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  1. UPDATE 8-12-2015 Traffic Engineers, Inc. has been contracted by the city of Houston to assist with conducting studies for the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP). The process had been started with Devonshire Place and a public meeting was held on 9/26/2013. Due to construction on Cambridge, the process was stalled. Now that the majority of the construction has been complete, we are ready to start the process again.
  2. I hope to hear ALL of the armchair respondents January 24, 2013, 6-8 pm, DeBakey HS. Why doesn't TMC Inc. decentralize and move to their patients and employees? Why don't they re-develop the Astroworld ground? Perhaps the parking garage revenue is just too tempting. 2007 IRS Form 990, for TMC Inc. listed parking garage revenues at 28.9 million dollars. I'm not a forensics accountant, but I cannot for the life of me find parking garage revenue information in subsequent years filings of form 990's by TMC Inc. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING SH 288 DIRECT CONNECTOR TO THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public meeting regarding design alternatives for the proposed SH 288 Direct Connector to the Texas Medical Center in the City of Houston, Harris County, Texas. The public meeting will be an open house format, no formal presentation, and will be held as follows: Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Cafeteria of Michael E. DeBakey High School For Health Professions 3100 Shenandoah Houston, TX 77021 The purpose of the meeting is to present the design alternatives and to gather public input. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve access to the Texas Medical Center from SH 288. The meeting will be structured in an Open House format, and exhibits illustrating the proposed alternatives will be displayed for viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend this public meeting. Representatives from TxDOT and their study team will be available to answer individual questions. Public comments are encouraged. Information regarding this project is on file and available for viewing at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007.
  3. Who decided the boundaries of the MACs? Planning Commission? Invited consultants? Any help is appreciated.
  4. It is now SIX months later than the last post. Foundations appear to be in but NOTHING has happened for the last month that I can tell. Maybe HCFCD has to get other nearby work completed before they can proceed. Anyone else have an update?
  5. Thank you Rep Garnet Coleman for your work on this legislation. I'm sorry for the nice people in Houston's Central City Neighborhood subdivision which had many properties unjustly taken by the self-serving executives of Texas Medical Center, Inc. The TMC parking garage, concommitant light pollution, extraneous noise, and speeding TMC cut through traffic unfortunately caused CHF for this nice inner loop area.
  6. Perhaps some individuals should not be leading corporations named after themselves when the corporation appears lacking in its fiscal responsibilities.
  7. Last week, some neighbors reported seeing surveyors on the property. I believe Moody National is behind on property tax payments to our dear city. The City has to lay off police and firemen, Brett Moody lives in a multi-million-dollar mansion. PAY YOUR PROPERTY TAXES MOODY NATIONAL!
  8. Thanx Kylejack. Computer linking stuff evades my mind most of the time.
  9. If you live in Houston and ride a bike...please sign the petition to keep $12.8 million from being hijacked to mobility programs, learn more about what is happening, and please get involved. http://www.houstontomorrow.org/livability/story/tpc-delays-vote-on-transportation-funding/ The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council (TPC) unanimously voted on Friday morning (Feb 28) to delay by thirty days its vote on a full $79.8 million allocation of unprogrammed federal transportation funds toward Mobility - roadway and freight rail - projects and a reallocation of $12.8 million from already committed pedestrian, bicycle, and Livable Centers projects to Mobility projects. The 30-day delay will allow the public and elected officials to further explore how potential money from the federal Surface Transportation Program Major Metro (STP MM) and Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) funds should be allocated within the Houston-Galveston region’s 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The decision came after elected officials heard from more than 20 business, bicycle, pedestrian, and political advocates in attendance, plus thousands of citizens who signed petitions and called officials’ offices during the week to voice their concerns regarding the manner in which federal funds were being distributed toward various transportation modes. Rather than push a vote through, City of Houston Council member Sue Lovell requested that the TPC delay voting on the issue for 30 days so that elected officials could more carefully examine the options on the table and hear from their constituents. While Harris County Judge Ed Emmett suggested that some officials’ constituents may express opposite concerns from the bicycle and pedestrian advocates in attendance during the delay, Metro’s George Greanias said a more thorough look at all the options on the table is crucial for the region’s long-term economic competitiveness.
