Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bikes in the news

Take Back the Streets
Winnipeg first Canadian city to stage Ciclovia

It’s time to take back the streets Winnipeg! On Sunday, September 13 from 8am until 6pm, the entire north side of Broadway will be closed to motorized vehicles from Main to Osborne connecting Assiniboine Park to The Forks for Ciclovia.
What's Ciclovia?
Ciclovia, meaning “bike way,” began in Bogotá, Colombia, where every Sunday major roads are blocked off and millions of people fill them running, walking, biking while enjoying free outdoor fitness classes like yoga and aerobics.

Ciclovia events have been held all over the world, but have yet to hit Canadian streets until now. Although talks exist for a Vancouver Ciclo
via, Winnipeg will be the first!
Numerous organizations are hoping to make this a regular event in Winnipeg, and are hosting this pilot project to gauge public interest.

The event features a hay maze, a farmers’ market, street vendors, a kids’ zone, busk
ers, horse drawn wagons, outdoor fitness classes and other non-motorized fun. The band Oh My Darling wraps up the event with a special concert at The Forks’ Oodena Circle at 4pm. The goal is to promote physical activity, community building and the environmental benefits of using non-motorized forms of transportation.

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