Riding in Houston
Houston is emerging as a nationwide leader in urban green space and shared-use trail systems. While most of these trails are built for recreation, some are also convenient for commuting to work or to the grocery store. When off-street trails are not an option, there are neighborhood streets with low speed limits that might be able to get you to your destination. Route planning is essential. Check out the BikeHouston Map here and visit bikehouston.org for more info.
...and in West Houston
With over 50 miles of scenic trails and nearly 26,000 acres of parks, West Houston is ideal for cyclists. Whether you’re looking for a quick ride with the family or wanting to log some miles, the trails winding through the recreation areas of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs offer a car-free haven for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Far from the roar of traffic on the Katy Freeway, you’ll forget you’re in the country’s 4th largest city.
The paved shared-use trails traversing George Bush Park and Terry Hershey Park make it easy to bike from Katy all the way to Sam Houston Parkway and never have to share a road with cars or trucks. The trails provide connections to multiple neighborhoods, major employers, JR Hatch Skate Park, the soccer fields at Fun Fair Positive Soccer, the Kendall Public Library, the Addicks Park & Ride, and picnic areas.
If mountain biking is more your style, Terry Hershey Park’s Anthills Trail is a 16-mile out and back trail that is popular with the local cycling community.
There are a plethora of online mapping tools as well as downloadable maps available on the Energy Corridor Bike Maps page to help you plan your next bike ride.
Local Rides for New Cyclists
Downtown Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park is a gorgeous place to ride a bike for the first time, offering 160 acres of green space and views of the downtown skyline. There are five miles of shared use path on each side of the bayou, from Sabine St to Shepherd Drive. Gus Wortham and Mason Parks in the east end are also great locations to get on a bike and explore the bayous. You can ride between the two parks on shared-use trails. These are less crowded than Buffalo Bayou and are a spectacular location to view the sunset. Check out Buffalo Bayou Trail Map and Bayou Greenways 2020.
Cullen Park offers an easy, leisurely bike ride for new cyclists. The park entrance is located north of IH-10 at the intersection of Saums Road and Park View Drive, just west of Barker Cypress Road. Enjoy the scenery as you bike along the paved trail that begins at the Phase II picnic area and ends 3.34 miles later at Highway 6. The trail takes you past a historic cemetery, wildflower plantings, 2 wetland environments, and through the shade of splendid oaks. In addition, there are 5 miles of trails in other areas of the park, some of which follow the picturesque banks of Mayde Creek.
If you prefer to cycle with a group, most local bike shops organize rides almost every day of the week. Bicycle World hosts no-drop rides every weekend that are good for families and cyclists of all levels. For those looking to explore the local food scene there is a Saturday night pub-crawl every other Saturday. Check the online calendar for details. You can also visit the Energy Corridor’s Biking Tips page for additional information on organized rides, clinics and workshops.
Local Bike Share / Rental
Looking to explore inside the 610 loop and making a few stops? Houston B-cycle is an affordable and convenient way to see the heart of Houston with stations in Montrose, EaDo, BuffaloBayouPark, Downtown, and the TexasMedicalCenter, among others. It is a great way to spend an afternoon. See a map of the stations and find out how B-cycle works here. There aren’t any Houston B-Cycle bike share stations in the Energy Corridor yet, but we hope to add them in the future!
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If you are looking to put more time on a bike, many bike shops in the area offer rentals. This gives you the ability to spend more time on a bike at once and you have more options in the type of bike you want to ride. Check out the BikeHouston Map for bike shop locations. It would also be smart to give them a call beforehand to make sure they have what you are looking for.
I already ride...
The White Oak Trail is a smooth ride northwest from Downtown to Antoine Drive, about 14 miles.
To the south of downtown, there is the oldest multi-use trail in Houston, the Brays Bayou Trail. It stretches all the way from Highway 59 to the Port of Houston. This is the route of the annual Park to Port Ride. Check out the BikeHouston Map and Park to Port Ride
Terry Hershey Park is considered the heart of the Energy Corridor, and offers a comfortable, pleasant ride for cyclists of all ages and levels. The trail can be accessed easily from Memorial Drive west of Eldridge Parkway, from the IH-10 frontage road just east of the old Exxon-Mobil campus, or from the large parking lot under the Sam Houston Parkway. The Terry Hershey Trail connects to multiple Energy Corridor neighborhoods, major employers, the Kendall Public Library, the Addicks Park & Ride, and picnic and rest areas.
For more information on cycle routes across west Houston, visit the Energy Corridor website’s Bike Section here.
For information about biking facilities throughout the entirety of the Houston-Galveston region, explore the Regional Bikeway Map here.
Looking for a group to ride with?
BikeHouston is compiling a list of regular weekly group rides for new and experienced riders - check out their Social Rides page for more details.