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21 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Oh really? Do you have info on what issues the city is facing?

 

In terms of implementing the bike plan?

 

I think that they don't want to commit any extra funding (more than the $1 mil and change annually) and are planning on using the normal schedule of road construction/replacement to implement more bike and pedestrian friendly infrastructure.

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New signage for the Houston Bikeways went up near Saint Arnold in the last few days:

 

https://twitter.com/JamesLLlamas/status/1073211750374408192

 

This section is being re-striped (to a wider range) and having curbs replaced and no parking signs installed along entire route.

 

It's currently not illegal to park in a bike lane unless there is a corresponding no parking sign (rolleyes X infinity)

 

They've made big strides with this project in the last few weeks. They're going to be doing Lyons from Jensen all of the way to McKee. Hardy and McKee will eventually have dedicated bike infrastructure to head into downtown. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, august948 said:

So, Ellis mentions they got 19 miles done.  Is that just part of the 50 or is that all that the city and county were able to accomplish?

That’s a good question. Maybe he meant that out of the 50 miles 19 are finished, not that the rest won’t be done.

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15 hours ago, august948 said:

So, Ellis mentions they got 19 miles done.  Is that just part of the 50 or is that all that the city and county were able to accomplish?

 

Those 19 miles are just part of the new facilities. There will be an announcement in the next couple weeks (there are 7 days, 6 hours and change left on the Build 50 clock) and I think people will be pleased ;) .

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Also:

 

The Build 50 Challenge is a campaign developed by BikeHouston and issued to the City of Houston, Harris County, Metro, Houston Parks Board, and others to build 50 miles of on and off street bikeways in 12 months (or by May 2019).

Every line on the map under the “Build 50 Challenge” tab is apart of the Build 50 Challenge. As a part of the challenge, these projects need to be completed or under construction by May 1, 2019 to be counted. Most of these projects are being funded by Precinct 1 with the agreement that the city will lose the $10 million commitment if they don’t spend it by the end of the challenge. Watch Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Commissioner Ellis commit to the challenge here.

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1 hour ago, Alec said:

 

Those 19 miles are just part of the new facilities. There will be an announcement in the next couple weeks (there are 7 days, 6 hours and change left on the Build 50 clock) and I think people will be pleased ;) .

 

Yeah, it'll be interesting to see what is announced. 

 

I would assume we are looking at:

 

1) Start of construction of a chunk of Third Ward network.

2) Start of construction of Austin Corridor.

3) Announcement of designs of remaining third ward network (Gray/Polk)

4) Start of construction of MLK portion.

5) The closing of the north side of Main Street and conversion to bike/pedestrian usage only a la Las Ramblas in Barcelona (ok maybe not this one, but a man can dream). 

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35 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Is that truck driving in the bike lane? I saw a car driving on the lanes near McKee

You have to cross the bike lane to turn right onto Houston Ave from White Oak.

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On 6/2/2019 at 2:48 PM, wilcal said:

Houston @ White Oak got green paint and armadillos Saturday morning, completing the project right there. Looks great!

 

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Does anyone know what entity was behind this project? Any links online?

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On 6/5/2019 at 3:21 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

Is that truck driving in the bike lane? I saw a car driving on the lanes near McKee

 

He was actually parked there, but I believe they were part of the crew putting the finishing touches on construction.

 

22 minutes ago, Triton said:

Does anyone know what entity was behind this project? Any links online?

 

It's a Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ) project. A recent update PDF from Jones Carter


They have some coverage on their site here

 

And they actually link to my blog post about it here 

 

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Wait what? Their putting a bike path next to the redline? Is this...real life? Huge news if true. 

 

Main in downtown and Midtown is basically a sharrow, but man people can still be assholes despite being stuck on a one lane road going 30mph. 

 

edit: @wilcal what is this sorcery? 

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On 2/15/2020 at 4:43 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

 

 

10 hours ago, cspwal said:

Where is that?

 

Sign appears to be at Cavalcade @ AIrline.

