a series of public meetings being held by H-GAC. Community meetings began in March, but there are several more remaining in April that people are invited to attend. See the list here.
H-GAC has identified about $75 billion worth of transportation needs during the next few decades.
Ultimately, H-GAC planners hope to create an integrated multimodal transportation system that supports a desirable quality of life, enhanced economic vitality, and increased safety, access and mobility.