Cycling as form of Environmental Reform and Community Pride
Ciclopaseo is a 30-km route opened on Sundays only for cycling, walking, or any other non- motorized means of transport. This route crosses the main streets of Quito, Ecuador with an average of 40,000 participants each time
Ciclopaseo not only encourages the use of bikes as an alternative mean of transport but also encourages the recovery of public spaces for people. After more than four years, Ciclopaseo has created an alternative form of transportation in
Picture of people enjoying ciclopaseo
Posters shown around the city to promote ciclopaseo
Map of the 30 Km route to incentive people to ride
the city. Since the beginning of the project, Quito has changed greatly: Ciclopaseo not only promotes an ecological consciousness, but also has created a sense of citizenship, identity, and sustainable urban mobility. Ciclopaseo represents the possibility of re-understanding our rights to urban spaces, and of considering, as citizens, our obligations to the places where we live.
The program has been so successful that during my last visit to Quito during September they were just starting a new bike sharing program throughout the city as to promote alternative forms of transportation. I believe this is a good example of how a small program that started once a month, then went to bi-monthly, then to every week has now influenced the creation of a full time program.