Last Sunday, Stevens Point
community members, as well as
individuals from around the area,
participated in the second annual
Ciclovia was free to the public
and encouraged people of all ages to
get outside and move. Participants
were allowed to bike, rollerblade,
walk, or run through the seven mile
The event in Stevens Point
mirrored a typical Sunday in the
streets and parks of Bogota, Columbia.
Over two million people bike, walk,
rollerblade, jog and commute in many
other various ways along 70 miles of
On a much smaller scale, course
counters for the event here in Portage
County found approximately 400
participants roaming the seven mile
The course went through Pfiffner
Park, Bukolt Park, the Sculpture
Park, Schmeeckle Reserve and the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Anyone partaking in the event
could join the trail at any time or
location and were allowed to travel in
“Most wellness-based events
are competitive, but Ciclovia WI is
different. Participants can move at
their own pace, stop at the Active
Rest Stops and join in any part of the
fun they want to,” said Trevor Roark,
UWSP Adventure Tours Program
One goal for the event was to get people active while exploring the city.
Ciclovia was also held to increase
awareness and acceptability for non-
motorized travel within Stevens Point.
“There are a lot of people in Stevens Point who live close to where
they work,” said senior Ben Koenig,
a Health Promotion and Wellness
student involved with the planning of
Ciclovia through his practicum. “We
are encouraging people to commute
to work by cycling.”
Not only were individuals out on
the course allowed to set their own
pace, but they were also encouraged
to stop at the four different Active
Rest Stops along the loop.
One of the Active Rest Stops
was called The Kids Zone, which
was located on the UWSP campus at
Watson and Thompson Hall on Maria
Drive. This stop included games, kids
fit activities, and prizes.
Schmeeckle’s Visitors Center
hosted Active Rest Stops where
the Point Area Bicycle Service held
maintenance and safety demos.
Bukolt Park also had an Active
Rest Stop that included an open
skate/jam at the Stevens Point Skate
The fourth Active Rest Stop was
at Pfiffner Park where Adventure 212
group fitness instructors conducted
free Zumba and Masala Bhangra
classes every half hour.
“Our Active Rest Stop is so
exciting, it gets people motivated to
do different activities while they are
already out here,” said membership
consultant and group fitness Zumba
instructor, Emily Nowak.
Neha Malik, another group fitness instructor from Adventure
212, explained that Masala Bhangra
in India translates to ‘spicy folkdance’
“It is a blend of Bollywood and
Punjab, one of the northern states of
India’s dancing styles,” Malik said.
“Both Zumba and Masala Bhangra
are a way to make people relax in
a fun way. We don’t consider them
exercise because it is so fun, even
though they give people a hardcore
As the Adventure 212 instructors
got people dancing and moving
in front of the Pfiffner Park stage,
Divepoint Scuba members advised
participants to try kayaking,
slacklining and disc golf along the
Wisconsin River front.
“We want to be involved in
anything in the community, especially
anything and everything along the
river front,” said owner of Divepoint
Scuba, Carrie Butt.
Butt encouraged everyone to give
the three activities a try because they
are just good fun.
The Ciclovia event had a lot of
support from businesses around the
community in addition to the many
participants taking advantage of all of
the activities provided.
51-year-old, Dale Carlson from
Iola, was at Ciclovia to support his
wife who works at the university. An
avid kayaker already, he was excited
to try his luck at the skateboard park
and give slacklining a whirl.
“I like to get outside and enjoy
the weather; it is such a unique
community event in that it is not a
race. It gives people the chance to get
outside, meet people and try thingsthey haven’t done before,” Carlson
Ciclovia welcomed people of any
age. Josh and Sarah Wallace brought
their two daughters to the event.
Aaliyah, 3, and Ember, 1, have grown
up seeing their parents riding all the
“Aaliyah is a bike-a-holic,” Josh
Wallace said. His wife added, “She
doesn’t use training wheels anymore
and wants to go and do the obstacles
at the bike rodeo.”
The Bike Rodeo for kids was new
this year, hosted by The Stevens Point
Police Department and the Sheriff’s
The Boys and Girls Club provided
free-to-use bicycles and helmets for
children as well.
Participants may have even
noticed bike ambassadors along the
Aaron Avwe, a sophomore Health
Promotion and Wellness major,
volunteered his time to ride among
the crowd as a bike ambassador
protecting participants along the trail.
“My job is to make sure people
stay safe. I want to be a personal
trainer and this allows me to get
involved and meet new people,”
Roark believes Ciclovia was a
huge success thanks to the many
participants and volunteers.
“The turnout about doubled from
last year and the weather couldn’t
have been more perfect. There was
a ton of positive feedback from
participants, volunteers and vendors
too,” Roark said.
He said he looks forward to