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Houston’s Energy Corridor Works To Promote Bike Commuting

There’s an event coming up this week that promotes cycling as a way to cut down on traffic congestion.

A cyclist rides through the Energy Corridor Woonerf near Grisby Square.
A cyclist rides through the Energy Corridor Woonerf near Grisby Square.

With all the cars and congestion along the roads that cross I-10, the Energy Corridor may not seem like a friendly place to ride a bike.

But a lot of people do it.

About 100,000 people work in the area. Energy Corridor Transportation Coordinator Kelly Rector estimates about 2 percent cycle to work.

“We have all the trails along Bush Park, as well as Terry Hershey Park, so that you can come from the other side of the reservoir all the way to the BP campus at Westlake and never have to share the road with a car,” explains Rector. “You’re on a trail the entire way.”

But what if you have to ride a bike on one of the busy arteries like Highway 6 or Eldridge Parkway?

Rector says the Energy Corridor has been holding educational events on how to share the road safely. They also pair up novice riders with people who have a bit more experience.

“These are people who are veteran cyclists who regularly bike to work and they know the roads in and out, they know the trails in and out, they know what to do,” adds Rector.

To try to encourage even more people to ride, the Energy Corridor is having its annual “Bike To Work Day.” It kicks off early Thursday morning with a celebration in Terry Hershey Park from 6:30 to 8:00.

 

 

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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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