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Ciclovia/Open Streets: Articles

Open Streets or Ciclovias are programs where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. They are free, regularly occurring programs, and offer communities the opportunity to experience streets in a whole new way.

The goal of many of these programs is to provide space for people of all ages to participate in physical activity, making Open Streets an easy and effective tool to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

From Guadalajara to New York, the Open Streets movement is rapidly gaining pace. If you would like more information about Open Streets or Ciclovia OR are interested in having us help you start an Open Streets program in your city, please contact us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open Streets or Ciclovias are programs where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. They are free, regularly occurring programs, and offer communities the opportunity to experience streets in a whole new way.

The goal of many of these programs is to provide space for people of all ages to participate in physical activity, making Open Streets an easy and effective tool to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

From Guadalajara to New York, the Open Streets movement is rapidly gaining pace. If you would like more information about Open Streets or Ciclovia OR are interested in having us help you start an Open Streets program in your city, please contact us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

India Experiments with Car Free Sunday Street

Ciclovia

 

By Kumar Manish

After acknowledging the rapidly increasing number of deaths caused by motor vehicles in India, hitting an all time high of 100,000 per year (275/day), the Centre of City Planning and Design took a strong stance to put a halt on it, as outlined by Sustainable City’s Collective’s report. After receiving inspiration from Bogota’s Ciclovia, in where every Sunday of the year major roads are closed down to cars and opened to people, local goverments decided to convert their cities in India from car-centric to people-centric. Through weekly road events, monthly cycle day and bus day, cities have been working towards healthier, less-polluted, and more people-oriented cities. Although they have experienced some hurtles resulting from poor management, lack of ownership and planning, the article outlines the 3 criteria that make for a successful campaign!

 

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The Ciclovia and Cicloruta Programs: Promising Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Social Capital in Bogota, Colombia

Ciclovia

 

By Andrea Torres et. al. The city of Bogota, Colombia is well known for initiating community-based strategies to encourage physical activity and active transportation for the public. Two notable examples are the Ciclovia and Circloruta initiatives, which are recreational programs, intended to address social and environmental health determinants in dense urban environments like Bogota. The Ciclovia program temporarily closes off the streets to motorized vehicles on Sundays and holidays to allow exclusive access for pedestrians and cyclists, and the Cicloruta program is an interconnected bikeway network that offers access to public transit and city destinations. This article is a cross-sectional study of these two programs and their potential to promote greater physical activity, safety, equity, and social capital in urban areas.

 

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Ciclovia Implementation and Advocacy Manual (English)

Active Design Guideline: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design

This manual consists of a basic guide to the steps and processes considered essential for the planning and implementation of Ciclovías Recreativas. It includes the following sections: • Phases of planning, development, and execution. • Tools to help evaluate and advocate for Ciclovía Recreativa, taken from the public health and transportation engineering sectors. • Annex of advocacy and evaluation documents for the Ciclovía Recreativa.

 

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Manual para Implementar y Promocionar la Ciclovía Recreativa (Español)

Active Design Guideline: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design

Este manual consiste en una guía básica didáctica y práctica sobre los pasos y procesos que se consideran convenientes y esenciales para la planeación e implementación de Ciclovías Recreativas. Incluye las siguientes secciones: • Fases de planeación, desarrollo y ejecución. • Herramientas para evaluar y promocionar la Ciclovía Recreativa. • Documentos anexos para promocionar y evaluar la Ciclovía Recreativa.

 

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Influences of Built Environments on Walking and Cycling: Lessons from Bogota

Active Design Guideline: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design

This research article examines Bogota as a model for non-motorized travel. It explains which factors are the biggest contributors to Bogota’s high public and active transportation use. Bogota’s extensive network of a Bus Rapid System, bike lanes, and large spaces dedicated to recreational biking, as well as urban densities, land-use mixes, accessibility, and proximity to transit are all weighed in to their importance in walking and cycling behaviour in Bogota.

 

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Ciclovias Recreativas of the Americas

Ciclovias Recreativas of the Americas

According to a World Health Organization study, it was estimated that in 2005 60% of global deaths would be from chronic diseases. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are becoming a major problem in many nations across the world, especially in both South and North America. This article outlines the many health and social benefits that arise from holding a car free day, even if it is just one day a week.

 

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Car-Free Streets, a Colombian Export, Inspire Debate

Car-Free Streets, a Colombian Export, Inspire Debate

The New York Times writes about New York’s Summer Streets program. In a city like New York, there are always going to be critics. The article interviews both advocates and critics of New York’s event and brings issues such as safety, traffic and employment as topics up for debate.

 

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For six hours on Sunday, cars are banned on six miles of North Portland's streets, leaving them to walkers, cyclists, joggers and in-line skates

For six hours on Sunday, cars are banned on six miles of North Portland's streets, leaving them to walkers, cyclists, joggers and in-line skates

On Sunday, June 22, 2008, Portland, Oregon held its first Sunday Parkway event. The event drew an estimate of 15 000 people to come out and enjoy Portland’s Sunday Parkway. At the release of this article future of the event was still unsure, nevertheless in June and August of 2009 Portland held not one, but three Sunday Parkway events.

 

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Thousands of Smiles Mark Success of Sunday Parkways

Thousands of Smiles Mark Success of Sunday Parkways

The very popular bike blog bikeportland.org posted a story about Portland’s first Sunday Parkways event. The author met with a variety of community members, including police officers, city employees, local residents, and many more enthusiastic participants. The article provides a video which showcases a positive atmosphere and community building feel that the Sunday Parkways create.

 

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Sunday Streets Garners Support from Neighbourhoods

Sunday Streets Garners Support from Neighbourhoods

San Francisco’s Sunday Streets program was initially met with some resistance from local business owners. Several months after, the local merchants changed their opinions and are now eagerly looking forward to the event. The time and date has been adjusted and expectations are that the Sunday Streets will bring in foot traffic and business on a day where typically business would be slow.

 

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