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No cars: Pedestrians and cyclists occupy Westheimer in Sunday Streets celebration

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Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
Rolando Dans took this photo of the crowd on Westheimer with downtown Houston rising up like Oz. Photo by Rolando Dans
Sunday Streets HTX on Westheimer May 2014
Pedestrians and cyclists ruled over an area of Westheimer on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Bike Valet at Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
Cyclists could valet their bikes and stroll along Westheimer. Photo by Rolando Dans
Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
The intersection of Westheimer and Dunlavy was a popular spot for pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by Rolando Dans
Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
As the temperatures rose, the shaved ice truck was a popular stopping point. Photo by Rolando Dans
Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
Sunday Streets HTX on Westheimer May 2014
Bike Valet at Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014
Sunday Streets on Westheimer May 2014

There's no doubt that Houston is a city in love with its cars, but for a few hours Sunday, bicyclers and pedestrians ruled a prime stretch of lower Westheimer.

Under glorious blue skies on a sunny afternoon, Houstonians pedaled and walked down the normally car-choked thoroughfare between Yupon and McDuffie as all vehicular traffic was prohibited. It is part of a pilot project called Sunday Streets HTX aimed at promoting a family-friendly opportunity for Houstonians to be physically active on streets that are closed for a few hours on the first Sunday in each month in different parts of the city.

  While not promoted as as street festival, the Sunday Streets celebration took on the trappings of an outdoor fair. 

Mayor Annise Parker and the city's sustainability director Laura Spanjian were among those strolling along Westheimer. While not promoted as as street festival, the Sunday Streets celebration took on the trappings of an outdoor fair, with youngsters selling lemonade, organizations offering pets for adoption, a hula-hoop fitness area, and musicians drawing crowds along they way. 

Although not opened yet, the highly anticipated bakery Common Bond, located at Westheimer and Dunlavy, offered free baked goods to those who waited in line as a trial run. A man at the door said that it was a one-day only activity because the bakery will not be open for business for another two weeks.

CultureMaper Rolando Dans forwarded us some photos of the action along Westheimer as the afternoon progressed. See them in the slide show above.

The next Sunday Streets festivities will take place on June 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.., along a long stretch of Washington Avenue from Studemont to Market Square in downtown Houston.

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