Traffic might be one of the first things a visitor to Guadalajara notices, but the people of Guadalajara are keen on sports. Bikes rides are a special favorite, either to avoid traffic (and adding to pollution) or for fun in one of a number of sponsored events during the week.
One popular bike ride is theTuesday night exercusion beginning at Chapultepec Avenue in the “Americana district,”which often draws around 2,000 people for a little over an hour through steeets which have been closed to traffic by the city for safety.
Every Sunday morning, the free city-organized “via recreativa” (“recreative route”) brings families and people of all ages to bike, skate and stroll along Vallarta Avenue, which is closed to traffic for the event. The street is turned into a “linear park” which turns the public spaces and principal streets of Guadalajara turn into a sports, cultural and recreational festival. The principal starting points include major streets and historic and metropolitan areas such as “Arcos Vallarta,” “Rectoría UDG” and “Parque Revolución.”
There are several other groups that gather to bike around town during the weekdays, but they are considered are far more extreme since they bike next to traffic for a good couple of hours. Biking is also encouraged by several bike sharing systems, including the innovative Bikla system where people can borrow bikes for up to three hours at certain coffee shops and other retail locations instead of taking the bus, and leave the borrowed bike at another site.
Throught the year, The COMUDE (Consejo Municipal del Deporte/Municipal Council of Sports)
Guadalajara is also proudly preparing to host the 16th Panamerican Games from October 14th-30th, which is expected to bring about 6,000 athletes from 42 countries to the city. This is the third time the Mexican country has been host to the games, and the first time they have been hosted outside of Mexico City.