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Houston Businesses Prep For Return Of Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets returns to Houston this weekend. The annual event is designed to get people active, and it can also benefit local businesses along the routes of the family-friendly event.

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Sunday Streets 2014. Courtesy Mayor’s Office of Special Events

 

Dan Fergus is looking forward to the crowds Sunday Streets will bring. This year, the first event takes place on a one-mile stretch of Westheimer between Taft and Woodhead. Fergus owns Brasil, a restaurant along the route. After last year’s event, he says he’ll have extra staff on hand.

“Every business on the street was filled, particularly the restaurants,” Fergus says. “People were wanting some place to stop, and the atmosphere was like a festival. It was really great.”

Sunday Streets began in 2014 as a pilot program. One Sunday a month, some streets closed to traffic for four hours. Thousands of people came out to bike, skate, walk and run. Now, the city has signed on with a sponsor to make the event permanent.

This type of family-friendly walk has been done in other places. So in 2013, Raj Mankad started a petition to bring it to Houston. Mankad says he was surprised people turned out despite the bad weather.

“A couple of thousand people or so came out in the rain in their raincoats, or they just got wet on their bicycles,” Mankad says. “It just showed that this can work in Houston.”

The Westheimer event kicks off this Sunday from noon to four. The city will host two more Sunday Streets this spring, one in the Heights and another in the East End. They plan to host three more walks this fall. 

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