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New date for Ciclovía street festival in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — The Sunday Ciclovía event, which was canceled due to inclement weather last month, has been rescheduled for April 26 to coincide with Clearwater's annual Fun 'N Sun Festival.

Once again, organizers are seeking volunteers to serve as street marshals and bike valets for the multicultural street festival.

And what is a Ciclovía again?

"It's a Spanish word meaning 'cycle path,' " said Tammy Vrana, Clearwater's community development coordinator. "It's a movement that began over 30 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, and is spreading all over the world."

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26, 2 miles of Cleveland Street from Clearwater Harbor to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in the East Gateway District will be closed to motor traffic and open for people.

Participants of any age and skill level can bike, stroll, skate, or take part in open-air fitness, sports and dance classes that will be offered on the street.

Representatives from bike shops, bike clubs and other organizations promoting recreation and healthy living will line the street. Restaurants and retailers, many offering ethnic specialties, will be open.

Clearwater is following the lead of Bogotá, where the first Ciclovía was held in 1976. Since then, cities around the globe such as London, Paris, Mexico City, Guadalajara, New York, Miami, Portland, El Paso and San Francisco have hosted their own car-free events — some holding them weekly.

"We believe we are the second in the state to do this," Vrana said. "Miami began a Ciclovía in November 2008 and has been having them every month since."

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For information, visit www.myclearwater.com/carfreesunday or call (727) 562-4047.

New date for Ciclovía street festival in Clearwater 04/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 8:46pm]
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