With Critical Mass launching off tonight at Market Square Park downtown, tensions are bound to be high between motorists and cyclists as bike enthusiasts swarm the streets. The controversial event, whose participants have been nicknamed "Critical Massholes," has a reputation for holding up after-wor ... More >>
Last night, the local bicycle group BikeHouston held a Ride of Silence for bicycle riders killed riding city streets and roads. The local ride, which stated this year in Memorial Park, is part of a group of more than 300 cities worldwide. The ride followed the placement, three weeks ago of around ... More >>
You can call Dan Morgan a biketavist, but don't call him a bike vigilante, which is how he was referred to in a recent news report. He's just trying to raise awareness for his fellow bicyclists who prefer to move around the city on two wheels instead of four. Armed with a flag that sticks out thr ... More >>
Cycling remains dangerous in car-centric Houston.
I learned how to ride a bike in the parking lot of the not-quite-completed Greenspoint Mall in the '70s. My first fall was when I couldn't figure out how to steer around a piece of debris and went sailing over my handlebars. Within a couple years I had graduated to a BMX-style bike and was happily r ... More >>
New York City cyclist Casey Neistat got a $50 ticket for riding outside the bike lane in the city. Like many cities, New York is seeing an increase in cyclists on the roadways. Houston is certainly no different. Despite massive sprawl and a square footage big enough to hold like five New York Cities ... More >>
Everyone thinks bike paths are a good idea. Just maybe not in their own neighborhood.
Ten years ago, residents of a Third Ward neighborhood near MacGregor Way vociferously -- yes, vociferously -- objected to then-Mayor Bill White's plans to convert an old railroad right-of-way into a bike path. A resulting lawsuit stopped a roughly 1,500-foot section of the path in its tracks, alth ... More >>
Tom McCasland has long believed that Houston is a sleeping giant of a bicycling city, and these days Houston appears to be waking up and stretching its legs. Today Yale Law grad McCasland serves as the interim head of the Harris County Housing Authority, but even before he began his previous positi ... More >>
Don't fall asleep on your morning jog.The White Oak Hike and Bike Trail along T.C. Jester is gonna have a hitch in its get-along starting Monday morning. At 5 a.m. that day, the trail will be closed where it goes under the 610 Loop as part of road repairs, TxDOT says. It will stay closed at ... More >>
North-south cycling trails could be a go!
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Open spaces begging to be usedAbout a year-and-a-half ago, as a sidebar to an article we wrote on the perils of urban cycling here in Houston, we cast our battle-tested, road-weary eyes longingly toward the possibility of CenterPoint Energy surrendering their scores of miles of utility easeme ... More >>
Just like Uncle Sam, BikeHouston wants you. The nonprofit bicycle advocacy group's membership numbers have dwindled so low that they're offering one-year memberships for $5, and are kicking off the discount program tonight from 6-9 p.m. with a happy hour at Firkin & Phoenix, 1915 Westheimer R ... More >>
How bike couriers plan to survive the internet age.
Not all those bike messengers you see are the real thing.
To get this week's feature, I knew I would have to learn firsthand what it is to be a bike courier. While I have been an almost daily bike commuter for over a year, I knew that my bike was not up to the task.
Bicycle Bandit: Watch out for the strollers, dudeA bike bandit is on the loose in Houston, of all places. Yes, right here in the anti-Portland, a brigand is holding up banks and making his getaway on a Schwinn.We covered him early in his spree, but he's now hit six banks in the area.As a fellow c ... More >>
The Iron Horse welcomes velocipedesMetro and BikeHouston have reached an agreement that expands the hours bike riders will be allowed on light-rail trains.Bikes are still barred during peak travel hours in the morning and afternoon, but the definition of "peak hours" has changed.Bikes can now be ... More >>
The Goose is looseBiking up to work one afternoon, we spotted this sign on a telephone pole just south of the main campus of Houston Community College.We wondered if the missing goose had been found, so we called the number. Dawn Adams answered. Adams is a daughter of Joy Boone, the matron of Dan ... More >>
Commenters get angry on both sides of the road over "Ghost Riders."
CenterPoint Energy's power line easements would make ideal bike highways. Too bad they won't let us use them.
In Houston, bicycling is known as a killer sport.
Photo by Craig HlavatyFormer Talking Head David Byrne (we're nor sure, but we're guessing he hates that description) was in town recently for a show at Jones Hall.Byrne has become a biking fanatic these days; he's also an occasional diarist about his tour.His piece on Houston has him complaining abo ... More >>
Photos by Amina Rivera The new bikeway near 7th Street and CourtlandThe Missouri, Kansas, Texas Southern Pacific railroad (try to say that three times fast) Rails-to-Trails project in the Heights is finally underway. After the official groundbreaking ceremony last December, men in hard hats a ... More >>
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Construction problems cloud the future of northeastern bayou trails
Cyclists are finding out what really lurks along those serene country roads
Houston remains embroiled in what to do about Memorial Park
Slap a light on your bike and take off into the night
Block party kicks off Super Bowl countdown
West White Oak Bayou Trail
An angel named Grace, a doctor who's a real Trip and fresh gore flooding the ER -- the new Ben Taub gets old quick
Texas State Championship Sprint Adventure Races
The Ant Hills
Shirar's Bicycle Store
Jessica Cusick wants to brighten our drab landscape with little moments of wonder and delight
Time may be up for the Ho Chi Minh Trail
At the Galleria, you can't bike there from here
Cyclists say wait Ho Chi Minh-ute