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Thousands Get Active During ‘Viva Streets’ In Park Hill

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DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands of people pedaled their way through the streets of Denver on Sunday without worrying about traffic.

Livewell and Bike Denver teamed up for the city’s only ciclovia, an event to get people out and ride.

Viva Streets blocked off 23rd Avenue between City Park and Colorado Boulevard for cyclists of all ages.

The streets in the Park Hill neighborhood were littered with bikes and people enjoying fun outdoors.

“Viva Streets is a day where we close the streets to cars and we invite everyone to come out and walk and bike and be active on the streets to really showcase how our streets can be part of an active culture here in the city,” Tracy Boyle with Livewell Colorado said.

From parents to children, it was a great day to stay active.

“For us, what it is, is just getting outside meeting people, being active, things like that,” Susie Seawell said.

“I just turned 41 the other day, so I’m trying to, you know, get rid of this,” said Moss Kaplan as he pointed to his stomach.

There were plenty of vendors along the route to keep the entire family entertained. Some children wore costumes and others had their faces painted. It’s only the second Viva Streets event in Denver, but it clearly won’t be the last.

“Right now it’s an annual event so we certainly hope to bring it back to Denver next year and hopefully grow these around the city,” Piep van Heuven with Bike Denver said.

About 10,000 people participated in the event.

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