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Ten Years and Rolling, The Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 15

05/5/2014

Riders to meet at Terry Hershey Park Gazebo for a morning celebration of bicycling and alternative commuting

HOUSTON, May 5, 2014 – 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 alike will make a dawn ride into work, either solo or alongside convoys from some of the world’s top energy companies.

The annual ride – 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.”

With employees from The Energy Corridor moving further west, the District expanded routes to guide riders from points beyond the Grand Parkway, including La Centerra, the Cross Creek sub-division and Katy Mills Mall.

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.

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About The Energy Corridor District
Created in 2001 by the Texas Legislature, The Energy Corridor District (Harris County Improvement District #4) works to enhance the community’s quality of life and sense of place by implementing mobility, public safety, and streetscape and business development initiatives. The Energy Corridor District consists of over 1,700 acres that extend along both sides of Interstate 10 from Kirkwood to west of Barker Cypress and along Eldridge Parkway from north of IH-10 to south of Briar Forest.