Stroll on Sunday

Guadalajara keeps growing on us.  We discovered a long stretch of a main thoroughfare, Avenida Juarez, that is closed to motorized traffic for six hours every Sunday.  The main closed portion going east & west is about 24km, plus all the arterial routes.  Surrounding suburbs also have their own routes.  It’s very well organized, including crossing guards at every intersection where cars pass.  At random points along the route there are gigantic chess, checkers, & dominoes games, basketball & volleyball courts, kids events, and so on.  Every Sunday thousands and thousands of bikers, tricyclers, walkers, runners, skateboarders, roller-bladers, hover-boarders, wheelchairers, & dogs have free reign of the road, at least for six hours.  It’s so peaceful; it makes me want to live in a car-free city.  I’m going to miss this event when we leave.

GDL Sunday Bike Map

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The crossing guards pull out a yellow band to stop bikes when crossing cars have a green light, as seen to the left in front of the oncoming bikers.

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Crossing guard with Mexican patriot.

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-Ryan

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