Each member of the Houston Police Department’s Kingwood Bicycle Patrol has years of traditional patrol experience prior to joining the bike squad. They are certified after passing an eight-hour bike course and 32-hour endurance course. They can be found on Kingwood’s trails practicing bicycle etiquette. From left, Senior Police Officer R. Ramirez, Senior Police Officer P. Taylor, Senior Police Officer D. White, Sgt. Erick Schmidt, and Senior Police Officer A. Morales. Photo by Tom Broad

Houston has a bike plan — and Kingwood is included.

The Houston Bike Plan reaches all corners of Houston’s 670 miles, extending all the way to Kingwood.

“The Houston Bike Plan includes the series of existing trails in Kingwood, reflecting feedback provided by Kingwood-area residents during our planning effort,” said Anna Sedillo, communications coordinator for the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Department. “Some of the feedback we heard from Kingwood residents was to better connect Kingwood to the rest of Houston as well as to the Kingwood Park and Ride on West Lake Houston Parkway and the Townsen Park and Ride in Humble.”

The bike plan is housed in the city’s Planning and Development Department and was adopted by the Houston City Council in 2017 after conducting a survey and promoting it through Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) meetings throughout the city.

Why a bike plan?

“A comprehensive bike plan is an extraordinary opportunity to help Houston, Kingwood and the entire region,” said Sedillo. “The vision of the plan is to make Houston a safer, more accessible, gold-level, bike-friendly city by 2027.”

A 23-member advisory committee appointed by Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner makes recommendations to the Planning and Development Department. Almost 1,800 miles of high-comfort bikeways are planned within Houston.

“Future improvements to the bike plan could include upgrading Kingwood’s trails, bringing them up to current standards for shared-use paths,” said Sedillo.

A shared-use path is simply a travel area separate from auto traffic for bicyclists, walkers and joggers.

Lake Houston-area bicyclists, joggers and walkers eventually will experience a wide range of scenes thanks to the cooperation of the City of Houston, the Houston Parks Board, Harris County Precinct Four under Commissioner Jack Cagle, and the Harris County Flood District.

“A year after our bike plan was adopted, Harris County Precinct 4 completed the Spring Creek Trail to U.S. Highway 59,” said Sedillo. “The Houston Parks Board currently is designing the Westfork San Jacinto Greenway trail which will connect River Grove Park to Spring Creek Trail.”

The 2.6-mile trail includes a hike-and-bike trail and will eventually connect to the Spring Creek and Cypress Creek trail systems on the west end through what eventually will be called Edgewater Park.

Most importantly for Kingwood residents, the greenway will connect to the Kingwood trail system via Woodland Hills Drive. This trail system will give Kingwood bicyclists and walkers access to hundreds of miles of trail systems.

“We’re always open to new ideas or suggestions from Lake Houston residents for future projects,” said Sedillo. “We encourage folks to contact their elected representatives to help us build partnerships and gather the resources to make Houston a bike-friendly city.”

To learn more about the Houston Bike Plan and to view the Bike Plan map, visit houstonbikeplan.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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