The Downtown Redevelopment Authority is kicking off the engineering phase of its project to run a 2-way bike path along the east side of Bagby St. The new thoroughfare — to be designed by engineering firm Jones Carter — would begin more precisely on W. Dallas St. by the Allen Center parking garages off I-45, then cross Clay St. and hug the curve shown distantly in the rendering above before heading 2 thirds of a mile north up Bagby past 4 adjacent parks. Also on the route: the Houston Public Library, City Hall (shown fronting McKinney in the view at top), the Hobby Center, and Bayou Place.
After crossing Buffalo Bayou, the path would make a right turn and continue east on Franklin St. Following one more right, it comes to an end on Congress, at an elevated drop-off point above the Buffalo Bayou bike trail that crosses through Sesquicentennial Park:
Bagby would lose 2 driving lanes — one southbound and one northbound:
The bike path would run between the road and the eastern sidewalk, with a row of landscaping buffering the 2 pedestrian zones. Widened 21-ft. sidewalks are also planned along the west side of the street.
This map of the bike lane’s full path shows its genesis down by the Allen Center, its hook-up with the Lamar Cycle Track, and its ending point near the bayou:
Also a possible connection: the not-yet-built Preston-St.-to-Wash-Ave bike path Mayor Turner included in the Houston Bike Plan he okayed last March. The map below indicates that planned trail in dashed gray at the top left, along with other existing and proposed non-car routes:
- Bagby Street Improvements [Downtown Redevelopment Authority]
- Previously on Swamplot: Houston’s Bayou Biking Connector Is Now Complete; The Great Heights–Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail Hookup Is Almost Ready; Fat Green Bike Lane on Lamar Begins Its Creep Across Downtown
Images and maps: Downtown Redevelopment Authority