Bogotá’s Ciclovia may be the world’s longest party, and it’s definitely the world’s biggest moving party. Each Sunday and most holidays hundreds of kilometers of roads are closed to cars, and many thousands of people turn out on bicycles, rollers skates, wheelchairs and on foot. La Ciclovia also includes mass public aerobics classes, musicians and impromptu street performers. In case you’re hungry, La Ciclovia is lined by hundreds of vendors of fruit slices, fruit drinks, empanadas, corn on the cob and other stuff.
Ex-Bogotá mayor and cycling advocate Enrique Peñalosa has said that La Ciclovia is the only place where rich and poor Bogotanos mix on a fairly equal footing (or wheeling).
In recent years, other Latin American cities and some in the United States have created their own ‘Ciclovias,’ some called Summer Streets or Sunday Streets. But none are as large and elaborate as the original in Bogotá.