Cyclists and Pedestrians Get Another Chance to Take Over New Brunswick Streets

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Sunday, October 12, New Brunswick will see the third and final Ciclovia event of 2014.

The idea behind Ciclovia originated in Bogota, Columbia, where the city regularly shuts down streets to automobiles and opens the roads for residents to walk, bike, skate and participate in other healthy activities.

The event will begin at 10AM and continue till 3PM, closing down set roadways for both visitors and the New Brunswick community to enjoy.

This will be New Brunswick's fourth presentation of the event since its inception in October 2013.

Since New Brunswick’s first Ciclovia, more than 10,000 residents and visitors have taken part in the activities it offers, according to city officials.

A flyer for the upcoming event tells community members to remember to stretch, and don their most comfortable sneakers and clothes before heading to the Ciclovia.

The flyer also lists several benefits of the event:

You can interact with your neighbors
You can enjoy a FREE & SAFE environment with your family
You can explore your community while increasing your physical activity
You can join the three mile route ANYWHERE — there's no beginning or end!

This installment of Ciclovia will take a different and slightly shorter route than previous events, consisting of a 2.8 mile stretching from the Sixth Ward neighborhood to the HUB Teen Center on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

The planned route has no beginning or end, and residents are encouraged to jump in and use any portion of the dedicated streets to enjoy the day.

The route will loop around Bartlett, Wyckoff, and Morrell Streets in the Sixth Ward, then turn left onto Hamilton Street where one of several activity stations will be: a rock-climbing wall.

The Zimmerli Art Museum, also on Hamilton Street, will be offerring free admission as well as offer a chalk art activity station.

The route continues onto George Street, which will feature three activity stations labeled as "Cross Fit," "Fitness Stage," and "Activity Stage."

From there, the route will up Paterson Street, and eventually onto Joyce Kilmer Avenue, destined for activity stations that include a chance to explore the city's fire trucks, a bike rodeo and safety check, a makeshift skate park, and finishing up with a "family fun" station near the HUB Teen Center.

“It’s a great opportunity to explore the City, visit with neighbors, get some fresh air and have fun,” says Mayor Jim Cahill, who encourages residents to take to the streets and participate in the event.

Organizers and sponsors of the event include the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson and Rutgers University.

The city's Parking Authority also announced that it will offer free parking to city residents who provide proof of residency at the Church Street, New Street, Morris Street deck, and Wellness Plaza parking decks.