"Open Streets" In Latin America: Evaluating the Positive and Challenging Aspects of Community-Wide Recreational Activities and Events in Colombia and Chile

Project Date: September 2015 - December 2015


  • Local activity advocates
  • Biking, walking, and public health departments


  • Adults from a wide range of socioeconomic status


  • Evaluate both the facilitators and barreirs of the Ciclovía ("Open Streets") events that occur in Bogotá, Colombia on Sundays and holidays
  • The same protocol was adapted in San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA and Temuco, Chile


  • Themes reported during the Ciclovía days focused on safety, revitalization of public space and availability of fruits 
  • Participants perceived that the Ciclovía turned the streets into a safer, more inclusive environment for all

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO