The lack of physical activity in today's society is an emerging problem. Ciclovías are one approach for promoting physical activity in communities, thus preventing chronic disease.
In the 21st century, focus has shifted towards the increasing public burden of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Sedentary lifestyles are one of the main risk factors for chronic disease.
The Ciclovía-recreativa is more than just a bicycle path: it is the temporary closure of streets to motorized traffic, which allows the public to engage in physical activity through running, walking, cycling, and more. Policy-makers, as well as city governments, may find in Ciclovías a rather simple program to effectively promote physical activity in their communities.