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Walkers And Cyclists Will Take Over Busy Thoroughfare In Houston’s Energy Corridor

It’s the first time that “Sunday Streets” will be held outside the Loop.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is joined by skaters, skateboarders, and cyclists to announce three new "Sunday Streets."
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is joined by skaters, skateboarders, and cyclists to announce three new “Sunday Streets.”

Houston’s “Sunday Streets” returns this weekend. That’s when the city closes part of a major roadway to motorized traffic so people can walk and bike.

This Sunday’s event is on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest. Energy Corridor District Executive Director Clark Martinson says there’s a lot for visitors to see and do.

“People can walk shop to shop,” says Martinson. “There’s a dozen restaurants in the area. It’s right at the trailhead to Terry Hershey Park. So ride your bike on Terry Hershey Park, come to the Enclave-Eldridge Parkway intersection. And that’s where we close the street.”

The Sunday Streets program started in 2014 with the goal of helping Houstonians become more physically active. This is the first time it’s been held outside the 610 Loop.

Martinson says they’re hoping to showcase the neighborhood’s pedestrian and bike improvements.

“We are next to the Addicks and Barker reservoirs which are 26,000 acres of open space natural areas,” adds Martinson. “We’re working for new pedestrian bridges that will connect homes across the creeks to the trails.”

This Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest from noon to 4 p.m.

On November 13, Sunday Streets will be held in the Fifth Ward, on Lyons Avenue near the historic DeLuxe Theatre. On December 4, it’s scheduled for West 43rd Street in the Garden Oaks neighborhood.

This Sunday's event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest.
This Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest.

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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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