NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Ever wonder what it’d be like if pedestrians had free rein over New Brunswick’s streets?
Wonder no more.
New Brunswick’s annual Ciclovia event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. More than three miles of city street will be closed to motor vehicles during that time, anointing pedestrians, bicyclists and others kings of the road.
“Participants are free to travel in any way they choose,” reads an announcement from City Hall, “whether it be walking, running, biking, skateboarding or dancing.”
Sponsors also plan to set up more than 15 free “activity stations” on the route, which has no concrete beginning or ending.
That list includes inflatables, an obstacle course, live music, arts and games, according to the city. What’s more, members of local Zumba, Crossfit and yoga classes will travel the path, exercising alongside other residents. The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market also intends to teach attendees how to cook and eat healthy.
The route also boasts free water and bike-repair stations.
More than 10,000 people participated in New Brunswick Ciclovia last year, according to the city. Officials see it is a chance to boost the sense of community and health and wellness.
To that end, some of the Hub City’s largest and most influential institutions have signed on to sponsor Ciclovia. City Hall, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers University have agreed to be organizers, with help from dozens of other local groups.
The Ciclovia route includes portions of College and Joyce Kilmer avenues, along with Hamilton, George, Paterson and Bayard streets, according to the city.
Communities throughout the world also hold their own Ciclovia events, inspiring neighbors to have fun while getting in shape together.
Free parking for participants and volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health and Wellness Plaza deck.
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