Last night Houston’s planning and development department spelled out a proposal to run a new pair of protected bike lanes on Austin St. from Buffalo Bayou to HCC’s main campus in Midtown. South of the college, the officially-designated bike route would continue down to Hermann Park along La Branch and Crawford streets but without anything to buffer it from the rest of the road.
Throughout Downtown and the northern portion of Midtown ending at McGowen St., plans show the bike lanes separated from the street by 2-ft.:
South of McGowen, they’d receive this color-coding down to HCC:
(Along that stretch 37 free and 24 metered parking spaces on the east side of Austin would be removed to make way for the lanes, but not to worry, a study by TEI Traffic Engineers found that the area ” has sufficient on-street parking to absorb” the proposed changes.)
A dogleg on HCC’s campus would then take things east, over to La Branch St. where the unprotected segment begins:
Why not just continue straight down on Austin like the Houston Bike Plan originally proposed? La Branch St. has a fewer 2-way stops. They’re shown in yellow on the map below, along with traffic lights (red) and 4-way stops (blue):
Following one more switch near Prospect and Calumet streets, the bike route follows Crawford to its dead end at the park:
The meeting last night was meant to gather feedback as part of the design phase for route. Officials hope to nail down the final plans in mid-March in order to begin construction later that month.
- Austin Corridor [Houston Bike Plan]
Maps and diagrams: Houston Bike Plan