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A Trail Plan for 4 Million

  1. 1. Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  2. 2.   Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  3. 3. Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  4. 4. •  Time Line and History of Project•  No Man’s land•  A Compelling Vision•  Citizen Involvement•  Technical Highlights•  Implementation•  Questions & Answers Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  5. 5. 2007- Application to the National Park Service- Rivers,Trails and Community Assistance Program2008- Began data collection and verification, establishedSteering Committee, hired GIS student, held StakeholderMeeting with mapping2009- Established the committees and began the processof defining a hierarchy of trails2010- Continued with data collection and completedcommittee reports and recommendations, hired graphiccoordinator, published the West Houston Trails MasterPlan2011- Held public official release with SteeringCommittee leaders Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  8. 8. The West Houston Trails Master Plan was developed through a broad-based community process. The following listings represent those entities that served on committees and/or attended the community input workshop. Government Entities Municipal Utility Districts (MUD) Organizations Area Businesses March 21, 20112 Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  9. 9. WHTMP census tracts; 452,967Legend:Boundaries State 10 County 10 Census TractFeatures Major Road Street Stream/WaterbodyYour Selections Your SelectionsItems in grey text are not visible at this zoom level Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  10. 10. Addicks Reservoir Barker ReservoirLegend DRAFT Drainage Ways Highway Major Roads ECD Limits Date Issued: October 17th, 2010 Reservoir Parks Other Parks MUDs Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas 0 0.5 1 2 3 4 Miles
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  13. 13. Visions, Goals & ObjectivesThe vision of the many people who helped established specifically to develop the West Increase opportunities for health anddevelop this West Houston Trails Master Houston Trails Master Plan – has created fitness.Plan is a system of trails that connect the the opportunity for a variety of public Promote safety through proper design ofparks and public lands of West Houston, agencies to meet, share data, provide input trails and road crossings, constructionincluding the drainage corridors, with and develop an understanding of the need of trails separated from roadways andresidential, retail, business, schools and for connectivity. education supporting safe use of trails.churches in the area. The goal of the Provide connections to transit and on-Master Plan project is to create a trail Vision Statement road bikeways. Create a 100+ mile interconnected trailnetwork that serves the greatest number system within West Houston whileof users while providing good stewardship Objectives respecting the natural ecosystems andof land and water resources. In order to Connect new miles of trail to 34+ existing cultural resources of the area.achieve this goal, existing trails have been miles of trail.identified and proposed routes for new Goals Add at least 15 miles of new trail in thetrails have been developed and prioritized. Identify locations of future public trails next five years. and connecting routes. Identify and promote an initial trailOnce implemented, the West Houston Provide outdoor recreation opportunities to demonstrate the importance ofTrails Master Plan will result in alternative on trails through parks and conservation connectivity (targeting Patterson-Northtransportation routes, increased commuter areas. Eldridge Trail).choices, greater outdoor recreational Provide opportunities for bike-to-work Develop a strategic plan to prioritizeopportunities, safe routes to schools and commutes and safe routes for walking implementation of trail projects, createother public places, increased options and cycling to schools and other partnerships for implementation andfor storm-water management and habitat locations. identify funding strategies.restoration. Increase conservation through reducedThe partnership between the National Park use of cars, fuel and roadways.Service and the Energy Corridor District –8 | Visions, Goals, & Objectives Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  14. 14. Develop design guidelines for a varietyof trail types including trails that are Encourage volunteerism to fund and implement trails, as well as for trail “This is has thousands a great initiative.“light on the land” and consistent with maintenance and patrol. HoustonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers criteria Raise public awareness to the benefitsfor sensitive areas. of outdoor recreation and help stimulate of runners and cyclists.Develop guidelines for operating and activity as well as trail development.sustainably maintaining trails. Support and influence trail-friendly Enhancing its opportunitiesEstablish, communicate and enforce policy decisions for future publicuser guidelines for trails. and private infrastructure and land for recreation and its easeDevelop educational and marketing development.programs to promote: the vision and Enhance the economic vitality and of commuting without a cargoals of the Master Plan; the benefits real estate values of West Houston will make Houston a moreof trails and ecosystem protection; the by expanding outdoor recreationaluse of existing trails; healthier citizenrythrough increased activity.Incorporate environmental and cultural opportunities and transportation choices. desirable place to live. ”interpretation opportunities when —Anonymous Survey Respondentdeveloping trails. Visions, Goals, & Objectives | 9 Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  16. 16. 10 5 6 y 71 ARMAND BAYOU 1123 BRAYS BAYOU BUFFALO BAYOU 845 CLEAR CREEK CYPRESS CREEK 36 GREENS BAYOU u7 HALLS BAYOU 2 18 HUNTING BAYOU9 SIMS BAYOU 910 SPRING CREEK 411 WHITE OAK BAYOU Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  19. 