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 >>
In this series, I take a look at places around Houston to avoid during rush hour and offer some alternatives that might keep you from going road rage and killing somebody. Anytime you need to make a trek out to Clear Lake, Kemah or Galveston, you are practically forced to endure the pain that is th ... 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 >>
Francisco MontesSkydive Spaceland in Rosharon is hosting this weekend the US Parachute Association's National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting, where jumpers "swoop" at speeds starting at 75mph towards earth while navigating an obstacle course on the landing field, all while being j ... More >>
Margaret DowningScott Ross had to flee his houseScott Ross had held out past the wildfire evacuation order. The father of six didn't want to leave his place off at Southall Drive and FM 1486 to looters and in his case, it wasn't idle speculation. He'd already had a guy run out from under his ... More >>
North-south cycling trails could be a go!
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 >>
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.
Photos by Taylor TurnerNot exactly Gilligan's Island.The not-so-everyday presence of yachts on Buffalo Bayou has been bringing sight-seers to Allen's Landing this week. But the docking is no holiday for the boaters, who've been stranded at the downtown birthplace of the city of Houston since Sund ... More >>
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 >>
Do it doggie style
Splish, splash the day away on the banks of the Sabine Promenade
The leaders of Temple, Texas may have decided that restoring paddling to their bag of tricks was a good idea for schools there, but Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier doesn't agree. At a Wednesday media roundtable, Grier talked about the discussions district personnel are having with pa ... More >>
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.
Photos by eppytxEvery fall for the past 29 years, the skies over Plano come aglow with colorful aircrafts and odd hissing sounds that signal take-off for flight The Plano Balloon Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 18-20. It's an event that has raised more than 2 million dolla ... More >>
Who needs Miami Beach? With high gas prices, you can just putter down to the beaches of Brazoria County and save a wad on gas. That's the sales pitch from tourism officials in the county directly south of Houston. As proof that Brazoria County hoteliers are profiting from gas-conscious tourists, ... More >>
Rice's women's soccer team kicks it up a notch
Cheer on homegirl Erica Enders at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals
Spring Creek stands poised to ride into history, one way or another
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
H-town skydiving options
Block party kicks off Super Bowl countdown
For folks who think boating is about finding harmony in nature, not conquering it outright
A historic Hill Country road brought Texans to the Blanco. Then came John O'Quinn.
Texas State Championship Sprint Adventure Races
Shirar's Bicycle Store
Safari tests brains, strength, endurance and the willpower to persevere when you're puking out of your boat. And pissing in it.
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
A new Houston skydiving team finds liberation in free-fall