CiclovÃƒÂas are an event where a major street(s) in a city is closed to automobiles and turned over to bikes (and pedestrians, and dancers, and performers, and a whole bunch of non-auto activity). The events started in Columbia, South America and have been spreading across the world, with Los Angeles getting into the action on 10/10/10 as seen in the video above.
Wikipedia describes CiclovÃƒÂa:
Each Sunday and holiday the main streets of BogotÃƒÂ¡, Cali, MedellÃƒÂn, and other municipalities, are blocked off for the event to become Carfree. From 7 am to 2 pm, runners, skaters and bicyclists take over the streets. At the same time, stages are set up in city parks. Aerobics instructors, yoga teachers and musicians lead people through various performances. BogotÃƒÂ¡’s weekly ciclovÃƒÂas are used by approximately 2 million people (30% of citizens) on over 120 km of carfree streets.
In Bogota, permanently designated bicycle lanes are also known as ciclo-rutas, while streets temporarily closed for that purpose are called ciclovÃƒÂas.
CiclovÃƒÂas happen in many cities but the inspiration is credited to BogotÃƒÂ¡. The events have taken place since 1976 when they started through the efforts of organizer Jaime Ortiz and others. Some credit BogotÃƒÂ¡ Mayor Hernando Duran Dusan with starting CiclovÃƒÂas in the early 1980s. Mayor Enrique PeÃƒÂ±alosa deserves some credit for turning BogotÃƒÂ¡ into a safe cycling city by taking on the dominance of automobiles in the late 1990s.
So now the question is, if (when) we start a CiclovÃƒÂa in Providence, where and when should it be? How often should it be? What type of events should surround the CiclovÃƒÂa? Should it run all year..? Sound off in the comments.