ISSUE

H.C.R. 65, filed in the House by Representative Lynn Stucky (Dist 64), is a resolution supporting a statewide trail network for bicycling and walking. It has been reported favorably by the House Transportation Committee.

The resolution encourages the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) to develop and support multi-use pathway network projects and directs TxDoT to leverage $8 to $80 million from existing federal funds designated for non-motorized uses. It also directs TxDoT give priority to network-focused projects that include multiple municipal or county jurisdictions.

Trails promote the health and well-being of all Texans. They are a safe space for outdoor activities, are accessible to everyone, and provide opportunities to commute to work safely, away from motor vehicle traffic. Moreover, Texas trails buffer riparian areas, protect wildlife, preserve valuable natural areas, and mitigate Urban Heat Island impacts.

CONTACT YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE

Every Texan should contact your legislator and urge them to support HCR 65!

Find who represents you HERE. Then find the contact info for your state representative HERE.

You can say…

My name is_______. I am a constituent living in______ and my zip code is______. I am {calling/writing} to urge you to support House Resolution 65. The resolution supports a statewide trail network for bicycling and walking. Trails promote the health and well-being of all Texans by providing safe spaces for outdoor activities accessible to everyone. They provide opportunities to commute to work safely, and they have a positive impact on local economies and property values. Moreover, Texas trails buffer riparian areas, protect wildlife, preserve valuable natural areas, and mitigate Urban Heat Island impacts.

Please vote yes on H.C.R. 65! Thank you!

BACKGROUND

The 2018 Texas Bicycle Tourism Trails Study published by the Texas Department of Transportation presents a compelling case for investing in a statewide network of multi-use pathways in order to recognize significant economic and social benefits. The study found that well-designed and well-constructed multi-use trails have a significant positive impact on local economies; the cyclists who use them spend money on a wide variety of products and services.

Trails can serve as venues for events that draw participants and their families from far and wide and that multi-use pathways are prized amenities that raise nearby property values. Multi-use pathways were also found to promote the health and well-being of users and the general public. Dedicated routes not only create safe opportunities for exercise and stress reduction, but also foster community interaction, mitigate urban heat islands, and encourage preservation of natural habitats and the environment.

Texas Trails serve to raise national and international awareness of the state’s uniquely beautiful landscapes and of neighboring historic and cultural sites.

We can use all the help we can get to fund great projects like the Great Springs Project (to connect Austin’s Greenbelt Trails to the San Marcos Greenbelt to New Braunfels Trails to San Antonio’s Greenway Trails), to complete Houston’s Trail system, and Dallas to Denton Trails.

FOR MORE

You can read the entire resolution HERE.