 

18 minutes ago, X.R. said:

Wait what? Their putting a bike path next to the redline? Is this...real life? Huge news if true. 

 

Main in downtown and Midtown is basically a sharrow, but man people can still be assholes despite being stuck on a one lane road going 30mph. 

 

edit: @wilcal what is this sorcery? 

 

Don't get too excited, I remember reading something about this before and along the red line it's sidewalk improvements only. 

 

I did find this PDF from the a public meeting held in June 2018

 

The TLDR is this from Airline to Irvington

 

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It's Airline and W Cavalcade. I live right next to the intersection. They shrunk the medians by about 2 feet on either side to fit a new bike lane. I'm excited about the new sidewalks!

1 hour ago, wilcal said:

 

 

Sign appears to be at Cavalcade @ AIrline.

 

 

Don't get too excited, I remember reading something about this before and along the red line it's sidewalk improvements only. 

 

I did find this PDF from the a public meeting held in June 2018

 

The TLDR is this from Airline to Irvington

 

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It is only to Irvington, which makes no sense to me because just another 150 ft away they could actually connect it to the Red Line and the the rest of the W Cavalcade going west needs to be done in the same manner. 

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1 hour ago, mollusk said:

The buffer is great for planting trees, which calm traffic and make walking or cycling more pleasant (that whole shade thing).

Yeah but it also makes for muddier sidewalks and no connection to the street. Post Oak and parts of Westheimer are what Houston sidewalks should be throughout the entire city. imo

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23 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

It's Airline and W Cavalcade. I live right next to the intersection. They shrunk the medians by about 2 feet on either side to fit a new bike lane. I'm excited about the new sidewalks!

It is only to Irvington, which makes no sense to me because just another 150 ft away they could actually connect it to the Red Line and the the rest of the W Cavalcade going west needs to be done in the same manner. 

 

??  It says it goes from Airline to Irvington.  Going from Airline to Irvington on Cavalcade will necessarily intersect with the Red Line, right at Cavalcade Station.

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Looks like Hutchins is getting done really quick:

 

 

Not the biggest fan of Hutchin's development, but its 100% better than the old bike lanes like the ones in East downtown/Wesleyan.

 

And this shows that Cleburne is going to be done sooner than later: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/February-News-and-Updates.html?soid=1118751441959&aid=v8XUCwq_TFI

 

So from Hermann park you can take either Caroline or La Branch (both have generally slow traffic, easy to be on the road with cars), take a right on Cleburne, take Hutchins to Gray and then access East Downtown via the Columbia Tap. On mostly high-comfort bike lanes. Thats amazing considering where Houston was 10 years ago. 

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1 hour ago, X.R. said:

So from Hermann park you can take either Caroline or La Branch (both have generally slow traffic, easy to be on the road with cars), take a right on Cleburne, take Hutchins to Gray and then access East Downtown via the Columbia Tap. On mostly high-comfort bike lanes. Thats amazing considering where Houston was 10 years ago. 

From Hermann Park you can (for a long time now) go south and access Brays Bayou and get straight to Columbia Tap to get to East downtown. What I am hoping is doable is getting from Hermann Park to northeast Midtown (Bagby and Gray) direct quickly and safely. I've taken Caroline and Austin before, but haven't attempted Gray since they added the bike path. How far south does that extend?

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On 2/17/2020 at 10:15 AM, wilcal said:

 

 

Sign appears to be at Cavalcade @ AIrline.

 

 

Don't get too excited, I remember reading something about this before and along the red line it's sidewalk improvements only. 

 

I did find this PDF from the a public meeting held in June 2018

 

The TLDR is this from Airline to Irvington

 

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I'd rather the buffer be 4' and sidewalk 7' instead.

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3 hours ago, X.R. said:

Looks like Hutchins is getting done really quick:

 

Not the biggest fan of Hutchin's development, but its 100% better than the old bike lanes like the ones in East downtown/Wesleyan.

