Free program for businesses supports growing demand from bicyclists
Kicking off National Bike Month in style, the Energy Corridor District added two new bike rack locations in early May, part of a program that’s free to all businesses in the District.
Now, the eye-catching, custom-made, blue powder-coated bike racks beckon bicyclists in front of five District locations. Bicyclists can now securely park their valuable rides using sturdy racks at North China Restaurant and Watson’s House of Ales in Grisby Square; Members Choice Credit Union and Chipotle Mexican Grill on Eldridge Parkway; and the Hilton Garden Inn, 12245 Katy Freeway.
More locations are in the works, says Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for the District.
“Businesses offering secure bike racks not only attract patrons who like to bike, they’re also encouraging people to bicycle more often,” Rector explains.
The District installs and maintains the custom bike racks. To get their own Energy Corridor District bike rack, businesses simply submit a brief application form, available by contacting email@example.com.
Seeking to improve both bicyclist safety and riding comfort, the District is currently pouring new sidewalks in several areas as part of its annual sidewalk program. Last year, the District tackled bicyclist-pedestrian safety at three major Katy Freeway intersections, building what are known as Dutch Junction-style crossings that help separate bike riders from traffic. Three other Katy Freeway intersections also received crossing upgrades to improve safety.
“Once people try bicycling around the District they realize it’s a great place to ride, with parks like Terry Hershey, some 50 miles trails and sidewalks that connect to those trails, business campuses and other destinations like restaurants and shops along Eldridge,” Rector says. “Businesses taking advantage of our complimentary bike rack program are enhancing the District’s growing attraction as a desirable place to bicycle.”
Find out more about the Energy Corridor District Bike Rack program here.