Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day starts in the Heights

May. 13, 2014Heights Leader

Ten years and rolling, The Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day is 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15, when devoted cycling commuters and newcomers from the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and points west will make a dawn ride into work, either solo or alongside convoys from some of the world’s top energy companies.

One of the annual ride’s traditional starting points is the historic Heights firehouse. Bike to Work Day – designed to celebrate bicycling both as an invigorating way to commute and as a recreational delight – will end with a morning party at the Terry Hershey Park gazebo, hosted by The Energy Corridor District.

“The Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day is an experience not to be missed by anyone who loves cycling or wants to experience commuting via pedal power,” says Clark Martinson, longtime bicycling enthusiast and General Manager of The Energy Corridor District Clark Martinson. “Bike to Work Day helps introduce people to the special joys of cycling to work, something that is invigorating both physically and mentally.

To find a bicycling partner, Bike to Work aspirants can sign up online at energycorridor.org for Bike Buddies, a program where The Energy Corridor District matches newcomers with veteran cycling commuters on vetted routes. Riders can also download routes online.

Cycling convoys clad in brightly colored cycling shirts – their leaders wearing commemorative 10th Annual Energy Corridor Bike to Work jerseys – will begin their dawn patrol ride at major commuting points serving The Energy Corridor. Many of the convoys are led by devoted bicyclists from Houston’s foremost energy firms.

When riders arrive at the Terry Hershey Park gazebo alongside Langham Creek, 15200 Memorial west of Eldridge Parkway, they will be greeted by a morning celebration with breakfast, giveaways, a raffle, bicycle maintenance stations and more.
“It’s a great experience to meet up with like-minded souls and celebrate bicycling. Riders can enjoy a complimentary breakfast served by Shipley’s Do-Nuts, raffle prizes from BP and AAA Texas, and bike maintenance stations run by Bike Barn and Bicycle World of Houston,” explains Kelly Rector, Transportation Coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “We’ll have fun giveaways from Advancial, KIND Healthy Snacks and others.”

To join The Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day fun, sign up at energycorridor.org, or contact Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District, at krector@energycorridor.org.