11th Street Safety Improvements

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Announcements - Feb 2022

The City of Houston Planning and Development & Public Works departments presented at Houston Heights Association Land Use Committee (virtual) Meeting on Monday, February 7th at 6:30pm. The City incorporated community feedback into the design of 11th Street regarding the concrete median in the two-lane configuration between Shepherd and Yale, pedestrian refuge islands at intersections like Nicholson, and physically protected bikeways.

Additional details can be found in the presentation located here. The Heights Assocation recorded the meeting. The recording of the presentation can be found here and the recording of the q&a can be found here.




Project Overview

The 11th Street Safety Improvements project proposes to address traffic safety concerns along a 1.5-mile segment from Shepherd to Michaux in the Heights neighborhood. It also includes a neighborhood bikeway along Michaux, connecting from 11th to Stude Park. The project addresses speeding, traffic crashes, and difficulty crossing for people walking and biking along the corridor. It is aligned with the City's Vision Zero commitment to end traffic deaths and serious injuries and improve street safety for everyone. The project is currently in the design phase.

In addition to being identified in the Houston Bike Plan, the 11th Street proposal aims to improve safety for all road users. This includes a protected bikeway for people biking, pedestrian refuge islands to make it safer to cross 11th street, intersection enhancements to increase visibility of crosswalks and bike lanes, and traffic signal adjustments to safely accommodate all modes of travel.

Questions or comments about the project? Please use the general questions/comments tool below.



Announcements - Feb 2022

The City of Houston Planning and Development & Public Works departments presented at Houston Heights Association Land Use Committee (virtual) Meeting on Monday, February 7th at 6:30pm. The City incorporated community feedback into the design of 11th Street regarding the concrete median in the two-lane configuration between Shepherd and Yale, pedestrian refuge islands at intersections like Nicholson, and physically protected bikeways.

Additional details can be found in the presentation located here. The Heights Assocation recorded the meeting. The recording of the presentation can be found here and the recording of the q&a can be found here.




Project Overview

The 11th Street Safety Improvements project proposes to address traffic safety concerns along a 1.5-mile segment from Shepherd to Michaux in the Heights neighborhood. It also includes a neighborhood bikeway along Michaux, connecting from 11th to Stude Park. The project addresses speeding, traffic crashes, and difficulty crossing for people walking and biking along the corridor. It is aligned with the City's Vision Zero commitment to end traffic deaths and serious injuries and improve street safety for everyone. The project is currently in the design phase.

In addition to being identified in the Houston Bike Plan, the 11th Street proposal aims to improve safety for all road users. This includes a protected bikeway for people biking, pedestrian refuge islands to make it safer to cross 11th street, intersection enhancements to increase visibility of crosswalks and bike lanes, and traffic signal adjustments to safely accommodate all modes of travel.

Questions or comments about the project? Please use the general questions/comments tool below.


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    Michaux St is currently a signed bikeway between E 14th St and Bayland Ave. This project extends it from Bayland to Stude Park. The Houston Bike Plan adopted by the mayor and city council in 2017 identified Michaux as a "proposed high comfort shared on-street" bikeway between Stude Park and W Cavalcade. The Michaux and N Main St intersection is tagged as a hazard in the Vision Zero interactive map and nearby intersections are tagged as being difficult to cross N. Main and too far from a crossing. There is a new affordable senior housing development off of Michaux just north of Main (at the Winston / Conoly turn) and safety improvements are needed here to improve equitable mobility options. A shared on-street connection is a low cost improvement. By connecting the signed bikeway to Cavalcade, this extends the network into the Northside neighborhood and Kashmere Gardens. Why wasn't the section of Michaux north of E 14th St to W Cavalcade included in the scope of this project? Is it currently included in the scope of a future project? If not, I am requesting that it be added to the scope of this project for all the reasons stated above.

    Jon Bush asked 25 days ago

    Thanks for your response and suggestion. The section of Michaux between 14th and Cavalcade was not included in the scope because the protected bikeway on Cavalcade did not exist when we initiated the project. We will be sure to pass this on to the Planning and Development Department who are responsibile for prioritizing bikeway projects identified in the Houston Bike Plan. They can take a look to see where Michaux falls on the prioritization list. In terms of intersections at North Main, we will be addressing safety along this corridor through the North Main Safety Improvements Project. This includes reallocating space for a protected bikeway, which will decrease the number of vehicle lanes that pedestrians will have to cross and help to slow vehicle speeds. 

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    Can this be extended to TC Jester to connect to the White Oak Trail? Too many of the Houston bike trails/lanes are islands and dangerously dump you back into traffic and aggravated drivers.

