Apr 11, 2024 - News

Houstonians share new bike route maps

Illustration of a pattern of bicycles.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Jay here! I wanted to share a pair of crowdsourced maps I can't wait to try out on my bike.

Why it matters: With a budding but incomplete bike network, Houston streets can be less than hospitable to those of us who pedal to get around.

  • Since riding with traffic is nearly inevitable, it's important to have the inside scoop on which roads are bike-friendly.

The intrigue: Madeleine Pelzel, a cyclist, organizer and urban planner, compiled Houston's best and most dangerous bikeways in Google Maps.

  • The map works as a wayfinding source strictly for cyclists, with a clearly labeled legend showing specific streets' bikeability, warnings of crossings to avoid, and up-to-date trail closures.

Meanwhile, I'm excited to see what comes of the newly concocted 6 Bayous Century Loop.

  • The brainchild of Houston urban planner Geoff Carleton, the Century Loop introduces a 102-mile connected loop around the city, from the far reaches of Texas Highway 6 and George Bush Park to Sims Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel.

💭 My thought bubble: Pelzel's map is an invaluable resource in a world where vanilla Google Maps can lead bikers astray.

  • Plus, the Century Loop will undoubtedly become a talker among Houston cyclists once it takes off — particularly those training for the annual MS 150.

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