Houston cracks down on urban cowboys

Local horse enthusiasts were surprised to learn that the City Council has banned horseback riding on esplanades and grassy medians – punishable by a $500 fine.

“This isn’t Dodge City, so I’m sorry. But the cowboys can’t do as they please anymore,” said Charles Crain, president of the Inwood Forest Community Improvement Association.

This new law apparently stems from neighborhood beautification associations complaining about sprinklers and landscaping being destroyed underhoof (and under-tire from parked cars on medians).

Fair enough, but I still think it’s a sad thing – just one more unique Texan attribute lost. I’ve had several out-of-town friends be completely and absolutely mesmerized by the fact that in Houston there are still cowboys riding into the sunset, granted in a less than Old Western-y environment.

We’ve got bike lanes in town – do we need horse lanes too??

2 Comments so far

  1. Robert (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    Bike lanes are only a safety measure to protect bicyclists from cars since bicycles are considered vehicles and must share the road with automobiles.

    Last time I checked, horses weren’t vehicles.

  2. LessCowbell (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    And anybody who calls what we have “bike lines” has never been to California. At least in Encinitas (n. of San Diego) along the PCH 101, the bike lanes are huge, and have their own concrete berm to separate them from the car lane.

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