Opening of Lamar Street’s protected bike lane

Mar. 23, 2015BikeHouston.org

The bicycling community and many others have been excited to watch the green paint going down on Lamar Street. Houston’s first protected bike lane marks a step in Houston’s progress towards becoming a more livable city where people have healthy and safe transportation options. BikeHouston advisory board members have been in on the concept from the start and we are proud to see the leadership from the city’s Public Works and Engineering (PWE) Department.

As we celebrate the opening we are looking to the future and considering how to get the next connections built to create a network of bike trails, lanes and routes. The first phase of the Lamar Street protected bike lane is complete, running west from Discovery Green to Sam Houston Park, and we need to keep building it so it connects to Buffalo Bayou Park trails to the west and to Columbia Tap trails to the east. On the west side, stopping at Sam Houston Park means there still is a dangerous quarter mile to cover in order to connect to Buffalo Bayou Park trails. Possible solutions include building a shared-use trail underneath the highway ramps to a safer marked pedestrian and bicycling crossing at Walker, or extending the lane along Lamar to cross at Sabine. The issue here isn’t technical, we just need to find the funding to make it happen.

The upcoming Allen Parkway realignment project is one obvious place where this connection could be included. The Downtown TIRZ and PWE are working on this project and Buffalo Bayou Partnership is another major stakeholder. BikeHouston is asking them to consider how this critical connection could be included in the project.

Please come out to celebrate the opening of the Lamar Street protected bike lane, on Thursday, March 26, from 12:30 – 1 p.m., between Brazos and Smith to show your support of protected bike lanes and our growing bike network! More supporters here helps us demonstrate the need to keep building.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Lamar Street protected bike lane. Meet on Lamar Street between Brazos and Smith, near the public library at 12:30 pm. Please wear your BikeHouston t-shirt if you have one or stop by the BH tent to purchase one. We want to show that BikeHouston supports good bicycle infrastructure.