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10 Years and Rolling! Annual Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day is May 15.

Experience the fun of bicycling to work, followed by a celebration with free breakfast, giveaways, raffles and more

The power of the pedal to invigorate health, bring newfound experiences and reduce traffic congestion will be on full force when The Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day pushes off Thursday morning, May 15.

The event, from 6:30-7:30 a.m., will be the 10th annual Bike to Work Day for The Energy Corridor.

Devoted cycling commuters and newcomers alike will make a dawn ride into work, either solo or alongside convoys from some of the world’s top energy companies, including bicyclists from BP, ConocoPhillips, CITGO, Phillips 66, Shell Oil, Sysco and Technip.

The annual ride – designed to celebrate bicycling both as an invigorating way to commute and as a recreational delight – will end with a morning party at the Terry Hershey Park gazebo, hosted by The Energy Corridor District. 

“The Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day is something special, a celebration of why we ride and a chance to experience the fun of bicycling into work,” says Clark Martinson, longtime bicycling enthusiast and General Manager of The Energy Corridor District. “We’ve been hosting Bike to Work Day for 10 years. I’ve found every one of them to be an inspirational and motivating journey.”

To ride with a bicycling partner, Bike to Work aspirants can sign up online at Bike Buddies, a program where The Energy Corridor District matches newcomers with veteran cycling commuters on vetted routes. Riders can also download routes online

Cycling convoys clad in brightly colored cycling shirts – their leaders wearing commemorative 10th Annual Energy Corridor Bike to Work jerseys – will start their journey before sunrise at major commuting points serving The Energy Corridor. Many convoys are led by devoted bicyclists from Houston’s foremost energy firms, which held Bike to Work “Lunch-and-Learn” sessions with The Energy Corridor District to prepare riders.

When Bike to Work cyclists arrive at the Terry Hershey Park gazebo alongside Langham Creek (15200 Memorial west of Eldridge Parkway), they will be greeted by a morning celebration with a complimentary breakfast, giveaways, raffles, bicycle maintenance stations and more.

“The morning party is a fitting finale to Bike to Work Day, a time to meet up with like-minded souls, celebrate bicycling and refuel for the day,” says Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “Shipley's Do-Nuts will serve up a complimentary breakfast, BP and AAA Texas will hold raffles, and Advancial, Kind Healthy Snacks, Watson’s House of Ales and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will have fun giveaways. And there will be bicycle maintenance stations run by Bike Barn and Bicycle World of Houston.”

This year, the District expanded its Bike to Work routes to guide riders from points beyond the Grand Parkway, including La Centerra, the Cross Creek subdivision and Katy Mills Mall.

Experience the power of the pedal. Join The Energy Corridor 2014 Bike to Work Day, 6:30-7:30 a.m. May 15, and see what commuting by bicycle is all about.

For more information, contact Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District, at krector@energycorridor.org.

 “There is no better time to get on your bikes and ride,” says Martinson, reprising Freddie Mercury’s famous rallying cry.

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