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Tour Buffalo Bayou on a BCycle

by Christin Dietze | May 17, 2017

Four of Houston BCycle's busiest stations surround Buffalo Bayou Park, the 160-acre green space with hike and bike trails in the shadows of the Houston skyline. With several public art pieces, beautiful native wildflowers, and waterfront bike trails, Buffalo Bayou Park is a wonderful space to explore on two wheels. Check out a BCycle from Sabine Bridge, Lost Lake, Jackson Hill or Spotts Park and enjoy a 5 mile loop around the Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou. You can even take a DIY Bike Tour now that Buffalo Bayou Partnership has rolled out a free mobile app with a guide to the park and audio tours along the way. 

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BBP Bike Map

In a partnership with Houston Public Media, BBP's audio tours provide information on the park as well as Houston history and fun facts at several stops along the bayou. In less than an hour you can cover all the stops along the way, or if you'd like to break your trip up, just dock your BCycle at the brand new Lost Lake station and grab a snack or drink at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy

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Things you will see along the way:


WorthamFountain

The Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, created in 1978, is the work of Houston architect and long-time Rice University professor William T. Cannady. Inspired by a similar fountain in Australia, it consists of a central bronze shaft sprouting multiple bronze sprinkler pipes coated in lacquer which create a dandelion-like spherical spray of water. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)

PoliceMemorial

The Houston Police Officer Memorial is a public recognition of the sacrifices made by police officers as they carry out their duties and, in particular, those who have died in the line of duty. It is the location for an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony honoring them. It is laid out in the form of a 120’ by 120’ Greek cross with a stepped pyramid in the middle. A reflecting pool is surrounded by pink granite slabs incised with the names of over one hundred fallen police officers. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)

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“The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony” consists of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge nightly to stretch their wings and feed on area insects. Unlike other Texas bat colonies that opt for warmer climates by migrating southward during winter months, The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony remains in Houston throughout the year. This is the second largest bat colony in Texas, behind Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge Colony. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)

ToleranceStatues

Created by internationally-renowned Spanish sculptorJaume Plensa, “Tolerance” is a grouping of sculptures sited in Buffalo Bayou Park at the intersection of Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard. The seven human figures represent the seven continents, and are made of silvery aluminum. Their framework consists of alphabetic symbols from languages around the world, reflecting the artist’s belief that, whatever culture we live in and whichever language we think in, our lives are similar. At night, the sculptures are lit from within. They rest on rough-cut granite pedestals that were brought in from the artist's home country, Spain. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)


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Jackson Hill Pedestrian Bridge connects the Jackson Hill BCycle Station with Buffalo Bayou Park

On top of these you'll pass by Eleanor Tinsley Garden, Tapley Tributary and Lost Lake on the Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou Park. Venture further east into downtown and discover more along the bike paths that run all the way to Allen's Landing, the original port of Houston. In the next several years, Buffalo Bayou Partnership will add even more hike and bike trails, connecting all the way to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. This will create 20 miles of connected bike paths for cyclists to enjoy, and we'll be installing more BCycle stations along the way.



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