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Old 11-14-16, 08:39 AM   #26
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Looks like the Westchase area is ramping up construction on off-road MUPs and eventually some improved on-street bike lanes. Most are short <1-2 mile stretches or connectors, but it's a start.
There's a public hearing on the future of this Mobility Plan so if you live/work in the area please try to attend or get your voice heard: Public Comment on Mobility Plan through Jan. 15 - Westchase District

There's a whole powerpoint with the maps and stuff on their site somewhere too but I can't find it today - maybe someone else will have better luck.
It looks like a great start to improving connectivity especially along such a heavily trafficked area.
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Looking to increase commute distance between Heights and Tanglewood (Houston). Ideas?

Hey Houston bikers!

I have a commute I take to work from The Heights to Tanglewood which is 8.59miles depending on how I get around memorial park. Main streets I take are White Oak westward to Heights Blvd, h soutto Washington, west to Memorial Drive (bike path), then after 610 West underpass I ride west parallel to Woodway until I hit Bering (sorry for the lengthy description, new forum members can't post URLs).

I'm wanting to increase this gradually over the next few months. Does anyone have a similar commute or could suggest some extra streets I could add? I typically leave early, between 5:30-6am and I'd prefer not to ride east if I can avoid it. Maybe north/south on a few extra streets that are safe and in decent shape.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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take some laps on the picnic loop in Memorial Park. Or try (heading west) the Heights trail to the White Oak trail, then west on W11th to W 12th (get creative), get under 610 somehow, then south on N Post Oak Rd, jog west to N Post Oak Lane, continue south to Woodway.
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New Commuter in Clear Lake area

Hi! I'm on the SE side of town in the Clear Lake area. Started following along here today and on ****** in a few of the bicycling subs earlier this week. I started commuting about a week ago after reading some Mr. Money Mustache blog stuff. The weather is reasonable in the winter here, my office is only about 6 miles away, why am I not doing this already? Houston is such a car (or SUV and truck) kinda town.

I ride through some Clear Lake neighborhoods including some bayous and "Exploration Green" which is still being developed (very slowly). Eventually I end up on Hwy 3 (Old Galveston Road) and ride on the shoulder up to Ellington Field. The crossings at the railways and getting onto Hwy 3 is a little less than ideal. I'm learning lots of things.

I have been riding my 1991 Specialized Hard Rock (hard tail MTB), but I got a new bike Monday (Priority Gotham - 3 spd IGH, Gates Carbon Belt Drive) and put it together Monday, painted some fenders and put those on last night. Gonna prob take it to an LBS for caliper and fender tuning - not happy with the clearances/fitment after I meddled with it. The fender struts are pushing it off center and I couldn't get that lined up after tinkering for about 30 minutes. Looking forward to riding some more Friday (assuming I can get the bike in and out of the LBS by then).
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Hey everyone!

Future Energy Corridor (Eldridge/Westheimer) to Galleria area commuter here. No idea on route just yet as I still have plenty of time to decide, but for sure know what roads I'm not taking haha. Office is moving to that location later this year so I can finally commute. Working on getting the stamina up since it's been a pretty decent chunk of time since I've done long rides.

Bike is a 2014 Scott Scale 970 hardtail mtb converted to 1X and rigid on Big Apples with extended Mudhugger fenders (full fenders didn't fit frame geometry but I improvised a bit). I'll be sure and put a pic up later. Look forward to either tagging along with a group headed that way or bumping into a few of you guys/gals along the way!
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Hey everyone!

Future Energy Corridor (Eldridge/Westheimer) to Galleria area commuter here. No idea on route just yet as I still have plenty of time to decide, but for sure know what roads I'm not taking haha. Office is moving to that location later this year so I can finally commute. Working on getting the stamina up since it's been a pretty decent chunk of time since I've done long rides.

