A Síclovía is a non-competitive event that temporarily turns busy city streets into large recreational areas for people to enjoy. The street can be used for anything from bicycling and jogging to skateboarding and dodge ball. The idea is to get out, get active and enjoy your community.
This car free day is an opportunity for people to enjoy their city in a new way. It gives them opportunity to ride down a major street on a bike with their family with out the fear of cars.
Along the Síclovía route there are areas called Reclovías. Reclovías are areas reserved for physical activity, exhibitors, performances and activity demonstrations, designed to get people moving. In addition to group exercise classes, Reclovias often include, live music, food vendors and many other healthy events.
When is the Síclovía?
A: October 2, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Siclovia does a number of things for communities. It promotes:
- Physical activity and healthy lifestyles
- Community interaction
- Families exercising and playing together
- Economic growth in the area
- Active transportation (walking, bicycling)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is siclovia a race?
A: No, siclovia is a non- competitive event. There is no start and no beginning; Jump in the route at where ever you choose, just follow the rules of the road (stay on the right side of the road, slower traffic keep right)
Q: What happens to the cars?
A: The roads are temporarily closed off to motorized vehicles. siclovia is about people using the streets for recreational activity with out worrying about cars.
Q: What do I need to bring to siclovia?
A: Bring a bike, skateboard, a football, anything that will get you moving.
Q: Why is it on Sunday’s
A: It’s usually on Sundays because there is less traffic on the streets that are closed and its typically a slower day for business it might effect.
Where does the Síclovía take place?
A: The event happens right in the heart of San Antonio downtown on Broadway, Siclovia route.
What is there to do at Síclovía?
A: Síclovía is about the residents taking the streets back from cars. It’s about being free to do whatever you want. You can bring a bike, bring a skate board, or just bring your running shoes. We encourage anything that involves physical activity and fun.
The route will connect city parks; each park will have a Reclovía areas. In the Reclovía areas, there will be free group exercise classes, free live music, places to eat, water stations and rest areas.
Are there bathrooms along the route?
A: Yes. Restrooms will be located at each of the 4 Reclovia spots on the route.
How long will the streets be closed?”
A: We expect roads to be closed 90 minutes before the event, and cars to be allowed back on the route about 90 minutes after the event is over.
Where can I find water along the route?
A: Water will be available at every Reclovía (about every half mile). You will also be able to buy beverages along the route, and you are always free to bring your own.
Can I bring a soccer ball?
A: Yes, bring a soccer ball, a football, a basketball, a Frisbee, anything that will get you moving.
Is Síclovía pet friendly?
A: Yes. Síclovía is open to pets, but please keep them on leashes and remember to pick up after them.
Is the route handicap accessible?
A: Yes. With no starting point, individuals requiring handicap-accessible areas can enter wherever.
Can I enjoy Síclovía if I don’t ride a bike?
A:Yes. Síclovía is about all types of physical activity. In other cities, participants have included joggers, walker, skaters; there are places to participate in group activities as well.
How is Síclovía funded?
A: In March 2010, the City of San Antonio through the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District received the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to address obesity in Bexar County.
To address obesity, CPPW initiatives seek to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in the community by implementing strategic, evidence-based policy, environmental, and systems changes. Strategies include creating and implementing social marketing, providing safe, attractive, accessible places for activity, and protecting “vulnerable users.”
Siclovías are an ideal opportunity to meet these criteria and were part of the CPPW work plan submitted to, and approved by, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the grant application. They are recognized as evidence-based community strategies for reducing and preventing obesity
The City of San Antonio has committed to two Siclovías before the end of the grant cycle in March 2012. The first will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 2011 and the second is slated for early spring 2012. The city has partnered with the YMCA for the first two events with hopes of the Y completely taking over síclovía after the grant.
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