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For Houston Cyclists, Bike Plan Is on the Way

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Not much good could've come from Chelsea Norman dying in December 2013, killed while biking her way home from Whole Foods.

It was past 10 p.m. when she was hit by a car that did not stop. It wasn't until February that the woman driving the car that hit Norman was arrested.

A tip to Crime Stoppers helped solve the case

On Thursday, Crime Stoppers was rewarded with a $2,500 donation by BikeHouston, an organization that tries to provide a voice for local cyclists.

The donation is part of a larger campaign between BikeHouston and city government called Goal Zero Fatalities. With it, the Houston biking community may be on its way to more traffic protections.

According to an information guide on BikeHouston's website, Goal Zero Fatalities consists of four steps, the foremost of which is creating a bicycle master plan.

"We're just beginning the journey," said Michael Payne, BikeHouston's executive director.

We know that most master plans are something diabolic concocted by villainous movie characters. A bicycle master plan is the opposite. It will include hiring a planning firm that'll decide how to make traffic safer for bikers, and integrating the firm's suggestions into Houston's plans.

Mayor Annise Parker has agreed to help construct a bike master plan. Payne said that'll help change a city that isn't friendly to bikers. "It's bad in a car," Payne said. "On a bicycle, it's even worse."

Darian Ward, a spokesperson for the mayor's office, said Houston has never had a bicycle master plan.

Still, Payne thinks "there's no reason why (Houston) can't be one of the best cycling cities in North America."

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