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Apr 19
New Bike Paths Coming

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Dust off your bicycle, and get ready to pedal.

Soon, Houston will be a leader in urban mobility with 50 miles of new bike paths in the next 12 months, making streets safer for both bicyclists and pedestrians.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced this ambitious bike plan on Monday, along with Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

The plan includes new bike lanes and high-visibility crosswalks. Ellis committed a one-year, $10 million contribution to enhance city streets in Precinct One, and the city is promising $1.1 million over five years.   

The 50 miles of high-comfort bike lanes will be connected to the city's bike network, and when the project is complete, 80 percent of all Houstonians will be close to a bike infrastructure, Turner said.

METRO encourages bicyclists to plan a trip with your bike. You can ride your bike to a bus stop and load your bike on the rack on the front bumper of the bus. All local buses feature a rack that holds two bikes. If you're taking a commuter Park & Ride bus from the suburb, simply stash your bike in the belly of the bus where luggage is stored.

If you take METRORail, you are welcome to roll your bike right on the train with you.

Would you start riding your bike more around town once there are 50 miles of bike trails?

 

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