19. If the trail system gets developed, how would you most like to use the trail? Recreation Recreation 72.4% 72.4% Commuting9to9Work Commuting9to9Work 35.3% 35.3% Exercise Exercise 82.7% 82.7% Connecting9Neighbors9to9Destinations9(schools,9shops,9parks,9etc.) Connecting9Neighbors9to9Destinations9(schools,9shops,9parks,9etc.) 32.5% 32.5% Nature9Study/Wildlife9Viewing Nature9Study/Wildlife9Viewing 37.0% 37.0% Figure 4How often do you use trails now? Never Never 4.90% 4.90% Few9Times9Per9Year Few9Times9Per9Year 18.80% 18.80% Few9Times9Per9Month Few9Times9Per9Month 29.20% 29.20% Few9Times9Per9Week Few9Times9Per9Week 24.90% 24.90% Many9Times9Per9Week Many9Times9Per9Week 22.20% 22.20% Figure 5Desired Types of Trail UsesRespondents to the survey on the overall master trail plan were asked how they would most like to use the proposed trail system(figure 4). They were able to answer yes to more than one category of activities. Exercise (top kind of use) and recreation (secondmost identified use) were by far the categories of greatest interest to respondents. One emphasis of the proposed master plan is theinterconnectivity of trails, a quality that would lend itself to commuting. The project team believes that as recreational trail usersbecome more experienced in biking and walking on trails, they will add the use of trails as a mode of transportation for destination-based trips. The desired use of trails for exercise is a good sign that these trails could contribute to restoring health to the sedentarylifestyles too common to Americans in the 21st century.Comments to Open-ended QuestionsRespondents were given the chance to provide comments on the overall master plan survey. Open ended responses were varied.People used this as a means to express support for other future trails, express concerns and make suggestions relative to safety, and tocomment on trail design with the biggest issue identified being the separation of walkers and bikers. Appendix - Survey Results | 123 Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
  20. 20. Desired Uses of Individual Spine Trails Desired Uses of Trails Figure 6 80.0% 70.0% Legend 60.0% 50.0% ing c ise in g in g in g l d b c k) sc rSbla ) o l , in g gSw ks) ng g r ai e h in wo Roll ic yc l eri st gg alk Str a d o u k r id r pa er atc o ll /jo thi ex gle dw c win ySstr 40.0% t lik se ba se e ho sin or Do r oa b ir nn b ur e g( Ba Ru g, r d, et Ho r k, ik in as tir e p le nb v ie wS no g, rro or tai fe p in u ld gf un (n a d li op lk i n wo wil Mo 30.0% in g (sh Wa y, ,I Bik tud ne on No es ati tin tur es Na ad to 20.0% ng uti mm Coge Greenhouse1 10.0% Horsepen1Creek Langham1Creek Mason1Creek South1Mayde1Creek State1Hwy16 Wycliff1Highline1Trail Appendix - Survey Results | 125 0.0% Barker1Cypress Bear1Creek Bellaire1Blvd Brays1Bayou/1Barker1Dam1 Eldridge Greenhouse1 Horsepen1Creek Langham1Creek Mason1Creek South1May 124 | Appendix - Survey Results Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  24. 24. •  Time Line and History of Project•  No Man’s land•  A Compelling Vision•  Citizen Involvement•  Technical Highlights•  Implementation•  Questions & Answers Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  31. 31. “To have a park along Buffalo Bayounamed after my efforts to preserve one ofHouston’s greatest resources was alreadya tremendous honor, but I am thrilled thatTerry Hershey Park can play an importantand integral part of a larger system likethe West Houston Trails Master Plan.This plan’s potential to further expand ourcitizens’ exposure to the outdoor worldmay be our greatest legacy. ”—Terry Hershey Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  35. 35. Past Winner of the Great Texas Two Step Award by the T exas Trails Network Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 ◆ San Antonio, Texas
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  44. 44. system shown on the map on page 17. demonstrate how segments of the full One of the plan developers described the trails that currently exist in the study area as a “bag of Cheetos on a system might look. For example, Terry Hershey Trail makes good use of a scenic creek corridor. Here a trail runs “My familyBarkerliving near the trails in loves Reservoir picnic table,” i.e. many little pieces of below the bridges, allowing users to disconnected trails. The desired goal avoid negotiating at-grade crossings of but we are buying a new home of an interconnected system in West intersecting roadways. This model could Houston would create a non-motorized inform designs of spine trails along Bear, and will be influenced by transportation “grid” with major arterial Langham, Mason, Horsepen and South trails, called spines, linked to secondary Mayde Creeks, and along Brays Bayou. proximity to trails, safe bike trails that connect into neighborhoods, parks and reservoir lands. The overall Several of the spine trail corridors are routes and outdoor recreation. named after the roadways along which system would offer users a diversity of they would run: Eldridge Parkway, These trails are now a part of experiences: fast-track commuter trails, ” Barker-Cypress, Greenhouse, Kingsland, meandering dirt-trail loops through our life. Clay and SH-6. Plan developers propose scenic areas, and improved pathways of these trails to be a minimum of 8 feet in different surfaces along bayou banks, width, separated from the vehicle portion —Anonymous Survey Respondent drainageways, utility corridors, and of the roadway by curb and preferably a road right-of-ways. There is room in this vegetated buffer. An existing example envisioned system for walkers, runners, of a trail adjacent to the roadway is bikers and horseback riders, to name just the Eldridge/Energy Corridor Spine a few. Trail where the 8-foot, multi-use trail is The spine trails proposed in this plan found in the right-of-way, rather than in comprise a 104-mile system, of which the roadway like a bike lane. For areas 32 miles currently exist and 72 new where sufficient right-of-way has yet to miles are proposed. The existing be obtained for grade-separated parallel Terry Hershey, George Bush and trails, bike lanes or sidewalks would beTexas Trails & Active Transportation Conference 2012 Cullen Park Trails serve as models that ◆ the fall-back design. San Antonio, Texas Conclusion | 111
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