AN HISTORIC PLACE IN HOUSTON
The neighborhoods of the East End are among the oldest in Houston and have a history that is closely tied to the city’s industry. Communities like Second Ward, Magnolia Park, Pecan Park, and Eastwood all have great street grids and destinations that make them vibrant places to live and work. However, past transportation investments in rail and wide, high-speed roads have created barriers that continue to impact the ways that people get around the East End.
AN IDEAL PLACE TO BIKE
Many factors make the East End an ideal place to build a high-comfort bikeway network. It is centrally located in Houston with regional destinations like Buffalo Bayou, Brays Bayou, Mason Park, the Navigation Esplanade, and more. These destinations include a substantial trail network and METRO transit routes that could be better connected to nearby communities.
Many streets were built to handle more traffic than they now carry, meaning they can be redesigned to include bicycle facilities without expensive reconstruction. Finally, the East End has a high number of short trips (0-3 miles) and a large proportion of residents who do not own a car. Each of these factors presents an opportunity that can be addressed by this plan.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN
Fortunately, organizations like the East End District (the District) and Harris County Precinct 2 (the Precinct) have been working over the past decade to improve the safety and experience of people who walk and take transit.
The District pioneered some of the region’s first Livable Centers Studies to identify meaningful street improvements for people walking and using transit. Under the leadership of Commissioner Adrian Garcia, the Precinct has stepped up to help communities develop useful plans for future investments. This Plan builds on these proactive planning efforts to make the East End the best place to bike in Houston.