As Population Grows, Sugar Land Looks For New Ways To Bike And Walk
by: Gail Delaughter, April 15, 2013 5:04:00 pm
The Sugar Land City Council adopted a hike and bike master plan in 2008. Now officials want to revisit that plan as part of a comprehensive mobility study.
Patrick Walsh is Sugar Land's Director of Transportation and Long-Range Planning.
"We needed to look at walking and biking as a mode of transportation not just for recreational purposes but for non-recreational purposes as well."
Sugar Land is doing the study as the city is expected to grow by thousands of new residents. In 2011 the Census Bureau put Sugar Land's population at 82,000.
That's forecast to grow to 100,000 by 2020.
But to make walking and biking a viable transportation option, Walsh says they need to make it easier to get across busy highways like U.S. 59 and State Highway 6.
There's also railroad tracks and the Brazos River.
"One of the things this plan will be looking at is identifying some conceptual plans for how to cross these barriers more conveniently and safely."
Sugar Land voters this fall will be asked to approve a $50 million bond package that's earmarked for quality-of-life issues, and that includes bike trails.