While downtown San Antonio has enjoyed Síclovía events for years—a weekend closure of key streets to traffic that allows residents to have access to safe and free exercise routes—San Antonians on the south side have never had such an event in their neighborhood.
The word síclovía comes from the original event in Bogota, Colombia, called Ciclovía, which means cycleway. For the event on the city’s south side, it’s been renamed Surclovía, since sur is the Spanish word for south.
City Councilman Rey Saldaña, who advocated bringing the event to the south side, said it follows a local AARP principal to live la vida buena, or the good life.
“Whether you are 8 years old or 80 years young, the purpose of Surclovía is to bring the community together for an event that promotes fitness at all levels and encourages healthy lifestyles,” Saldaña said. “We often commend the events taking place in our downtown corridor, but these events don’t always reach the people who need it the most so we strive to host events in our underserved communities.”
About three-fourths of a mile of Old Pearsall Road will be closed to cars, and the event—from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—will link up to Pearsall Park, which has 505 acres including tennis and basketball courts, a dog park and trails.
AARP in San Antonio volunteers and staff will be there to discuss making the city more age friendly, and the association will offer line dancing and light yoga.—Laura Tillman
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