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					           Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking
                      Strengthening and Uniting Coalitions Across North America

                     U.S. Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project

                                      City Survey
     Benchmarking for (city) Houston, Texas
            Date submitted February 13, 2009

                                 CONTACT INFORMATION
             Your First Name Rita
                   Last Name Balchus
                         Title Administrative Coordinator
        Organization/Agency City of Houston
                       E-mail Rita.balchus@cityofhouston.net
                        Phone (713) 837-0003
               Street Address 611 Walker, 19th Floor
                         City Houston
                         State Tx
                          Zip 77002
                INSTRUCTIONS: Please provide the following data for your city.
Typing your answers into the right hand column helps our Project Team read your response and
 save time on data input. Additional notes should be added at the bottom of the survey or as an
          attachment. Please address any questions regarding completing this survey to
                    benchmarking@thunderheadalliance.org or 415-513-528.

The deadline for all surveys is January 20, 2009 in order for your city’s data to be included in
                          the 2009 National Benchmarking Report

     IMPORTANT: Throughout this survey, the term “city” refers to the city
              proper, NOT the metropolitan area or region.

                    Thank you for your help completing this important survey!

                                             BICYCLE USE
     1.           Has your city agency (or organization) conducted any bike trips
          count (to determine bicycle mode share for all trip purposes)? (Yes/No)
                             If yes, what is the mode share for bike trips? (% of all
                                                                               trips)
                   If yes, what date was this count, referenced above, performed?
2.        Has your city agency (or organization) done other biking or walking trip        Yes
                                                     counts such as cordon counts?
                     If yes, when (month and year) were these counts performed?         9/07 1 wk
                                              What were the results of these counts?    678/week




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                              FUNDING BICYCLING & WALKING
3.       Does your city have an overall bicycle and pedestrian spending target?
                                                                       (Yes/No)
                                                     If yes what is the amount?
4. How much did your city spend on bicycle and pedestrian programs (infrastructure and
education) in each of the following fiscal years?
            .                                                             2008: $3.4m
                                                                          2007: $987,000
                                                                          2006: $6.3
                                                                          2005: $1.3m

                                             STAFFING
5. How many full time equivalent (FTE) staff did your city’s government employ to work on
bicycle and pedestrian issues in each of the following years (including Safe Routes to School and
contractor FTEs)?
                                                                            2008:         2
                                                                            2007:         1
                                                                            2006:         2
                                                                            2005:         2
6. How many FTE police on bikes did your city fund in each of the following years?


                                                                            2008          90
                                                                                          80
                                      2007:
                                                                           2006:          110
                                                                           2005:          100
7. How many FTE police on foot did your city fund in each of the following years?
                                                                           2008:
                                                                           2007:
                                                                           2006:
                                                                           2005:
8.         What percent of your city’s police force is trained to ride on bikes?         20%

                                        INFRASTRUCTURE
Existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities:
9. How many miles of each of the following does your city have?
on-street bike lanes? (count both directions when bike lanes are on both sides of         130
                                                                           street)
                                       multi-use paths and dedicated bike paths?           26
                                                             signed bike routes?          157
  sidewalks? (count both directions when sidewalks are on both sides of street)      76,474 miles
10.                    How many bicycle parking spaces does your city have?                  1500
     Of these, how many are secure (guarded, bike boxes/lockers, bike stations)?                1500
Planned bicycle and pedestrian facilities:
11.         How many miles of planned bicycle and pedestrian facilities does         38 trail miles
         your city have? (include those published in local transportation plans)     remaining in
                                                                                     our program
                                                                                          only


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12. Does your city have published goals for increasing…
                                                 …bicycling facilities? (Yes/No)         Yes
                                                …pedestrian facilities? (Yes/No)
Innovative bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure:
13. Which of the following has your city implemented?
                          Shared Lane Markings (such as Sharrows)? (Yes/No)               yes
                                                  Bicycle Boulevards? (Yes/No)
                                          Woonerfs or Living Streets? (Yes/No)
                                                  Colored Bike Lanes? (Yes/No)
                                                Bicycle Traffic Lights? (Yes/No)
               Other? (please specify)            Pedestrian countdown signals standard

                                 BIKE-TRANSIT INTEGRATION
14. Bike access on transit:
                      What percent of buses servicing your city have bike racks?         95%
 How many hours/week are bike allowed roll-on access on trains servicing your             82
                                                                 city? (0-168 hrs)
15. Bike parking at transit stops:
     What is the total number of bike parking spaces at transit stops within city?        465
                    What percent of transit stops in your city have bike parking?     All transit
                                                                                     centers and
                                                                                     Park & Ride

