Tens of thousands of people flooded Southtown on Sunday for the city’s semi-annual Síclovía, where the roads are closed to cars and open to other people-powered means of transportation.
Attendees couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday to ride in the open streets and Southtown was filled with bikes, runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers. In it’s sixth installment, 50,000 people attended, a slight drop from last year’s 70,000.
Popular fitness event Síclovía will be rolling through Southtown on its way to Mission Concepción this Sunday, March 30.
The preceding two Síclovías have seen Broadway Street closed off to traffic so that cyclists and pedestrians could get out and move. The first event attracted 15,000 people, but last year's event saw growth to four times that number with over 65,000.
It’s the event that closes down streets and invites San Antonians to come out and play, but there's change in the air. Previous Síclovía events have been held on Broadway, but this year they are moving to the Southside.
"The new route will be starting along St. Mary’s near Cesar Chavez, and then stretching down to Mission Concepción," said YMCA’s Director of Marketing Laura Waldrum. "The event is going to take place on Sunday, March 30.”
If you’re new to San Antonio, Waldrum described Síclovía this way:
With the Affordable Care Act online marketplace expected to go live tonight at midnight, health care advocates are doing all they can to raise the public’s awareness of the law, which included finding the throngs of people turning out at Síclovía this weekend.
An estimated 73,000 people joined in the city’s promenade down Broadway on Sunday. Síclovía promotes getting fit and healthy lifestyles and some organizations spread the word about the new health care law.
Síclovía has once again shattered its attendance record despite a bout of rain early Sunday morning. 73,000 people came to play in the streets on Sunday, breaking the 65,000 person record set in April.
Since it’s inception in 2011, YMCA President Sandy Morander said San Antonio has improved it’s body-mass index level according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The fifth Síclovía gets underway Sunday morning, Sept. 29, and officials promise a bigger and better-than-ever event. The day starts with a 5K, and a steadily-growing attendance rate at the outdoor event is driving new attractions.
The high-energy, high-activity outdoor event provides the chance for thousands of people to get out and get in some physical activity.
Síclovía enters its third year this Sunday, Sept. 29, and the UT Health Science Center has announced results of a survey that revealed attendance at the event motivated people to stay active following Síclovía activities.
UT Health Science Center researcher Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina sent a team out to survey attendees at the last Síclovía in April and almost 400 responded.
The survey found that 87 percent of people came with their family or friends, indicating a strong social support element for exercise.
Here are some highlights of the preliminary results:
On Sunday San Antonio’s Síclovía attracted thousands of people, who came out to play in the open street. The YMCA, who hosts the biannual event, said 45,000 people came out last October and this year about 65,000 people participated.
Síclovía has become a staple for the Spring and Fall seasons as Broadway Street is closed to traffic and cyclists, runners, roller bladers, and skate boarders make their way down the road without fear of vehicle traffic.