Houston Heights to Katy Area

Old 03-13-15, 08:29 PM
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Houston Heights to Katy Area

Is anybody aware of a good way to do this route? It seems pretty simple if there is a good way to get from the Heights to Terry Hershey Park at Beltway 8. Thanks!
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Old 03-13-15, 09:43 PM
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There are bike lanes and trails that can get you there but not in anything close to a straight line. There is an interactive map of bikeways at this link
H-GAC Bikeway Viewer
You will need to zoom in but do it slowly. Some of the route will be on street bike lanes and some trails. Generally you would go west on Washington Ave to Memorial Park. Take the bike trails through MP and back on Memorial Drive to Wirt Rd. North on Wirt Road to Kempwood. Kempwood west to the streets marked with bike lanes. South and then west. The Bikeway viewer will give you the specific streets. Let me know how this looks.
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Old 03-13-15, 11:35 PM
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Short answer: yes.
Long answer: yes, but not easily.
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Old 03-14-15, 08:26 AM
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Thanks, I might just go from Terry Hershey Park and Beltway 8 then. Seems way easier and safer for somebody of my skill level.
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probably the best idea. I might be able to draw up a map highlighting some routes from the heights but couldn't last night when i answered as I was on my iPad. about to go for a ride now. maybe i'll give it a shot this evening. where in the heights are you?
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Old 03-14-15, 09:06 PM
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probably the best idea. I might be able to draw up a map highlighting some routes from the heights but couldn't last night when i answered as I was on my iPad. about to go for a ride now. maybe i'll give it a shot this evening. where in the heights are you?
Awesome, thanks. I'm at 17th and Heights Blvd pretty much. Are you in the Heights as well?
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You might try TC Jester trail to the Clay Road bike lane, then down to the Addicks reservoir levee. From there, Dairy Ashford to the I-10 underpass and you're on Terry Hershey.
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Awesome, thanks. I'm at 17th and Heights Blvd pretty much. Are you in the Heights as well?
Sorry didn't get a chance to look at a map. Had a ride saturday and Tour de Houston today, among other weekend things.

I am not in the Heights. I am west - Dairy Ashford area. We were looking to get a house in the heights, but $$$$ and apparently high bike theft.
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You might try TC Jester trail to the Clay Road bike lane, then down to the Addicks reservoir levee. From there, Dairy Ashford to the I-10 underpass and you're on Terry Hershey.
I ride on Clay road sometimes. The traffic lanes are wide and for a four lane, the traffic is not too heavy, but there is quite a bit and it's fast. Sometimes the 18 wheelers will crowd into the bike lane. Makes me wish I had a ball peen hammer to attract their attention.

Like I said, I ride on that street, but it's not like riding on a bike trail. Not as bad as Antoine or Cavalcade, though.
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Old 03-16-15, 12:40 PM
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The commuter routes are shown at http://www.energycorridor.org/sites/...Route_Maps.pdf. (If link doesn't work, go to www.energycorridor.org then "Commuter Solutions", "Bike/Walk" then "Download 2014 Route Maps; 57M file.)

See page 2 for "Heights Bike Route to Terry Hershey Park (17 mi.)"
See page 7 for "Wild West Bike Routes to Terry Hershey Park" which shows a number of Katy routes.
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Thanks. That is really helpful. It actually doesn't look all that bad. Have you ever done this route? I'm a beginner to biking in an actual urban area and had the idea to do this route when we went to the inlaws in the Katy/Fulshear area. I might try to drive the city portion this Saturday morning at daylight (which is when I would be doing the route) to see what it is like.
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Thanks. That is really helpful. It actually doesn't look all that bad. Have you ever done this route? I'm a beginner to biking in an actual urban area and had the idea to do this route when we went to the inlaws in the Katy/Fulshear area. I might try to drive the city portion this Saturday morning at daylight (which is when I would be doing the route) to see what it is like.
I've ridden on all of those roads to Brittmore. The longest stretch is Westview from North Post Oak to Brittmore (I don't know why the map shows a detour @ N Post Oak. Westview is a pretty good road with a decent bike lane and manageable traffic. I've never been buzzed on Westview. The bike lane on Westview is also in good shape and quite free of trash, glass and the like. Lots of crossings of busy N S streets, but there are lights -- just wait them out.

Note that the route shows the ability to cross 610 on 12th street. That crossing has been closed by construction for at least six months up until mid February (last time I checked). You'll need to find another way to get to the intersection of Post Oak and Westview. You can take the old MKT trail (along 7th St) across Shepherd to the end of the trail at the SF yard and Egbert St. Google maps (in IE) shows this as the intersection of Egbert and Moy and calls the trail the "Heights Hike and Bike Trail." Egbert will take you around TC Jester to Kansas which will take you to Sherwin which will take you to Washinton to Katy Road to Old Katy to N Post Oak. The Washington Katy Road/Old Katy Road sections require sharing lanes but I've ridden all that and it's not nearly as scary as it looks on the map.

