3.4 miles of city streets to be closed down for recreational use
Building upon the success of New Brunswick’s first Ciclovia in 2013, the City has expanded Ciclovia to three dates in 2014, with the first taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.
Ciclovia (sic-lo-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.
This year, participants will have the opportunity to use City streets again for physical activity, to interact with their friends and neighbors and enhance their sense of community.
The additional Ciclovia dates are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, October 12th.
“Building on the success of our first Ciclovia, New Brunswick will hold three more Ciclovias where residents and visitors will once again have the opportunity to safely use secured City streets free of motor vehicles,” said Mayor James Cahill. “A variety of organized activities will take place along the Ciclovia route including dance, exercise classes, volleyball games, a skate park and a bike rodeo, all of which will enhance the overall Ciclovia experience.”
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 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.
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.
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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nbactive.com. Follow the event at #Nbciclovia.