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CS recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community

By Venessa Garza, Planning Administrator

College Station residents are biking more than ever, not only for recreation but for commuting to their jobs and running errands. That’s why we’re especially proud to be among the nearly 500 communities in the United States recently designated as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists.

The city and local advocates have long been devoted to making our community more accessible and improving bicycling conditions through our policies, infrastructure, and programs. The bronze BFC award recognizes that commitment.

College Station has more than 30 miles of shared-use paths and 53 miles of bike lanes, and more are proposed in the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Master Plan. We continue to evaluate and improve designs to increase safety and comfort for all users.

The award must be renewed every four years through a rigorous application process and provides a benchmark to evaluate conditions and identify improvement areas. Thanks to all who helped in the application process, along with those who completed an online survey.

As a Bicycle Friendly Community, we’re a leader in the movement to make our cities healthier, sustainable, and connected.

Learn more at cstx.gov/bikepedgreenways.

 


About the Blogger

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Planning Administrator Venessa Garza has been with the city for 13 years. She previously served seven years with the Parks & Recreation Department at the City of Raleigh (N.C.). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and her master’s from North Carolina State.


 

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4 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are four items to watch:

  1. Historical Display in Northgate: In the workshop, the council will hear a presentation about a concept to recognize the long history of local music and musicians who received their start in Northgate.
  2. Bike Rack Requirements: The council will also have a workshop discussion about requirements for bike racks in the city.
  3. Seabees’ 75th Anniversary: The council will recognize the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions, which were known as Seabees.
  4. The Barracks’ Parks: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $977,000 contract for three new parks and the upgrade of four existing parks in The Barracks subdivision.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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College Station among Texas’ bike-friendliest cities

National Bike MonthAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, College Station ranks No. 1 in Texas for the highest percentage of people who bike to work. Thanks to the city’s pro-bicycling policies and programs, College Station was one of only three Texas cities to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2011.

State law allows bicyclists to ride on any public street, unless posted otherwise. College Station has several bicycle facilities that improve connectivity and access, including bike lanes, bike routes and multi-use paths. We have 33 miles of bike lanes, 59 miles of bike routes and 8 miles of multi-use paths, with more on the way.  

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