News and Brews, February 21 from 6-8pm at the Beer Hall at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Get your tickets now! Pictured is the crosswalk on Houston Avenue between Sixth Ward and Houston Municipal Courts. Houston Public Works is beginning the removal process for medians and curbs along Houston Avenue near Downtown this week after concerns about whether they hinder larger vehicles.
The Houston Avenue Multimodal Improvements project was originally intended to make the six-lane street easier for pedestrians to cross. The project was recently completed in mid-December, at a time when some locals opposed the project, while advocates felt it did not go far enough .
Joe Cutrufo is the Executive Director for Bike Houston, an organization that was displeased with the project at the time because the project did not include bike lanes. He said, however, the current layout of the project provides an opportunity for pedestrians to get to a safer spot halfway through the street.
“If you wanted to walk halfway across the street and then wait and look and cross the second half of the street, you could do that,” he said. “… these center islands have caused drivers to probably subconsciously slow down a little bit when they make their turns, and drive more carefully when they make these turns; the way that you would design a street so people aren’t acting like they’re on a highway.”
Trinity Downtown, a Lutheran church along Houston Avenue, has opposed the medians because they say drivers now have trouble getting into […]