Mayor Annise Parker launches bicycle safety campaign

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HOUSTON, TX – Watch out! There’s a biker coming! No kidding, we’ve seen them everywhere lately. Houston might not be the number one hipster city in the nation just yet, but we’re certainly rolling towards making our streets more bike-friendly.

The City of Houston, HPD and BikeHouston are launching the “Goal Zero Fatalities” campaign, to make sure everyone is safe on the roads. Educational programs, a social media initiative, more enforcement of the existing laws and $50,000 allocated to produce a bicycle master plan are some of the steps the Mayor and other institutions are taking to change some worrisome statistics.

“Right now, Houston is bottom quartile in terms of its performance on fatalities and most other key criteria,” says Michale Payne, Executive Director of BikeHouston.

Bottom quartile?! Whatever that means, doesn’t sound good. But luckily, the bikers who came pedaling all the way to the City Council left with a smile.

“Having them start this is great,” says Jonathan Barbeito, “because it protects me as a rider.”

Awesome! Here we have yet more proof that trucks are not the only ones on wheels in the Bayou City.

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