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Health Case Study: Ciclovía Bogotá
Ciclovía de Bogotá closes 75 miles of roadways in Colombia to motorized vehicles every Sunday and holiday, adding up to over 70 closures a year, providing recreational space for cyclists, skaters, runners, and walkers.
Launched by young activists in 1974, Bogota’s Recreational Bikeway (Ciclovía) was further developed by the Colombian government to encourage physical activity and improve air quality.
Today, average participation in each Ciclovía is approximately 1,500,000 people, or 20% of Bogotá’s population.
HEALTH BENEFIT RELATIVE TO COST
Leadership & Replication
IDRD is currently the owner and leader of Ciclovía and was formerly the design and implementing entity. Bogotá’s cycling path has been replicated in México, Brazil, Perú, Chile, and elsewhere in Latin America.
The model is being adopted outside of Latin America, inspiring initiatives such as the Superblocks of Spain and 32 miles of car-free Sunday Bikedays in Ottawa. As of January 2017, 122 US cities had hosted Open Streets events.