 

And this shows that Cleburne is going to be done sooner than later: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/February-News-and-Updates.html?soid=1118751441959&aid=v8XUCwq_TFI

 

So from Hermann park you can take either Caroline or La Branch (both have generally slow traffic, easy to be on the road with cars), take a right on Cleburne, take Hutchins to Gray and then access East Downtown via the Columbia Tap. On mostly high-comfort bike lanes. Thats amazing considering where Houston was 10 years ago. 

 

Hutchins is paint only, so definitely a lot faster!

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3 hours ago, skwatra said:

From Hermann Park you can (for a long time now) go south and access Brays Bayou and get straight to Columbia Tap to get to East downtown. What I am hoping is doable is getting from Hermann Park to northeast Midtown (Bagby and Gray) direct quickly and safely. I've taken Caroline and Austin before, but haven't attempted Gray since they added the bike path. How far south does that extend?

 

Yeah you could take Bayou to Columbia tap but that always made me feel like I was going out of my way to go back up. Plus, at the very least, you have to access Brays either at the light on Almeda or cross somewhere else in the park to get into the bayou which then has me surrounded by usually fast traffic. I like this because to me it feels like less of a hassle, cars are a little slower. So basically, if I want the extra exercise its Bayou to Columbia, otherwise its the new way. 

 

Gray is super-duper nice. Goes from Bagby down to the Columbia Tapp, but the portion of nearest to the columbia tap for like three streets is a sharrow. Then it gets protected. With Bagby in downtown getting the facelift its getting, I'm wondering if bike volume on Bagby in Midtown will go up. That area, with all the apartments, need something other than the sidewalk (since people actually walk in that area) that is away from the cars to allow for bikes. 

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17 hours ago, X.R. said:

 

Plus, at the very least, you have to access Brays either at the light on Almeda or cross somewhere else in the park to get into the bayou which then has me surrounded by usually fast traffic. 

 

there is a underpass that goes under MacGregor at the park near the bridge across the bayou (google says it's called the "Bill Coats Bridge".

 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Brays+Bayou+Greenway+Trail,+Houston,+TX+77030/@29.7101631,-95.3873856,253m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640bf8eed72ae59:0x423941968fb7f326!8m2!3d29.7101619!4d-95.3868384

 

makes things a lot safer/easier.

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5 hours ago, samagon said:

 

there is a underpass that goes under MacGregor at the park near the bridge across the bayou (google says it's called the "Bill Coats Bridge".

 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Brays+Bayou+Greenway+Trail,+Houston,+TX+77030/@29.7101631,-95.3873856,253m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640bf8eed72ae59:0x423941968fb7f326!8m2!3d29.7101619!4d-95.3868384

 

makes things a lot safer/easier.

 

Oooo will check it out. I sort of stay away from the gravel areas of the park, aka the main trail, because I feel like such a dick sometimes on my bike because of how many people are walking. Anyone else feel like that? I know that might be strange. The bayous are home for my bike, but man when Hermann park is busy I just dunno about getting on the gravel trail.

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Yeah so my section of Cavalcade where the sidewalk improvements are being mode mostly consist of a few new bus shelters and new ramps on to the sidewalks. While it is nice, there are quite a few problem areas where the sidewalk just plain sucks. I’m ready to see the bike lane painted. 

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On Polk where they're improving the bike lane, they're starting with new floating bus stops and new sidewalk ramps, but they're also going to be redoing the pavement and putting something in to make the bike lane protected, at least according to the project drawings.  Maybe Cavalcade they haven't gotten there yet?

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2 hours ago, cspwal said:

On Polk where they're improving the bike lane, they're starting with new floating bus stops and new sidewalk ramps, but they're also going to be redoing the pavement and putting something in to make the bike lane protected, at least according to the project drawings.  Maybe Cavalcade they haven't gotten there yet?

 

I saw some of the improvements, and they look great, I admit I was a bit worried about the implementation on Polk, but I like what I've seen so far.

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