Houston is a terrible place to ride a bike. Air quality is terrible. Drivers are boors. And the bike lanes are a joke. Read Thom Marshall’s July 5th column in the Houston Chronicle.
It should embarass the mayor and county officials that with so much new construction going on that very little is being done to improve the way for the family bike. Frankly, Houstonians don’t care. They tool around, the fattest bunch of steers in the nation, in their bloated, air-conditioned pickups without a care for those who can’t afford a car or simply want a little “fresh” air and exercise.
The least the county could do in laying new roads is create a five-foot wide strip of shoulder for bikers to use. But no, that apparently is asking too much. Houston has plenty of money to arrest hundreds of layabouts at K-Mart, but nary a dollar to pave a bike lane on a road they are building anyway. Houston: it’s a charming place to live.