Cyclists Could Soon Have An Easier Way To Ride Into Downtown Houston

The city continues to close gaps in its expanding bike trail system. The latest project is an extension of the Lamar Cycle Track.


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The Lamar Cycle Track is a two-way bike path that links Discovery Green and Sam Houston Park. It opened a couple of years ago. But the problem is that riders can't connect to it from other trails and they have to ride with street traffic to get there.

That's soon going to change.

The city is now wrapping up work on a quarter-mile extension on the west side near Sam Houston Park. Public Works Deputy Director Jeff Weatherford says riders will be able to get on the cycle track directly from the Buffalo Bayou trail.

We met with Weatherford near the project site.

"This is a good solution for an area of town where we've got a lot of traffic but we've got some excess capacity," explains Weatherford.

The on-street Lamar extension will be painted green, just like the downtown trail. But before they can move ahead with the project Weatherford says they need to deal with a seam in the pavement.

"We're having some repair work done on this street basically to smooth out that seam some," adds Weatherford. "And then we'll continue it down to make that connection."

Weatherford says they hope to have the extension ready by the end of March. After that, they'll look at improving connections on the east side of downtown.

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Gail Delaughter

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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