Community Members Add Pop-Up Bike Lane to Connect with Trail, Houston, Texas, 2021

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  • Date Launched: Mar 13, 2021

Summary

Community members gathered from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, March 13th to paint a pop-up bike lane in the East End neighborhood of Houston. After receiving pressure from residents in the city’s Second Ward, the Houston Planning & Development Department hosted this event as part of a tactical urbanism effort on Commerce Street between Drennan Street and Milby Street, an industrial two-block stretch.

At the intersection of Commerce Street and Drennan Street, the Harrisburg Hike and Bike Trail abruptly ends, feeding cyclists into a street that is poorly marked and has considerable truck traffic. The pop-up lane, painted with bright colors and clear markings, demonstrates the need to improve connectivity within Houston’s bicycle network.

Screenshot from Google Maps of Harrisburg Trail meets Commerce Street with Truck in Path

Description: A truck is on Commerce Street where it merges with the Harrisburg Hike and Bike Trail. Credit: Google Maps

Infrastructure improvements for bicycle and pedestrian networks play a critical role in promoting multimodal transportation options in communities. Specifically, tactical urbanism efforts can help communities play a participatory role in envisioning what more permanent changes to a transportation network might look like.

Last updated March 31, 2021

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