Initiative supported by PAHO/WHO, will accept video submissions of up to five minutes between Feb. 1 and 15

Washington, D.C., 9 January 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - Videos portraying the moment when city streets are closed to cars and opened up for pedestrians, skaters and cyclists throughout Latin America will be chosen to feature in the first-ever 'Open Streets' Video Festival, organized by the Ciclovías of the Americas Network with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Videos in Spanish or Portuguese of 45 seconds to five minutes on length may be submitted between Feb. 1 and 15. The winning video will receive a prize of $1,500, with second and third prizes of $750 and a fourth prize of $500.

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The 'Open Streets' (in Spanish, Ciclovías) movement, which began in 1990 in Bogotá, Columbia, has gained momentum in recent years, with some 350 initiatives now active in 20 countries of the Americas. "Recreational Ciclovías are a healthy epidemic that has spread throughout the Americas in the last eight years, making city streets usable and enjoyable for people, not just for motor vehicles, at least for six hours a week," said Enrique Jacoby, PAHO/WHO advisor on healthy eating and healthy living.

Guidelines for contest submissions (in Spanish or Portuguese) are available at www.festivalvicra.com.

Additional information: pdf Learn about the benefits of Open Streets and get ideas for starting a program in your community .