Today’s Headlines

  • Metro Opening Two New Light Rail Lines May 23, Hosting Free Concert (myFOXHouston)
  • Plan for ReBuilding Greenbriar Includes “Islands of Refuge” at School Crossing (KUHF)
  • Check Out Metro’s Reimagined Bus Station Signs (via Christopher Andrews)
  • Bill to Establish Statewide Rules for Uber, Lyft Dies for the Session (Morning News)
  • Statewide Driving While Txting Ban Heads to Full Senate (Morning News)
  • Austin City Staff Trained on Handling New Majority Female Council, All Those Questions (Statesman)
  • San Antonio Crowd Funding a PPP Dog Park Near Pearl Brewery (Rivard Report)
  • Anti-High Speed Rail Socialists Got a Bad Rider in a Budget Bill Over Weekend (BizJournals)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Geoff Carleton

    I think the City of Houston’s proposed design for Greenbriar is great. It incorporated community input to create a high quality street designed to the context of the neighborhood. It will improve mobility for most people traveling the corridor within the existing ROW and maintaining the tree canopy. The headline seems out of line with what the proposal actually is. Most people I know in the neighborhood are appreciative of the City’s efforts on the project and like the proposed design.

    • Jay Blazek Crossley

      Perhaps the headline is a bit too strong, but it’s very disappointing that the design has dangerous curb radii instead of bulbouts and seems to have wide lanes. It seems like such an opportunity to do a great street, but seems like cars will be driving 45 mph down this design, which means 80% likelihood of pedestrian death in a crash, which means people will walk less in this neighborhood, which means fatter kids and more cars on the road. Why aren’t the plans for 10 foot lanes? Why aren’t there bulbouts and high quality pedestrian crossings? Will it be safe to ride a bike down?

      • Geoff Carleton

        Seems like you haven’t actually seen the proposed plan. The proposed cross section is 3-10′ lanes for the majority of the corridor. It includes a narrowed section at a key school crossing. I will send you the proposal. Bikes will have to shared the lane with cars or use parallel facility like Morningside which has nice bicycle lanes along most of the length. The add bike lanes would have required elimination of many old and attractive trees. a tough trade off but one I am willing to support given the adjacent facilities and the benefit the trees give in a narrow ROW.

        • Jay Blazek Crossley

          Alright, thanks for keeping me straight, Geoff. It looks like I did misunderstand and was taking details from a previous version of the proposal that included widening the lanes. Headline is now corrected to remove my unfortunate negative impression.