Ciclovia is coming to New Brunswick once again on October 8th, from 11am to 4pm! This popular Open Streets event is completely free to the public. During this time, streets along the route will be closed to vehicular traffic, permitting people of all ages to come out and walk, bike, skate, play, interact with neighbors, and have a good time. As participants move along the three-mile stretch of closed streets, they can stop by various vendors and enjoy nearly 20 activities. The Ciclovia encourages community cohesion and always brings about lots of smiles and photo-ops that participants are encouraged to share on the New Brunswick Ciclovia page.
Ciclovia directly translates to “cycle-way,” and refers to the car-free, active recreation, people-focused event that began in Bogota, Colombia. The 1970s in Colombia, the United States, Chile and many other countries was a time of rapid growth and car-centric development, a propagation of suburban sprawl that forced people into their cars and created streets unfriendly for pedestrians and bicyclists. Yet through the introduction of events like Ciclovia, these cities as well as nearly 40 more around the world are slowly returning the city streets to the people to create safer, happier, more walkable environments.
Missed the previous events? Check out our Flickr account to see photos from previous editions, or scroll down for some of our favorite pictures!