Riding in Houston Gets a Boost w/ Doogie Roux

In this episode, John connects with Doogie Roux, a micro-mobility consultant, brand ambassador, and bicycle advocate based in Houston, Texas. They discuss a couple of truly innovative projects he's involved with that leverages electric assist bike technology to encourage more people to ride more often.

Show Notes:

It's not an understatement to say that Houston is one of the most challenged cities in North America when it comes to it's sprawling size, at 670+ square miles (1,739.69 km2) in the city limits and 10,062 square miles (26,060 km2) at the metro level, car-centric infrastructure, and climate, with months on end of hot humid weather, but what the city does have in impressive numbers are passionate people like Doogie Roux who are working hard to make this proud southern city more livable, beautiful, and fun.

As you'll soon learn from this episode, Doogie has a background in engineering and a deep love for cycling that turned into a new career direction, which included several years working Houston's B-Cycle Bikeshare program. Recently he has transitioned into a role as a micro-mobility consultant, brand ambassador, and active advocate for getting more people on bikes more often.

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Bosch eBike Systems

The Houston by eBike Travel Guide was created in collaboration with Houston resident and Micromobility consultant, Doogie Roux and highlights how to enjoy all the city has to offer by eBike, pointing to ride-sharing resources like Houston BCycle which has over 120 eBike share stations in the area. In addition, the guide offers a local’s view of Houston including: 
 
·       Bike-friendly restaurants and coffee stops encouraging stops at local favorites like El Tiempo for sizzling fajitas or visit The Original Ninfa's, a legendary hot-spot for Mexican fare 
·       Art scene exploration by eBike of places likeThe Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a decommissioned underground reservoir built in 1926 that currently features the art installation Time No Longer by Anri Sala 
·       Iconic views and historical locations such as Emancipation Park 
·       Adventure trails and calorie-burning activities like the Columbia Tap trail 
·       Music-themed rides like the 3rd Ward Tours 
·       Resources for eBike lovers such as Blue Line Bike Lab in the Heights, host of the Wednesday Night Bike Fight, a ride all about clipping in and going fast

“Bike Through H-Town” mural by mother-son artist duo Donkeeboy and Donkeemom. The mural was commissioned by Bosch eBike Systems to celebrate Houston’s rapid ascend to one of America’s most bike-friendly cities. To further encourage eBike adoption, Bosch launched an eBike travel series today, featuring Houston as its first city. Doogie's YouTube video of the unveiling.

Bike Houston

Active Towns Episode 38 featuring Commissioner Ellis and Fernando Martinez

Active Towns Episode 82 featuring Jason Slaughter of Not Just Bikes

Show Credits:
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