Polk Street – Houston Bikeways

Polk Street

Status: Under Construction

A high-comfort bikeway is planned for Polk Street between Emancipation Avenue and Cullen Boulevard to replace the existing low-comfort bike lanes. Construction will include pavement repair along the entire length of the project, as well as ADA curb ramp repair, sidewalk repair and curb and gutter repair in targeted locations. This project is part of the Third Ward Bikeway Network and is funded by Harris County Precinct One.

Route Map

The Polk Street high-comfort bikeway project (dashed blue) extends from Emancipation Ave. to Cullen Blvd.

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Segment Details

The project will replace two existing standard bike lanes with two protected bike lanes, which will provide a safer environment for all travelers in this section of Polk Street. The design features “floating bus stops,” which are dedicated waiting and boarding platforms for passengers adjacent to the travel lane to streamline transit service, improve accessibility and eliminate conflicts between buses and bikes at bus stops. The bike lane will continue behind the bus stop so as not to disrupt bike flow.

For a detailed view of the corridor, please refer to the final plans below.

Polk Street Final Design


Existing Polk Street Design

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Proposed Polk Street Design

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Example of a floating bus stop:


Project Partnerships

Harris County Precinct 1

City of Houston Planning and Development Department

Houston Public Works

Project Management & Design Consultants

Jones | Carter

Toole Design Group

Traffic Engineers, Inc (TEI)

Contact Us

Questions, concerns, comments and/or feedback? Please contact the Houston Bikeways Program at 832-395-2700 or email bikeways@houstontx.gov.