Cleveland Joins the Open Streets Movement with its first ‘ciCLEvia”


Sat 8/15 @ 3-7

It’s an exciting time to be in Cleveland because new things are happening all the time.

There’s a new organization calling itself ciCLEvia, which says it’s part of a “transformative movement” of worldwide groups promoting “open streets or “ciclovias.”

Here’s how they describe it: “Open streets are family-oriented, neighborhood-based programs that are accessible to residents of all ages and abilities. Streets are closed to cars and open to the public, enabling people to walk, jog, bike, and skate in the streets with a focus on health and social engagement. The series is entirely inclusive: everyone from babies to the elderly and experienced cyclists to residents with wheelchairs will benefit directly from participating in the movement.”

They’re debuting it here just in time to catch the tail end of summer, and they’re starting modestly. For four hours on Saturday, they’ll close West 25th St between MetroHealth Drive and Wade Avenue for special events that include yoga, Zumba, dance demonstrations, information on Cleveland’s new bike share program and a chance to try out one of the bikes. Future dates this season are Sat 9/10 and Sat 10/8.


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