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Work has started on extending the bike trail further east of McKee just south of Buffalo Bayou.  Just a short extension to the existing trails at James Bute Park will allow the trails on the south ban

Improvements on N Main (Not exactly a new bike lane but definitely looks safer to cross)   Judge Alfred Hernandez Tunnel by Marc longoria, on Flickr   New bikes lanes on Hous

I can't seem to find the downtown bike path thread. Looks like they are finally connection to the Buffalo Bayou park:   New bike lane by Marc longoria, on Flickr

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12 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Does anyone know who is responsible for maintaining these new bike lanes? Like if we notice a repair or clean up needed on one of the lanes. 

 

Probably 311 since the lanes are on city streets

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1 minute ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

Probably 311 since the lanes are on city streets

Yeah prob right. I've just noticed some small areas that could be patched up or cleaned up recently. I'd hate to have all these new bike lanes neglected over the years. 

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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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So this is looking great btw. They started making extended platforms for buses and where the bike lane will go. It’s exceeding my expectations tbh The ONLY issue I have is I wish they extended further down Cavalcade to Studewood and it involved repaving broken areas of the sidewalk as well. Only the ramps are being redone. 

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So this is what’s being done from Airline to Irvington. I’m assuming the 2nd pic is part of the bike lane but not sure the bozo in the white truck knows that. 

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until it's well marked, no one knows how to use any of that. hahaha

 

it's all new to everyone.

 

I was downtown yesterday and they have definitely finished painting Austin next to Phoenicia. cars parked in the bike lane, even with it having been painted. I suspect there will be more to come there, and I'll be interested to see how they mitigate/implement.

 

I'm guessing there's a lot more to come. I have seen cores taken out of the street, I assume they are going to be putting in bollards to split the lane and keep cars from entering the lane (similar to these bollards: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7457794,-95.3464514,3a,15y,14.84h,80.3t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1saGa1Rhbzb3LgmbGBP1goNQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DaGa1Rhbzb3LgmbGBP1goNQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D311.1512%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192). 

 

I also noticed that on Lamar they added a concrete bumper in front of the 4 seasons directly on the corner with Austin.

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44 minutes ago, samagon said:

until it's well marked, no one knows how to use any of that. hahaha

 

it's all new to everyone.

 

I was downtown yesterday and they have definitely finished painting Austin next to Phoenicia. cars parked in the bike lane, even with it having been painted. I suspect there will be more to come there, and I'll be interested to see how they mitigate/implement.

 

I'm guessing there's a lot more to come. I have seen cores taken out of the street, I assume they are going to be putting in bollards to split the lane and keep cars from entering the lane (similar to these bollards: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7457794,-95.3464514,3a,15y,14.84h,80.3t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1saGa1Rhbzb3LgmbGBP1goNQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DaGa1Rhbzb3LgmbGBP1goNQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D311.1512%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192). 

 

I also noticed that on Lamar they added a concrete bumper in front of the 4 seasons directly on the corner with Austin.

I'm a little confused as to how people in wheel chairs will access the pedestrian islands for the bus stops. And does this narrow traffic down to one lane, because it bottlenecks in these area to one lane?

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hard to tell, but it looks to me like the bike path elevates to meet the elevation of the sidewalk. 

 

so a pedestrian, or person with a wheelchair, will have to cross the bike path to get to the bus platform, island, thingy.

 

it's a very dutch design. the first few times you cross a bike path in the Netherlands you are a bit worried, and maybe even forget to look, but you get used to it.

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15 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I'm a little confused as to how people in wheel chairs will access the pedestrian islands for the bus stops. And does this narrow traffic down to one lane, because it bottlenecks in these area to one lane?

 

Will something be place in the grooved part to bridge the gap? It looks like both sides have the groove.

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15 hours ago, TacoDog said:

 

Will something be place in the grooved part to bridge the gap? It looks like both sides have the groove.

See that’s what I don’t understand. I’m so confused about the design. 

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3 hours ago, Texasota said:

That looks like it's there for drainage. I would expect a metal grate that fits into the little grooves in the corners to create a continuous surface. 

Bingo. That's exactly what the grooves in the concrete are there for.

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2 hours ago, skooljunkie said:

I give it 6 months tops by the time those drainage channels will be clogged with silt and another 16 years before anyone in this cash-strapped town does anything about it. 

Hell I already saw problem areas with this bit of rain that just came through

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I would hope that whatever grates that are being put in place will be in some way immovable. 

 

I'm guessing these will be the kinds of grates that we see:

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7 hours ago, Texasota said:

That looks like it's there for drainage. I would expect a metal grate that fits into the little grooves in the corners to create a continuous surface. 

