HOUSTON -

Bicyclists and pedestrians will soon get the chance to explore new parts of Houston without worrying about cars.

Mayor Annise Parker announced the launch of "Sunday Streets HTX." The program will open up major streets such as Westheimer, Washington Avenue and White Oak to bicyclists for three days this year.

"SundayStreetsHTX is an opportunity for families and neighbors to be outside and celebrate the streets of Houston," said Mayor Annise Parker. "This pilot initiative meets many of the goals of my Go Healthy Houston program, encouraging more recreation and physical activity in Houston, in a family friendly environment."

The mayor said opening streets to pedestrians, bicyclists and families encourages communities to be physically active and to consider using alternative transportation options in the future.

On the first Sundays of April, May and June, stretches of those roads will be off-limits for cars.

Nearly 100 cities nationwide take part in Sunday Streets, which gives people a place to bike or walk without worrying about drivers.

Schedule for City of Houston SundayStreetsHTX Pilot Program (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.):
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

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Web: www.gohealthyhouston.org/sundaystreetshtx