Bogotá Ciclovia

Bogota CicloviaCiclovia involves the closing down of major roads in Bogota to allow for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy free-reign of the major routes in the city. Ciclovia happens every Sunday in Bogota, and has become an institution for families, friends and romantic-strollers looking to enjoy some open space and a great sense of community. Every week roughly 2 million people participate.

Now a worldwide scheme, Ciclovia was started in Bogota around 1976, although it required a great deal of help from ex-mayor Penalosa to truly become the success it is today.

If you’re in Bogota on the weekend you should be sure to check out Ciclovia, it’s a great way to see the city and even meet people.

Oh, and a great way to work off that hangover, too.

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Every sunday in Bogota the CicloviaAlmost the entire Septima is out of bounds for cars, meaning walkers can enjoy some of the best sights the city has to offer at the pace of a casual stroll. Not only that, but it’s a great way to exercise on bike or on rollerblades.

Of course, those less inclined to the notion of exercise can enjoy the roadside snacks that are dotted along the route.

One of the best things about Ciclovia, and undoubtedly one of the reasons so many countries have sought to copy it, is that it lowers emissions considerably one day every week. In a city often choked with traffic and fumes, that’s no small accomplishment.

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Ciclovia Map BogotaIt happens every Sunday and Bank holdays between the hours of 8am and 2am.

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