Transportation

New Project Closes A Gap In Houston’s Bike Trail System

The City of Houston has opened its newest bike path along Buffalo Bayou. The project is designed to address a problem that cyclists have been complaining about for a long time.

You can ride your bike along much of Buffalo Bayou, but there was a small piece missing near the Wortham Center. Anne Olsen with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership explains the problem:

“You couldn’t get from Shepherd Drive all the way to Allen’s Landing,” says Olsen. “We just opened Buffalo Bayou Park, which is just so popular. There are so many cyclists, and then they would come downtown and they would stop and they couldn’t go any farther.”

But now there’s a new section of trail along the bayou that bridges the gap between Smith and Travis Streets.

It’s about three-tenths of a mile but it didn’t come cheap. It cost nearly $5 million, with much of that money provided by a federal grant.

Olsen says it was a challenging project because the trail runs under four major streets.   

“There was incredible heavy infrastructure in this section,” explains Olsen.  “Some of the trail you’ll see is cantilevered over the bayou.”

The new bike path also highlights some interesting spots in Houston history.

There’s the Magnolia Ballroom which dates back to the 1800’s. You can also view the old Donnellan burial crypt which once held the remains of three early Houstonians.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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