Bike is a 2014 Scott Scale 970 hardtail mtb converted to 1X and rigid on Big Apples with extended Mudhugger fenders (full fenders didn't fit frame geometry but I improvised a bit). I'll be sure and put a pic up later. Look forward to either tagging along with a group headed that way or bumping into a few of you guys/gals along the way!
ooh that could be rough. I suppose it depends where in the Galleria area you're bound for, but from Eldridge/Westheimer your best bet is..............um....head up to Briar Forest -> San Felipe all the way?? BUT there's just a gutter for a bike lane so you're taking a decent risk.
That's also a pretty decent length ride as well.
I don't think you'll find many folks commuting down those roads on a regular basis. I drive it when I don't ride (at least from Eldridge to BWY8) and I'd say on average I see about 10 riders a year....and I mean I see 10 people over the course of 1 year. Not repeating.
Just make sure to get some powerful tail lights that blink distinctly.
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ooh that could be rough. I suppose it depends where in the Galleria area you're bound for, but from Eldridge/Westheimer your best bet is..............um....head up to Briar Forest -> San Felipe all the way?? BUT there's just a gutter for a bike lane so you're taking a decent risk.
That's also a pretty decent length ride as well.
I don't think you'll find many folks commuting down those roads on a regular basis. I drive it when I don't ride (at least from Eldridge to BWY8) and I'd say on average I see about 10 riders a year....and I mean I see 10 people over the course of 1 year. Not repeating.
Just make sure to get some powerful tail lights that blink distinctly.
Yeah it's a bit hairy for sure, I'm bound for Sage at the furthest. That Briar Forest bike lane is a joke, I drive that way very frequently too. I should add that commuting by car with my fiance who works in the same area is my default, I just would prefer to get the exercise in honestly. Ideally I'll hit up some suburb small streets or extend my route a bit, I'm still looking it all over. Safety for sure is top priority over the commute time.

The sidewalks all that way are so far out of safe travel shape too, it's really sad the City will not fix the concrete timely much less keep the grass from being a jungle covering the sidewalks for those that simply walk to bus stops (which I used to do too).
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On my ride to work, I get out of THP eastbound at Kirkwood, as the park is closed beyond that. I ride the sidewalk southbound on Kirkwood for about 200 yards (this includes the bridge over THP and the bayou) until I get to a side street, at which I cross Kirkwood and continue through the neighbhorhoods. I do not ride in the "bike lane" on Kirkwood because it is very busy in the morning, and like most of the "death gutters" it is full of debris, rocks, glass, and sewer grates - even for that very short time.

This morning there was a man walking his dog over the bridge. I announced twice very loudly as I approached from behind. After the 2nd time he stopped, turned, and had a confrontational tone from the get go. It was at this point that I realized he probably heard my first call out, but ignored it. I could tell by the look he made as he turned around to talk to me. I don't remember every word he said (I do remember what I said), but it went something along these lines:

*Man points to road*: You've got a lane right there, you should be
there."
ME: "Yes sir I know, but it is unsafe so I do not ride in it."
Man: "It's a city ordinance, get on the road. (he kept going for a little longer...)
ME: "Sir, it's not a city ordinance, I can use the sidewalk if I feel unsafe."
Man: "It's a city ordinance. There's the lane right there."
ME: "Sir, I just want to go around you."
Man: "No, it's a city ordinance," ---something something I don't remember
ME: "Sir, it's not a city ordinance. It's unsafe to ride in that lane."
Man: *begins to turn around* "I'm not moving." *walks away*

So I stepped my bike down off the high curb onto the street, and rode past. There is a ramp in the curb at the end of the bridge so I used it to get back on the sidewalk in front of him. As I am doing this he yells "I'm calling the Constables Office!"
I shouted back "Good luck!" - I should have added: "They'll tell you the same thing I told you!"

I make it a point to always be respectful when talking with people like this (this includes motorists). I never raised my voice nor took at argumentative tone. I will admit that after he turned and started walking away and I was stepping down off the sidewalk onto the road I said "Fine, if you want to be a dick about it." under my breath, but that was mostly out of frustration, and he had already ended the conversation.

The point I really want to make is the man was wrong.

Here are the Houston city bike ordinances regarding sidewalks:
Sec. 45-302. Riding on sidewalks.
(a) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
(b) The traffic engineer is authorized to erect signs on any sidewalk outside a business district prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person and, when such signs are in place, no person shall disobey the same.
(c) Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.

A & B do not apply here. C does, and as I said I called out "on your left" twice, loudly, and he obviously heard me.
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This morning there was a man walking his dog over the bridge. I announced twice very loudly as I approached from behind. After the 2nd time he stopped, turned, and had a confrontational tone from the get go. It was at this point that I realized he probably heard my first call out, but ignored it. I could tell by the look he made as he turned around to talk to me. I don't remember every word he said (I do remember what I said), but it went something along these lines:
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I have a friend that lives and bike commutes out there and he has run into this person as well. Sounds like a good ass kicking is in order.
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