About the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets

CompleteStreetsCoaltionLogosThe Houston Complete Streets Coalition is now 33 local organizations:
AARPAIA HoustonASLA TexasArea Planning Advisory Council for Harris CountyAvenue Community Development CorporationBetter HoustonBikeHoustonBlueprintHoustonCan Do HoustonCare for EldersCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-HoustonCitizens’ Transportation CoalitionChildren at RiskCNU HoustonERJCC HoustonGo NeighborhoodsGreater East End DistrictHAUS ProjectHIVE HoustonHouston Center for Independent LivingHouston Parks BoardHouston TomorrowLISC Greater HoustonMuseum District Business AllianceNeartown AssociationNeighborhood Centers Inc.Richmond Rail – Social Agency Lab – Super Neighborhood 22 – Transition Houston – Texas A&M SystemTexas Coastal Watershed Program – WOW Roundabout

We welcome new organizations to join us. Click here to find out how your organization, business, public entity, or civic group would can become a partner in the Coalition.

As of April 1, 2013, 1,535 people have signed the Petition for Complete Streets for Houston, requesting the following:

We call upon all local elected officials in the Houston region to begin a transformation of how our infrastructure is built and maintained, so that all appropriate projects incorporate the principles of Complete Streets for all users.

All infrastructure projects should properly balance the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, the disabled, automobile drivers, freight operators, transit, and local businesses along the street.

The City of Houston should lead this charge by adopting a policy of using Complete Streets design in all projects under the ReBuild Houston initiative. Where appropriate, when the streets are dug up, they should be replaced with wide sidewalks, ADA compliant intersections, and safe and clear bike lanes, as well as adequate, safe travel lanes for automobiles, transit, and freight operators.

The adoption of Complete Streets across the City of Houston would mean long-­‐term improvements to health, safety, and the city budget. Property values are higher in areas seen as walkable and city expenses per capita are higher in areas that are less dense and auto-based. A majority prioritizes access to nearby services and walkability at the expense of home size and “big yards,” according to the Kinder Houston Area Survey:

In recent years, respondents have been asked what they would prefer if they were free to choose any kind of housing in the Houston area. The proportion who said they would like to live in “a single family home with a big yard, where you would need to drive almost everywhere you want to go,” dropped from 59% in 2008 and 58% in 2010 to just 47% in this year’s survey. In 2008 and 2010, 36% and 39% said they would opt instead for a “smaller home in a more urbanized area, within walking distance of shops and workplaces.” In 2012, the percentage of Harris County residents who would choose a more urbanized lifestyle jumped to 51%.

Complete streets provide a safer environment for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and residents, while attracting residential and commercial real estate investment. With less pavement and storm water runoff, Complete Streets can reduce capital and maintenance costs. Complete streets increase connectivity, including the ped/bike network and the “Bayou Greenways” program. By promoting walking and cycling in urban neighborhoods and districts, Complete Streets can improve community health and obesity rates.