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.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Bloomberg, Sadik-Khan and Friends Unveil “Summer Streets”

|
David Byrne, Janette Sadik-Khan, Paul Steely White, Lance Armstrong, and Scott Stringer look on mirthfully as Mayor Bloomberg announces "Summer Streets." New York’s Ciclovía-style car-free event will go by the name "Summer Streets," Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan announced at a press event this afternoon. Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson was on hand to capture footage, […]

Ciclovía: A Moving Experience in Bogotá, Colombia

|
      Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with comrades Karla Quintero of Transportation Alternatives and Streetsblog editor Aaron Naparstek to Bogotá, Colombia to document some of the amazing advances going on in the livable streets movement there. We spent an entire Sunday, from 5am ’til nearly 5pm, riding bicycles around during Ciclovía, […]

Ciclovia: Is NYC Ready?

|
With a successful Bike Month now behind us and a spectacular Tour de Brooklyn completed, we perhaps have an opportunity to dream bigger for how we can celebrate our bicyclists, our streets and communities in this city. I was recently in Bogotá for their weekly Ciclovia event and experienced first hand what may be one […]

Coming Soon: A Major Car-Free Event in NYC

|
Cyclists enjoy Bogotá’s weekly Ciclovía. Which New York streets will host a similar event this summer? Speaking at Tuesday’s Fit-City Conference, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that a Ciclovía-style car-free street event is in the works for this summer. New York is not alone. According to a story published earlier this week on RedOrbit, several […]

Summer Streets: The Wait Is Over

|
Well, almost over. It’s been two and a half months since we first heard that some sort of Ciclovia-style event was coming to New York. Tomorrow, Summer Streets will finally be upon us. To build up the anticipation just a bit more, we’re re-posting this classic from the Streetfilms archive. The spectacle of a 6.9-mile […]