If there’s one area in which Bogota is a world leader, it’s urban cycling. The metropolis is credited with initiating the world’s first ciclovía in 1974, a weekly close-down of 120km of arterial city streets to motorized traffic between 7am and 2pm on Sunday. The much-copied two-wheeled happening regularly attracts around two million participants – 25% of Bogota’s population!
Today, the ciclovía has evolved into Bogota’s biggest street party, with thoroughfares brimming with fruit-juice carts, food vendors (obleas! majorca! canelazo!), performers, bike-repair stands, kids’ cycling schools and literally hundreds of bicycles of all shapes and sizes.
Aside from bikes, the ciclovía is open to strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, skateboards, pedestrians and anything else without a motor.