NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On Sunday April 24, New Brunswick residents and visitors are invited to attend and enjoy the first New Brunswick Ciclovia of 2016.

Ciclovia is “a free, citywide initiative that closes the streets to cars and opens them to people,” according to the website.  It also says the event, inspired by a weekly tradition in the capital city of Colombia, “promotes healthy active living through experiencing New Brunswick’s vitality, livability, and diversity in a safe place for people to exercise and play.”

From 11am-4pm, more than three miles of New Brunswick streets, including College Avenue, Hamilton Street, George Street, Paterson Street, Bayard Street and Joyce Kilmer Avenue, will be closed off to all vehicular traffic in order for the community to leisurely occupy the streets.

During this time community members are encouraged to enjoy the free space and the family-friendly activities set up along the way.

Stations along the Ciclovia route will include attractions such as “yoga, Zumba and Crossfit, inflatables, music, art activities, water stations and bike repair” that are open to the public, according to a press release from the city.

On Bayard Street in downtown, Ciclovia will feature a pop-up farm. At this location there will be farm animals, planting and seeding information, nutritional information, literature about the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market and games.

Residents and visitors are welcome to free parking available for the event in the New Brunswick Health and Wellness Plaza parking deck on Paterson street. Parking will also be available in several lots located on the Rutgers College Ave Campus.

The 2016 New Brunswick Ciclovia is also scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, June 25, Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, October 2.

It’s the first time the city will attempt to host four Ciclovia events in one year.  Since October 2013, when the city held its first Ciclovia, there have been five more of the festivals. 

New Brunswick Ciclovia is sponsored by the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson and Rutgers University, with additional assistance from two dozen community organizations.