Houston rolls out surprising ranking on list of bike-friendly cities in the US

ByTeresa Gubbins CultureMap logo
Thursday, June 2, 2022
HCTRA unveils $53M 'tollways to trailways' program
The program connects about 236 miles of trails for walking or cycling in areas around the Harris County Toll Roads including the Sam Houston parkway.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston is a bona-fide car town, but how does it rank for biking? A new survey on bikeability gives Houston a fairly decent - and somewhat surprising - ranking for that cycling life. In a list of the top 50 cities in the U.S., Houston ranks No. 29 and boasts a bikeability score of 49.

Drilling down, that means the Bayou City has 0.3% of workers who commute by bicycle, a little below the average city's 0.5%, with 0.4 bike shops per 100,000 people and 0.3% bike trails per 100,000 people.

SEE RELATED: Key local road projects in The Heights, Montrose make way for bike lanes

In a little good local news, the pivotal M-K-T Bridge has reopened, as CultureMap reported, meaning an open path for thousands of bikers each day. And the city has a new bike festival to celebrate all things two wheels.

The study was released by Clever, a real estate data company, and analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information, Walk Score, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Vision Zero Network, Google Trends, and Yelp.

SEE ALSO: 'Tollways to trailways:' HCTRA unveils new $53M plan to expand off the roads

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