    Steven asked 24 days ago

    Thanks for your question. We can consider this as a future extension, but unfortunately it cannot be included in this project at this time. In the meantime, this project will connect to the Shepherd/Durham street reconstruction which will include physically protected bikeways. https://memorialheightstirz5.com/projects/shepherd-and-durham-major-investment-project/

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    Please keep pushing forward with the 11th street bikeways project. I know a lot of people are in dissent, but I am still in strong support of this project. Many kids, mine included, have to dodge traffic across 11th to walk to schools in the mornings and afternoons and if the project slows down traffic I am in full support. Too many people use 11th as a cut through instead of the freeways so the more walkable/ bike-able we can make the neighborhood the better. Thank you,

    Adrienne asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Creating safer streets for people of all ages and abilities is our goal for this project and others like it in Houston. We appreciate your support and look forward to implementing these safety improvements so that you and your family can enjoy a more walkable and bikeable neighborhood.

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    Were any studies done to predict the number of bike trips in the proposed bikeways? If not, will such studies be done? Are there studies on any Houston streets which have existing bikeways that would indicate what 11th Street bikeway usage might be? With all the studies, engineering, etc. that go into such a project as the 11th Street Bikeway a study predicting the amount of bike usage on the bikeways would seem to be justified.

    Waverly Owner asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your questions. The City did not perform studies to predict the number of bike trips and does not plan to complete such a study. Our society has put so much time and resources into predicting car trips that the data and methodology has yet to be as robust for other modes, like walking and biking. So, we must use the data we have, including community feedback, and plans like the Houston Bike Plan and Vision Zero Action Plan to guide street safety improvements. 


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    With the goal to slow traffic speeds on 11th, it seems that a 2 lane configuration with a turning lane would accomplish this goal. There is no reason to FORCE a bike lane into this plan when there is an existing, well protected hike and bike path 5 blocks south. With traffic and new construction booming, the City is planning on punishing all residents for living in the Heights.

    TS asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your comment! No forcing here - the Houston Bike Plan, adopted by City Council in March 2017, designates 11th Street as an on-street high-comfort bikeway. This will connect to other bikeways in the area, making the Heights even more walk and bike-friendly so that everyone can get out and enjoy the neighborhood!

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    Based on past meetings and comments, the City continues to use outdated data and assumptions to force changes upon the local community which are are opposed for many reasons. Each comment below is dismissed in a callous manner certainly not meant to engage the community. Clearly the City has an agenda and will impose their will over the will of the local community. Personally, I have submitted several comments which have not received a response and therefore also do not appear on this thread for others to view. When is the City going to do to listen and respond to ALL local community concerns and not only those that further the agenda of the few?

    TS asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for telling us how you feel. Our team at the City works hard to respond to each person with as much detail as possible, with respect and integrity, regardless of whether the person opposes or supports the project. 

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    When riding in a bike lane and a vehicle stops in the bike lane, I usually move into the vehicle lane to get around the bike lane obstruction. Since the proposed bike lanes on 11th St will share right-of-way with bus stops, are cyclists intended to wait behind a stopped bus or are drivers intended to yield to merging cyclists?

    Jon Bush asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your question! If people biking encounter a stopped bus, they should wait behind until it clears the shared bus stop/bike lane. When a bus driver encounters people biking in the bike lane, the bus driver must yield to the people biking and then pull towards the bus stop. 

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    Reducing capacity on 11th will push more traffic to 10th and 12th, especially during the busiest hours. This is a net negative for residents. Traffic drives at the speed that the road allows. Adding traffic calming features are the only way to mitigate this. A bike path is not needed on 11th. It could be placed on any other street, like 10th or 12th, which would keep cyclists and cars further apart. A safe crossing for the existing bike path at 11th is possible (and way overdue) with lights, despite the fact that the bike path is on Nicholson. It just needs some creative designing - look at other cities with bike infrastructure for inspiration. Some method of creating a consequence for speeding traffic is needed. (e.g Cameras) That law needs challenging. You should be able to monitor and fine speed without having to track vehicles around the city.

    speedbird asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your comments! We will continue to make improvements to 11th Street so that it is safe for all road users and allows people of all ages and abilities to get where they are going.

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    Can we get safety mitigations for cut through traffic on side streets made a part of this plan before you start and as well, indications of what you propose to do if this doesn't work out as planned ?

    claywj asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. We have noted your request for safety mitigations on side streets. 

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    Here is an excerpt from the key findings of a study on road diet measures by the Federal Highway Administration (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/): "Crash rates did not change significantly from the before period to the after period...Road diet conversions did not affect crash severity.....Road diet conversions did not result in a significant change in crash types." By contrast, can you please share the most recent crash statistics from the intersection of 10th St & Shepherd where an on-demand crossing signal was installed in 2019? From what I've seen, that light has clearly improved the safety of that intersection - but instead of using the proven countermeasure of an on-demand traffic signal at 11th & Nicholson, the current project proposal relies on the type of 'traffic diet' highlighted by the FHA.

    Millican asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your observations, Eli. As mentioned in a previous response to you, all publicly-available documents relevant to this project are on this project webpage. We will continue to post information as necessary and keep the community informed of the latest status. 

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