Into the Wild

A Tree Giveaway in GOOF, E-Bikes Hit Midtown, and More Outdoorsy News

Plus, where to find a new mural, free yoga on the green, and one hot upcoming trail.

By Gwendolyn Knapp December 4, 2020

Houston BCycle will roll out a hundred e-bikes by end of year.

As we head into our favorite months for getting out and about in nature (thank you, cold front), here's an update on the latest park and outdoors news around Houston.  

The Jamail Skate Park in Buffalo Bayou Park has a new art installation worth a peek: Wiley Robertson's Love mural. It's quite possibly the longest contiguous art mural in a skatepark anywhere and obviously Houston's newest selfie destination. Check out this video of the new work.

Discovery Green has FREE exercise classes once again for the winter season, including Core-Focused Yoga on Tuesdays through January 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Hatha Yoga on Saturdays through January 30, 9 to 10 a.m.  and Tai Chi on Saturdays through January 30 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Houston Parks Board has begun construction on a new 5.26-mile segment of Sims Bayou Greenway, connecting Buffalo Speedway all the way to Scott Street—the longest Bayou Greenway construction project to date. Because an existing stretch of greenway is already in place from Buffalo Speedway to Hillcroft, when all is said and done, this is really about connecting Southwest Houston to Southeast Houston for those not in a car. The construction is expected to take about 15 months and will include new neighborhood connections, park trail connections, and improvements (seating, trash cans, native trees, etc.) along the way, as well as a new hike-and-bike pedestrian bridge connecting the Sugar Valley Neighborhood with Margaret Jenkins Park.  

Houston BCycle, our city's popular nonprofit bike-sharing program, has released 25 battery-operated e-bikes into the wild (well, Midtown). These zero-emission e-bikes take riders up to 12 miles per hour and cost $3 per 30 minutes (for a walk-up ride). By March 2021, expect 200 in rotation around Houston. BCycle's 111 stations currently offer 800 traditional bikes that anyone can rent, ride and dock, but the e-bike roll-out— funded by Harris County, which approved Rodney Ellis's $842,700 proposal earlier this year to jump start the program and create 30 new docking stations for underserved communities—seems to answer one of our ongoing burning questions: Are e-bikes the future of transit in Houston? 

Trees for Houston is giving away a variety of five-gallon tree species on December 5 at its future home, 2001 W 34th St, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You just pull up and the crew will load an American beautyberry, white oak, red maple, pecan, or Sweetbay magnolia into your car. Simple as that. Check out the Facebook events page for more details.

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