Ciclopalooza: San Antonio’s First DIY Bike Festival

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Bikers ride down Broadway Street during Síclovía, an effort started to increase physical activity in the community. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

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Cyclists ride down Broadway Street during Síclovía, an event created to encourage physical activity in the community.

Bike adventures of all types will be part of Ciclopalooza, billed as San Antonio’s first do-it-yourself bike festival. Members of the public are encouraged to create and add their own events in this grassroots celebration of cycling that runs Oct. 12-22.

The festival features community-led bike rides, bike-friendly events, bike races, and bike shows throughout October, beginning with the Wild Dawgs Costume Ride on Friday the 13th and culminating with Síclovía on Oct. 22. Happening twice a year, Síclovía is a day-long festival at which Broadway Street from Mahncke Park to Alamo Plaza will be closed to motor vehicles and turned over to bike and pedestrian traffic.

Bike San Antonio, a new, local nonprofit that “serves as a unified and inclusive voice for cyclists,” according to its mission statement, recently released a calendar of cycling events in the community. Biking enthusiasts are invited to post their own cycling events throughout Ciclopalooza.

Here are a few Ciclopalooza highlights:

Oct. 13: Wild Dawgs Friday the 13th Costume Ride

Riders are encouraged to wear costumes on this adult ride, which starts at Alamo Ice House and winds through a series of local bars. The ride ends with a costume contest, with the first-place winner taking home tickets to San Antonio’s Alamo City Comic Con.

Oct. 14: Paws on Bikes Inaugural Ride

Dog lovers and their four-legged companions can join a special pet-friendly ride along the Mission Trail, making stops at pet-friendly stores downtown.

Oct. 17: Circuit of the Americas Bike Night

This hard-charging ride will be held in Austin during Circuit of the Americas‘ regular Bike Night, which opens the motor racing track exclusively to cyclists.

Oct. 19: We’re Not Afraid of No Ghosts: Ghostbusters Movie Ride

Fans of the Ghostbusters movies can join this ride along Mission Trails to Mission Marquee Plaza, where the 1984 film will be shown at the former drive-in theater.

Oct. 13 and Oct. 20: Coffee Commutes

BCycle has teamed with Summermoon Coffee and Earn-a-bike Co-op to offer free group rides called Coffee Commutes starting at 7 a.m. and led by experienced urban cyclists.

Oct. 20: Bike & Soul Homecoming

This family-friendly bike ride is held in support of breast cancer awareness. A homecoming dance party will be held at the end of the ride.

Oct. 21: 5th Annual South Texas Bicycle Show

This annual bicycle show at the Paintyard is presented by the Wild Dawgs Bicycle Club and will feature vendors, food, and prizes.

Oct. 22: Síclovía

Síclovía returns to Broadway in this event that turns a city street into a car-free roadway for people to ride bikes, play, and exercise. This Síclovía will take place on Broadway Street, which will be closed from Mahncke Park south down to Alamo Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The full calendar of events is available here.

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