They are planning–if voters approve–a major path circling the city, ( much as our envisioned bike path would Sacramento County, see Golden Necklace Trail post on our News Page) as this article from City Parks Blog reports.
“Imagine Atlanta’s Beltline meeting Portland’s Master Bike Plan, and you’ll get a strong sense of what the completed Houston Bayou Greenways will look like over the next decade. And that’s why there is so much excitement over what the City of Houston is doing for its urban parks.
“Houston is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city of over 650 square miles and 2.3 million people. But this November, if citizens approve $166 million parks bond, Houston will also have over 150 miles of connected biking and walking paths along nearly 2,000 acres of new parkland, completely separated from cars.
“The bond dollars will help complete a system of connected parks throughout Houston known as the Bayou Greenways. Bayou Greenways are linear public parks along the major bayous flowing towards the Gulf of Mexico that connect many of Houston’s signature parks like Herman Park and Eleanor Tinsley Park. Much of the land along Houston’s bayous are either in the floodway or the floodplain, and thus not suitable for major development. By leveraging this otherwise natural land for the development of a connected park system, we accomplish multiple goals for less than half the cost. These lands are first and foremost parks: places to walk and bike, exercise or sit under a tree. But they also provide wildlife habitat, help our water quality and flood control, and unite our communities with safe, off-street, and connected access to our existing bus lines and sharrows.
“Houston currently has 75 miles of shared use paths and nearly 40,000 acres of parkland. With the addition of another 2,000 acres of parks directly along the bayous, Houston is poised to have a one-of-a-kind, off-street trail system that re-envisions transportation while at the same time, completing an urban park system like no other.”