Before dawn on May 15, viewers tuning into Channel 2 for a traffic report saw a different sort of commute. Riding trough darkness, helmet lights ablaze, was a group of Energy Corridor employees happily pedaling to work, tailed by a news crew.
When that group joined up with several others to meet at Terry Hershey Park for breakfast and giveaways (all part of the 2014 Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day), KPRC-TV’s Courtney Gilmore and a Houston Chronicle photographer were on hand to capture the smiles plastered on riders’ faces, the reward for a revitalizing alternative commute.
This year’s Bike to Work Day was blessed by refreshingly cool weather and new riders experiencing cycling to work. They pedaled to The Energy Corridor in convoys led by experienced bicycling commuters representing teams from BP, CITGO, ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Shell Oil, Sysco and Technip.
Their efforts were rewarded with a complimentary breakfast served by Shipley's Do-Nuts, raffle prizes from BP and AAA Texas, yogurt and energy bars from KIND Healthy Snacks, giveaways from Advancial Credit Union, Watson’s House of Ales and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, plus bike maintenance stations run by Bike Barn and Bicycle World of Houston.
Then it was on to work knowing the ride home would be just as much fun.
“It was a beautiful day to ride, and we thank everyone who shared the experience with us,” says Clark Martinson, who joined the convoy from the Heights to bicycle into work as general manager of The Energy Corridor District.
It takes a lot of people to put on a successful Bike to Work day. The Energy Corridor District celebrates these volunteers and their contributions here.
See photos on our Bike to Work Day Facebook photo album.