SUNDAY ROUTE RECREATIONAL CYCLE ROUTES AS MULTI-USE CONNECTIONS
(1) Ciclorecreovía Ricardo Lyon Avenue (2017) © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes
Since 2006, the Recreational Cycle Routes covering a specific set of streets have revived the intrinsic multi-use condition of public space by opening the roadway to accommodate other types of uses.
Every Sunday, the systems of traffic flow in the cities of Santiago and Antofagasta are re-routed and vehicle traffic is blocked from parts of the cities’ main axes, transforming them into places for recreational transit by cyclists, athletes and pedestrians. This temporary transformation of the space is known as Ciclorecreovías (Recreational Cycle Route) and is part of an initiative developed and implemented by the environmental consulting firm Geomás, which has declared its objective as “providing space for recreation, social encounter, and physical activity” within the city. (1)
(1) Geomás Environmental Consultant <www.geomas.cl>.
Since 2006, the Ciclorecreovías have transformed a set of city streets into programmatic links to connect a series of urban landmarks – parks, squares, hills and avenues – at the same time accommodating the development of various activities and free services such as bike repair, bike loans, rest areas, music, activities for children, and water and refreshment stops among others.
In this context the radius of influence this initiative covers in the city of Santiago has been programmed to take advantage of the possibilities of recreational bike routes. This has been done not only based on the kilometers that one can travel, but also based on the access to spaces and infrastructure for public use that these roads can connect.
With an extension of 11.5 km, the chosen route begins at Ricardo Lyon Street, with an approximate width of 17 m, considering sidewalks, bike path and road. Arriving to Providencia Avenue, the flow is towards the west and north by Andrés de Fuenzalida Street, Andrés Bello Avenue and finally Pedro de Valdivia Avenue. At this point, the route continues in the direction of San Cristóbal Hill, where the Metropolitan Park of Santiago is located (700 ha approx.), and which is recognized as a natural monument in the middle of the city and as one of the largest parks in an urban area worldwide. Accessing the park by Pedro de Valdivia Norte Avenue and thanks to the recent reopening of the aerial tramway in November 2016, the route is now complemented with tram access as a means to reach the summit. Ascending the route to arrive at the highest point, one can get a view of the city to visually connect the parts of Santiago’s landscape including the Parque O’Higgins, the Mapocho River, Cerro Blanco (Hill), the General Cemetery and the Hills of Renca, to mention just a few important landmarks. After descending through the routes exclusively for pedestrians, athletes and cyclists and returning to the Park access, the route flows south to end as it connects with another exclusive Recreational Cycle Route on Irarrázaval Street. (2)
(2) This week’s cartography has been developed based on information from the website Ciclorecreovías <www.ciclorecreovia.cl> .
Fortunately, initiatives, such as the Recreational Cycle Routes in which every Sunday about 40,000 people meet, have made the use of the roadway more flexible and highlighted how the multi-use capacity of the roadway can be used as a public space.
Schedule: Sunday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Santiago Las Condes, La Florida, Providencia, Santiago, Ñuñoa, La Reina
-Antofagasta: Avenida Edmundo Pérez Zujovic, entre Playa Trocadero (Los Tamarugos) y Calle Víctor Jara.
For more information <www.ciclorecreovia.cl>
Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, Teleférico
Tuesdays to Fridays 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays 10 AM to 8 PM
Last descent from the summit at 7:45 PM
Adult $ 1,570 pesos / Children (2 to 12 years old) and seniors $ 1,020 pesos
Adult $ 2,290 pesos / Children (2 to 12 years old) and seniors $ 1,490 pesos
Round trip (pedestrians only):
Adult $ 3,010 pesos / Children (2 to 12 years old) and seniors $ 1,950 pesos
For more information <www.parquemet.cl> <www.telefericomet.cl>