Houston Bike Plan

The City of Houston and its region have made great strides in supporting the growing number of people bicycling, but without some organization and a coordinating framework the efforts risk being disconnected or missing opportunities to complement each other in ways that maximize the return on the investments. 1993 was the last time the City adopted a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and the City and region have changed significantly in the twenty-three years since. The 2015-2016 Houston Bike Plan is a year-long planning effort developed with the Houston community and many partners. The plan sets out a clear Vision to be...
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South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan

Austin’s South Central Waterfront (SCW) is bound for change. In fact, change is rapidly underway. The South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan is a roadmap for how the coming change can be guided to create the best possible outcome for all Austinites. The SCW strives to be a model for how a district-wide green infrastructure system paired with quality urban design and an interconnected network of public spaces, streets, lakeside trails and parks can provide a framework for redevelopment. A district approach can also coordinate public and private investments to leverage maximum impact and provide for district-wide value capture to...
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Southern Downtown/ CBD Public Realm Plan

Downtown Houston is increasingly a stage for a diverse range of urban activities at all times of the day, rather than simply a destination for working commuters. With the expansion of the public transit system, people from surrounding neighborhoods will have improved access to Downtown jobs, retail, entertainment, and recreational amenities. Substantial amounts of new residential development in Downtown Houston – catalyzed by the Downtown Living Initiative – will create a growing need for amenities that have not typically been provided in the area. However, from on the ground observations and conversations with stakeholders, it is equally clear that the...
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METRO Bike & Ride Access and Implementation Plan

Bicycle connections to transit service are a growing component of the METRO transit system ridership.The overall growth of cycling and expansion of bicycle infrastructure in the METRO Service Area means developing strategies and recommendations to improve the integration between cycling and transit is critical to continued growth and expanding ridership for METRO. To support METRO in improving bicycle access to the transit system, the METRO Bike and Ride Access and Implementation Plan studied existing system users, key factors driving users to access transit by bicycle, current barriers to access, and developed recommendations that capitalize on opportunities to improve access to...
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Sawyer Street Vision Plan

The Sawyer Street corridor, in the First and Sixth Wards in Houston, connects Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou Park with IH-10 and the MKT Hike and Bike Trail. The corridor changes character significantly, including both a historic residential district and a quickly changing industrial area.  The area is notable for its historic urban fabric, which is experiencing rapid change and increasing market pressure due to its proximity to Downtown Houston and the increasingly desirable Market Square area.Following on the recommendations of the Washington Avenue Livable Center Plan, Asakura Robinson, along with Traffic Engineers, Inc., developed a new complete streets plan...
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Fort Bend Subregional Plan

The communities of Fort Bend County have been one of the true success stories of the Houston region, and have built upon important investments in transportation infrastructure, high-quality housing, and proximity to the region’s top job centers and natural areas. To continue the trajectory of these strengths and successes, the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Subregional Planning Initiative is helping the cities of Fort Bend County to help develop a locally-conceived, jurisdiction-specific, long range plan which will strengthen and grow Fort Bend County as the premier location in Texas to live, connect, prosper, learn, and enjoy and excellent quality of life while preserving...
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FM 1092 Access Management Study

FM 1092 (also called Murphy Road) is the main north-south corridor within the City of Stafford, providing access to regional destinations through freeway and transit connections, including US-59/I-69 and the METRO West Bellfort Park & Ride. Asakura Robinson provided public involvement and streetscape design expertise for the FM 1092 Access Management Study, as well as document design. The project went beyond the scope of conventional access management studies to provide guidance on placemaking techniques, develop a vision, and inform how entities can play an integral role in transforming the quality of spaces along the corridor. Recommended streetscape design elements accommodate all...
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Clear Lake Pedestrian and Bicyclist Study

This Houston-Galveston Area Council funded plan sought to engage local residents and stakeholders in the Clear Lake area of Houston in providing a framework for improved bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in the district. Asakura Robinson Company was engaged to assist in the development of conceptual and implementation plans and to develop and lead public charrettes, which included leading bike rides and walks within the neighborhood. The project included a series of meetings with local stakeholders and residents to assess current conditions, concerns and needs which were the basis of our recommendations. Download the full report here. View project sheet here....
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East End Mobility Study

Houston’s East End is one of the cities oldest neighborhoods. Historically Latino and in the shadow of downtown, this neighborhood has seen significant population decreases over the past fifty years. Although the population has now stabilized, significant land use changes are still occurring: industrial to residential; single-family to townhouse; warehouse to loft. In addition, the area will be transformed by the addition of two light rail lines, both slated to open in 2014. As such, there are significant concerns about the area’s complex transportation system, how modes will work together and what type of community the East End will become. In order to develop mobility options...
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