“Bogotá closes its roads every Sunday. Now everyone wants to do it. The Ciclovía is the world’s most successful mass recreation event.”
The amount of physical space in our urban environments that is exclusively dedicated to vehicular transportation is staggeringly high; there are efforts in many cities to return the streets to a multi-use space that it was historically. Bogotá is one of the leading cities in this movement and the Ciclovía is the envy of cyclists and runners around the world.
Questions to Ponder: What are the benefits and drawbacks to a weekly closure of the roads to vehicular traffic? Would this make a city a more desirable or less desirable place for you? What stakeholders would financially harmed by this and which groups might find this profitable?