Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has observed National Bike Month in May. This occasion promotes bicycling as a healthy, sustainable transportation mode and gives people an excuse to enjoy biking. The Memorial District is the perfect place to bike, whether you have a bike or want to find one.
Sun and Ski Sports sells bikes and provides Bicycle Blue Book Trade-Ins, so you could bring your old bike and leave with a new one. It offers bike services from tune-ups with adjustments and inspections to overhauls with part installations. Plus, it has a protection policy called the Keep It Pedaling Protection Plan, which has 3-year or 5-year coverage options. Call 713-464-6363 to speak with a representative from Sun and Ski Sports at Memorial City.
Not ready to buy? Rent from Houston BCycle. Local non-profit Houston Bike Share runs this bike share at Pearl CityCentre. It strives to give Houston equal access to bikes for fitness, fun, and mobility. Pay by credit card at a kiosk or secure a bicycle from the mobile app. The bikes have a timer that stops when you return them to a station in the Houston BCycle network. Walk-up rides are $3 for 30 minutes, but members get extra perks. For example, members ride for free for the first 60 minutes of each trip. A monthly membership is $13 and includes unlimited trips, while an annual membership is $79 and covers unlimited trips, a free RFID card, and access to BCycle stations in other cities. Plus, Houston BCycle gives a discount for students and staff of local colleges and universities. Reach Houston BCycle at Pearl CityCentre by calling 713-865-3662.
Safety is an essential part of biking. Now, there are new precautions to take because of coronavirus. First, wear a bicycle helmet at all times. If an accident occurs, a helmet might save your life. Next, keep safe with other protective gear as well, such as elbow pads and knee pads. Then, bring gloves and a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Use a fanny pack to carry a hand sanitizer or hand-sanitizing wipes. You will need these items if you interact with people during your ride. They are all available at Target at Memorial City, where you can also buy bikes for adults, bikes for kids, mountain bikes, and more. This store has non-contact shopping options, including same-day delivery with Shipt, curbside pickup, and in-store order pickup. Call Target at Memorial City at 713-300-0227.
There are excellent places to bike in Houston and the Memorial District. Check out the Conrad Sauer Detention Basin and Walking Trail by Mathewson Lane between Gessner and Conrad Sauer Drive. This lovely area has a bike trail that you will enjoy. Plus, Memorial Park is just moments away and has fabulous bike trails.
If you have been thinking about biking in the Memorial District, we hope these ideas help to get the wheels turning.