New Bike Trail

Biking through downtown Houston just got easier thanks to new protected green lane

Biking through downtown Houston just got easier thanks to green lane

28 Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015 Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor Annise Parker bikes on the new two-way bike track at a press conference. Photo by Amar Mohite
16 Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015 Rodney Ellis with Mayor Annise Parker and Laura Spanjian and other officials
Rodney Ellis with Mayor Annise Parker and Laura Spanjian and other supporters. Photo by Amar Mohite
26 Bicyclers Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015
Excited cyclists break in the new two-way track in downtown Houston at the mayor's press conference. Photo by Amar Mohite
20 Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015 ribbon cutting
Mayor Annise Parker and supporters cut the ribbon at the launch of the new bike track. Photo by Amar Mohite
Mayor Annise Parker and Chester Pitts Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015
From left to right Mayor Annise Parker and NFL stars Chester Pitts, Wade Smith and Brandon Brooks attended in support of the bike track that promotes a healthier lifestyle. Photo by Janice Evans
28 Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015 Mayor Annise Parker
16 Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015 Rodney Ellis with Mayor Annise Parker and Laura Spanjian and other officials
26 Bicyclers Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015
20 Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015 ribbon cutting
Mayor Annise Parker and Chester Pitts Downtown Bicycle Park Connector two-way bike track March 2015

Attention cyclists, the first protected bike trail in Houston is finally here. Mayor Annise Parker and a slew of bike enthusiasts opened what they are calling the city's "first protected two-way cycle track" Thursday as she discussed plans to make Houston a bike-friendly place.

The park connector is located in a busy part of downtown Houston, linking Sam Houston Park to Discovery Green over a three-quarter mile route. The two-way track, on a portion of the street painted bright green, spans 10 blocks on Lamar, offering bike riders a safer and convenient way to get across downtown.

 The two-way track, on a portion of the street painted bright green, spans 10 blocks on Lamar, offering bike riders a safer and convenient way to get across downtown.  

With the new connection cyclists can access the Buffalo Bayou Trails, connecting into the greater Heights and Northside neighborhoods, and the Colombia Tap Trail, which provides a direct connection into the historic Third Ward and Texas Southern University.

(A description of the project explains that "two-way cycle tracks are separated bicycle lanes that allow bicycle travel in both directions on one side of the road. They are frequently used on one-way streets and provide dedicated, protected space for bicyclists.")

The mayor said she plans to soon unveil a new bike plan that will “analyze and identify the best routes for additional new on-street connections to our off street system, close gaps and create a connected and robust system for residents to enjoy the city, get exercise and stay healthy,” according to prepared remarks.

A number of Houston cyclists attended the press conference and took a ride on the track along with the mayor and her supporters. Also on hand were Bob Eury, executive director of Downtown District, Houston City Council member Robert Gallegos and Michael Payne of BikeHouston, a nonprofit dedicated to making Houston a better city for cyclists. Current and former NFL stars Brandon Brooks, Chester Pitts, and Wade Smith also came out to support the launch.