More than 5,000 cyclists are expected at City Hall Sunday, March 16th.
Former Mayor Bill White started Tour de Houston in 2005, but it was canceled in 2011 after losing its title sponsor. It was brought back last year.
The event not only demonstrates the city’s ongoing commitment to cycling in Houston, it serves as a tune-up for the BP MS 150 ride in April.
Houston Parks and Recreation director Joe Turner says Tour de Houston’s 20, 40 and 70-mile routes will head out in a new direction this year.
“We want to showcase different parts of the city, so we just have to have more police support, to help us work through. You know, the 60 mile route will end up at Cora D Johnson Park, and then we’ll turn around and come back into the city.”
Houston Mayor Annise Parker says participants to the event stay in shape in the fundraiser for reforestation.
“The fact that our corporate sponsors have agreed to allow the registration fees to go to reforesting Houston, means that there are benefits to the city over time because of the thousands of trees that are planted as a result of the ride.”
Apache Corporation stepped in last year to bring the ride back. Company president Roger Plank says as a Houstonian, he’ll do what he can to contribute to the cause:
“I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to do our part in reforesting our city and making it more beautiful, and to see these small trees grow into giant trees that cast shade for future generations.”
Information on Tour de Houston can be found on at Tour de Houston.org.