Sunday Streets Rolls Down Washington Avenue This Weekend

May. 30, 2014Houston Public Media

The City of Houston will shut down a portion of Washington Avenue on Sunday as part of its Sunday Streets pilot project.

The program started in April when the city shut down White Oak Drive in the Heights Area. The second came earlier this month on Westheimer. 

Washington Avenue will be shut to motor traffic on Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm between Studemont and Milam at Market Square Park downtown.

Laura Spanjian, Houston’s sustainability director, says this weekend’s route is a bit different.

“There will be great activities all along the route,” she said. “It’s probably our longest route of the three. It’s 2.5 miles, so if you go from one end to the other and back, you have a great Sunday morning bike ride or walk or run.”

The “Sunday Streets” concept is used in 90 other US cities and the city of Houston is deciding whether to expand it here. Thousands of people have turned out for the first two events.

“It’s a health program, but it’s also a social and economic program,” Spanjian says. “People are meeting neighbors. They’re meeting small business owners they’ve never met before because they just drive by in cars and don’t even see the small business.”

The city is looking for sponsorships to make “Sunday Streets” a permanent spring and fall event.