It visited San Francisco in April and it’s coming back for more events. Based on ciclovia, a bike street event that started 30 years ago in Bogota, Colombia, the movement is spreading throughout U.S. to metropolitan cities.
I like the idea of closing streets for bike parties. It gives people a chance to enjoy a city free of cars, not just for cycling but for walking, skating, and other forms of human-powered mobility. Someday people may wake up and say, “Wait a minute, let’s try this on a weekday and encourage people to ride to work.”
I’ll never forget the time I rode on the Hwy 85 freeway through Cupertino days before it opened. What a rush. I can envision a bike to work day with freeways open for bikes only.
Wishful thinking, sure, but there’s always hope that someday we will see the light. Maybe when gas goes to $10 a gallon our vision will suddenly improve. I hope it’s not for that reason, but rather because it’s something we choose to do.