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Old 11-17-10, 09:01 PM
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Houston - In City Routes?

Hello all I'm new to the forums and to the city of Houston. Just purchased a nice place off Dunlavy and West Alabama along with a nice hybrid bicycle.

My bud told me I could make it down to Rice and Herman Park no problem.

Are there any paths up to Memorial Park or the Bayou along Memorial & Alan Prkway?

If not, any route tips or advice dealing with Inner Loop Houston?
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More a combination of paths and shared roadways to Memorial Park depending on where you start from. Buffalo Bayou (Alan Parkway) has a path on both sides. Pickup a free bike map at any LBS. Two sites of interest are www.bikehouston.org and www.pedalhouston.com.

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Hi Montiff, welcome to Montrose, you're actually quite close to me. If you prefer to use the MUPs, your best route into downtown will be to take Woodhead north, and cut across to Dunlavy when you reach Clay. Continue north on Dunlavy for a couple blocks and you'll run into the MUP. Mind yourself when crossing Alan Parkway, it's busy and fast. You can take Dunlavy strait north if you'd like, but it's busier than Woodhead, you'll have to be more aware of your surroundings on there.

Rice and Hermann park won't be any problem either, there are bike routes that go right there. Again, take Woodhead, but head south. You'll ride through some really nice old houses in the area south of 59. Pay attention as you cross the bridge over 59, there's a hidden street just on the south side where folks are entering the neighborhood from the west side. I saw someone (two autos) nearly get creamed there yesterday. When you get into rice village, make your way to Morningside Drive, and park (and lock) your bike in front of The Gingerman. Walk inside and have a good beer, congratulating yourself on moving to a kickass part of town.

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Old 11-18-10, 12:33 PM
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Hey thanks Airwulf and Dolamite02! Looks like I have my routes now! I'll look into taking Woodhead for sure.
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Here is a route I take with the guys at Bikesport on Wednesday nights during the summer, fall and spring. It pretty much hits all the spots you want and is a total loop of about 20 miles. It's a good route, traffic isn't too bad most of the time. No matter where you are inside the loop though, keep a good eye out for cracks in the road.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/45149934
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That's one heck of a route thanks for sharing! I'll have to give it a shot once I build up enough wind.
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If you like group rides (fund raisers) go to www.bikehouston.org to see a calendar of events. I like to do them occasionally to break up the monotony of solo riding as well as to see different areas around Houston.
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Welcome to the Houston area! You are in the Montrose area, where any street is quite decent for cycling, no designated routes necessary.

Memorial Drive, itself, is closed to cyclists between Downtown and Shepherd. Most of the signs have disappeared, but one still exists, and the ordinance is still on the books. You will access the cycle-able part of Memorial west of Shepherd, at Shepherd; there is a small connecting street along the north side of Memorial, almost like a service/feeder road, that will get you past the point where cars are still moving way too fast, and there is a sidewalk/trail on the south side of Memorial, if I recall correctly, to help where the cars have started speeding up for the race to Downtown. I have not gone that way by bicycle in a few years, since I moved to Bellaire from the Upper Kirby area; I now access Memorial Park from the West Loop.

West of Shepherd, through the park, on Memorial, drivers are used to cyclists in the main lanes. There is NO guarantee of not being hit, but it seems rare to find cars crowding cyclists in the park, and if I catch them, while driving my rolling office cubicle, I can make them wish they had driven in a friendlier manner.
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Old 11-22-10, 10:11 PM
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Thanks Rex,

You can get into Downtown via Alan Parkway though right?
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Originally Posted by montiff View Post
Thanks Rex,

You can get into Downtown via Alan Parkway though right?
Yes, of course, though Midtown streets would probably be a shorter route into much of Downtown if getting from point A to B is the goal. Keep in mind that Allen Parkway itself has motorized traffic that really moves fast, so be ready for that. Some cyclists think it is absolute nuts to ride the main lanes of Allen Parkway, as so many motorists treat it like a freeway. Much of AP has parallel feeder or access roads. I have never used the trails along AP, but presumably they work well enough; just look out for joggers and such.

Washington Avenue is another cycle route into Downtown, and even has a striped bike lane, but it is a joke, as cars are allowed to park in the bike lane. Some past city attorney issued an opinion that cars should be allowed to park in bike lanes unless there are also signs posted that prohibit parking. Even so, Washington is quite cycle-able, as is Center Street one block parallel to the north. Just make sure the truck drivers see you; there is a large warehouse area north of Washington.
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