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New Bike and Walking Trail Opens in Houston, With Promises of More

The new Spring Branch Trail in northwest Houston is a 'harbinger' of more bike and pedestrian infrastructure to come.
December 13, 2020, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The city of Houston has recently added a bike trail to connect northwest Houston with the region's growing trail system, according to an article by Dug Begley.

The Spring Branch Trail is 2.4-miles long, "[connecting] neighborhoods to shopping centers along major streets and [passing] by local schools, as well as Schwartz Park," reports Begley.

As noted by Begley, a pair of gaps in the trail will require future work, but the trail is being touted as a boon to local residents looking for ways to get outside for exercise and fresh air during the pandemic. According to sources cited in the article, a lot of people in the area began using the trail before the official opening.

The Spring Branch Management District funded the project with $1.7 million and the Houston Parks Board and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department developed the trail. The Spring Branch Trail is part of Houston Parks Board’s Beyond the Bayous initiative, "a shared vision to bring more parks and trails to Houston so that everyone can enjoy equitable access to green spaces," according to the project website.

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Published on Friday, December 11, 2020 in Houston Chronicle
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