Sunday August 11 is a big day for bicyclists and a particularly big day for bicyclists in the Mid-City communities. Four years in the planning, “CicloSDias will be the city of San Diego’s first open street event” according to Sam Ollinger. Sam is the Executive Director and Board President of BikeSD. Sam goes on to say:
With this first event, San Diego will join the ranks of 90 other cities around the U.S. in an attempt to showcase an apparently wary San Diego that no disaster will befall our fine city if she opens her street to people and closes it off to multi-ton motor vehicles for a few hours on a Sunday.
This idea to introduce the city’s residents to the notion of reclaiming the public commons and experiencing it without fear of bodily harm that may come in the form of an automobile barreling toward them at high speed…
5.2 miles of streets, approximately 1 mile of which is in City Heights, will be open solely for non-motorized traffic – pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and scooters. The event is entirely free. Enter from any portion of the route from 10 am to 4 pm.
Randy Van Vleck, Active Transportation Manager for the City Heights Community Development Corporation (CHCDC) adds “If you enjoy actively using streetscapes (streets and sidewalks) in one of the ways listed above, but feel like you need a break from defensively looking for cars at the thousands of driveways, alleys, and intersections in City Heights, then you will really appreciate this event.”
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