This is a past Event
The first ciclovia event In New Orleans
Sat, Oct 26, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Esplanade Ave from Broad to Claiborne
Bayou Rd from Broad to Esplanade
Why Play Streets?
Long before cars arrived on the roads of New Orleans, our streets were places to meet and come together. Communities grew up around thoroughfares. They were easy streets to enjoy.
We just think it’s time to reclaim the streets, just once in a while, to bring neighbors together. Let’s make the streets of New Orleans the place to be, not something to travel over at high speeds. It’s a project designed to bring the community together, walk and talk, get moving and feel good — all free of cars and exhaust.
We’ll have activities for people of all ages from 1 to 100. It’s the perfect place to walk around, meet your neighbors, watch a cooking demonstration, eat some food, even dance in the streets as Martha and the Vandellas recommended so many years ago.
See activity location on the map below. Some highlights:
- Cooking demos/food samples
- Bicycle parade
- Instant recess
- Roller derby push cart races
- Second line at Bayou and Esplanade 10:30am
- Free bicycle mechanic
Yes, we’re taking back the streets, but in a way that could only happen in New Orleans. So join us on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Or better yet, join us early and be a part of bringing smiles to thousands of faces across this great city.
We are currently looking for program partners to lead, organize and create wellness activities, and also educate the participants of Play Streets. Our goal is to have over 50 program partners for the day of the event, especially if you are willing to help make the inaugural program a huge success and lead the way for subsequent future events across the city.
Application to be a partner – early applicants get the best locations on the route
View Ciclovia Vendor Grid in a larger map
Play Streets example from Berkeley, CA.
A Global Movement
Play Streets is an idea that came from Ciclovia, a Bogotá, Colombia, tradition. Ciclovías started over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets.
Now you can find Ciclovias throughout Latin America and the United States, connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are
immense. Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space.