 

Yes you are correct.

 

4 hours ago, skooljunkie said:

I give it 6 months tops by the time those drainage channels will be clogged with silt and another 16 years before anyone in this cash-strapped town does anything about it. 

 

Of course it looks clogged right now. Its still all under construction. Thats like going to a residential build site and complaining that there is no grass yet.

 

On 5/27/2020 at 9:19 AM, samagon said:

hard to tell, but it looks to me like the bike path elevates to meet the elevation of the sidewalk. 

 

so a pedestrian, or person with a wheelchair, will have to cross the bike path to get to the bus platform, island, thingy.

 

it's a very dutch design. the first few times you cross a bike path in the Netherlands you are a bit worried, and maybe even forget to look, but you get used to it.

 

Your also correct. Its used in a lot of places. Saw it a lot whenever I went to the UK, particularly in London.

 

There are things they can do in the next iterations of this design that would really improve things.

 

First, they need to start using pavers instead of all concrete. Different colored pavers would really help to differentiate what is what, and what is separate from what. The reconstruction of Bagby Street downtown has a pretty great design that illustrates this idea.

 

Second, the grate bridging the gap is ok, but it would be better if it wasn't just a channel, but instead it was a storm drain in of itself. Would solve the potential silt issues that @skooljunkie which I'm not debating won't happen later on no doubt. He is correct on that. Just think he is jumping the gun a bit to quick. I'm also hoping these grates won't just be placed on top of the groove in the concrete, but will be bolted into it, so it stays in place. Right now I don't see holes in the grooves for this, so I doubt it.

 

Not the best design, but for a 1st iteration in this town its a great first step. Again they really need to account for aesthetics and drainage system planning into these designs in the next iteration. Gotta at least pat them on the back for at least trying something different for a change. Been impressed with METRO with at least move forward even if it has been awkward, and a bit haphazard.

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5 minutes ago, Triton said:

Caroline Street looks really good

 

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Caroline Street Bike Lanes by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

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Caroline Street Bike Lanes by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

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Caroline Street Bike Lanes by Marc longoria, on Flickr

 

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Caroline Street Bike Lanes by Marc longoria, on Flickr

The city needs to put parking signs up to show people where to park. I almost got hit dead on twice last night from people driving on the bike lanes. BUT this is beautiful urban-ism. Continuing to improve and build upon on our city. Think about how much better of a presence The Park Shops will have when they renovate.

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46 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

The city needs to put parking signs up to show people where to park. I almost got hit dead on twice last night from people driving on the bike lanes. BUT this is beautiful urban-ism. Continuing to improve and build upon on our city. Think about how much better of a presence The Park Shops will have when they renovate.

Yup, got nearly hit twice myself today right at Hardy St. going over I-10. First was a random person and then an Amazon delivery driver. I even yelled at them to get out and they barely clipped me in the bike lane.

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19 minutes ago, Triton said:

Yup, got nearly hit twice myself today right at Hardy St. going over I-10. First was a random person and then an Amazon delivery driver. I even yelled at them to get out and they barely clipped me in the bike lane.

That lane over I-10 is getting destroyed by cars because of stupid drivers. 

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On 5/30/2020 at 4:47 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

The city needs to put parking signs up to show people where to park. I almost got hit dead on twice last night from people driving on the bike lanes. BUT this is beautiful urban-ism. Continuing to improve and build upon on our city. Think about how much better of a presence The Park Shops will have when they renovate.

 

My hope is in the next round of street redo's that Downtown will get they will actually build in all this infrastructure. We have to remember that this is a stop gap until then. You are correct though that until all this new infrastructure is literally baked into the design of upgraded roads they need to better delineate one thing from another. I've just been surprised at how quickly they have been rolling out these new protected bike ways. It seemed like it took them forever to put in the bikeway from Buffalo Bayou to Discovery Green, but these have been going in lightning quick. Its like a new protected bikeway every couple of weeks.

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On 5/30/2020 at 5:56 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

That lane over I-10 is getting destroyed by cars because of stupid drivers. 

 

Personally, I'm a HUGE fan of the warehouse with a giant "BIKE LANE" sign in front of it.

 

Really sad how little people pay attention to the obvious bike paths...

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I mean the long term affect of driving with no responsibility to others in this city because of poor infrastructure and a lack of creating more pedestrian oriented development has allowed people to drive recklessly and ignore very common sense rules of the road.

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well, it's just like metrorail.

 

people will learn over time how to interact with these new ideas.

 

on the one hand, as cyclists, it sucks that we have to remain on guard even in a protected lane.

