by Madison V. Fisler
Aug. 2, 2013. On Sunday, Aug. 4, Cyclo.Via, an annual celebration of human-powered fun, takes over downtown Boone.
The event, which is hosted by the Boone Area Cyclists along with their sponsors, will close down parts of Howard Street, Depot Street and Rivers Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to all motorized vehicles, but all bicycles and other “human-powered” methods of transportation are welcome.
Bikers, walkers, joggers, stroller-pushers, dancers, jump-ropers and more are invited out to enjoy the day outdoors without the whir of traffic to disturb them.
The entire event is completely free and open to the public, and encourages the community to get on their bikes and come out for a good time.
“The purpose is to create a temporary park for the community to use for recreational purposes,” said JoLynn Mahoney, a Boone Cyclo.Via team member.
“We want people to get out there and take advantage of the community. It’s all about moving around and having fun.”
The Cyclo.Via route is almost an entire mile of road where the community can get out and do all things human powered without the hassle of engines or motors, and is intended to get people out there on their bikes.
New to the event this year is the kids bike rally, helmet checks and replacements for kids, lessons on safety and etiquette and volunteers will even help get kids off of their training wheels and riding their bikes in no time.