  10. For more on Complete Streets see http://www.completestreets.org/
  11. Lawmakers File "Complete Streets" Bill 02/03/2011 by Becca Aaronson, The Texas Tribune Lawmakers today filed a bill they hope will help drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safely share the roads. State Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, filed so-called "Complete Streets" legislation, which would require the Texas Department of Transportation to "recognize that bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes are integral elements of the transportation system," and develop safer streets for people to walk, bike or drive. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/transportation/lawmakers-file-complete-streets-bill-/
  12. For a month now, I have seen workers digging, adding more light poles, and other stuff that is hidden from view. Does anyone have an update since BCM has a new president?
  13. I believe "Outer Belt" became "MacGregor" became "Cambridge" next to Memorial Hermann Hosp in the TMC over the last decade. Am I right?
  14. Pretty good job Triton. Yes, it is about "connectivity" to Columbia Tap Trail, but I have grave reservations about using Dixie avenue as it is narrow, no bike paths, no sidewalks, and is used currently by lots by Grocer Supply 18 wheelers. Dixie has potential as it sits tangent to the Catholic Diocese Retirement Center. As a 20 year runner and biker who lives in this area, it is a "long time coming" and would not be achieved without the tenacity of Bill Coats standing up to CoH Parks and Recreation Director, according to his own account at the Groundbreaking Ceremony. I wish they could have been more conservative on the bridge design and expense. I felt a very functional bridge could have been built for the new expanse of Braes Bayou WITHOUT clear cutting much of the thick forest on "Mount MacGregor". The cutting of the trees will allow much for traffic noise and light pollution into this small bit of urban respite. Anyway, I support anything that moves Houston toward a more walkable-ridable community. So much potential and so much to see when we hang up the car keys.
  15. Sorry, no copies yet at the Houston Public Library. Can be ordered at miabirk.com
  16. I just finished reading "JOYRIDE, Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet" by Mia Birk. Ms Birk, a Dallas girl and Portland, Oregon's Bicycle Coordinator, that helped to transport Portland, Oregon to a top ranked bicycling city over 15 years beginning in 1993. Since I am a novice at bike activism, I learned a lot about the many conflicts (some real, some imaginary) that must be addressed before a more balanced approach to our transportational needs are realized. Maybe our Houston Public Library has some copies. I'll investigate and if not, request.
  17. Thanx Devonhart for the video. I have an 82 y/o uncle in Arlington, TX that was with the Ranger organization from its infancy. He would enjoy your video and probably knew each and every player. Let's save any other comments of the Rangers for another thread.
  18. Thanx Fred for the dismal, but believable mismanagement fiasco update. Like Samagon, I share support for the idea of parallel ped-bike and rail ROW. I think that the Rail excuse of "safety concerns" and "insurance hikes" needs to be seriously investigated and compared to other countries with successful non-motorized programs. I would also like the "planners" to investigate shared use of the many utility company ROWs. The Houston region needs more north-south ped-bike transit ways. Our mostly "east-west" bayou opportunities will eventually come to fruition I hope. Fewer drivers, more fit workers, desirable City-scape, everyone wins.
  19. I would hope that they would extend the ped-bike trail which passes under SH288 a very short distance furthur west under Almeda Road and east travelling MacGregor Road Bridges. The trail (as is) forces ped-bikes through TWO nasty intersections. It is all about "connectivity".
  20. In the interests of more cyclists and pedestrians, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has put out a call for planning studies. More information can be found at www.h-gac.com/go/pedbike. It's all about "connectivity".
  21. In the interests of more cyclists and pedestrians, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has put out a call for planning studies. More information can be found at www.h-gac.com/go/pedbike. It's all about "connectivity".
  22. I'll bet the TMC officials have had "mouth watering" climaxes to get their hands on the new parking garage revenues. Could they be the most lucrative and successful parking garage operators in the WEST? At least they don't discriminate. They charge hospital employees and visitors alike.
  23. More info on location start. http://www.bikehouston.org/files/2010rideofsilence.pdf
  24. From the BikeHouston website: Ride of Silence - Houston 2010 Memorial Park Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST? * To HONOR those who have been injured or killed * To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here * To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET On May 19, 2010, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.
  25. I rode to City Hall today from Med Center to pick up my "Tour de Houston" ride packet for this Sunday's ride. I took Hermann Park, Caroline, La Branch, followed the "BIKE signs" mostly. It kept me away from big traffic movers like San Jacinto and Fannin. Got to Annise's new digs but couldn't find a bike rack. I used a bench. Maybe someday.
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