LiveWell Colorado and BikeDenver once again teamed up to bring Denver residents the city’s third 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.
Last Sunday, the Berkeley Regis neighborhood on W. Tennyson St. (between 38th and 46th Ave) and 46th Avenue (between Lowell and Xavier Streets) was transformed into a car-free parkway for adults, children and families to enjoy. The streets came alive with walkers, bikers, runners, strollers, dancers, musicians, healthy food enthusiasts and anyone who wanted to play in the streets for the day. Cyclists even travelled to Viva Streets on Denver bike paths and then rode or parked bicycles along the route.
Traditionally called a “ciclovía,” 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 10,000 people to the Park Hill Neighborhood, with this year’s bringing the same amount to the new event location.
After two successful years in Park Hill, we were very excited to bring Viva Streets to the Berkeley Regis neighborhood. Throughout the day, we celebrated community and supported local businesses along the route, all while enjoying the many benefits that come from increased walking and biking in our city streets.
Viva Streets participants had a variety of fun, healthy activities to enjoy along the streets. Families participated in the kick-off parade at César Chávez Park; enjoyed fun and photos with the tooth fairy at the Delta Dental tent; got moving with yoga and Zumba demonstrations; got the kids cruising at the bike rodeo and “strider” course; and enjoyed free face painting, healthy food, and much more.
Viva Streets also took place during our Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge, which encourages Coloradans to exercise for 30 minutes for 30 days during the month of August in order to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and prove that Colorado is the most active state in the nation.
This event was a great way to get 30 minutes of physical activity with friends and family, while enjoying a beautiful and revitalized area of Northwest Denver. If you haven’t yet signed up for the Challenge, it’s not too late to join the 7,900+ Coloradans who have collectively logged more than 2.5 million minutes. You can still register and will have the chance to win prizes through the rest of the month.
I’d like to recognize the following sponsors for their generous support of Viva Streets:
Thank you for your contributions in making the third annual Viva Streets possible.
And thank you to everyone who celebrated with us in the streets for the day. View more pictures and fun from the event.