Next City Cyclouvia Event Will be on West Broadway
W. Broadway to be closed to cars for an afternoon
Following the resounding success of the Cyclouvia events in the Highlands and Crescent Hill, the popular event is expanding to other parts of the city, Mayor Greg Fischer announced.
The next Cyclouvia will close West Broadway, between 9th and 26th Streets, to vehicular traffic on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the first time the city?s open streets program will occur outside of the Highlands or Crescent Hill areas.
West Broadway will become a paved linear park, where residents and visitors can bike, walk, skate, dance, and shop in a car-free environment. Automobile cross traffic will be facilitated by traffic control officers at 22nd Street.
Cyclouvia is modeled after the ?ciclov¡a? program in Bogot , Colombia where, for 30 years, citizens have enjoyed weekly car-free streets. Cyclouvia builds on momentum in cities across the globe to connect communities around a 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. Additionally, Cyclouvia aims to create a vibrant economic opportunity for businesses along the corridor. Commercial establishments with frontage along the route are encouraged to open their businesses and engage the sidewalk during event hours to create a unique community atmosphere.
Metro Council members Cheri Bryant Hamilton, David James, Attica Scott and David Tandy worked with staff on planning the Broadway Cyclouvia, to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in this community event. Special activities include food trucks, street vendors, inflatable bounce houses, a rock wall and other activities for kids. TARC will be showcasing their new e-tran WiFi bus at the Louisville Urban League, at 15th and Broadway.
These open streets 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. In an age where most Louisvillians move predominantly by car, Cyclouvia reimagines one of the city?s greatest public space assets to foster a more active, healthy, and livable city.
For more information, go to www.cyclouvia.org.