On Sunday, October 19th, the Florida Department of Transportation closed a portion of Kennedy Boulevard to motorized traffic.Together with the City of Tampa, the Tampa Downtown Partnership, the MPO BPAC and their community partners, FDOT brought Cyclovia to Tampa Bay!
Cyclovia (also referred to as Ciclovía or Open Streets) is based on the Spanish word for “cycle path.” Ciclovía is a weekly tradition that started in Bogotá, Colombia, which temporarily closes major city streets to car traffic and converts them into safe and open, car-free environments for families to run, bike, play and be well together.
The practice has become a worldwide phenomenon reaching Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Israel, India and dozens of cities across the United States. Cyclovia is a celebration of physical activity, healthy movement, and active transportation.
FDOT Secretary Anath Prasad visited Bogota and was so impressed with the Cyclovia he asked each district to work with local governments to organize them across Florida.
The Cyclovia was organized as part of FDOT’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Focused Initiative, with the main goals being to improve safety through visibility and awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians and to promote active transportation.
For more information and to vote on where in Tampa Bay Cyclovia should go next, visit the Cyclovia Tampa Bay website.