|Seventh Ave. Ciclovia in Bogotá|
Another impressive thing has been happening: In recent years, with greater international concern about the need for doing physical activity, as well as a growing realization that car culture is killing our cities and their residents, the Ciclovia concept has been spreading - first across Colombia, then the continent, and then the globe.
|Quito, Ecuador's Ciclopaseo|
Some cities have staged one- or two-time Ciclovias, while numerous U.S. cities have established apparently regular events, often called 'Summer Streets' or 'Sunday Streets.' The concept has been embraced even in some redneck, not-hippy places such as Montana, North Carolina and Winnipeg, Canada.
In many of the cities, drivers have pressured to have the Ciclovias cut back - even though the Ciclovias occupy a small proportion of city streets, and generally only during the hours of least traffic.
Let a million Ciclovias roll!
Here's a list of websites about some international Ciclovias:
Missoula, Montana http://www.sundaystreetsmissoula.org/
San Francisco, Ca. http://sundaystreetssf.com/
Oakland, Ca. http://oaklandnorth.net/2010/06/28/oaklavia—oakland’s-own-sunday-streets/
New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml
Seattle, Wa http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summerstreets.htm
San Jose, Ca.
Miami, Florida http://bikemiamiblog.wordpress.com/
Portland, Or. http://www.portlandcarfreeday.org/?p=72
This blog written by Mike Ceaser of Bogota Bike Tours