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CicloSDias Encourages San Diegans To Get Out Of Their Cars, Into The Community

Aired 8/12/13 on KPBS News.

San Diegans rolled out Sunday for the first CicloSDias event, an open-street affair that closed down a 5.2-mile stretch of city streets from Grant Hill to City Heights.

San Diegans rolled out Sunday for the first CicloSDias event, an open-street affair that closed down a 5.2-mile stretch of city streets from Grant Hill to City Heights.

Bicyclists gather at Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights, the endpoint for CicloSDias, on Aug. 11, 2013. A full 5.2-mile stretch of roadways was closed to encourage residents to get out of their cars to be more active and social.

The route, which follows 30th Street, was closed to car traffic in order to encourage locals to engage with their community in a day of walking, biking, skating and rolling.

North Park resident Bianca Lara biked the event with her two sons Micah and David. She says their family regularly bikes to go to local farmers markets and exercise.

“It’s really great for the developing child, I think, to fight obesity, which is really an issue with children these days,” she said. “This is an opportunity to really get out and move since we have such sedentary lifestyles now, and it’s also a chance to really see our community and slow the pace down.”

Event organizers say they are happy with the turnout and hope to grow the event in the future.

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