Frequently Asked Questions

The SiCLeadaEducation
Who organizes the SiCLeada?
We are a group of bike lovers that is interested in making changes to improve our life quality, and that seeks to contribute to the development of personal conscience, promoting the use of bicycles as a means of transportation in Medellin and the municipalities of the Aburra Valley (Colombia). That is the reason why we have decided to contribute with our time and energy to the work of Colectivo SiCLas.
When and where do you meet?
We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the pedestrian street and in Los Almendros or Otra Banda park, Carlos E. Restrepo neighborhood. Between 7 and 8 pm, we carry out activities related to socialization, communication and preparation for the ride. The ride starts at 8:00.
Does SiCLas rent bicycles?
Currently, SiCLas doesn’t provide this service, but we are working to implement it. In the meantime, if you need a bike to attend the SiCLeada or want to take a bike tour with us, please contact us for more information.
What is the length of each SiCLeada?
From 12 to 25 km in average, having one food/water stop at a park in the middle of the route. Each itinerary is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours in length.
Are children allowed to go?
Yes, under 18’s are allowed to ride under adult supervision. We only ask them to ride at the front of the group and to the right side, with the accompanying adult always by their side; thus, they will be able to enjoy the SiCLeada and roll safely.
Why do we stop traffic?
Stopping traffic becomes a necessary action that provides continuity and safety to the people who are part of the SiCLeada. The group may be very large, so dividing it may cause that cars or motorcycles get between groups of cyclists, creating a risk factor because a distraction could produce harmful results. It is recommended to roll in a compact mass to minimize risks. Another way to prevent the group from breaking up is by knowing how to cork, what to say to car drivers and how to lighten the mood. For this purpose, we have a chart that shows in a simple and practical way what should be done and what shouldn’t. You can find it on our blog by following this link.
Do you have police escorts during the ride?
We think that security can be guaranteed through ourselves and that rolling the city by bicycle does not have to be either dangerous or deserving any escort. We have a logistics volunteer group that is in charge of facilitating the traffic among the actors in the road during the SiCLeada. This group carries a message of gratitude and pacification of the traffic. The rides are about families and friends having fun! Besides, the ride is about having the experience of riding in traffic as we do during our daily bike commutes; this is the reason why we do not have police escorts.
Each and every one of us is the escort of the person ahead. The group must look after itself, with riders thinking not only of themselves but also of those around them.
Why not more than one SiCLeada per week?
Because people who organize the SiCLeada are students, workers or parents, and planning itineraries and carrying them out (logistics) require time-intensive labor. In addition, we do it voluntarily, so it would be quite exhausting for us to have more than one SiCLeada per week. There are Ciclovias on Sundays and holidays (7 am to 1 pm) and nighttime Ciclovias two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 10 pm).
Why don't you go faster?
The SiCLeada is not a race; it is a pleasant ride. The idea is to enjoy and get to know our city, as well as showing its inhabitants that the bike is the best means of transportation. We always keep in mind that this is a purely recreational, non-competitive activity. We pedal at a moderate pace as there are people who are not used to biking for a long time and for several kilometers. Likewise, there are children who attend and they do not have the same physical abilities of an adult to ride at higher speeds. Sometimes we can increase the speed if the terrain allows it. However, it is about rolling at a speed that allows all people to talk and enjoy the urban landscape. Furthermore, there are all kinds of people in the group, people of all ages and all physical conditions; as a purely recreational ride, the SiCLeada is an inclusive space for all.
Is it compulsory to wear a reflective vest and lights?
For the nighttime SiCLeada, it is advisable to carry reflective items and lights on the bike in order to be more visible. If you lack these elements, you can just wear white or light colors when we go out to ride at night. Lights are inexpensive and there are many reflective items that you can use with creativity and innovation. You can also make your own vest, belts or straps with reflective fabric.
Do you always occupy the entire street?
We always ride on the right side of the road unless it is stated otherwise. We believe in the idea of sharing the road (two lanes). When streets allow us to occupy two lanes and leave one free, we do it, so that motorized transport can circulate. The aim of the SiCLeada is to interfere as little as possible with the mobility of the city. So, it is always suggested to occupy only the right lane. However, the large number of people attending the activity and the size of some of the streets make it physically impossible to take only one lane.
What is included in bike-rinding classes?
All classes are taught by our instructors and include the use of a bike, helmet and disposable liner, and accident insurance.
Riding a bike has health, economic, and environmental benefits, shortens distances, unites communities and human beings, and allows us to reclaim the city in terms of public-space use and mobility.

“Life is more fun on two wheels.”

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