LiveWell Colorado and BikeDenver are teaming up to bring Denver residents the city’s second annual Viva Streets event to celebrate our city streets’ potential to get people moving, to bring neighbors together, and to strengthen Colorado’s healthy, active culture. 

This Sunday, August 12, from 10am – 4pm, 23rd Avenue between City Park and Stapleton will be transformed into a car-free parkway for adults, children and families to enjoy. The street will come alive with walkers, bikers, runners, strollers, dancers, musicians, healthy food enthusiasts and anyone wanting to play in the streets for the day.  

Traditionally called a “ciclovia,” a Spanish term meaning “bike parkway,” this type of event has been recently adopted by cities across the world to describe one-day street closures that encourage physical activity and foster community support for increased opportunities to be active. Last year’s Viva Streets event drew more than 7,500 people – with more expected to attend this year.

Viva Streets participants will have a variety of fun, healthy activities to enjoy along the street in special areas while walkers and bikers move up and down the route. Learn to make salsa and guacamole at the Chipotle Activity Tent; get your photo taken at the Delta Dental of Colorado Healthy Smiles Photo Booth; get hands on at the Cigna Go You! Wellness Zone; get moving with yoga and zumba demonstrations; get the kids cruising at the bike rodeo and “strider” course; and enjoy face painting, healthy food trucks, cooking demonstrations, bike safety checks, gardening demonstrations, and much more!

I am so excited that Viva Streets will once again get people moving for the day, showcase how our streets can contribute to the health of our city and highlight the importance of making our streets usable and safe for everyone – motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. After all, healthy streets are a key part of Colorado’s culture of health and contribute to making it such a great place to live, learn, work and play. 

I am also pleased that Denver already is making significant strides to improve the streets for residents and commuters, such as recently revising the City bike ordinances and completing the Denver Moves bicycle and pedestrian plan. Additionally, Public Works has begun adding new infrastructure components like bicycle lights and separated bike lanes. I applaud the fact that since 2008, Denver has more than doubled its on-street bike markings and bike parking and launched the nation’s first large-scale bike sharing program. The results of these efforts are great: The number of people commuting by bike in Denver is more than four times the national average, and has increased by 22 percent in the past year, according to the 2010 Census. 

I’d like to recognize the following sponsors for their generous support of Viva Streets: Cigna, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Delta Dental of Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, CBS Denver, Primal Wear, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, greatBIGcolor, YellowDog Printing & Graphics, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. Thank you for your contributions in making the second annual Viva Streets possible.

I look forward to seeing you in the streets this Sunday, August 12!