Fitness-focused 'ciclovia' turns Esplanade Avenue into bike-friendly event |

Travis Lewis, 6, rides his bike on Esplanade Avenue during Saturday's Play Streets Ciclovia event.

Wearing a small cape, 6-year-old Travis Lewis raced his bike down Bayou Road, veered onto North Tonti Street and roared back down Esplanade Avenue, circling Gayarre Place park where his sisters Bre'ianna, 10, and Bre'ale, 6, constructed a small city using large blue blocks provided by the nonprofit Play Build.
All along Esplanade Avenue, from North Claiborne Avenue to North Broad Street, hundreds of people came out Saturday to enjoy the fall weather and take part in a number of activities such as hula hooping and yoga as part of Play Streets Ciclovia, an all-day event presented by the city's Fit NOLA partnership and Bike Easy.
But the focus of the day was bicycling as the city closed off one lane of Esplanade Avenue and transformed it into a giant ciclovia, the Spanish word for bike path, as part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's continued efforts to become one of the top 10 fittest cities by 2018.