Celebrate the Power of the Pedal to Improve Health, Promote Recreational Cycling & Reduce Traffic Congestion
Several West Houston commuters will “Ride & Shine” at daybreak Thursday, May 14, leaving their vehicles at home to hop on bicycles for Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day 2015 – the annual ritual hosted by The Energy Corridor District that celebrates the power of the pedal to improve health, promote recreational cycling and reduce traffic congestion.
This year’s ride (the 11th annual) runs from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., finishing with a free breakfast party at the Terry Hershey Park Gazebo, 15342 Memorial Drive, filled with like-minded cyclists, breakfast and refreshments, music, giveaways and raffle prizes.
“Bike to Work Day is a not-to-be-missed event for cyclists of all abilities,” says Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “We invite everyone to ride and experience the benefits of commuting into work on two wheels.”
Eleven years running, Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day features groups of riders pedaling along popular routes into The Energy Corridor. Bike Champions – veteran commuting cyclists from several Energy Corridor companies – ride with the groups.
Part of national Bike to Work Month, the event is a fun way to try biking into work, while meeting other cyclists and exploring vetted bicycling routes, explains Rector.
An alternative commuter herself, Rector often begins her workday riding a bike to a METRO stop for the final leg of her journey into The Energy Corridor.
The District can match up cyclists as part of its Bike Buddies program. Bike route maps and commuting information are available on The District’s website at energycorridor.org/mobility/bike-to-work.
As is tradition, the annual Bike to Work Day party hosted by The District sweetens the ride’s end. This year Shipley Do-Nuts, KIND Healthy Snacks, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Neuro Drinks, Memorial Athletic Center, First Choice Emergency Room and 770 Eldridge Apartments are generously contributing or donating food and refreshments, raffle prizes and services.
Clark Martinson, general manager for The District, looks forward to Bike to Work Day every year.
But Martinson doesn’t wait for the annual event to pedal into work; he’s often found riding his vintage steel steed weaving through neighborhoods after dawn, then along the Addicks Reservoir dam before dropping onto the tree-lined Langham Creek trail and under IH-10, then on to The Energy Corridor District offices.
“Bike to Work Day introduces people to an experience that many will find to be a rewarding way to start the morning,” Martinson explains. “Seeing Terry Hershey Park Gazebo filled with bicyclists satisfied with a fun morning commute, enjoying breakfast and winning prizes makes it all the more gratifying.”
The District has long advocated for bicyclists in The Energy Corridor, playing an instrumental role in developing the West Houston Trails Master Plan; building sidewalks and safe pedestrian crossings; and creating CarShare installations to give people using alternative commuting the use of a shared vehicle at work if the need arises.
Join the Bike to Work Day movement. Contact Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator at The Energy Corridor District, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (281) 759-3800.