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March 5, 2009

City of Houston Bikeway Program and TSU Host Columbia Tap Rails to Trails Ribbon Cutting and Tree Planting/Family Bike

This Saturday, March 7, 2009, join the City of Houston Bikeway Program on the campus of Texas Southern University (TSU), at Ennis and Wheeler, for the Grand Opening of the much anticipated Columbia Tap Rails to Trails Bikeway.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. ride your bike with Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis and TSU President John Rudley from Discovery Green to the campus of Texas Southern University. We will be stopping along the way to plant trees with The Park People and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD).

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the event continues as we bike further along the trail and help The Park People volunteers and HPARD beautify our newest bikeway.

This project adds 4 more miles of trails to the City of Houston Bikeway network and runs from Dixie to Walker Street with connections to the Medical Center, TSU, Downtown and existing bike routes and lanes.

The event schedule includes:

  • 8:00 a.m.  - On the Trail of Trash and Trees - Tree planting and trash pickup at the following locations.
    • Bennett Mills Park - (3000 Ennis at N. MacGregor)
    • Trail Tree Planting between Cleburne and Alabama (3100 block)
    • 3rd Ward Bike Shop, 3615 Sauer
  • 9:00 a.m.  - Bike ride from Discovery Green to TSU Campus. (meet by 8:30 a.m.)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting ceremony (Ennis at Wheeler along the trail)
  • 10:30 a.m. - Ride the Trail and plant trees.

Everyone is encouraged to ride your bicycle to the event. Parking is limited. For more information e-mail Rita Balchus at or call the City of Houston Bikeway Program at 713-837-0003 or visit the Houston Bikeway website at:

Refreshments for the ribbon cutting provided by Shipley Donuts and The Quality of Life Coalition.