November 20, 2020
Today, Friday, on a warm November afternoon an intrepid NTTSW group got together to walk the Westbury Neighborhood trail along the HCFCD D-130 referred to as the Kinder West trail. We started at Atwell where we were greeted with a bench, picnic table and wings. At Burdine we enjoyed Noreen Heards Native prairie plantings. We continued along the nicely mowed wide bank, maintained by volunteer mower “boots on the ground” Allen Potvin. The newly opened trailhead on Oasis was a joy to see and walk through after both the encroaching houses moved their fences.
Then we came to the intersection of West Bellfort and Chimney Rock where the crossing is challenged in that it takes so many light cycles to cross. We all agreed a diagonal crosswalk would be a brilliant addition to that corner.
We walked all the way down to the weir structure across the WIllow Waterhole Bayou itself. Travelled down the banks of Dog Lake to cross over to Ricecrest and walk the new recently completed woodland trail and met up again at the Scout gazebo. The group then crossed S Willow and proceeded up the WW Bayou trail constructed of crushed granite. They then travelled the south bank of the WWB to Chimney Rock encountering some trash and graffiti but able to make it to Chimney Rock. Uneven and some muddy water with flies. Then walked Burdine to West Bellfort And stayed on the sidewalk rather than taking the Burdine easement which is fenced at West Bellfort. It was a beautiful day spent visiting and walking with friends.
November 19, 2018
Took a lovely tour around Willow Waterhole (5300 Dryad, Houston) Saturday. It is truly a gem in southwest Houston. Six ponds, paved, and crushed granite trails make it accessible to all. Birds, bridges, little hills, signage, and natural trail make it a must see for all Houstonians. Neighborhoods to Trails Southwest advocate for safe, off-road hike and bike trails to reach sites such as these.
Next City reporting on the city of Milwaukee says that its “efforts to make the city more bike and pedestrian–friendly are paying off.” One way they are seeing the results in on more people “moseying around” the neighborhood and more outdoor seating at restaurants. Part of the city’s efforts included rebuilding certain areas with wider sidewalks and adding bike racks. They’ve also added “traffic-calming measures” which slows motorists down. An advocacy group called MilWalkee Walks found that pedestrian deaths have been increasing, especially in low income areas. As Neighborhoods to Trails advocate for hike and bike paths, we must explore what other communities have successfully done to improve walkability and bicycling safety, especially as we look to get our residents across dangerous intersections in southwest Houston.