SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Bike Coalition (SDBC) will host the city’s third CicloSDias event taking place in Hillcrest on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Certain streets in the Hillcrest neighborhood will be closed to automobiles that day and be open to anyone not in a car, whether it be on foot, bicycle, skates or other non-motorized forms of transportation.
SDBC officials said they anticipate that this event will greatly benefit local businesses as the community will be free of automobile congestion.
This CicloSDias event directly follows the 2014 National Bicycle Tourism Conference being hosted for the first time in San Diego from Nov. 5-8. The conference brings together bicycle experts and advocates from around the country. With nationwide bicycle-lovers in town, CicloSDias hopes to expose the eccentric character of Hillcrest and introduce San Diego as a leader in open-streets celebrations.
SDBC, an organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people who ride bicycles, remains the main CicloSDias organizer and sponsor. According to executive director Andy Hanshaw, this event means slowing life down for one day.
“Without the stress of car traffic and the hassle of parking, people from all over the region have the opportunity to rediscover these streets and enjoy them in a new way,” Hanshaw said. “Whether that means trying a new local restaurant or coffee shop or simply walking and chatting with new friends or neighbors, CicloSDias has something for everyone to enjoy.”
San Diego’s open-streets celebration, CicloSDias, has proven to not only bring communities together but boost local business and neighborhood pride along the way.
The first-ever CicloSDias brought nearly 10,000 San Diegans out on Aug. 11, 2013, to scoot, skate and ride in 5.2 miles of car-free streets through Golden Hill, North Park and South Park.
On March 30, 2014, the second CicloSDias brought more than 12,000 people out to play in 2.5 miles of open streets in Pacific Beach.
As the date approaches, organizers will provide more specific information on the route and opportunities to get involved. Additional information on CicloSDias is HERE.