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Make Your Morning Commute Fun; Join Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day on May 19!

Novice and experienced bike commuters alike to enjoy annual free celebration of active living

A popular West Houston tradition that celebrates the power of the pedal to improve health, reduce traffic congestion and deliver fun returns when novice and experienced cycling commuters alike join Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day 2016 on Thursday, May 19. 

It’s the 12th year commuters have left cars behind to bike into West Houston and meet up for The Energy Corridor District’s free Bike to Work Day celebration at the Terry Hershey Park Gazebo, 15342 Memorial Drive, from 6:30-8 a.m. 

At the gazebo, riders of all abilities will join the community-driven festivities to enjoy breakfast, music, giveaways and raffle prizes – thanks to a host of generous sponsors. 

Cyclists can RSVP for the free Bike to Work Day 2016 celebration here

“If you’ve ever wanted to try bicycling to work, this is a great time to experience it,” explains Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “There are several group rides leaving from popular commuting origins. We can also help connect riders with an experienced Bike Buddy in their area who can offer guidance or serve as a ride companion.” 

After soaking up the satisfaction of knowing you can bike to work, there’s the morning celebration – an Energy Corridor community meet-up where riders refuel, find new friends and get a chance to pedal home with fun giveaways and raffle prizes from REI, Namaste Yoga Houston, and several other sponsors. 

“When you ride the Energy Corridor on Bike to Work Day you’re joining a national movement that celebrates bicycling and boosts awareness of the need for more cycling trails, routes and facilities,” Rector says. 

Part of the League of American Bicyclists National Bike to Work Month, Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day stands out as one of the city’s popular celebrations – and is integral to The District’s efforts advocating for the health benefits cycling can bring to a city and its citizens. Pro-cycling programs by The District include developing the West Houston Trails Master Plan, building sidewalks, creating safer cyclist/pedestrian crossings and connecting trails. CarShare, a District partnership with Enterprise Car Rental, provides vehicles at work for commuting bicyclists and other uses of alternative transportation. 

Sign up for The District’s Bike Buddies program here.

Explore District-vetted bike commuting routes, safe riding tips and more here

The Bike to Work Day 2016 celebration is generously sponsored by:

  • Bike Barn
  • BikeHouston
  • Chick-fil-A Parkway Village
  • Dance & Jump+Fitness Studio
  • Drink Neuro
  • H6 Apartments
  • KIND Healthy Snacks
  • Memorial Athletic Center
  • Namaste Yoga Houston
  • REI
  • Shipley Do-Nuts
  • Wells Fargo
  • Community Partner METRO Houston

 

“Whether you ride solo or join a group, Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day is a great way to start the day,” Rector says.

For more on Bike to Work Day, contact Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator at The District, at krector@energycorridor.org, or (281) 759-3800.
 

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