Signature urban trail reclaims right-of-way for pedestrians and bicyclists
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DETAILS

LocationHouston, Texas, United States
ClientDowntown Redevelopment Authority
SERVICE:
SizeTwo-mile-long corridor

“The Bagby Street Improvement in Downtown Houston sets the tone for 21st century multimodal infrastructure while stitching together civic uses along a beautiful corridor for people of all ages and abilities. It is transformational, to say the least.”

– Luis Guarjardo, AICP and the APA Houston Board of Directors 2022-2023

Inspired by the success of Avenida Houston, on the east side of the city’s Downtown, Mayor Sylvester Turner wished to create something equally iconic on the west side. Bagby Street connects civic uses (including City Hall and its annex), cultural uses (Hobby Center, Bayou Place, and others) and parks (including Sam Houston Park and Tranquility Park).

The project team proposed an urban trail that would establish a safe, off-street bike path through downtown, connect to major destinations, and help to stitch together the region’s emerging bike network. Connections include on-street facilities as well as links to the trails of Bayou Greenways via Buffalo Bayou. The comfortable, off-street urban trail provides a safe and pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists moving along the corridor.

Prior to interventions, Bagby Street was underperforming: characterized by barricaded sidewalks and crumbling wheelchair ramps. Now, this urban trail provides a safe, off-street bike path through downtown, connecting to civic and cultural uses as well as parks, and serving as a gateway into downtown from the city’s west side. In 2022, the project was honored with a Transportation Planning Gold Award by the American Planning Association’s Texas Chapter, for the Houston Section.

 

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