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  • They have all new equipment and staff is on hand to help with problems and repairs

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      Every Sunday streets and parks across the city of Quito are closed to cars. Hundreds of people on bikes can be seen riding across the cobblestoned streets of Old Town on their way to the new town. One agency in town that allows travelers visiting the city to participate in this weekend ritual is Yellow Bike.

      Yellow bike is located in the mariscal. They have all new equipment and staff is on hand to help with problems and repairs.

      They rent bikes for an hour, a half day, or a full day. Their bikes are new mountain cruisers that are up to the task of handling Quito’s diverse terrain. One can go from the paths of El Hijo, one of Quito’s busy parks, to


      the steep traverse up to the teleferico, a cable car that carries one up to the highest outlook in Quito. The costs are five dollars for an hour, ten dollars for five hours, and fifteen dollars for a whole day. Locks are provided.

      While other companies and hostels offer bike rentals in conjunction with tours to Cotopaxi volcano or the rugged terrain surrounding Otavalo, Yellow Bike offers an alternative for those just wishing to see Quito from a different perspective and participate in the Sunday tradition of biking in the streets.

      Ciclopaseo Quito was originally started to promote the use of alternative transportation by blocking off Quito’s streets to non-motorized traffic. This year marks an anniversary and has increased the bi-weekly event to occurring every Sunday. Thousands of ...


      • people on bikes and rollerblades take back the streets that are normally jammed with taxis and busses. Routes are spread out across the city and police are in force making the streets safe for those enjoying a sunny Sunday with their families. Repair facilities and water stops are frequent and well marked. It’s not uncommon to see hundreds of cyclist taking a break in the Presidents Plaza in the historic center.

        The people of Ecuador have long held a tradition of rising up in protest in response to corrupt governments. Protests are held weekly down the streets of the historic district to the plaza of the presidents. Before the relatively stable government that is now in power, riots and clashes with the police were frequent.

        Ciclopaseo

        has become more than a free ride through the city. The event has sparked public interest and created a new outlet for the community to get together and participate in something positive. When watching the parades of cyclist roam the city every weekend, one senses the spirit of the vibrant people of Ecuador. The relaxed smiles and friendly banter suggesting that the present is a time to enjoy the stability of the present while focusing on building a new community around it.

        For those interested in participating in this event and enjoying an odd Sunday in Quito, Yellow Bike can be reached for reservations at: [email protected] If interested in the Cicopaseo foundation, their website in Spanish offers more events and maps of the routes. http://www.ciclopolis.ec




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