More people on the trail over the summer
Hot weather didn’t keep people away from the Katy Trail. From May 1 through Aug. 31, the daily average usage was up 17 percent from 2016. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The southern end of the trail saw a significant increase in traffic, as new residential communities have opened in the adjacent Uptown and Oak Lawn neighborhoods. Usage in the area where Routh Street ends at the trail skyrocketed 37 percent (493,157 users compared to 358,102 in 2016), making it this summer’s most popular section with an average of about 4,000 people a day.
Friends of the Katy Trail operates “people counters” on the trail near Harvard, Fitzhugh, Routh and American Airlines Center/Houston Street. The counters can distinguish between people and bicycles.
“We expect that the cooler fall temperatures will get even more people onto the Katy Trail for their fitness and relaxation,” said Robin Baldock, Friends of the Katy Trail executive director, ”which is a good reminder that everyone can get along on the trail by following some simple safety tips.”
Safe use of the Katy Trail is always in season.