How to Bike, Take Public Transit to Minute Maid Park

With MLB player lockdown now a thing of the past, there’s no better way to celebrate the rejuvenated season than by planning a trip to Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros battle their way through the American League the West. But driving to the ballpark — and downtown Houston in general — can be an overwhelming, detracting experience from what should be a relaxing outing to the park.

From having to pay for parking, sometimes at exorbitant prices, to dealing with everyone other driving a car, sometimes we wish there was a better solution. It turns out there is.

Juan Lopez, left, and Chris Huff, standing on his bike, prepare to watch the game from out of right field as Houston Astros fans flock to Minute Maid Park for Game 3 of the World Series against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, October 19. 25, 2005.

Ben DeSoto/Houston Chronicle

Taking a baseball stadium bike ride is not only an exhilarating experience, but one that can save you a lot of money. Without having to pay for gas or parking, think of all the hot dogs you could eat instead, especially on Dollar Dog Night.

On the east side of the park, the lion’s share of bike racks are located near the Right Field entrance along Preston Street, sandwiched between the ballpark and the Diamond Lot South.

On the west side, there are two small sets of bike racks near the center field entrance and the left field entrance.

The racks are for “non-motorized vehicles” only, apparently so motorcyclists and mopeds have no idea. But if you ride an e-bike, make sure you have Sec. Bookmarked Texas Transportation Code 551.002. This section of the law clarifies how traditional bicycles and e-bikes should be treated the same under the law. This could be useful if something goes wrong.

The nearest Houston BCycle station for bike rentals and returns is 400 yards from the ballpark near Discovery Green at 925 Crawford Street.

A fan cheers, holds his bike in the air at the Reflection Pool as he attends the Houston Astros World Championship Parade and Celebration on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Houston.
A fan cheers, holds his bike in the air at the Reflection Pool as he attends the Houston Astros World Championship Parade and Celebration on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Houston.Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle

Another car-free way to get to the Minute Maid is the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which offers many services near the ballpark.

The downtown Houston Metro purple/green streetcar line stops just south of the park near Avenida De Las Americas in the convention district. If you are coming from the East End, the stop is along Capital Street while the westbound stop is on Rusk Street. From there, you can head north into the Home Plate entrance and enjoy the game.

The destination sign on a subway bus displays
The destination sign on a subway bus reads “Go Astros!!” shown on Louisiana and McKinney on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Houston.Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle

If you’re taking the bus, there are several stops north of the ballpark along Congress Street that will get you as close to the gates as possible.

Bus stop 10583, at the corner of Congress and Crawford streets, serves Jensen/Greens (006), Canal/Memorial (020), Clinton/Ella (030), Market (048), Maxey Park and Ride (236) as well Kingwood/Townsen/Eastex Park & ​​Ride (259). If you are on the Northshore Express, use bus stop 10582 at the corner of Congress and Jackson streets.

There is also the 9196 bus stop at the corner of Congress and La Branch streets which carries the Westpark Express (151), Monroe/El Dorado Park and Ride (244), Fuqua/Bay Area Park and Ride (247) and the West Bellfort/Westwood Park and Ride (269).

Do you have any advice on public transport downtown? Let me know on Twitter: @jayrjordan

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