Houston street closing Sunday to encourage exercise & exploration

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HOUSTON - A busy Houston street will shut down to vehicular traffic on Sunday, in an effort to help families and friends enjoy the streets by walking, running or dancing.

"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."

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 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The initiative originated in Bogota, Colombia, more than 30 years ago, and have been rapidly spreading to other regions of the world with the largest expansion in the United States.

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