Iris Dimmick / Rivard Report
The weather forecast for Sunday indicates clear and sunny skies just in time for Síclovía, a citywide fitness-focused event for which streets are temporarily closed, providing a safe way for San Antonians to bike, skate, and walk on what are ordinarily busy streets.
In honor of the city’s 300th anniversary, organizers are taking Síclovía south, with a route extending from Roosevelt Park 3.4 miles to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Click here to view a map of the full route.
“In line with the history that we are celebrating during commemorative week, Síclovía is going through our World Heritage sites in a route that travels along paths of our ancestors,” said Stephanie Chavira, director of communication and community engagement at the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which organizes the semiannual event.
“This is also the first time a YMCA facility has been included on the route,” she said, with the Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA on the Southside serving as one of the route stops.
In addition to cycling or jogging, there are many ways to join in on the fun. Free Zumba and yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and other family-fun activities will be available along the route. Participants can download the Síclovía app, available to both iPhone and Android users, to help navigate the activities.
Each year, the event has continued to attract a growing number of residents. In 2015, a record number of more than 70,000 people participated in the event. Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3) said that this year’s event will allow people to experience more than just community exercise.
“It is so important to bring our World Heritage sites to all of the community and bring our streets to all of our community,” Viagran said. “We will now have even more space to ride our bikes, walk, and take our pets.”
Past Síclovía events have been held on the Eastside, Broadway Street, and Southtown, with organizers selecting various routes to encourage participants to become familiar with different parts of the city. Sunday’s Síclovía will be the 14th event in seven years.
Streets will be closed to traffic starting at about 10 a.m. for the event that will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles, as filling stations will be set up along the route.
“This is a good way for people to get out and enjoy their city’s streets,” Chavira said. “We get a lot of stories from families saying that their kids learned to ride a bike at Síclovía, and we hope that continues year to year.”