Wiki Wednesday: Ciclovía

With New York’s big Summer Streets premier less than 72 hours away, this week we’re highlighting the StreetsWiki entry on the mother of all car-free events, Bogotá’s Ciclovía. Actually, the phrase "car-free event" doesn’t quite do justice to a weekly gathering of a million people along 70 miles of streets. And as the authors note, much more goes on at Ciclovía than the name alone implies:

­recreovia.jpgBikes dominate the name and the landscape of Ciclovia, but there is
a lot more to it than that. Ciclovi­a days in Bogota are combined with
Recreovi­a (pictured at right), a program of free public exercise
activities in parks and other car-free areas.[7] Activities include
dancing, yoga, and aerobics, led by professionals who are paid by the
city and accompanied by festive music.

It also provides tremendous business to vendors who serve Ciclovi­a participants.[1]

Credit for this entry goes to Meg Saggese, Lily Bernheimer, Corey Burger, Nathan Schneider, and Paul Cone. Feel free to get in there and edit, if you’d like.

On a related note, I’ve noticed an uptick in user-submitted entries on StreetsWiki lately. Thanks for depositing your knowledge with the Livable Streets Network, Streetsbloggers. Keep it coming and watch for your contributions on Wiki Wednesdays.

  • mfs

    Ciclovía is the bomb. It would have been even better if I understood what the organizers were telling me in Spanish.

  • mfs

    Sorry- that comment went off half-cocked. One of the interesting things about Ciclovía was the massive number of young people employed in running it–something made possible only by the much lower wages of Colombia (I wouldn’t be surprised if those were political patronage positions in some way). In NYC we’ll need less people to run such an event and NYC will be able to afford much fewer people to organize it than Bogotá, but hopefully volunteer labor will be able to make up the difference.

  • steapsedusy

    i heard there was a leaked version of the movie plz post an answer if u know where i can watch it online

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