Opening some city streets for recreation and fitness monthly

A new initiative in Houston plans to kick cars off of certain streets on one day a month, in order to make room for fun and fitness
March 5, 2014 3:20:41 PM PST
Houston is joining an initiative spreading across US cities that would open up streets to bicyclists and pedestrians on the first Sunday of the month.

SundayStreetsHTx will open White Oak, Westheimer and Washington/Market Square to bicyclists and pedestrians on the first Sundays in April, May and June 2014, respectively. The streets will be open from 11 am - 3 pm.

Open Streets are multi-faceted programs that promote the use of public streets for recreation and physical activity. According to Houston Mayor Annise Parker's office, open Streets originated in Bogota, Colombia, more than 30 years ago, and have been spreading to other regions of the world with the largest expansion in the United States. It is estimated there are more than 200 large-scale Open Streets initiatives worldwide, with 90 in the US, including San Antonio, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Portland, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.

"SundayStreetsHTX is an opportunity for families and neighbors to be outside and celebrate the streets of Houston," said Mayor Parker.

Opening streets to pedestrians, bicyclists and families encourages communities to be physically active and to consider using alternative transportation options in the future. SundayStreetsHTX intends to help people see the city at a different speed and from a different perspective.

"The pilot SundayStreetsHTX initiative will provide Houstonians with an actual opportunity to be physically active on the day of the events," said Dr. Faith Foreman, Chair, Go Healthy Houston Task Force. "More than that, SundayStreetsHTX will encourage regular physical activity as participants realize the many destinations that can be reached by foot or bike and that being outdoors in Houston can be fun for their entire family."

Schedule for City of Houston SundayStreetsHTX Pilot Program (11 am - 3 pm):

Sunday, April 6: White Oak from Heights to Fulton
Sunday, May 4: Westheimer from Yoakum to Hazard
Sunday, June 1: Washington from Studemont to Milam, at Market Square

For more information, follow SundayStreetsHTX:
Twitter: @SundayStreetHTX
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