Also, the route suggests riding on 11 St for a while. Typically, 11 th in that area has light traffic and shouldn't be bad but there is no bike lane and it is not marked as a route. I ride there frequently and it's fine. I'd rather ride on that portion of 11th than some of the streets with bike lanes: Cavalcade, Antoine, Crosstimbers, for example. I rode on Crosstimbers today from just east of the Hardy toll road to Garden Oaks, where it's 43rd street. Trashy bike lane, narrow traffic lanes resulting in cars crowding the bike lane, lots of potential for right hooks. Not scary, really, but not enjoyable either.
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Thanks. That is really helpful. It actually doesn't look all that bad. Have you ever done this route? I'm a beginner to biking in an actual urban area and had the idea to do this route when we went to the inlaws in the Katy/Fulshear area. I might try to drive the city portion this Saturday morning at daylight (which is when I would be doing the route) to see what it is like.
The furthest east I've been on Westview is Bingle. I could be wrong, but I think Westview from Bingle (at least) to Gessner is two lane, no bike lane. However, as mentioned by desconhecido, the traffic is pretty calm and manageable. You can generally catch and release at the traffic lights.

West of Gessner to Brittmoore Westview becomes 4 lane and it was built in the last 8 years so it has a bike lane that isn't ridiculously narrow and hasn't decayed too much yet. Traffic moves faster. Fairly trashy last time I was there. Do not assume cars will respect your ROW at right turns; I take the lane at the intersections.

You have to jog north about 1/4 mile on Brittmoore then go west through quiet residential to get the bike trail access at Chatterton.

Once you get to Addicks Reservoir, you are pretty much on trail except for about 1/2 mile on the E/W segment of Dairy Ashford to North Eldridge Parkway. Not a very good bike lane (compared to the section on Westview from Gessner to Brittmoore) but the traffic is generally calm. At Eldridge you might feel more comfortable going straight into the hotel parking lot and going around the west side of the hotel to get to the I10 frontage road. Watch out for a couple of speed bumps in the parking lot along with people backing out. You can pretty safely use the sidewalk to get to the path under I-10, about 250' west of Black Haw. Follow that trail south into Terry Hershey.

From there on out Barker Cypress it is all trail. I go to the Kingsland area; I haven't done the other routes.
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Great, thanks. Also curious as to how the biking is through Terry Hershey Park and George Bush Park. Pretty easy and straightforward is my guess but thought I would check. Also, has anybody done this before sunrise? If it is possible one good option for me is to drive to the entrance to Terry Hershey Park (only about 15 minutes or so from the Heights) and then bike out through Terry Hershey and George Bush. This would allow me to do a nice ride through the Fulshear area (this is where I grew up so once I get out there I am much more familiar with the various routes, etc.)

I have young kids at home so just trying to come up with good routes that let me get the most riding time in and still get back home early enough in the morning on the weekends to have the rest of the day with them. My thought is that with a good light I could bike through Terry Hershey Park and George Bush park prior to sunrise and plan to exit those parks around sunrise and then continue my ride wherever I want to go out there.

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I would recommend against going through THP and GBP when it's dark out. THP because thugs, and cracks, and root bumps, and GBP because wildlife. (also there are only some street lights in certain parts of THP, the rest is pitch black, and there are none in GBP.
In the daytime riding is straight forward. I do THP from beltway 8 to eldridge as my commute home from work (I enter THP at the parking lot under the 8 bridge - after riding some roads in the area).
I do THP/GBP on the weekends all the time as it's completely secluded from cars and is easy to navigate. Right now GBP is flooded, but the water will go down eventually.
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I would recommend against going through THP and GBP when it's dark out. THP because thugs, and cracks, and root bumps, and GBP because wildlife. (also there are only some street lights in certain parts of THP, the rest is pitch black, and there are none in GBP.
I ride through THP and GBP early mornings (going east), usually once a week, in the dark. Can't say that I've encountered any problems at that time. I had an opossum hiss at me one time in GBP. That was the closest I've been to wildlife. I've seen lots of deer. I've seen lots of evidence of pigs, but I've never seen one. Rabbits in THP tend to dart in front of you at the last minute. You will definitely need a light.

From GBP catch the Buffalo Bayou Trailway and you can stay out of traffic all the way to Cinco Ranch Blvd, if you so desire. You will be mostly going against the main flow of traffic at that time of the morning anyway. I try to avoid Fry Rd, but again, heading west, you could jump on and ride it to 1463 (or continue through Cross Creek), then down to 1093, then roll into Fulshear.

Here is my route: https://www.strava.com/activities/269341140

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Right now GBP is flooded, but the water will go down eventually.
The water was down Monday afternoon on my ride home. Although, that is certain to change in the coming days.
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A great resource for riding through GBP:
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Hovering over the data, the level was at ~84.5' at 4:30 on Monday. This calibrates to about a 1 foot wide dry patch on the lowest point on the trail through George Bush (the high side of the curve right after the bridge, headed south). When the gage is over 84.5', your best bet is to assume the trail is under water.
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