October 5, 2020
CiQlovía – Open Streets!
CiQlovía is an annual event that promotes community health and safety by closing down some streets to traffic and creating a fun and safe space for cyclists and pedestrians. It is modeled after similar “open streets” events worldwide. CiQlovía began in the city of Bogota, Colombia in the early 1970’s in an effort to promote health and safety for people who travel primarily by foot. Albuquerque started its own version of the CiQlovía festival seven years ago and continues to participate in this annual phenomenon.
For the second year in a row, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office will be participating in Albuquerque CiQlovía. This year’s event will begin on October 12 and end on October 18. Many of the CiQlovia activities will occur virtually this year, including a photo-a-day challenge and a scavenger hunt! Selected streets throughout Albuquerque will be closed on October 18 and will include a few recharge stations throughout the International District, Downtown, South Valley, North Valley, and Westgate communities. A map including recharge station locations can be found here:
Our Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) team and other volunteers from our office will partner with Highland High School students to participate in clean-up projects in small, socially distanced groups on October 17. These activities will directly benefit local businesses and neighborhoods in the International District. On October, 18, our team will host a recharge station and will provide water, games and activities, and other exciting giveaways. Visit us at the Endorphin Power Company parking lot on the corner of Zuni and Cardenas.
“Our participation in CiQlovía stems out further than supporting the activities during the event. We want to know more about our communities and what citizens’ concerns and priorities are for public safety,” Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said. “We hope you will join us in this community event whether that be virtually or in-person following the social distancing guidelines. Don’t forget to wear your mask!”
To join CiQlovía virtually or to learn more about the event be sure to follow the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/abqciqlovia/.