Falls on St. Patrick's Day
Just like last year, next month's Tour de Houston will help raise funds to replace trees lost during the 2011 drought. Mayor Annise Parker says that possibly could be the theme moving forward for years to come.
“Trees have to be renewed and refreshed and replanted each year,” Parker said during a press conference Thursday. “So I think this is going to be an ongoing partnership certainly with this sponsor, but if we get other sponsors in the future it's going to be one of the things we ask for.”
The tour's sponsor, oil and gas giant Apache Corporation, is a leader in this area, having just planted it's three-millionth tree last weekend at Memorial Park.
President and CCO Roger Plank calls it the perfect fit for his company.
“We like to sponsor events that get employees out and about, this event bike ride is perfect in that way,” Plank tells KTRH News. “We're also pretty passionate about trees, and it so happens proceeds from this go to the planting of trees in Houston.”
Expecting 5,000 riders this year, Mayor Parker says we don't get enough credit for being a bike-friendly city.
:We have an extensive network of trails, we just — thanks to the voters of Houston — embarked on a massive trail construction project, $200 million we’re going to be spending on hike-and-bike trails along the major bio system in the city of Houston.”
This year's Tour de Houston falls on St. Patrick's Day, Sunday March 17.