Ciclovia Returns This Saturday, Volunteers Still Needed!

July 12 Ciclovia Route Map

New Brunswick’s second Ciclovia of 2014, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, will entail a new route of closed streets for residents to enjoy.

Ciclovia (sih-clō-via) 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.

Last year more than 4,000 residents and visitors took to the streets to walk, bike, run, skate and participate in activities.

The July 12 Ciclovia will entail a route that includes George Street, Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Comstock Street, Remsen Avenue, Handy Street and Throop Avenue. Lipman Drive, on Rutgers University’s Cook/Douglass Campus, will also be included.

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.

A number of activity stations will be set up along the route, including a rock climbing wall, a skate board park, a bike rodeo, fire trucks for kids to explore, a Fun Bus, yoga, and group exercise classes.

Additionally, the NJ Hall of Fame will have its interactive mobile museum set up at Joyce Kilmer Park for residents to learn about notable New Jersey natives, including New Brunswick’s own late Deputy Fire Chief James D’heron.

All activities are free and open to the public.

One more Ciclovia is scheduled for 2014, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12th.

“Ciclovia continues to grow and become more successful with each date,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “Saturday’s Ciclovia will bring a slew of fun activities to a whole new neighborhood in New Brunswick, further engaging and unifying the community through this unique event.”

Organizing partners, the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson and Rutgers University worked together to make this community-wide engagement possible for everyone to enjoy, with the goal of creating a health event that reflects the vitality of the community.

Originating in Bogotá, Colombia, a Ciclovia temporarily closes streets to vehicular traffic, allowing residents to utilize the roadways however they wish. Ciclovia also aims to enhance community engagement and expand the concept of public spaces that are free of vehicles.

Volunteers are still needed to help manage the route, assist with activity stations and guide visitors through the City. Volunteers will be fed and will receive a Ciclovia t-shirt.

Community members who want more information on the New Brunswick Ciclovia or wish to  volunteer at the event, can email ciclovianb@gmail.com or visit www.nbactive.com. Follow the event at #Nbciclovia.