Following the success of the spring and summer Sunday Streets HTX, the city of Houston is launching a fall and winter group of Sunday Streets.
According to the initiative’s website, the Sunday Streets events will take place on Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. The Oct. 12 event will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heights on 19th Street from Heights to Shepherd; the Nov. 2 event will also be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Third Ward on Dowling and Elgin to Almeada and Arbor via West Alabama; and the Dec. 7 event will be at the same time as the others and take place in the Fifth Ward on Navigation/Jenson to York/Clinton.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Sunday Streets events, it was created in the spring to encourage Houstonians to get out on foot or by bike and be physically active. The events were started as part of MayorAnnise Parker’s Go Healthy Houston campaign. The basic idea is that on Sunday afternoon, certain streets are closed and the community is invited to come and explore the area outside of their vehicles. Local businesses along the street closures are encouraged to not only be open, but to participate by offering outdoor activities for those who are participating in the event.
A few fun facts about the Sunday Streets:
- An average of 20,000 Houstonians attend each event.
- The majority of participants are introduced to businesses that they didn’t know existed.
- After attending Sunday Streets, roughly half of participants say they are more likely to walk or bike to destinations in the neighborhood.