Cyclists invited to celebration at Terry Hershey Park Gazebo for prizes, giveaways and breakfast
When dawn breaks May 16, colorful Lycra will displace business casual as the fashion of choice for a peloton’s worth of Energy Corridor employees making their morning commute.
That’s when – for the ninth straight year – The Energy Corridor District celebrates National Bike to Work Week, joined by devoted cycling commuters and newcomers alike, who will make their morning jaunt into The Energy Corridor with two-wheeled teams led by captains from ConocoPhillips, Shell, BP, CITGO, Berg Oliver Associates, Clover Staffing and others.
The morning bicycling commute will culminate in a celebration hosted by The Energy Corridor District, 6:30-7:30 a.m. at Terry Hershey Park Gazebo, with prizes, giveaways, music and a continental breakfast from Shipley’s Do-Nuts. The gazebo at 15330 Memorial Drive is a half-mile west of Eldridge Parkway, just past Langham Creek.
Ride captains from several companies will be wearing colorful, collectible Bike to Work road jerseys designed by The Energy Corridor District, as they lead groups into work. Many will follow routes mapped out by The Energy Corridor District that guide cyclists from areas such as Alief, The Houstonian, The Heights, Cinco Ranch, Katy, Sugar Land, The Lakes on Eldridge and other points west and northwest. Routes can be downloaded at energycorridor.org/mobility/bike-to-work.
Bike to Work Convoy leader Mark Barrilleaux and fellow BP cyclists are avid riders, holding a regular ‘Killa’s Garage’ bike tune-up and repair workshop at Barrilleaux’s home. For the annual Bike to Work ride, a special ‘Killa’s Garage’ night was held to review the routes and make sure bikes were operating safely.
Leading up to Bike to Work, “Lunch and Learn” sessions were held at BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Sysco, where seasoned bike commuters shared tips on two-wheeled commuting.
When the gears finish churning at Terry Hershey Park, The Energy Corridor’s Bike to Work Day could very well be the largest such event in Houston.
Bike to Work was created by the League of American Cyclists as part of Bike Month in May. In cities across the land, commuters leave their cars behind to ride bikes into work. It’s an opportunity, says the League, “to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.”
For The Energy Corridor District, Bike to Work Day promotes alternative commuting as a way to both reduce traffic congestion and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But for many riders, cycling to work is just a fun way to start and end the day.
It’s not too late to plan a Bike to Work Day for either single riders or corporate teams.
For those interested in organizing a team, The Energy Corridor District is available to lead “lunch and learn” demonstrations covering safety, routes and other ways to make the morning ride into The Energy Corridor a fulfilling one. To set up a “lunch and learn,” or find a safe cycling route into The Energy Corridor, contact Rachael Weaver, Energy Corridor District Community Relations Coordinator, at email@example.com.