Complete Streets a Reality in Houston!

Office of Council Member Ed Gonzalez • October 10, 2013

Houston, TX – Today, at the unveiling of the Bagby Street Greenroads Project, Mayor Annise  Parker announced the pending signature of an Executive Order that will create a ‘complete streets’ policy in the nation’s fourth largest city. During the Press Conference, Mayor Pro-Tem  Ed Gonzalez was lauded by Mayor Parker as “City Council’s champion for complete streets.”

Council Members Ellen Cohen and Jack Christie, members of Houston’s Complete Streets Coalition, representatives from the Midtown TIRZ, and Jeralee Anderson from the Greenroads Foundation were also present for the landmark announcement.

The Executive Order will create a framework for future infrastructure projects in the City of  Houston that will incorporate ‘complete streets’ principles such as: safety for all users, increased pedestrian and cyclist amenities, the use of rain gardens and other innovative drainage alternatives, narrower traffic lines for vehicles, dedicated bike lanes for cyclists, wider sidewalks, and much more.

Council Member Gonzalez, who currently serves on Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council stated: “This is truly an exciting time to be a Houstonian. Thanks to Mayor Parker’s leadership, the participation of folks like the Houston Complete Streets Coalition, the Directors
of the Planning and Public Works Departments, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and the support of our citizens, ‘complete streets’ will finally become a reality in Houston. I look forward to more projects like Bagby Street and Navigation Boulevard that promote connectivity,
walkability, and safe, vibrant communities throughout our city.”