Take a Look at Houston’s First On-Street Protected Bike Lane

Photo: Barry Ocho via Twitter
Construction crews have begun work on a two-way protected bike lane on Lamar Street in downtown Houston. Photo: Barrett Ochoa via Twitter

Is that a beautiful sight or what? This two-way protected bike lane is all the more stunning because it’s in downtown Houston.

This weekend, construction crews began putting down green paint on Lamar Street for the city’s first on-street protected bike lane, which is expected to be finished by March 8. The three-quarter-mile bike lane will connect two important off-street trails. It will be separated from car traffic by low-lying plastic “zebra” humps and will have signals specifically for people on bikes, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The bike lane takes the place of a parking lane. Way to go, Houston!

Editor’s note: We first came across this item thanks to Jay Crossley’s morning news wrap-up on Streetsblog Texas. In the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out new ways to stay current with our partners at Streetsblog Texas, Streetsblog St. Louis, Streetsblog Ohio, and Streetsblog Southeast — stay tuned.

12 thoughts on Take a Look at Houston’s First On-Street Protected Bike Lane

  1. Not a big fan of the humps, although they are a small step up from paint only (no pun intended). Speaking of paint, if Houston can get a fully green bike lane, surely Los Angeles can get some as well! At least for our paint-buffered lanes that bus and car drivers frequently co-opt.

  2. I’ve personally touched and rode my bike on the green paint. It looks like they “roughed up” the asphalt before painting or used a rough-textured paint. It actually seems less slippery than the non-painted part.

  3. From that video, it looks like the Metro seems safe, but the drivers sure aren’t.

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