Viva Streets is a one-day celebration that’s made possible when a major Denver street is returned to the people. On August 14, LiveWell Colorado and BikeDenver will transform 23rd Avenue between City Park and Stapleton into a car-free parkway for all Denverites to enjoy. The streets will be closed to cars and will come alive with walkers, bikers, runners, strollers, hoola-hoopers, dancers, paraders, musicians, healthy food purveyors and anyone wanting to play in the streets for the day. It’s a tribute to the power of our city’s streets--to get people moving, to bring neighbors together, and to strengthen Colorado’s healthy, active culture.
There will be lots of fun, healthy activities along the route, see below:
- Dexter St.: Yoga, Zumba, B-Cycles, Facepainter, Restrooms
- Hudson St.: Denver Water station, Garden Demos, Restrooms
- Kearney St: Parade 10am, Kids Bike Rodeo, Weigh & Win, Classic Bike Display, Restrooms, Volunteer HQ
- Onieda St: Nuggest Fun Zone, LiveWell Get Movin’ Mobile, Cooking Demos, Facepainter, Jump rope Demos, Restrooms
- Fred Thomas Park: Health screenings, cooking and exercise demos, FBI interactive truck
- Along the route: Food trucks, bike mechanics, helpful volunteers
This type of event is traditionally called a “ciclovia,” a Spanish term meaning “bike parkway,” but which has been adopted recently by cities across the world to describe one-day street closure events to foster physical activity and civic pride. Portland, San Francisco, Madison, New York, Los Angeles and others all hold several ciclovias each summer, attracting upwards of 25,000 people to each event. The original ciclovia was conceived in Bogata in the 1980’s as a response to traffic congestion‚ Bogota still holds a 70-mile route ciclovia each Sunday.