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  April 10, 2013

Three Upcoming Events in the City of Houston

  • Houstons Bike to Work Day is Friday, April 12, 2013
  • The City of Houston and United Way Want Residents to THRIVE!
  • Support Houston Fire and Police Departments

Houston's Bike to Work Day is Friday, April 12, 2013

Mayor Annise Parker has declared Friday, April 12, 2013, as Bike to Work Day to encourage riders to choose pedal power for their daily commute to work and to raise awareness of the city's bikeway network. Organized Bike to Work rides will depart from seven locations around town and end at City Hall for a brief presentation with Mayor Parker, Public Works Director Dan Krueger and members of the biking community.

Air up your tires, put on your best riding attire and meet at one of the designated start locations. Then enjoy breakfast at City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002, after the ride. All riders are encouraged to wear bike helmets while cycling as well as get a bicycle tune up periodically.

During the City Hall presentation, bicyclists will learn more about upcoming projects and green initiatives, as well as talk about how easy it is to travel through Houston on a bicycle and share information about favorite bike routes and trails.

Leaving at 7:30 a.m. from the following locations to arrive at City Hall by 8 a.m.

Bicycle World & Fitness - 2511 Rice Boulevard, 77005, 713.529.0140
Bike Barn - 5339 Weslayan, 77005, 713.529.9002
Bikesport - 2909 Joanel Street, 77027, 713.850.0250
Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007, 713.802.1707
Daniel Boone Cycles - 5318 Crawford, 77004, 713.526.7011
Sun & Ski - Memorial Park Picnic Loop, 77027 West End Bikes - 5427 Blossom Street, 77004, 713.861.2271

For more details visit, Contact Dan Raine at or 832.395.2692 with any additional questions.

Bikeway maps are available at the Houston Public Libraries, the Downtown Visitors Center, and participating bike shops. A bikeway network map is also available at and all city bikeways are viewable on Google Maps under the Traffic tab.

The City of Houston and United Way Want Residents to THRIVE!

The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods is partnering with the United Way of Greater Houston to connect residents to the THRIVE program. Through this program, THRIVE specialists help residents find opportunities to earn more, save more and own a home, car or a small business. Also, residents who have not yet filed their tax return may qualify for free tax preparation assistance and the United Way SAVE program.

How to participate:

THRIVE connects you to a specialist who will help you achieve your financial goals. Whether that is gaining job skills, reducing expenses and consumer debt, building personal savings, or finding low-cost loans. Anyone can call the Texas/United way HELPLINE at 2-1-1 or 877.541.7905 (for video phone users) and ask for a THRIVE specialist to get started. Different programs have different eligibilities.

SAVE is a program that gives residents a 25% match for money they deposit in a savings account from their 2013 tax return. The match is provided after January 2014, for an amount between $100 - $1,000. To participate, families must earn up to $50,000 and singles must earn up to $30,000. Additionally, your tax return must be filed at a Neighborhood Tax Center and open a savings account, at that time, with Neighborhood Centers Promise Credit Union.

Free Tax Preparation for families who earn up to $70,000 and single individuals who earn up to $50,000 are eligible for free tax preparation. Call 2-1-1 or 877.541.7905 (for video phone users) or visit to find the nearest location. To request reasonable accommodations, call 877.541.7905 or 2-1-1 at least 48 hours in advance.

For questions contact Anne Lohoues at To learn more about the Department of Neighborhoods, visit

Support Houston Fire and Police Departments

Cheer on Houston's finest as they play soccer against each other following the Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Not only will you be able to enjoy two fun games, your attendance will support the Houston Fire Department (HFD) Krysta's Karing Angels, and the Assist the Officer Houston chapter,

To learn more about the event and how to buy tickets, visit For questions or groups wanting to buy 10 or more tickets, contact Keil Austin at or 713.276.7542.

For more information about HFD, visit For more information about Houston Police Department, visit


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