On Sunday, May 17th 2015, 56th street in Temple Terrace was closed for their first ever Cyclovia. Cyclovia (also referred to as Ciclovía or Open Streets) is based on the Spanish word for “cycle path” that started in Bogotá, Colombia. It’s an event which temporarily closes major city streets to car traffic and converts them into safe and open, car-free environments for families to run, bike, play and be well together.
Following a successful event by the City of Tampa in October 2014, the City of Temple Terrace decided to organize their own event. The city partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organization, New North Transportation Alliance, Keep Temple Terrace Beautiful, Tampa Bay Cycle, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and TECO to organize closing 56th street to cars, an otherwise busy four-lane road.
It’s estimated that more than a thousand people, both Temple Terrace residents and from neighboring areas, came to walk, run, bike, skate and play in the road. Yoga classes, line dancing, chalk art, food trucks and skateboard demonstrations were also part of the event, while DJs from local radio stations played music. WalkWise and Tampa BayCycle passed out safety items such as vests and bicycle lights, and fitted helmets.