Get Off Your Keister and Enjoy Open Streets Sunday

Go outside and play (or power walk). Remember Mom telling you that back in the day? Megacities have been borrowing an initiative that closes major thoroughfares for a spell to get people on the move.

Seriously, don't look at it like some hipster thing. It's about taking advantage of public walking space without pedestrian casualties.

Houston's no exception (joining places like San Francisco, Bogotá and Mexico City), having kicked off its first Sunday open streets event last month and continuing it this Sunday, May 4.

It's being branded Sunday Streets HTX, and we like that, hyping up something as simple as going outside to play. (I mean, they've got a Twitter account as well as Facebook.)

That's right, no need to heed your mom's command to "get out of the street" because that's what this is all about. Our grand Westheimer Road, between Yoakum and McDuffie, will be closed to you automobile people but open to bicycles and those on foot.

Save your drama if you don't like the inconvenience of having to take a detour to avoid this event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's happening again June 1 on Washington/ Market Square from Studemont to Milam.

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