Photo Gallery: Spring Síclovía in Southtown

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As Síclovía evolves, it seems to be a case of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

There were many things to celebrate during Sunday’s shut down of 2.7-miles of Southtown roads in favor of bikes, trikes, rollerskates, skateboards, and really anything with wheels powered by humans. First and foremost were the almost 55,000 friends and families that shared a day of perfect, sunny weather and recreation. It was also great to see continuing improvements along Roosevelt Avenue and this year’s sponsors and vendors that had an even stronger presence along the route.

Most notable was the H-E-B stage, where nutritionists put together delectable treats, such as a kale and flank steak salad. Everyone seated in the tent received a generous sample and the staff put together a strong, coordinated effort to build a broader understanding of healthy eating opportunities in our community.

‘Safety Pledge’ Largely Unheeded

On the more unfortunate side, it seems that many people didn’t take the “Safety Pledge” offered up by Síclovía organizer YMCA of Greater San Antonio. People often walked out in front of cyclists or stopped riding in the middle of the street – causing others to slam on their breaks or swerve.

Kudos to the volunteers who attempted to communicate the Safety Pledge. Photo by Page Graham.

Kudos to the volunteers who attempted to communicate the Safety Pledge. Photo by Page Graham.

The ugly, you ask? To quote local radio DJ Steve Casanova, “It was too crowded.” With his family in tow, he went a few blocks and gave up. “I had to take the kids to Stella (a pizza restaurant) because we couldn’t ride our bikes.”

“Too many people” is generally a good problem to have, but it’s one that needs to be dealt with if Síclovía wants to continue to grow and be fun at the same time.

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14 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: Spring Síclovía in Southtown

  1. Yep! Walkers and slow riders please keep on the right! People stopping and some even turning around headed in the wrong direction made the ride nerve racking!

  2. I got there early and thought it was real nice….the first two hours were perfect….once 1:30 pm hit it got crowded. I wanted to check out the protected bicycle lane I heard they were going to be showcasing….i thought it was a great idea and still do….. but people kept jumping through the barriers they had setup and it made the experience suck. I did see one cyclist get taken out by an excited dog on one of those retractable leashes….no bueno. I think it was awesome to see so many local organizations getting involved in the community and seeing a lot of the young kiddos have the opportunity to really get out and be active with different generations of participants. Saw one little girls training wheel fall off and her mom didn’t have the tools to fix it ….little girl started crying…..older guy jamming out to the music literally moonwalked across the street and fixed it for them. I think it’s events like this that help bring the community together and for me that’s what makes events like this so awesome.

  3. This whole “It sucked because it was too crowded” mentality has got to stop folks. Yall sound like a bunch of hipsters and if thats your way of thinking, Austin is right up the road. It was a nice day and Siclovia had been gaining ground for a few years now. It may have started out being a small event where a person could ride unabated for a couple of miles but that’s changed. I heard the same argument a few months ago when Luminaria was moved near Lexington. “Its to crowded and people were drinking beer left and right. It was like a fiesta event!” Blah blah blah

  4. Yesterday’s Siclovia was the first one I missed since it started. It has grown and that’s wonderful! I am a runner but I do own a bike and I love that too. My problem has always been that there are many cyclists who are simple going too fast-really fast. I have almost been hit and I have see little kids almost get taken out. Walkers and runners need to be mindful, as well, and not stop right in the middle of the street or jump out in from of a bike. That is also unsafe. But, it’s not a race and there is no reason for people to be going that fast. You know it’s going to be crowded and you know there are going to be a lot of kids there (who are slower on their bike or just learning). If you want to go that fast, I don’t think you’re going to have fun at this event. It’s about having fun, but being safe about it.

  5. If you didn’t check out the safety pledge online beforehand, it’s not a surprise that you wouldn’t know about it. Once you get onto the street (and there are a variety of places to access it), you’re more focused on the crowd, not running into people, etc. It might be good if the ‘rules’ were placed on the center stripe every couple hundred feet or so to remind people who couldn’t see them among the rest of the clutter on the sidewalks.

    As anything other than a beginner cyclist, it can sorta be frustrating to be stuck behind slow moving groups, but… Siclovia isn’t really the place for speed, anyway. Luckily, on the springtime route, you can always jump onto the Mission Reach at the end if you need to move fast.

  6. I thought it was great. Our group had a span from our 4 year old on training wheels to my 71 year old Mom. There is give and take at a large popular community event. And the signs with the safety rules really helped along the route. We just love it and can’t wait for the next one #VivaSiclovia

  7. As always, we loved it. But then we didn’t get very far. My kids found the bike area at Ace Mart and were happy to spend all their time there. For my 8-yr-old, the crowds are tough as it’s difficult for her to ride – she’s a good cyclist but it’s scary for her to have so many people crowded in. That’s not a complaint, we still love it, but we also know now that instead of trying to ride the whole stretch, we just aim for one of the specific areas and stay there.

    Loved the pop up bike lane, though maybe it would have been better along a stretch that didn’t have the entrances to a major play area (Ace mart parking lot).

    Love when it’s in Southtown! And while both our streets had loads of cars, everyone was pretty respectful.

  8. Why have the safety signs be held by people, instead of stationery? Too many sign-holders simply stopped holding them up…got tired, I guess. Who couldn’t predict that happening?
    And where was enforcement? If you just let people ignore bike lanes, rules about loose pets (and kids), bike speed, etc., of course the will continue doing those things.
    I don’t understand why the organizers stick to plans that just don’t work.

  9. With that much interest generated why can’t the city finally give us protected bike lanes? They showed us what protected bike lanes could look like for SA 2040, I’m wondering why it couldn’t be for SA 2016? To the candidates running for mayor, it looks like you could get an additional 50,000 votes on your side if you made this a priority. Give us “protected” bike lanes all the way along Broadway, North and South Flores, Commerce and Blanco. It makes alot more sense than backing a street car system, it’s cheaper and you’ll see an immediate return on investment.

  10. Pedestrians in the bicycle lanes was not the only traffic congestion. It occurred from bicylists as well, taking a break, standing astride their bikes on the sidewalk, frequently cross-wise, or just parking their bikes in the sidewalk. Courtesy should be from both bicyclists to pedestrians as well.

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