Empovía is a uniquely local approach to a global phenomenon, known as ciclovías. In Spanish, Ciclovía refers to the permanent or temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become open to human-powered movement. Emporia + Ciclovía = Empovía!
The first annual Empovía event will be held on Saturday, September 17th, from 10 am - 2 pm. The event will take place on West Randolph Street from South West Street to Neosho Street, Neosho to West Kansas, and West Kansas to South Congress (near Peter Pan Park).
People of all ages and abilities are invited into a temporarily closed section of streets and can have an opportunity to ride, skate, rollerblade, scoot, walk, jog, and/or run in an environment completely closed to auto traffic. This event will provide an opportunity to promote healthy living and sustainable transportation alternatives, as well as elevate and celebrate the community. No motorized vehicles (automobiles, motorcycles, etc). No Pets are allowed at the event.
Participants will be encouraged to use normal right-of-way traffic flow to make laps on the nearly .5-mile section of closed road. Food truck vendors and live music will be available as well as key community partners like the Arts Mobile, local bike shops, Emporia Rec Center, and more!
Make it a weekend
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