Ciclovías are events when roads are closed off to cars for a length of time in order to allow for a great amount of active transportation during that time. The ciclovía movement is being implemented in many cities. In the above video, it is shown how in Guadalajara, 64 kilometers (40 miles) are closed off every Sunday for 6 hours. Over 200,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, and other active transporters take the streets for the whole time. It seems almost like a festival in that there are so many people who come just to enjoy the event, rather than actually using the roads for means of transportation. Having this event also encourages people to use active transportation more in their every day lives and not just on Sundays, because it makes everything less crowded, less noisy, and it is exercise.
These ciclovías first started 35 years ago in Bogotá, Columbia. The event is significant because it brings in the idea that cars and other automobiles are not over-dominant and do not own the roads. Transportation engineers should design roads to convey this idea more, by including more distinct bike lanes or running lanes. The roads are for the equal use of all modes of transportation. Longer duration ciclovías also prove that society does not depend entirely on cars, and that people can still have effective ways of traveling, as they did before the invention of the automobile.