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.
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:
A record number of people flooded Broadway on Sunday for the city’s third Síclovía despite the coldest weather in months.
In its third incarnation, Síclovía attracted more than 45,000 people to play in the streets. At the opening ceremony in front of the Alamo, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said initiatives like Síclovía provide more opportunities for physical activity.