A myriad of exciting recreational offerings to complement visitors’ experience along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and Downtown
HOUSTON – September 28, 2015 – Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the non-profit organization transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, announced a five-year exclusive partnership with Bike Barn – a Houston-based bike retailer servicing the biking community since 1983 – and Bayou City Adventures – a popular provider of outdoor recreational equipment and services – to begin offering bicycles, canoes, and kayaks for rent along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and Fannin Street. Rental stations will be located along major points of interest along Buffalo Bayou Park, namely Lost Lake and The Water Works, and also at the foot of Sunset Coffee Building at Allen’s Landing in downtown.
This agreement comes as the improvements to the 160-acre, 2.3-mile Buffalo Bayou Park are nearing completion. Rentals at Lost Lake and The Water Works will commence on October 3, 2015 and at Sunset Coffee Building in late 2015.
“With the new trails, pedestrian bridges, and other enhancements, this area of Buffalo Bayou is a hub of activity. We wanted to offer high-quality bike and paddlecraft options to park users to enjoy and experience the bayou,” says Anne Olson, president of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Bike Barn will offer quality bikes designed for riding the new paths within the park. In addition to bikes, customers will be able to rent kids’ bikes and trailers. All rentals will include a helmet and may be rented by the hour, half day and full day. Reservations can be made online or in-person at The Water Works. Other offerings include sunscreen, drinks, packaged food and bike tours of Buffalo Bayou.
“Bike Barn is excited to partner with Buffalo Bayou Partnership to provide a best-in-class rental program for both visitors and locals,” says Bike Barn Owner Neil Bremner. “We believe more people should enjoy Houston from the seat of a bicycle, and this partnership allows Bike Barn the opportunity to share our love of cycling and share this wonderful new park with Houstonians and visitors to our city.”
|Bike Barn||Adult multi-gear bike||$9/hour
|Bike Barn||Kids bikes, trailers and tag-a-long equipment||$6/hour
|Bayou City Adventures||Stand-up paddle board or single person kayak||Staring at $30|
|Bayou City Adventures||Tandem kayak/ canoe||Starting at $40-45|
For those looking to glide along the cool waters of Buffalo Bayou, Bayou City Adventures offers rentals of a variety of paddle crafts. Offerings include stand-up paddleboard or single-person kayak and tandem kayak or canoe. If you prefer to use your own kayak or canoe, the operators also provide shuttle services to and from various launching points along the bayou.
Rentals at Lost Lake and Sunset Coffee Building from Bayou City Adventures will be available every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Reservations can be made either online or by simply walking up to the counter at Lost Lake or Sunset Coffee Building. Information on water tours and upcoming Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga classes also will be available online.
“Strong and active partnerships are crucial to the success of any park and we are proud to work with Buffalo Bayou Partnership on this offering,” says Bayou City Adventures President Rico Torres. He adds, “We believe one of the best ways to appreciate and truly enjoy the beauty of any body of water is to just simply be on the water itself. We look forward to seeing the many faces of Houston out on the bayou!”