I have lived in Houston since Sept. 2012 and traveled the streets of the city by bike the whole time, though not nearly as extensively as I have hoped.
I have shared my bike rides and also shared my thoughts on cycling in Houston...
"Houston, you are a huge ol’ place, you cover a lot of ground. You started small, but now you have grown so big that motor vehicles compete to make the loudest sound. It’s said you give bicyclists lots of space to ride around alongside bayous, large and small.
Multi-use trails do abound but I ask, is that all? Is that the only option for me to saddle up and pedal toward? Can I also safely share the road with motorists and trust my precious life on your many, varied, city streets?"
In Sept. 2013, In response to the article “Helping Mass Transit, Bicycles Work Together” (Houston Chronicle Print Ed.), AKA "Bike-bus syncing an uphill climb, but getting there", by Dug Begley, I wrote an essay from the perspective of a life-long bicycle commuter and user of mass transit who has never driven a car.
The piece was never published by the paper and I have no idea if Begley ever read it.
This morning I decided to do a long overdue re-write in honor of my cycling life in Houston.