                          CITY BICYCLING & WALKING POLICIES
16. Does your city have a published goal to…
                                                   …increase walking? (Yes/No)
                                                     …increase biking? (Yes/No)          Yes
                          …decrease pedestrian crashes and fatalities? (Yes/No)
                        …decrease bicycle and crashes and fatalities? (Yes/No)           Yes
17. Does your city enforce drivers not yielding to pedestrians and cyclists when         Yes
                                      non-motorized traffic has the right of way?
                            If so, what fine is associated with this enforcement? $
18. Has your city adopted…
        …a complete streets (or routine accommodations) policy that states that          Yes
          bicycling, walking and transit shall be considered in every stage of all
                                                transportation projects? (Yes/No)
                               …a bicycle and pedestrian master plan? (Yes/No)
                                         …a bicycle master plan only? (Yes/NA)           Yes
                                      …a pedestrian master plan only? (Yes/NA)
            …a policy setting minimum spending levels for bike/ped? (Yes/No)              No
19. Does your city have a policy that requires…
 … a minimum number of car parking spaces for new developments? (Yes/No)                 Yes
 …a maximum number of car parking spaces for new developments? (Yes/No)                  No
…bike parking in buildings or parking garages (often in zoning codes) (Yes/No)           No
         …bike parking for new developments (often in zoning codes) (Yes/No)             No
    …secure or valet bike parking at public events (such as festivals, ballgames,        No


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                                                       concerts, etc.)? (Yes/No)
20. Does your city have a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee? (Yes/No)          Yes




Please do the best you can to complete the Safe Routes to School and education questions below:

                                SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SRTS)
Colleges & Universities:
 21.                  Is your city home to at least one four-year university? (Yes/No)    Yes
22.                               How many students attend universities in your city?
23.     How many car parking spaces are available to students at these universities?
24.           How many secure bike parking spaces are available to students at these
                                                                           universities?
 25.              Are goals for increasing biking and walking part of the universities’
                                                        Transportation Plan? (Yes/No)
Public Schools K-12
26. How many pupils attend public schools in your city?
                                                                                   K-8:
                                                                                  9-12:
27. How many pupils who attend public schools in your city are transported by bus?
                                                                                   K-8:
                                                                                  9-12:
28. How much did your city or city school district spend annually on school bus/transit
transportation in each of the following years?
                                                                                  2008: $
                                                                                  2007: $
                                                                                  2006: $
29.                 How many bike parking spaces are at public schools in your city?
30. Has there been a study to determine the percentage of morning rush hour traffic
       in your city caused by parents driving children to school; and if so what is it?
31. Does your city have a policy that…
                             …requires minimum acreage for school siting? (Yes/No)
      …places children in schools for any reason other than proximity to residence?
                                                                              (Yes/No)
Safe Routes to School in Your City
 32.                         Do you have a city-sponsored SRTS program? (Yes/No)
33.         What percentages of schools in your city participate in a SRTS program?
 34.                              How many students are served by a SRTS program?
35. How is this program funded? (federal funds/local funds/regional funds/other)?
36.      Do you know your funding shortfall for engineering fixes you would like to $
                    implement for SRTS projects in your city? If so, how much is it?
37.             Participation in Bike & Walk to School Day (city-wide): (Yes/No)
                    Percentages of schools in your city that participated in: 2008:
                                                                                  2007:
                                                                                  2006:
                                                           Number of students: 2008:
                                                                                  2007:
                                                                                  2006:

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                                   EDUCATION & EVENTS
38. Presence of youth bicycle education courses (city-wide)? (Yes/No)                      Yes
                      Who sponsors these courses? (Government/Non-Profit/Other)            HPD
                                           Participation: Number of youth: 2008:           2050
                                                                             2007:
                                                                             2006:
39. Presence of adult bicycle education courses? (Yes/No)                                 Yes
                      Who sponsors these courses? (Government/Non-Profit/Other)         Non-profit
                                          Participation: Number of adults: 2008:          600
                                                                             2007:        400
                                                                             2006:        300
40.                             Presence of Bike to Work Day events? (Yes/No)             Yes
                      Who sponsors these courses? (Government/Non-Profit/Other)           City
                                          Participation: Number of adults: 2008:          350
                                                                             2007:        321
                                                                             2006:        276
41.    Does your city sponsor a street-closure event(s)(ciclovia-like) to promote         Yes
                                 cycling, walking and physical activity? (Yes/No)
                            Participation: Number of adults and children: 2008:
                                                                             2007:
                                                                             2006:
42. Does your city sponsor a bike ride to promote cycling and physical activity?            Yes
                                                                          (Yes/No)
                            Participation: Number of adults and children: 2008:            3758
                                                                             2007:         2500
                                                                             2006:

                                         INNOVATIONS
43. Has your city implemented any innovative programs, policies, infrastructure, etc. that is not
included in this survey and which you would like to share? (We will include a section on
“selected innovations” in the final Benchmarking Report.)




                          SUBMITTING YOUR COMPLETED SURVEY
                                   (In order of preference)

    1. Save as a Word document and e-mail your completed survey to
       benchmarking@thunderheadalliance.org (this method most helps our Project Team
       reduce data input time).

     2.    If you prefer to hand-write answers onto your survey, you can scan and send to the e-
                           mail address above, or mail the completed survey to:
                         Thunderhead Alliance Benchmarking Project;
                           2525 24th Street; San Francisco, CA 94110.



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Please keep a copy of the completed survey for your records and in case your submitted survey is
                                lost in transmission or the mail.

                        THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!




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