Cyclovia Providence Comes to Broadway on Sunday, August 17
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Cyclovia Providence Comes to Broadway on Sunday, August 17

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence will host the second of three Cyclovía Providence events this summer on Broadway between Dean Street and Courtland Street on Sunday, August 17 from noon until 4 p.m.

This event marks the first time the event will be held on Broadway in the heart of Providence's historic Federal Hill neighborhood.

Cyclovía Providence on Broadway had been postponed to this Sunday from its originally-scheduled date last month due to inclement weather.

Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bike, exercise, and socialize. A half-mile stretch of Broadway between Dean Street and Courtland Street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event.

"I look forward to hosting Cyclovía in Providence's historic Federal Hill neighborhood for the first time," said Mayor Taveras. "Cyclovía is an opportunity for residents to enjoy their neighborhoods and practice the elements of a healthy and balanced lifestyle by cycling, walking and socializing."

Family-friendly activities include Zumba lessons with instructors Jose Rodriguez and Antoanet Sialer, the Greater Providence YMCA's 'Y on the Move' inflatable obstacle course, and bicycle workshops and free helmet fittings by Recycle-a-Bike. There will be street vendors and activities sponsored by the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, East Coast Greenway, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, RIPTA, and more.

Cyclovía Providence is sponsored by Mayor Angel Taveras in partnership with Zipcar, Walgreens, the Healthy Communities Office, and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

The final Cyclovía of the summer is scheduled for Sunday, September 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. on Hope Street between Lippitt Park and Rochambeau Avenue. The Hope Street event will be held in partnership with The Miriam Hospital, a Lifespan Partner, and the Hope Street Merchants Association.

Cyclovía is an international phenomenon that reportedly began in Bogotá, Colombia and has spread to cities across the globe, including New York City, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Cambridge, MA.

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