San Antonio, TX — Locating friends or activities at the Alamo City’s largest health and wellness event on Sept. 27 will be a click and swipe away thanks to the “Síclovía” mobile app developed by event organizers at the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.
Launched at a kickoff press conference featuring YMCA President and CEO Sandy Morander and District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, the app includes many features to make the Síclovía experience fun and convenient:
· Map with geo-location to navigate the route and find parking and water stations
· Schedules for reclovías, fitness activities and other highlights
· Notifications so participants don’t miss their favorite activities
· Donation button so participants can help ensure Síclovía remains free to the public
· Button to take the Síclovía Safety Pledge for a chance to win bicycle helmets
“We are so proud of how far Síclovía has come in promoting healthy lifestyles to our community,” said Morander, of the YMCA. “Each Síclovía we try to add a new component to make the event more fun and accessible for our guests. Our goal with the Síclovía app is to create an easy and social way for participants to locate activities along the route, making sure that they don’t miss their favorite exercise class or a water stop, and help them connect with their neighbors.”
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 27, the YMCA and the City of San Antonio will open the streets to an expected 50,000 to 65,000 participants. For the second year, the fall Broadway Midtown-East route will span 3.25 miles along Broadway Street, from Lion’s Field to Alamo Plaza, and a section of McCullough Avenue and Nolan Street, ending at Dignowity Hill.
Although Síclovía is free of vehicles, there is still a high volume of foot and cycling traffic on designated roadways, making participants responsible for learning rules of the road.
“Síclovía is car-free, but pedestrians and cyclists must put safety first,” said Councilman Treviño. “We can all can ensure a safe, fun event by using the app to learn the rules of the road.”
With so many people traversing the same roadways, the YMCA and city encourage the public to take the Síclovía Safety Pledge at www.Siclovia.org or via the new app.Also at the press conference, Morander thanked presenting sponsor H-E-B and Platinum Sponsor Humana for their continued support of this citywide fitness activity.
Organizers also say it’s not to late to register for the Síclovía 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 27. The cost is $35 from now until race day. All proceeds fund future Síclovía events, making the 5K Run/Walk a major way the community can support the event.
A YMCA of Greater San Antonio event, Síclovía closes 3.25 miles of streets and allows tens of thousands of people to bike, run, skateboard, walk or enjoy a variety of events without worrying about traffic. Reclovías, or stopping points, along the route offer free activities, including a novice cyclist zone, zumba, yoga, music and several vendors with information on healthy lifestyles. Visit www.siclovia.org for more information.
YMCA of Greater San Antonio is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Locally organized in 1876, the Y mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Last year, 125,000 individuals were served at 11 YMCA facilities and many more program sites throughout Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall counties. Learn more at www.ymcassatx.org.