New Program Opens Houston Streets To Walkers And Cyclists

City of Houston program aims to promote fitness


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Mayor Annise Parker gathers with fitness advocates at City Hall to announce new Sunday Streets initiative.

The City of Houston is launching a new program to promote fitness, but officials say it will also help residents see their neighborhoods in a new way.

It all started in early 2013 when a local magazine editor launched a petition drive asking the city to close streets during certain periods so people could walk and ride their bikes.

Houston is responding to the request with a new pilot program called “Sunday Streets.” Under that program, designated streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the first Sunday of the month.

Mayor Annise Parker says Sunday Streets will create a fun atmosphere for families.

“This is not something where you have to buy a ticket, not something where you have to pay admission, not something that requires elaborate equipment or costuming.”

Parker says another goal of Sunday Streets is to encourage Houstonians to exercise on a regular basis. Dr. Faith Foreman is Assistant Director of the Houston Health Department.

“When people engage in this type of active transit, such as walking or biking or skating to work or school, they will get all of the health benefits of being physically active.”

The first Sunday Streets is next month. It’s on White Oak Drive/Quitman Street from Heights Boulevard to Fulton Street.

May’s event will be held on Westheimer from Yoakum to Hazard Streets. June’s event is scheduled for Washington Avenue from Studemont to downtown.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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