On Sunday, September 14th, miles of streets will be closed to cars and open for the use of pedestrians, bikers, skateboarders and anybody using alternative transport. This year’s Ciclovia route includes more than 10 zones of free entertainment, healthy activities and food. Starting at 10 a.m. with a community breakfast and running till 4 p.m., it’s an action-packed day!
Gather friends and family and skate to a green-carpet fashion show, jog to a yoga class or roller-blade to a free organic food tasting. You’ll find at least 50 free classes, demonstrations, workshops, prizes and giveaways.
It’s all designed to encourage sustainable living and a healthy lifestyle. You can enjoy an activity, then bike, walk, scooter or even pogo-stick to the next zone, all while experiencing the fun of getting around without a car.
For people who have never ridden a bike — or who don’t ride because cars scare them — Ciclovia provides a safe space for learning. It’s a great place for families to teach kids safe riding skills without worrying about cars. And for avid riders, it’s a way to celebrate our alternative-transportation culture.
The inspiration for Ciclovia came from Bogota, Colombia, where 60 miles of roads are closed every Sunday. Boulder is now the smallest community in the world to host a Ciclovia,
Because of our amazing path system and bike-friendly community, some might say that the need is not as great here as in large urban centers. But Boulder Green Streets, which hosts the event, says Ciclovia is all about opening people up to the concept of transforming public space. If we can do without cars for a day, maybe we’ll consider, as a community, further scaling back our car-heavy lifestyle.
Learn more about this year’s event at BoulderGreenStreets.org. Hope to see you out there!