CicloSDias San Diego on November 9

Please join us for San Diego’s third free open streets celebration. CicloSDias, on November 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., is open to anyone who wants to bike, walk, stroll or skate, as long as they’re using a non-motorized vehicle. Families and pets (on leashes) are welcome.

CicloSDias San Diego welcomes everyone to walk, ride, stroll and enjoy. Come experience this free open street event where there will be activities along the route, shops and restaurants open for business and neighbors and friends from all over coming together to make our streets come alive.

“Ciclo­vía,” which translates to English as “bike path” was coined in Bogota, Colombia, a city that began experimenting with its model Ciclovia initiative in 1974 as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets.  CicloSDias San Diego is modeled after similar car-free events held in cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As of 2012, some 80 Open Streets initiatives are held regularly in North America.  CicloSDias is all about connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. CicloSDias San Diego will bring families outside of their homes to enjoy car free streets. The message is clear – we all want a clean, healthy and vibrant San Diego.

CicloSDias welcomes everyone in San Diego to walk, ride, stroll and enjoy our streets.  Approximately 2.5 miles of city streets will be opened to families, pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, skateboarders, and anyone else interested in using this public space in a new way.

The event will include a “Hub” in 3 different spots along the route – These Hubs will feature CicloSDias merchandise, showcase event sponsors, and host a bicycle repair booth. Event participants are encouraged to check-in at each Hub and receive a free entry into our Bike raffle.

CicloSDias has the goal of encourage free physical activity, promote health and allow participants to reimagine their communities as places to walk and bike for transportation, to improve the air quality of cities by removing cars from the road, provide a novel type of public space that helps people of all ages and backgrounds meet and make social connections, thereby allowing individuals, community organizations, and political leaders to build relationships, and to bring thousands of people to frequent businesses and fuel local economies.

Cars are not allowed at CicloSDias, but any other form of non-motorized transportation is. Be aware of how people around you are traveling – biking, walking, skating, etc. – and respect their right to the road. Please check out this link from the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to learn about general bike rules.  Maintain a safe speed at all times during CicloSDias. Stay on the proper side of the road, biking or skating with the flow of traffic. CicloSDias is not an ideal place to teach a child, or an adult, how to ride a bike due to the heavy flow of bike and pedestrian traffic. While we encourage participants of all ages and skill levels, we strongly suggest that children and all participants learn the basics of bike riding before participating on the CicloSDias route. Fortunately, the event offers great opportunities for walking and other non-bike travel.

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