Ciclovia in Baltimore? It could happen.

If you have been reading our email updates, or have checked out the Ciclovia page on our website you know that One Less Car has been at the forefront of the push to bring South America's coolest street festival to Maryland's biggest city. In case you don't know what it is, Ciclovia is when big cities like Bogota and Guadalajara open up miles upon miles of streets to pedestrians, bicyclists, roller-bladers and all manner of non-motorized traffic every Sunday morning. It's a great way for people to "take back" the streets and see their city from a totally new angle.

Last week One Less Car's Executive Director, Richard Chambers and Ciclovia Coordinator, Carol Silldorf, rode along a possible route for a Baltimore Ciclovia with city transportation officials and members of the Mayor's staff. The potential route would traverse neighborhoods as different as Federal Hill and Collington Square. The city's wonderful waterfront would also be showcased.

Although Mayor Dixon has not yet fully committed to having Ciclovia (or "Sunday Streets" as it is also being called) start this Spring, she has shown great interest in the concept and has invested real time and talent into making this happen. Want to see what a real Ciclovia actually looks like? Check out this video from the place where it all began - Bogota, Colombia. It was produced by Clarence Eckerson and the cool folks at Streetfilms.

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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