First suburban neighborhood to be featured by city’s popular walkable/bikable street festival
The city’s popular Cigna Sunday Streets event is headed to The Energy Corridor when bicyclists and pedestrians will have their day on a thoroughfare closed to motorists.
For four hours, people will be able to bike, stroll, dance and socialize along an Energy Corridor thoroughfare, getting to know its retailers, restaurants, apartment communities and neighborhoods. Supported by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Cigna Sunday Streets will be featuring a suburban neighborhood outside Loop 610 for the first time.
The Energy Corridor District approached the Mayor’s office with the idea as part of its initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles in West Houston, explains Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for The District.
“Cigna Sunday Streets in The Energy Corridor will introduce thousands of Houstonians to an area worth exploring,” says Rector. “It’s a great opportunity for people to walk and bike a street closed to motorists for one afternoon and explore a vital part of West Houston. You could make a fun, active day out of it by adding in a ride or stroll along the nearby hike and bike trails in Terry Hershey Park.”
The District is working with the Mayor's office to plan the event. Meetings will be held with businesses along proposed routes. The Mayor’s Special Events Office handles the street closing, trash pickup and security.
A community stakeholder meeting organized by The District will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 22, at the Kendall Library, 609 N. Eldridge Parkway. Staff from the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will attend.
“Before that meeting, we’ll continue going door to door to the businesses along the route to inform them about the event, encourage their participation, address concerns and let them know about the Aug. 22 stakeholder meeting,” Rector says.
Cigna Sunday Streets has drawn large crowds at its events along Navigation, White Oak, 19th Street in the Heights, Washington Avenue and in the Museum District.
“We’re excited that Cigna Sunday Streets will feature The Energy Corridor for a family-friendly event that encourages people to be physically active,” says Rector. “It’ll be a great time to explore and enjoy a tree-lined, lively street in The Energy Corridor without worrying about vehicles.”