Context: Ciclovias involve the temporary closure of roads to motorized vehicles, allowing for use by bicyclists, walkers, and runners and for other physical activity. Ciclovias have been held in urban and suburban communities in the United States and Latin America.
Objective: We evaluated the first ciclovia held in a rural, predominantly Latino community in Washington State.
Setting: Three blocks within a downtown area in a rural community were closed for 5 hours on a Saturday in July 2015.
Outcome Measures: The evaluation included observation counts and participant intercept surveys.
Results: On average, 200 participants were present each hour. Fourteen percent of youth (younger than 18 years) were observed riding bikes. No adults were observed riding bikes. A total of 38 surveys were completed. Respondents reported spending on average 2 hours at the ciclovia. Seventy-nine percent reported that they would have been indoors at home involved in sedentary activities (such as watching TV, working on computer) if they had not been at the ciclovia.
Conclusion: Regularly held ciclovias, which are free and open to anyone, could play an important role in creating safe, accessible, and affordable places for physical activity in rural areas. Broad community input is important for the success of a ciclovia.
School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon (Dr Perry); Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington (Dr Ko); Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon (Ms Hernandez); Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish, Washington (Ms Ortiz); and Sunnyside Community Hospital, Sunnyside, Washington (Ms Linde).
Correspondence: Cynthia K. Perry, PhD, FNP, FAHA, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, 3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This work was supported by funding from the National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities, R24MD008068 (PIs: Drs Ko and Perry). The authors acknowledge the work and dedication of the Community Advisory Board and Steering Committee members. They also acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work of the staff with the Center for Community Health Promotion.
The authors declare there are no conflicts of interest.