The pathway system consists of an 8' wide network of 209 miles of hike and bike trails, which connect the various neighborhoods to schools, 140 parks, 10 grocery-anchored village centers, and employment locations such as the Town Center. The residential neighborhoods, park and pathway system, schools, institutional uses, and village centers are designed to accommodate most of a family’s daily needs within a 1 to 2 mile radius. The graph above was plotted using data from The Woodlands Community Facts.
Another way the flow of traffic in The Woodlands could be improved is by reducing the actual number of vehicles traveling on the roads. The Woodlands Origin-Destination study utilized portable Bluetooth devices in vehicles, built-in Bluetooth devices at stoplights, and traffic counts from pneumatic tubes to identify traffic flow patterns coming to and from The Woodlands area. It concluded that roughly 12,400 vehicles a day cut through The Woodlands from one side to the other, adding a significant amount of traffic to its roads while contributing little or nothing to its economy. Not only does this cut-through traffic steal minutes out of residents’ and workers’ valuable time each and every day they use the roads in The Woodlands, it raises the average number of stops on a drive, which decreases fuel efficiency and in turn leads to more money spent at the gas pump. In order to divert this through traffic and cut down on congestion, the study recommended the development of “The Woodlands Loop.”
Town Center development contrasts with but complements development in the Residential Villages. The villages convey the feeling of a small town within a forested setting. The residential neighborhoods, park and pathway system, schools, institutional uses, and village centers are designed to accommodate most of a family’s daily needs within a 1 to 2 mile travel radius. The design of Village Centers as “nodes” at the intersection of major roadways and the variety of retail and professional office contained in each village center encourages residents to visit several destinations during a single trip. For example, one might visit the supermarket, drugstore, gas station, cleaners, and hardware store during a single trip. This concept makes destinations convenient and efficient to access and reduces vehicle miles travelled when compared to the typical “strip retail” concept.
The drainage that came out of The Woodlands, right in the middle there of Town Center, there was a little gully there that went from here to Oak Ridge North. And we said alright, why don’t we excavate that and make it an area where we could have traffic on the water, within the town core. And then start developing around that, whether you have, not only action on the concentration of small boats plowing this three miles of area we had inside, make it a really useful thing. But then would we have trolleys and pedestrians, you have all three. If you are going by the boats, it is not enough. You have got to have more than that. And that has been very successful.
On October 19, 1974, The Woodlands celebrated its grand opening and the introduction of this new community to the Houston marketplace. Progress over the years has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of our employees, residents, governmental agencies, churches, civic organizations, financial institutions and business leaders who have chosen The Woodlands as a preferred location. Defining events as set forth in the following chronology have made The Woodlands unique and the achievements rather amazing.
In contrast to most other developments, the mobility system is planned for the ultimate development of The Woodlands. The land required for the widening of roads or the construction of overpasses has already been dedicated to Montgomery County, thus saving time and the expense to acquire additional land at the expense of the taxpayer.
Since its inception, The Woodlands Development Company has dedicated the full road rights-of-way based upon the estimated “build-out” to Montgomery County. In the case of major thoroughfares, this dedication of land consists of rights-of-way 130’ to 494’ wide along 35.73 miles of roads and totaling 772.3 acres of land including right-of-way for 3 grade separations at major intersections.
- The Woodlands Origin-Destination Study
- 1985 Montgomery County Major Thoroughfare Plan
- 2016 Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan
- Road Structure in The Woodlands
- The Woodlands Community Facts
- 1972 Project Agreement Between The United States of America and The Woodlands Development Corporation
- The Woodlands Road Mileage - Ultimate Projection vs Actual
- The Woodlands Pathways - Ultimate Projection vs Actual
- The Woodlands Township Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
- The Woodlands Development Update
- The Woodlands Parks and Pathways Map
- South County Mobility Plan