"Open Streets" In Latin America: Evaluating the Positive and Challenging Aspects of Community-Wide Recreational Activities and Events in Colombia and Chile (2014-2015)


  • 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
  • Residents of San Francisco reported awareness of lack of healthy food choices as well as increased feelings of safety and community connectedness during the event

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