What is Ciclovia?

What is Ciclovia Belfast?

Ciclovia Belfast is a Health and Community based initiative which closes a part of the City to traffic on a given day, for a specific period of time in which cyclists are given the opportunity to ride through the traffic free zone of the City.

It is designed to give the public ownership of their City, to encourage family participation, to encourage healthier lifestyles and to encourage and engender community spirit.


When is Ciclovia Belfast 2018?

Ciclovia Belfast will take place on Sunday 7th October. The event is a fun event for all ages and abilities. The cycle freeway is yours to cycle whichever way you like. Key times are:

Traffic free Cycle route open: 9:30AM – 12:00PM
See map for the cycle freeway.
Fun, free activity at two hubs:
Belfast City Hall – 9:30AM – 12:00PM
Botanic Gardens – 9:30AM – 2:00PM

There will be a photocall with the Lord Mayor at 9:30am at Botanic Gardens – we would be delighted if you could join us!


What does Ciclovia mean?

It is a Spanish term meaning Cycle Freeway. A key feature is the closing of a section of streets to allow cyclists to cycle a traffic free route.


Where did the ideas originate from?

It has its roots in Bogota Colombia, where since 1974 a Ciclovia occurs every Sunday. It is now an international phenomena and many cities around the world are staging their own version of Ciclovia – Gold Coast, Brussels, Halifax, Atlanta – the list goes on.


Is Ciclovia Belfast the only one in the UK and Ireland?

Since we held our inaugural event in 2015, a number of other Ciclovia related events have taken place across the UK and Ireland.


What is the purpose of Ciclovia Belfast?

Its core aim is to promote community cohesion, mental and physical wellbeing as well as being a fun event for everyone – all ages and abilities.


How did you make the event happen?

The key to this is partnership and we have the right partners to help make Ciclovia Belfast happen: Department of Infrastructure Cycling Unit, Belfast City Council, Public Health Agency, PSNI, Translink, FORS, Sustrans and Road Services. This year we are proud to announce an associate sponsor Thunder Park.

How much does it cost to take part in the event and do I have to register?

The event is free for everyone to take part in and there is no registration – just come along and enjoy!


When and where does it start from?

The cycle freeway runs to and from the hubs at Botanic Gardens and Belfast City Hall – in no particular direction : Botanic Avenue, Dublin Rd, Shaftesbury Square / Donegall Pass junction , Bedford St, Donegall Square West. Participants can start from wherever they wish on the route and ride up and down it in whichever direction, and as often as they wish.


Will the roads be completely closed to traffic?

PSNI road closures will begin at 9am to facilitate the cycle freeway and will be completed by 09.30am in time for the event to start. The cycle freeway event will end at noon, roads will begin to be reopened by Ciclovia marshalls from 12 noon and fully reopened by PSNI by 12.30pm. From 9am – 12.30pm no traffic will be allowed onto the route other than to permit disability access or the removal of cars that have been parked from the previous night. These movements will be managed by event staff and marshalls, based on a plan approved with PSNI. Anyone who requires access / egress should contact us via www.cicloviabelfast.com. If this has not been agreed in advance please speak to an event marshall on the day and we will facilitate this movement where and when possible.

All junctions along the route will be managed by trained marshalls who will facilitate crossings for members of the public


What road closures will be in place?

A major southbound route leaving the city centre will be closed (Great Victoria Street and Dublin Road), traffic will be diverted via Sandy Row to the Lisburn Road. Traffic passing the front of City Hall will be unaffected. There may be slight delays at the back of City Hall as cyclists are facilitated crossing from Bedford Street to City Hall. The Ormeau Road is unaffected but drivers are reminded to use the Crossing points, controlled by the PSNI will be available at University Avenue, Donegall Pass (towards Shaftesbury Square only) and at May Street/Donegall Square South/Howard Street.

Access to the route will be restricted during the event with ‘Road Closed’ signs and marshals in place. Marshals will assist traders, customers, church-goers etc to get parked in side streets as close as possible to the route. This will leave just a short walk to your final destination. If you have specific mobility problems, please contact us on 07733 885971 prior to the day and we will endeavour to make suitable arrangements.


Will the bus schedule be affected?

Yes we are working closely with Translink and they are managing a revised schedule during the event. Information can be found at www.translink.co.uk


Is the event only for cyclists and do you need a bike?

The focus of the event is to encourage people to come and cycle in the event but we are also keen to invite non cyclists to come to the event. We would like to encourage anyone on non-motorised transport to participate – so walk, run, use your scooter or in our circus performers case – a very mini trike!


Will the City Bikes be available for hire?

Yes they will be available as normal, with a total of about 300 plus bikes at the various stations. There are docking stations at Botanic Gardens, Botanic Avenue, Bradbury Place, Bankmore Square ,Donegall Square East and Linenhall Street visit www.belfastbikes.co.uk.


Is there somewhere that I can leave my bike safely?

There will be bike racking available at both Botanic Gardens and City Hall but all bikes will be left at the owner’s risk. Likewise any bikes parked outside cafes etc will, as is normal, be left at the owners risk. We would encourage participants to bring a bike lock.


What activities will be taking place on the day?

We have two hubs located at Botanic Gardens and City Hall featuring a range of family focussed cycling, sporting and safety activities. There will also be activity along the route. All of this is FREE. Follow our blog for all the latest details.


Will there be Disability Access?

Yes. Standard access provision will be available at Botanic Gardens and City Hall ground. All cafes and restaurants along the route will provide required standard access. Accessible toilets will be available at Botanic Gardens and City Hall.


Will I be able to get something to eat and drink at Botanic Gardens and City Hall?

One of the objectives of Ciclovia Belfast is to encourage participants to purchase food and drink from the local traders along the route and in the City Centre. There will be no food or drink concessions at either hub but the cafes and restaurants along the route will be open and we would encourage you to support them. There will be toilets at both City Hall and Botanic Gardens and all of the cafes / restaurants will have toilet access as per normal business


If I am coming by car where can I park?

There will be normal parking available along the remainder of the Embankment and on the streets around the route. We would of course like to encourage you to cycle to the event.


Where can I find out more?

Visit www.cicloviabelfast.com; Facebook and Twitter @CicloviaBelfast and #CicloviaBelfast on instagram.

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