Reduce Emissions, Save Money and Burn Calories04/18/2012
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Reduce Emissions, Save Money and Burn Calories in Celebration of National Bike Month
Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day Set for Thursday, May 17
HOUSTON (April 12, 2012) – May is National Bike Month, so what better way to celebrate than inflate those tires, strap on a helmet and pedal to work. Not only does cycling reduce carbon emissions and burn calories but it also saves money as gas prices approach $4 per gallon. While the League of American Bicyclists designates the entire month as National Bike Month, the Energy Corridor District has set Thursday, May 17 as official Bike to Work Day in The Energy Corridor.
“With over 50 miles of scenic trails throughout The Energy Corridor and surrounding area, cyclists have numerous options for biking not only to the office but to restaurants and retailers in the area,” says Clark Martinson, general manager of the Energy Corridor District. “As a cycling enthusiast, I have ridden my bike to work in several cities since the 1970s, and recently, I have noticed a lot more commuters on bicycles in Houston, which is great.”
Teams will bike to work in The Energy Corridor from downtown, Alief, Memorial Villages, Spring Branch, Copperfield, Cinco Ranch, Bear Creek, Katy and other neighborhoods in the city. In preparation of cycling to work, the Energy Corridor District offers the following tips:
- Partner with a bike buddy – Novice cyclists should match up with experienced commuters in the community.
- Establish a commuter convoy – Identify several meeting locations and bike together to work as a group. Make arrangements for an experienced bike commuter to lead the trip.
- Ensure your bike is in good working order. And, carry a pump, spare tube and patch kit at all times.
Martinson adds, “Research shows that when traveling distances up to five miles, bicycling has proven to be faster than other forms of transportation. Bicycle commuters get to work on time more frequently and are happier and more productive at work.”
The Energy Corridor District is hosting a complimentary continental breakfast for cyclists on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the gazebo in Terry Hershey Park (located at 15200 Memorial Drive next to Langham Creek), complete with music, giveaways and prizes. For more details about biking to work, including matching with a bike buddy, visit www.energycorridor.org/mobility-public-safety/bike-to-work or call 281-759-3800.