Close your eyes and imagine — your city streets, free of cars, and teeming with people on bikes. Sounds like a dream? Well, this dream is quickly coming a reality in many cities who are adopting bike days. We’ve put together a list American cities that are taking this fantastic idea and running with it!
Los Angeles is known as a car city, but the founders of CicLAvia are set on changing that notion. In 2011 they started a street celebration that would allow people to explore their neighborhoods on bikes without having to worry about cars. Now in its sixth year, CicLAvia has had over a million attendees and has five open street events!
New York City does everything in style – from the glamour of Broadway to the awe-inspiring high rises, their bike day solution is just as fantastic. Stretching between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park and the adjacent side streets, Summer Streets invites New Yorkers to get outside and spend time enjoying their neighborhoods.
For the past 49 years, Bicycle Sundays has been transforming three miles of Seattle’s Lake Washington Boulevard into a car-free oasis. Taking place between May and September, this event has become a local institution for Seattleites to enjoy the all too short Washington summer weather. In fact, it’s where generations of locals have learned to ride a bike – now that’s something to brag about!
It goes without saying, San Francisco loves a street festival, and Sunday Streets is one of its crown jewels. Beginning in 2008 with only two events, Sunday streets has now exploded into eight events per year. Summer Streets takes over one to four miles of San Francisco streets in a variety of neighborhoods. The founders of Sunday Streets believe that it is important to the health and happiness of the community that people are allowed access to space without the hassle of cars, and we couldn’t agree more!
For a city that has been rated Platinum-level by the League of American Bicyclists, you’d better believe that Portland has a bike day! Known as Sunday Parkways, this celebration takes place over the course of five Sundays in a different Portland neighborhoods. Sunday Parkways allows folks to have car-free fun and gives them the opportunity to explore parts of their city in a whole new way.
Bike days aren’t just fun, they also represent a powerful moment of reclaiming public space. We can’t wait to get on our e-Bikes and be part of this incredible movement!