MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH! – City department employees and local employers congregated downtown on May 19th to celebrate Houston Bike to Work Day. Cyclists rode from City Hall to Allen Parkway, down to Sawyer Street, up to Washington Avenue and back to City Hall. Participants also had the option of participating in morning yoga on the City Hall lawn.
Photo L-R: Mayor Turner, Chris Brown- Controller, Stephen Williams- HHD
Bike to Work Day highlighted the Houston Bike Plan recently approved by city council in March, Vision Zero, Complete Streets, Safe Passing law and local concerted efforts to improve bikeability, health and safety in Houston. The vision of Houston Bike Plan is to become a Gold Level Bike-Friendly city by 2027.
Each year Bike to Work day attracts more participants than the year before. Friendly departmental competition for the Golden Helmet ensued. The coveted Golden Helmet is awarded to the city department with the most employees participating in Bike to Work day. The 2016 winner was Director Stephen Williams and the Houston Health Department. This year, Director Sreerama and the Department of Public Works and Engineering took the prize home.
Photo L-R: Stephen Williams- HHD, Karun Sreerama- PWE
Bike to Work Day is a great demonstration of the spirit and culture of health cultivated within Houston and its commitment to safe, comfortable and complete streets accessible to all.
Congratulations to Director Karun and the Department of Public Works and Engineering for winning the Golden Helmet!
Photo: Department of Public Work and Engineering Staff