On Sunday May 17, the city of Temple Terrace hosted their first-ever Cyclovia event on North 56th Street from Busch Boulevard to Whiteway Drive in District Seven. In keeping with the tradition of original Ciclovia events in Bogota, Columbia, State Road 583 (56th Street) was temporarily closed and transformed into an “open road” – a car-free environment for families to run, bike, skate, play and enjoy a beautiful Sunday morning together in Temple Terrace. Well over 1,000 participants were on hand throughout the day to enjoy food trucks, interactive street games, bicycle/pedestrian safety training presentations, and several fun and educational kid-friendly activities.
“Our sponsors deserve a huge round of applause for making the event possible by donating their time or by providing contributions and materials needed to make the event work,” said Charles W. Stephenson, city of Temple Terrace Community Development Director. “Without their commitment, the event would not have happened.”
Stephenson also added, “Cost and effort of organizing CYCLOVIA…..Plenty. Cost of having engaged sponsors, staff and community…..Priceless.”
The event was supported by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow safety campaign, the New North Transportation Alliance, Tampa BayCycle, Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, TECO Energy and several other community organizations.
Thank you to all the FDOT District Seven staff and volunteers for “stepping-up” to support the city of Temple Terrace with this great event.