New Brunswick Welcomes the Return of Ciclovia

Corrected: An earlier version of this story included the incorrect date for the event.

By Yasine Orion

The streets of New Brunswick closed on Oct. 12 in order to host Ciclovia, a citywide initiative towards promoting a healthy and active life style, for a second year in a row.

During Ciclovia, certain streets in New Brunswick were closed off from vehicles for five hours so that families could ride bikes, skate, run, and engage in other outdoor activities while exploring the routes of the city. In doing so, this event promoted an active, healthy lifestyle while representing New Brunswick as an embodiment of vitality and diversity.

New Brunswick closed off approximately 3 miles of streets from vehicles and reopened them up to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Roads fully reopened to cars at 3:30 p.m.

“I think it’s a swell idea,” said Helen Kim, a full time student at Rutgers University. “Families on bikes lead to positive things and a more green environment”.

According to event organizers, Ciclovia is a Spanish word that translates into English as “cycleway”. The event originated in Colombia in the late 1970’s as a way for people to leave their homes and explore their neighborhood and has spread to the U.S. over the years.