It started as a pilot program. One Sunday a month, some of Houston’s busiest streets were closed to traffic for four hours. It gave people a chance to bike, skate, walk and run through the neighborhoods they typically drive through.
After thousands attended last year, the city has signed on with a sponsor to make Sunday Streets permanent. Laura Spanjian is Houston’s director of sustainability. She says they tried to diversify the locations this year.
“Some were in crowded business districts and some were a little bit more leisurely and in residential areas, and some combined both of them and those were very successful,” says Spanjian.
She says the event is designed to make exercise fun. It’s held in a different neighborhood each weekend, so there’s always something new to see. Residents organize activities along the routes, like concerts, yoga classes and rock climbing walls.
“Each one is different, so we encourage people to go to all of them because they’re going to get a different experience and a different perspective on that street,” Spanjian says.
This year’s Sunday Streets kicks off March 29th on Westheimer and Montrose. Later, they’ll head to the Heights and Navigation Boulevard in the East End.