Last updateFri, 25 Sep 2020 8am

Zapopan restarts car-free Sundays

Sunday exercise seekers in Zapopan will be able to stretch their legs on traffic-less streets when the Vía RecreActiva activity resumes this Sunday – partially.

The section slated for opening will run along Avenida Patria, from the Atemajac market on Calzada Federalismo to Avenida Acueducto, passing by Colomos Park. The remainder of the routes will reopen in a staggered manner on subsequent Sundays, according to Zapopan Mayor Pablo Lemus.

The Vía RecreActiva is a program in which nearly 50 miles of Guadalajara metro-area streets are closed to traffic for six hours on Sundays to prioritize activities such as cycling, walking, jogging and skating.  The idea has been so successful that it has extended to various Jalisco municipalities, including Chapala.

The program has been suspended since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.

Lemus urged citizens participating in the Vía RecreActiva to respect all mandatory coronavirus regulations, such as the use of face masks and responsible social distancing. He said random temperature checks will be carried out by municipal staff during the activity, which runs from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.

Guadalajara Mayor Ismael del Toro said it is still too early to reactivate the program in his municipality, which takes in the city center and much of the eastern sector of the metropolitan area.

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