CiCLEvia Offers a Series of Active Pop-up Activities at July Night Market
Sights. Smells. Tastes — Movement. It’s what makes Night Market memorable. CiCLEvia is a transformative movement to engage physical activity in Cleveland and they will be bringing many pop-up activities to July’s Night Market including line dancing, fire and lights workshops, as well as sidewalk games.
Last month, they brought a Latin-inspired Zumba fitness class to Night Market and this month, they’ll be keeping the crowd on their feet with a new group dance pop-up. CiCLEvia will also be offering introductory classes in hula hooping and Poi, which is a type of performance often seen at music festivals using weights at the end of tethers that light up or sometimes are lit on fire. For group fun, they will also bring games including Jenga, checkers, glow bowling and good old-fashioned chalk games including hopscotch and four square.
CiCLEvia’s mission expands far beyond Night Market. The word is actually a a verb and its name is a play on words based off of the Spanish word, Ciclovía, meaning “cycle way.”
In the months of August, September and October, CiCLEvia will be introducing Cleveland to the concept of temporarily closing streets to car traffic and opening them instead to pedestrians for cycling, running, skating and other forms of physical activity.
The seed for CiCLEvia was planted when event organizer, Calley Mersmann attended the Cleveland Sustainability Summit in 2013 and she spoke with an individual who had just returned home from visiting family in Guadalajara, Mexico where he had attended a Ciclovía open street event. She thought the concept would be a great fit for Cleveland.
“This concept is already popular in cities across the United States including Atlanta, San Francisco, St Louis, Pittsburgh and Columbus. A shining example is in Bogotá, Columbia where every Sunday they close 70 miles of their city streets and open them to people-powered movement; that’s both the inspiration and origin of CiCLEvia,” says Mersmann.
The first series of CiCLEvias will take place on W 25th from the intersection of Lorain Ave. to Meyer Ave., spanning from the section of W 25th bars and breweries all the way to The MetroHealth System. Their goal is to highlight a neighborhood that doesn’t often host many large-scale community events and inspire people to use more sustainable forms of transportation in their day-to-day lives.
“There is research from other open streets events that if people go out and ride their bikes once — just one day of bike riding can result in habit change where an individual is more likely to ride to the grocery store or to work,” says event organizer, Natalie Ranger.
The hope is that CiCLEvia’s open streets in Cleveland will encourage a culture of health. Event organizer, Rachael Sommer dreams of CiCLEvia someday spanning across the entire city of Cleveland.
“CiCLEvia appearing at Night Market gives it the sense that it’s not just a series or movement that’s going to stay in one neighborhood or community — it’s something that can grow and be across the whole city. It has the potential to grow, link up and touch many different neighborhoods in Cleveland with many different cultural components,” she says.
You can enjoy CiCLEvia pop-up activities at Night Market Cleveland on July 24th from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the intersection of Rockwell Ave. and E 21st Street. For more information about CiCLEvia, visit their website and stay updated by liking them on Facebook.
photographs by Will Slabaugh