Despite the unexpected
snowfall last Saturday morning, about 300 students and community members
walked, biked, jogged, rollerbladed, skateboarded, and pushed strollers along a
seven-mile loop on the north side of Stevens Point.
The Ciclovia, an event held to encourage activity within the city of Stevens
Point, had people of all ages utilizing that loop throughout the morning while
raising awareness and acceptability for non-motorized travel.
Trevor Roark, the event coordinator for Adventure Tours at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was the mastermind behind the Stevens Point Ciclovia.
“About two years ago, UWSP Adventure Tours exhibited at ‘Ride the Drive’ in
Madison. The event closed down the streets and had about 20,000 people
involved. It was incredible. I saw it, and I thought to myself, why don’t we
try something like this in Stevens Point? So I did,” Roark said.
The seven-mile route had no start or finish line. Rather, it was a loop that
anyone could enter at any point and travel in either direction. The entire
route explored some of Stevens Point’s city parks, Schmeekle Reserve, UWSP, and
the Green Circle Trail.
“It was an awesome community-building event, and Stevens Point is a great
community for hosting events like this,” Roark said.
Jordyn Schwartz, a junior Health Promotion and Wellness major, volunteered as
an intersection guide, watching for safety and answering questions regarding
“I volunteered for the event because it was presented in two of my classes, and
it seemed like a good opportunity to gain experience and be involved in the
community at the same time,” Schwartz said.
The free, open-to-the-public loop included “Active Rest Stops” lead by local
organizations such as Adventure 212 and the YMCA. These stops included Zumba
and Yoga, bike maintenance and demos, a skate jam at the skate park and a kids’
“The best part of Ciclovia was the kids’ zone where they had activities for the
children who participated. I thought it was a great way to get kids involved
and excited about being active,” Schwartz said.
There was also a series of participation contests occurring throughout the day,
encouraging UWSP students and employees to actively participate in both the
completion of the loop and to utilize the four active rest stops.
“I think that because this was the first Ciclovia event in Stevens Point, not
many people may have known much about it,” Schwartz said. “I think after a few
more years there will start to be a much better turn out.”
Roark plans on holding the Ciclovia in Stevens Point again next year and making
it even bigger and better.