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Commuters Come Together For Food, Fun, and Music during “Fresh Air Friday” in Downtown Houston

Nearly 2,000 downtown workers and visitors stepped out of their office buildings as well as the tunnels beneath the streets. They took part in this year’s Fresh Air Friday event from the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

The event’s participants had the opportunity to sample the menus of Frenchy’s Chicken, Birraporetti’s, Dessert Gallery, Which Wich, and other restaurants, while listening to the sounds of the live band Zydeco Dots. Additional supporters included the Houston Dynamo, Sugar Land Skeeters, and Houston’s MIX 96-5. It all took place at Jones Plaza on Friday, Mar. 22.

Fresh Air Friday is part of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Clean Air Action Program, which promotes awareness of ground-level ozone pollution, ozone watches and ozone warnings in the eight-county non-attainment region.

Clean Air Action encourages pollution-reduction strategies such as riding sharing, using mass transit, alternative forms of transportation and proper vehicle maintenance, since cars and trucks are major sources of ozone pollution in our region.

Event contributors shared many of their personal solutions during their visit. In addition to providing relief from Houston’s traffic congestion issues, commuters noted that their solutions help to cut down on gas emissions. Walkers and pedestrians brought up the added benefits of exercise along with breathing cleaner air. Clinic staff from Kelsey-Seybold was on hand to provide free health screenings of blood pressure, body fat, and other factors affected by travel.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council, or H-GAC holds Fresh Air Friday every year, and its organizers were pleased with this year’s success. They credit the warm sunny weather as well as the hard work of their staff and sponsors with the favorable turn out. H-GAC has many suggestions for commuters interested in learning habits for cutting their travel time while improving their overall health. To learn more, visit

About Houston-Galveston Area Council

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a voluntary association of local governments and elected officials from the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region – an area of 12,500 square miles with more than 6 million people. H-GAC is designated by the State of Texas as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation planning for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.






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