Cyclovia event closes part of 101 to cars, allowing people to explore Encinitas by bike, on foot

Families and their children took advantage of the unique opportunity to play safely in the middle of the South Coast Highway without having to worry about cars.

ENCINITAS, Calif .– Residents of downtown Encinitas were given full access to South Coast Highway 101 as the area was closed to cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for the Cyclovia event.

“Being able to really see all of our residents getting out and enjoying the outdoors on such a beautiful day is so amazing,” said Lilian Doherty, Director of Infrastructure and Sustainability for the Town of Encinitas.

101 has been closed to cars from D Street to J Street, allowing people to get out and explore the area by bike, on foot, or by any other means of their choosing.

“We have fun and just love the people watching,” said Josh Randall.

He and Rachel Gerard came from Del Mar and they enjoyed a nice outdoor lunch at the Encinitas Café.

“I love it,” Rachel said. “It’s been so sunny and it’s just beautiful outside. It’s nice to be outside and I love watching all the people and families together.

Families and their children took advantage of the unique opportunity to play safely in the middle of the South Coast Highway without having to worry about cars.

“My two children and I are riding the streets,” said Sean Abate, a resident of Encinitas. “And they got to decorate their bikes and scooters.”

Dan Virgin came down from Oceanside to sport his bespoke chopper that he welded himself. He said this kind of event is a good reminder for the pilots.

“Sometimes the cars don’t really care about us,” Dan said. “And it’s good that that draws attention to that, ‘Hey like, give us some room on the road if you see us playing there, especially near the beach.'”

Cyclovia Encinitas is a partnership effort between the City of Encinitas, the City Environmental Commission and the Mobility and Road Safety Commission as well as other partners. The event promotes mobility and the City’s Climate Action Plan.

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