There are many ways to see Bogotá and many Bogotás to see and Ciclovia Sundays are the best way to both.
Every Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm, La Ciclovia (literally, “cycle route”) closes more than 120 km of city streets to traffic and opens them to cyclists, pedestrians, rollerbladers, and pets. It then supports them with an array of bike mechanics, fruit and food stands, fitness tests, cycling lessons, and a small army of volunteers to provide everything from simple directions to first aid.
As I was walking downtown I noticed this young man on this bike practicing some tricks. I bet Mies van der Rohe didn’t see this as a use when he designed the TD Buildings back in the day. This is a perfect example of how public space can transform itself into an arena of self expression and imagination through the eyes of a beholder.
Video by Richelle Sibolboro
Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects
There is an endless supply of excuses that can be made to avoid jumping on that dusty bicycle and into your car instead: It’s too cold outside. It’s too hot today. It’s snowing. I don’t want to get sweaty on the way to work. I’m wearing heels and don’t want to bring a change of shoes. I have too many things to carry today. Continue reading
By Jake Tobin Garrett
401 Richmond in downtown Toronto is an adaptive reuse of an old tin factory into a hub of artist studios and galleries. Located at the corner of Spadina Ave and Richmond St West, this huge brick building extends its exterior, dotted with old loading docks, one entire full block east to Peter St. Up until just a few months ago, however, the south side of this stretch of road had no sidewalk. In order to walk east, you had to cross the street and use the thin strip of sidewalk there.