- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The city of Providence has held its first Cyclovia event of the summer, when city streets are closed to traffic so people can bicycle, walk and socialize.

A half-mile stretch of Broad Street was shut down for about four hours Sunday afternoon for Cyclovia.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR’-us) took part in the car-free event, which also included bicycle workshops and helmet fittings.

He says Cyclovia helps to promote a healthy lifestyle for residents.

Two more events are scheduled for July 27 and Sept. 7.

Cyclovia is an international phenomenon that reportedly began in Bogota, Columbia and has spread to other cities including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Providence held its first Cyclovia in Sept. 2012.

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