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Pedestrian-Bicycle Trail System in La Porte
The City of La Porte will be a little over halfway through with implementing the Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail Master Plan by the end of this year. Work is almost completed on the east-west pedestrian-bicycle trail being constructed on the south side of Fairmont Parkway, from the Pasadena Convention Center, to Little Cedar Bayou Park. The only portion left to complete, is the section from SH146 westward to 16th Street. When completed, the trail will connect the east and west portions of our city as well as to provide a future connection to the Pasadena trail system on Red Bluff, and northwesterly through the City of Pasadena.
In addition to the East-West Connector, two north-south trail connectors have been completed, one on Canada Road and one on Bay Area Boulevard, from Fairmont Parkway up to Spencer Highway. The Canada Road Trail connects the trail system to the new Pecan Park, and will subsequently connect to Pecan Crossing, Brookglen, and Spenwick subdivisions, once those connectors are finished.
The San Jacinto Pathway and Lighting project is now complete. This portion of the trail system connects the Five Points Town Plaza with Sylvan Beach Park and La Porte High School. The new 0.7 mile trail will serve the students of three schools as well as tie the Five Points area in with Sylvan Beach, and design work has started on the connection to the Recreation & Fitness Center. Once these trails are completed it will be possible to ride your bicycle from Five Points to the Pasadena Convention Center on a dedicated bicycle pedestrian trail. The trail addition to the new Bayshore Elementary School is complete and connects the school to the existing trail on S. Broadway. In addition, work will begin soon on a bicycle pathway on Ease “E” Street, connecting San Jacinto with the City of Morgan’s Point. Also, there will be a bicycle pathway installed on Driftwood between Fairmont and Spencer. Plans are to move the fence at the airport back to accommodate a trail westward to at least Creekmont, and possibly to Underwood Road.
All of the trail work under construction or planned, is a part of the Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan that was approved by the City Council in 2003. When the current and planned construction is completed at the end of 2011, the Master planned trail system will be about one-half complete, with just over 12 miles of trail constructed out of the planned 20 mile finished system. The complete system will connect all of the City’s parks and schools with each other and with the City’s Central Business District.
Come, enjoy the new trails. Bring your family! Bicycling is great exercise, makes your heart healthy and is a great way to bond with your kids (or your parents!). It’s also an economical way to move around our city.