If you've ten minutes to spare, watch this short video from StreetsBlog featuring Bogota's Ciclovia program.
Every Sunday (and during holidays), from 7 am to 2 pm the city sets up 130 kilometers of roads and reserves them for biking, jogging, running and skating. It's a weekly festival that gets people out and exercising and interacting and just enjoying the city.
Clarence Eckerson shot the video and he says "Ciclovía was simply one of the most moving experiences I have had in my entire life (no pun intended)."
"What immediately comes to mind when I think back to our trip were the ubiquitous smiles on everyone’s faces wherever we went. Nearly 1.8 million Colombians out using the Ciclovia and Recreovia to de-stress, get healthy, and connect personally with their fellow citizens. Young or old, rich or poor, pedestrian or cyclist - in Bogotá everyone loves the Ciclovia."
We pinoys, the "fiesta people of asia," can so do this. Think of the old events in Baywalk, multiplied across the city.
We don't have to do it weekly. We can start with a few weekends in January when the weather is a bit cooler. Or we could do it in February to commemorate the first EDSA.
If not EDSA, then maybe could do this for the whole stretch of Commonwealth Ave. and connect it all the way to Quezon Boulevard and the Welcome rotonda.
Anyone have a line to Mayor Belmonte?
Check out more resources from Walk and Bike for Life (a site I'm sure Tutubi will appreciate).
P.S. - check out the segment about recruiting for "Streetwatch" by marketing it like "Baywatch."