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More safe, walkable streets for pedestrians and cyclists coming to Westchase District

HOUSTON – Making the Westchase District neighborhood more walkable and safer for cyclists is the main goal for the rebuilding of Walnut Bend Lane. This…

Tuesday, Apr 19

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HOUSTON – Making the Westchase District neighborhood more walkable and safer for cyclists is the main goal for the rebuilding of Walnut Bend Lane.

This area is heavily traveled by not only cars, but walkers and bikers too.

“We got wider sidewalks, we got pedestrian lighting for added safety at night, which is a huge feature here in Houston. And of course, we have an on-street bike lane which we don’t see a lot of here in Houston,” said Ricky Gonzalez, team leader for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

Gonzalez expressed how proud he was of these major improvements coming to Walnut Bend Lane, not only because it’ll improve mobility for drivers, but these improvements also promote multimodal transportation– getting people out of their cars and instead, consider walking or biking for short trips.

“What we’re trying to promote is, if you’re going from your apartment or your house to the nearest Target, get on a bike or walk. There’s no need to get in a car for one block,” said Gonzalez.

Of course, in order to encourage folks to do so, residents have to feel safe to consider these different options to move around town, especially a busy city like Houston.

Another way to tackle safety is bringing in a Dutch Intersection to Walnut Bend Lane. This is a protected intersection where cyclists and pedestrians are separated from cars, and folks traveling through the Westchase District can see that type of intersection at play with the metal posts along the curb.The rebuild of Walnut […]

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