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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bikeways (“Ciclovías”) Bogotá Colombia to Vancouver British Columbia

Riding for healthy self, environment
Ciclovía in Bogotá, English-speaking countries translate to “bike path”: permanently or temporarily designated bicycle routes, closing city streets to automobiles for the enjoyment of both cyclists and the public.
Excerpting, editing by Carolyn Bennett

CicLAvia in Los Angeles was inspired by Bogota. Streets open to all Angelenos, interconnect diverse portions of the city, and create a web of temporary public spaces, free of car traffic.

Nineteen seventy-six forward, the cities of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, and other Colombia (South America) municipalities have held Ciclovías: blocking cars from main streets, opening them exclusively to runners, skaters, and bicyclists. On stages and platforms in city parks are aerobics instructors, yoga teachers and musicians leading people through a variety of performances.

Two million people (30 percent of citizens) use Bogotá’s weekly ciclovías over a distance of 120 kilometers (74 miles) of car-free streets. Permanently designated bikeways in Bogota are called ciclorutas; streets temporarily closed for that purpose are called ciclovías.

Ciclovías beyond Colombia (Wikipedia ref.)

Australia (Melbourne and Sydney)
Argentina (Rosario)
Belgium (Brussels)
Brazil (Copacabana sector of Rio De Janeiro)
Canada (Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary-Alberta, Hamilton, Ottawa)
Ecuador (Quito)
Mexico (Mexico City)
New Zealand (Auckland area: Island of Waiheke)
Peru (Lima)
South Africa (Johannesburg)
 United States: (Arizona Tucson, California San Francisco-San Mateo County-Los Angeles, Florida Miami-Clearwater, Georgia Atlanta, Illinois Chicago, Maryland Baltimore, Massachusetts Cambridge, Michigan Wayne County, Minnesota Minneapolis, New Mexico Las Cruces, New York New York City, North Carolina Durham, Ohio Cleveland, Oregon Portland, Texas El Paso-San Antonio-Fort Worth-Austin, Virginia Roanoke, Washington Spokane)

CicLAvia LA

CicLAvia in Los Angeles has the mission, according to its website, of encouraging safe, vibrant public spaces, sustainable transportation, and public health through a program of car-free street events. CicLAvia “seeks to improve not only the communities along the route, but the entire Los Angeles region.

“Through its four core areas of advocacy ─ improved public health, increased public space, enhanced community and economic development, and the promotion of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy ─ CicLAvia seeks to positively affect local and regional policy while building a sustainable, recurring program that is fully integrated into the complex city bureaucracy and interwoven into the fabric of the city itself.”

Sunday, October 7, 2012 ─ The CicLAvia route includes parts of Little Tokyo, Downtown, and MacArthur Park, Exposition Park, Chinatown, and Mariachi Plaza and Soto Station in Boyle Heights. The CicLAvia is slated to spread and interconnect the entire region: from Long Beach to the San Fernando Valley, and to Santa Monica via Culver City.

Sources and notes

Spanish to English ‘bike way’ also describes a permanently designated bicycle route or a temporary event that closes streets to automobiles for use by others.


LA Sunday, October 7th, 2012: CicLAvia, http://www.ciclavia.org/next-event/
CicLAvia introduction http://www.ciclavia.org/intro/
CicLAvia frequently asked questions, http://www.ciclavia.org/faq/


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