CycLOUvia – The Street is Open
Imagine a car-free road that’s open to pedestrians, cyclists, and families on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It’s happening in Louisville.
Take a stroll, run, or ride down one of Louisville’s bustling urban corridors, not on the sidewalk, but right down the middle of the street. CycLOUvia is your opportunity to experience Louisville as you never have before, by walking, cycling, skateboarding, or dancing along infrastructure that is always there, but rarely prioritized for people.
Modeled after the “ciclovía” program in Bogotá, Colombia, where for 30 years, citizens have enjoyed weekly car-free streets, cycLOUvia builds on momentum in cities from coast to coast and across the globe to connect communities around our temporarily car-free, shared public space.
Besides offering a safe and exciting new way to experience Louisville, cycLOUvia helps to promote healthy lifestyles, alternative transportation options, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and economic development. In an age where most Louisvillians move predominantly by car, bringing congestion and toxic fumes to streets across the city, cycLOUvia helps to make Louisville a more active, healthy, and livable city. CycLOUvia events also meet the goals of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, which helps to establish healthier places, programs and policies toward making Louisville one of the healthiest cities in the country.
Thousands have enjoyed previous cycLOUvias and more are being planned for the future. After all, streets are Louisville’s greatest public space assets, encompassing more area than the city’s already robust parks system. And they run in front of each of our homes and businesses. How we use these critical public spaces will determine how our city grows and reaches its potential in the future. CycLOUvia is an important step in realizing the value of our streets by transforming them into temporary linear parks, free for the use of the entire Louisville community.