Three (or four) Sundays of the month is the Paseo Dominical (Sunday ride), part of "Muévete en bici" (Travel by bike), organized by the Secretary of the Environment, with a route of ~26.5 km.
|"Muévate en bici" map|
The last Sunday of the month is the Ciclotón, sponsored by INDEPORTE, or the Institute of Sports, with a route of ~32 km.
On Sunday we participated in the Ciclotón -- apparently with approximately 60,000 other people. We tried to borrow the free bikes (you just need two official forms of ID and you can use them for up to 3 hours), but they were all out, the line was long, and we didn't see many being turned in. Instead, I rode an EcoBici (using Edson's EcoBici card) and Edson ran. EcoBici is a bike-lending program that, once you have a card (after paying the annual fee), you can borrow a bike from any bike station for up to 45 minutes. After returning it to the nearest (not full) station, there's a 5-minute wait period to borrow another bike.
Along the way saw free hydration stations, various drink give-aways (Powerade, Fuze Tea, Sprite Zero, etc), a Zumba class, a yoga class, medical stations, staff/volunteers available to fix bikes, and stands selling bike gear.
|Ciclotón staff (volunteer?) helping fix a bike|
Can you spot me in the photo below?
|in front of the "Caballito" sculpture|
The first time we passed the Ángel de la Independencia, there were a few people gathered in support of Venezuela. On the way back there were many more, with signs and flags, wearing (or some even with their faces painted) Venezuela's colors.
As we continued on, we crossed paths with Mexico City's participation in the worldwide protest "SOS Venezuela."
From there we had lunch at the Colombian restaurant Pollos Mario. We shared bandeja paisa, ajiaco, arepas, and maracuyá (passion fruit) juice. Yum!
It was a fun day!