The first ever Ciclovia event in Middlesex County will be held on Sunday October 6, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Ciclovia is an internationally renowned health celebration in which local streets are closed to vehicles and open to families, friends and neighbors to join together in healthy activities. The New Brunswick Ciclovia is a community-focused collaboration of the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson and Rutgers University.
Originating in Bogotá, Colombia, a Ciclovia (sic-lo-via), temporarily closes a set of streets to vehicular traffic, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, dance and utilize the roadways in countless creative and active ways. A Ciclovia also aims to enhance community engagement and expand the concept of public spaces that are free of vehicles. The New Brunswick Ciclovia designated streets include College Avenue from Buccleuch Park to Hamilton Street, Hamilton Street to George Street, George Street to Bayard Street, Bayard Street to Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Joyce Kilmer Avenue to the New Brunswick Teen Center at Juliet Street.
“The New Brunswick Ciclovia will give residents and visitors the opportunity to use the City streets for physical activity with the safety of secured streets free of motor vehicles,” said New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill. “Three Activity Stations will be on the route, on College at the Rutgers Gym, at the intersection of George and Bayard Streets and at the New Brunswick Teen Center. A variety of organized activities will take place at these Activity Stations, including dancing, exercise classes and games that will enhance the overall Ciclovia experience of physical activity while enjoying our City and its neighborhoods,” Mayor Cahill added.
The Ciclovia route has no beginning or end; residents can use any portion of the route to enjoy the day, interact with their friends and neighbors and use the open streets to enhance their sense of community.
Gil Penalosa, who initiated the Ciclovia program in Bogota, Colombia will be in New Brunswick for the kickoff of the City’s Ciclovia. Mr. Penalosa is an internationally recognized expert on using city streets and parks in new and innovative ways.
Organizing partners, the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson and Rutgers University are working together to make this community-wide engagement possible, with the goal of creating a health event that reflects the vitality of the community for everyone to share and enjoy.
Community members who want more information on the New Brunswick Ciclovia, or individuals looking to volunteer at the event, can contact the New Brunswick Ciclovia at firstname.lastname@example.org or can refer to the website at www.nbactive.com. Follow the event at #Nbciclovia.
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