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Old 11-11-16, 03:02 PM   #1
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Houston White Oak Bayou to Height Connection

Anyone have any information on the delay in connecting the White Oak Bayou Trail to the Heights Bike trail? Less than a couple hundred feet of trail would connect the two trails and allow people to avoid the crossing at Sawyer and the trail from hell that goes through a large commercial area.


I have asked the city and all they will say is that it is with the Army Corps of Engineers. I know the government is known for inefficiency but it has been a more than a couple of years laying incomplete.


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Try contacting Army Corps of Engineers.
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I have tried contacting the ACE. I think I even was able to get the project manager's email address. I get the feeling that responding to requests for information from the general public is not high on their list because I have gotten nothing.
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Guess you will have to wait it out...Good Luck
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Do you commute by bike?
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I do yes. 25 miles a day. Not everyday but I try.
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Contact BikeHouston. They worked on the new bike plan.
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Can't you also exit White Oak Bayou trail a bit earlier and ride White Oak Dr around the complex to connect on the diagonal where trail recrosses White Oak Dr ?

And yes, I hear you. Trail would be easy to connect directly.
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Can't you also exit White Oak Bayou trail a bit earlier and ride White Oak Dr around the complex to connect on the diagonal where trail recrosses White Oak Dr ?

And yes, I hear you. Trail would be easy to connect directly.


Certainly I can. At 6:30 in the morning I don't mind a little bit of road riding but I have ridden White Oak Drive at rush hour before and found it to be a bit unsettling. I am interested in this section being complete because it would put me in less contact with vehicles. Riding White Oak would put me into contact with a greater number.
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I absolutely get your point. I ride the central Houston trail systems frequently. My wife lived in a couple of different places in the Heights and Oak Forest. We have many friends in the Heights, Montrose, and Garden Oaks areas as well.
I stayed in downtown HTown this past August and learned to navigate around this exact area when moving from downtown out the White Oak Bayou trail to The Heights trail and on outside of the loop. I used the connection around Sawyer 2 or 3 times and just rode White Oak Dr and surface streets a couple of times. I live and ride in South Austin everyday. Our bicycle facilities in our zone of town are significantly inferior to the trails and options in this area of central Houston. So none of this area bothered me at all. That being said, I am entirely on your side in advocating for a direct connection separate from surface streets and shared ROW with auto traffic. It is reasonable, feasible, and easy enough to do. Good luck on your mission. Keep at it and be the change you want to be.
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Does Houston have a Bicycle Advisory Council to your city council ? Pedestrian Advisory Council ? These organizations have direct connections and political pull with local and regional authorities. Get involved.
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Thanks and thanks for the ideas. I contacted the outreach coordinator with the city and have not received a response. I will pursue "Bike Houston". Squeaky wheel gets the grease right...


I live in oak forest and am very excited about being able to ride a trail all the way downtown. Never thought Houston would be bike friendly.


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Spend time and $ at Blue Line Bicycle Laboratory. Get to know the staff and other transportation cyclists moving through that exact zone. Seek Critical Mass for your issue.

http://www.bluelinebikelab.com/

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