For the ninth straight year, The Energy Corridor District celebrated National Bike to Work Week, joined by devoted cycling commuters and newcomers who left their cars and trucks behind for a drizzly, dawn ride into The Energy Corridor.
KHOU 11 covered the ride firsthand, as reporter Tim Wetzel hopped on a two-wheeler to join the BP Bike to Work convoy that began pedaling at the old Heights Firehouse. From the pre-dawn dark to the morning Bike to Work celebration at Terry Hershey Park, a camera crew trailed the convoy, and their progress was carried live throughout the morning news on KHOU.
Several convoys organized riders for The Energy Corridor District’s Bike to Work Day, led by captains from BP, CITGO, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Berg Oliver Associates, Clover Staffing and others. Regular bike commuter Clark Martinson, general manager of The Energy Corridor District, rode with the Heights convoy, starting his pre-ride ritual off unusually with an interview for live television, as a light spring shower cooled the waiting cyclists.
When the cyclists made it to The Energy Corridor, they gathered for a sunrise celebration hosted by The Energy Corridor District at the Terry Hershey Park Gazebo. Under a cloudy sky, the gazebo was bright, a rainbow of colorful road cycling jerseys, as riders sipped free energy drinks, fruit smoothies and hot coffee, trading stories about their commutes and winning prizes. A breakfast spread, courtesy of Shipley’s Do-Nuts on Westheimer, refueled the riders for their work day ahead.
And then the riders hopped back on their bikes for quick rides into the office.
The Energy Corridor District’s annual Bike to Work Day has become a Houston ritual during Bike to Work Week. Riders converged on The Energy Corridor from all compass points: Alief and Sugar Land to the south, the Heights, Spring Branch and the Houstonian to the east, Katy and Cinco Ranch to the west, and The Lakes on Eldridge to the north.
Ride captains from several Energy Corridor companies wore collectible bright green Bike to Work road jerseys designed by The Energy Corridor District, as they led groups into work. Riders can follow these same commuting routes by downloading maps here.
Alternative commuting or just fun?
For The Energy Corridor District, Bike to Work Day promotes alternative commuting as a way to reduce traffic congestion, while contributing to a healthy lifestyle. But for many riders, cycling to work is just a fun way to start and end the day.
“It’s just a great way to gear up for work,” says Martinson. “And at the end of the day, riding home can be a blast, as you blow beyond the stress of the day. Commuting on a bicycle also saves money, even time, while helping you stay in shape.”
In fact, the annual Bike to Work Day ties to a core mission for The Energy Corridor District: actively promoting bicycling as a prime contributor to alternative commuting – as well as a healthy lifestyle.
And now cycling commuters can take advantage of a recently launched Energy Corridor District CarShare program at Eldridge Place. Commuters using alternative transportation now have access to a shared car at work to run errands, meet friends, check on their kids at school or whatever they choose.
Bike to Work Week was created by the League of American Cyclists as part of National Bike Month in May as a celebration of the unique power of the bicycle.
Join The Energy Corridor District in May 2014 for the 10th Annual Bike to Work Day.