Houston is a fantastic city, for several reasons. Great food, great culture, great people, awesome economy – too many reasons to count. However, the one thing that Houston lacks is viable, non-car based forms of transit. Sure, our light rail system just expanded from one line to four, and yes – we have busses and, thanks to Mayor Parker, a bike-share program. But other than that, if you don’t have a car in Houston, you are pretty much out of luck.
Apparently, Mayor Parker is trying to fix that with a new “car-free streets” program, which will start on April 6. According to the Houston Chronicle, officials will close a combined 2.5 miles of White Oak Boulevard and Quitman street to automotive traffic between 11 am and 3 pm daily. Following those closures will be the closing of a mile-long stretch of Westheimer in the Montrose area and a two-mile closing of Washington Avenue in May of this year.
Says Mayor Parker of the program: “It is a way to acquaint ourselves with what is around those streets in a way we don’t normally experience it going by car.”
Hopefully this will catch on, and Houston can start to become a city known for great attractions for car-less people.