I was talking to my friend and fellow bike advocate, Melody Moody just the other day and I was tickled when she told me that Pascagoula, MS would be the second city in Mississippi to hold a Cyclovia! Oh how I love a Cyclovia!
My avid readers will remember I was first introduced to cyclovias by my friend Susan from Tucson. Susan and I had corresponded about the Tuscon closed street festival a few months before Bike Walk Mississippi hosted the first cyclovia in Jackson – Jackson Streets Alive.
In Tucson, the city closes off 2.5-5 miles of city streets to motorized traffic twice a year. They average over 10,000 riders, walkers, baby buggies etc. literally playing in the streets free of traffic worries during the day.
So, what is a cyclovia? A Spanish word signifying the temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to people. During Cyclovia anyone can bike, walk, skate and participate in fun, free activities.
One of the first and largest Cyclovias in the world is held in Bogotá, Colombia. Every Sunday and holiday, every week of the year, the city closes down over 70 miles of roadways to cars to invite people to bike, walk, talk, exercise, picnic, sunbathe, etc. in the streets. People from all backgrounds come together in this beautiful community-inspiring event.
I remember thinking back when I was first introduced to Jackson’s Streets Alive, one day cyclovias will be held all over Mississippi. I hoped that one day it would be common for a city to close down streets for bikes and pedestrians to use for human powered fun.
Well, Pascagoula is making that hope a reality by holding their Fiesta de Cyclovia on Saturday November 8 from 9-4 near . TheTheir Cyclovia is being dubbed a “Festival of Cycle-ways”, celebrating human powered transportation and Pascagoula’s Hispanic community.
Fiesta de Cyclovia will feature the following:
• A non-competitive 10k, 5k, and 1 mile Fun Run – Or – Roll to raise awareness about Mississippi’s “Share the Road” campaign. those who participate will be eligible for prizes!
• Interactive games and activities hosted by local businesses and organizations.
• Open fitness classes including Zumba, Cross fit, Yoga, Spinning, and more!
• Hispanic Heritage Festivities including local arts and crafts vendors, music, a flag guard performance, food, and more!
Additionally, Bike Walk Mississippi will have a booth at the Cyclovia taking photos and videos for the “I Share the Road” campaign.
So, if you are in the mood to do something different this weekend or are on the coast for one reason or the other, stop by Pascagoula’s Fiesta de Cyclovia and help support the event, roll around a little and have some car-free fun!
Indian Cycle’s Veteran’s Day Ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project:
If you will be staying closer to Jackson for the weekend, head over to Indian Cycle on Saturday morning and help support the Wounded Warriors Project.
The Wounded Warrior project’s mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
Their purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
There will be ride choices of 10, 25, and 50 miles. The ride will begin at 8:00 am. There will be a $30 entry fee. All proceeds raised go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Registration and packet pickup will be at Indian Cycle on Friday, November 7th from 3pm until 6pm.