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Newsletter | July 2020
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Vision Zero:
Ending Traffic Deaths

No loss of life is acceptable. That’s why Houston is committed to ending traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2030.

More than 175 Houstonians joined the four-hour Vision Zero virtual public meeting on June 9. Participants shared their experiences and learned about how public streets can be used more equitably and safely.

Check out our own Transportation Planners' video. Read more about Vision Zero.
A Bright Spot in My Day:
From the Planning Director

Community Matters: On Tuesday, June 2, while on a virtual call with planning directors from across the nation, I glanced at a local news feed and saw more than 60,000 people gathering downtown to rally for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.

As I watched the live coverage, every passing moment of the this powerful, yet peaceful event demonstration warmed my heart and reinforced my respect for Houston and Houstonians.  Read more about
Houston BCycle Stations Reopen

In April, Houston BCycle closed 12 stations in popular Houston parks to encourage proper social distancing and reduce park overcrowding.
As of June 18, all Houston BCycle stations have reopened. In addition, two new stations have been installed at Dunlavy and Westheimer and at Austin and Gray. Continue to practice social distancing and wear gloves and masks when checking out a BCycle.

Read more about BCycle, Slow Streets, and the OST/South Union Parks virtual meeting at 6 p.m. on July 9 in the current edition of Houston Bikeways newsletter.
Video: Census 2020
Trae tha Truth Interview

The Planning and Development Department continues to promote Census 2020 throughout the city, finding new ways to reach historically undercounted populations. Planning and Development's Sasha Marshall-Smith recently interviewed influential Houston rapper and activist Trae tha Truth, a trusted voice in the community who organized the peaceful march for George Floyd.

In the interview, Marshall-Smith pointed out how census data plays a role in monitoring civil rights violations like fair housing, employment discrimination and voting rights. Watch the full interview with Trae tha Truth. Read more about 2020 Census .

With more Houstonians staying at home due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, walking and biking have increased substantially.

To support this activity, the City of Houston is launching Slow Streets , a project to provide more space for outdoor activities by limiting certain streets to local traffic only.

The first streets in the pilot project are located in the Eastwood neighborhood. At key intersections, the City has mounted simple, movable barriers that maintain space for local traffic while encouraging through traffic to take alternate routes. Read more about Slow Streets .
Social Distancing with Virtual Technology

Virtual technology offers enhanced opportunities for civic engagement.
Visit the Planning website for all of our online meeting times, and read virtual participation tips.

For the best virtual transmission, join meetings early, mute yourself, and turn off your video. When recognized by Chair, unmute and clearly speak your comments.
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