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Cyclists And Walkers Have A New Trail In The Heights

The trail closes one of the gaps in Houston’s extensive bike network.

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  • Cyclists head downhill on the new White Oak Trail
    Cyclists head downhill on the new White Oak Trail
  • Overhead view of the new White Oak Bayou Trail
    Overhead view of the new White Oak Bayou Trail
  • The new White Oak Bayou Trail near I-10
    The new White Oak Bayou Trail near I-10
  • New White Oak Bayou Trail
    New White Oak Bayou Trail
  • Cyclist Rick Wasson tries out the new White Oak Bayou Trail
    Cyclist Rick Wasson tries out the new White Oak Bayou Trail
  • White Oak Bayou Trail under I-10
    White Oak Bayou Trail under I-10
  • The new trail along White Oak Bayou runs over two miles.
    The new trail along White Oak Bayou runs over two miles.
  • Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen gathers with dignitaries to cut the ribbon for the new White Oak Bayou Trail.
    Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen gathers with dignitaries to cut the ribbon for the new White Oak Bayou Trail.
  • Beth White, President and CEO of the Houston Parks Board
    Beth White, President and CEO of the Houston Parks Board
  • Cyclists head downhill on the new White Oak Trail
    Cyclists head downhill on the new White Oak Trail
  • Cyclists on the Heights trail near White Oak
    Cyclists on the Heights trail near White Oak

You can get on the new White Oak Bayou trail from the Heights trail near Studemont and I-10. You can ride it for a little over two miles to Egbert Street, west of Shepherd.

Beth White with the Houston Parks Board says as they close more gaps in the trail network, cyclists and walkers can make more trips without having to get on the streets.

"I think this will have a huge impact on trail usage," says White. "I think more people will use it for commuting to work and also just getting out and exercising."

One of the cyclists trying out the new trail was Rick Wasson, who rode over from Meyerland. Wasson says an enhanced trail network should give people more travel options.

"Instead of a Sunday drive you'll go out on your bicycle for a Sunday ride instead of tying up extra traffic on the roads," adds Wasson.

The new White Oak Bayou Trail costs $4 million and it was mostly funded by the Memorial-Heights Redevelopment Authority.

White Oak Bayou Greenway
White Oak Bayou Greenway Project Map.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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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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