 

on the other hand, we can focus our attention to our personal safety to a few specific areas.

 

with all the new cyclists out there, I am so hopeful that we are in a bit of a turning point, and that more people will want more areas for safe cycling.

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20 hours ago, samagon said:

well, it's just like metrorail.

 

people will learn over time how to interact with these new ideas.

 

on the one hand, as cyclists, it sucks that we have to remain on guard even in a protected lane.

 

on the other hand, we can focus our attention to our personal safety to a few specific areas.

 

with all the new cyclists out there, I am so hopeful that we are in a bit of a turning point, and that more people will want more areas for safe cycling.

I agree. This city is def making a turn in to a much more bike friendly city. The ton's of new bike lanes, the bike trails which is basically a highway system for cyclists, and the bike share program are forcing people to pay attention more. We can def become a gold level bike city in just a couple of years if we keep moving forward.

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saw this today on my afternoon ride:

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quick google and I found this:

https://www.constructionbidsource.com/archives/leeland-bike-lane-construction-project-houston-tx

 

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Project consists of a long-term retrofit for High Comfort (Buffered) Bike Lanes along both sides of Leeland Street from Velasco Street (Columbia Tap Trail) to Cullen Blvd. (3,500 FT) and on both sides of Cullen Boulevard from Leeland Street to Polk Street (1,000 FT)

 

wish they were carrying it farther down leeland, at least all the way to lawndale, but I guess in time...

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Improvements to Heights Blvd. and some MKT trail intersections are now being planned by TIRZ 5. Construction planned for 2021 according to budget. Here are some highlights from the June Board meeting:

 

Project No. T-0527 Heights Boulevard Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety:

TASK A: Final Design for Bicycle Safety Improvements on Heights Boulevard
Addition of Shared Use Trail along Heights Boulevard: The overall work at this location involves striping of new bike lines on existing pavement along Heights Boulevard between IH 10 Frontage Road and Center Street, and adding concrete shared use trail behind the curb between Center Street and Washington Avenue. We understand that the existing sidewalk will be replaced with shared use trail. [Includes design of buffered bike lanes on either side of Heights Boulevard].

 

TASK B: Analysis and Final Design of HAWK Signal at Heights Boulevard and the MKT Trail

 

TASK C  Final Design of Safety Improvements along the MKT Trail

 

MKT Trail at Heights Boulevard: Improvements at this location includes construction of raised crosswalk across Heights Boulevard and installation of new traffic signal.

 

MKT Trail at Houston Avenue and Sawyer Street: Improvements at these locations includes construction of raised crosswalk across Houston Avenue and Sawyer Street.

Includes design of landing condition on Northeast corner of Sawyer and crosswalk improvements.

Includes design of pedestrian signal improvements at the Northeast corner of Sawyer.
Includes signage improvements along the trail.

 

Project No. T-0529 Yale and Center Intersection - Reconstruct intersection, replace signal and improve pedestrian crossing at Yale Street at Center Street.

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The intersection of White Oak and Houston is really disappointing. The northbound buffered bike lane becomes an unbuffered lane sandwiched between the through lane and the right turn lane. Bad bad bad. Don't they understand that intersections are the *most* dangerous places and need more protection, not less? And they had so much room to play with; it's not like this is due to space constraints. 

 

The description of the planned work sounds good though.

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They've started work on the Leeland bike lane.  Looks like it's going from Scott to the Columbia Tap trail

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(Columbia Tap trail is right behind the sign)

 

Curb work

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I had to ride around this heading northbound. It wasn't to bad for me but anyone heading south had to backtrack 1/2 block or jump the cable straddling the bike path.

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20 hours ago, EaDo Lou said:

Work has started on extending the bike trail further east of McKee just south of Buffalo Bayou.  Just a short extension to the existing trails at James Bute Park will allow the trails on the south banks of Buffalo Bayou east of HWY 59 to be connected to the rest of the Buffalo Bayou/White Oak Bayou trails.

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I wonder if BBP managed to acquire the old Gable Street Power plant property from Centerpoint? Would be great to turn that into a recreational area. 

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On 8/28/2020 at 5:40 PM, EaDo Lou said:

Work has started on extending the bike trail further east of McKee just south of Buffalo Bayou.  Just a short extension to the existing trails at James Bute Park will allow the trails on the south banks of Buffalo Bayou east of HWY 59 to be connected to the rest of the Buffalo Bayou/White Oak Bayou trails.

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And this project should tie in with work extending the Buffalo Bayou trails eastward from Allen’s Landing to McKee St. Also, the new east trails will have a promenade at Austin St that connects to its bike lane. 
 

 

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