Whipping winds and slightly warmer than usual temperatures didn’t stop tens of thousands of people from turning out onto S. 12th Avenue from 9am to 3pm last Sunday for Cyclovia’s second trip down La Doce. If you were there, you know the Avenue was packed with more activities than the previous year, celebrating new businesses – like Rollie’s Mexican Patio – and returning to old favorites – like BK Carne Asada and Hot Dogs.
Thanks to our title sponsor, Arizona Complete Health, folks who started the event from the south end were welcomed by the very busy Mission Manor Activity Hub with free flus hots, mammograms, diabetes screenings and blood pressure checks. There were also a number of exhibitors covering all kinds of activities including trapeze artists, a rock climbing wall, food trucks, Spanish-language story time, free bike repair, and skateboards ollie-ing obstacles all day long.
As the route progressed towards the north there was the large, colorful community altar display at La Estrella Bakery, and a temporary demonstration of the future S. 12th Ave. road diet, scheduled for installation at the beginning of 2020. Next up, the towering zip line and the live music, cold beers, and smoky Sonoran hot dog smells at BK Carne Asada. Here we saw live performances from Diluvio – an alt rock cover band en Español, and later in the day Pedro y Los Líricos.
It was hard to miss all the activity around Rollie’s Mexican Patio and the BMX stunt jump team was a thrill to watch under the shade of a few mesquite trees.
Oasis Fruit Cones is always a welcome stop and this time around didn’t disappoint. There were fun obstacles, live music, chalk art, and free bike repair support along with delicious fresh raspados.
Turning into the neighborhoods towards Liberty Bicycle Boulevard was a calm respite from the business of 12th Ave. And there were warm and friendly groups of volunteers with fun and playful activities to help everyone cross safely. The Mariachi stage at Los Tacos Apson could be heard for blocks and was packed with performances by local groups ranging in age from 6 or 7 years old to 57.
Las but not least, the Julian Wash Activity Hub was the main point of entry to the route for many people traveling from the north and it was packed with fresh bread samples, free bike repair, games, activities and lots of snacks.
We’d like to thank our many partners and sponsors who helped make Cyclovia en La Doce possible this fall. For so many reasons this route continues to be a favorite for people all over the city, but especially for the businesses and neighborhoods along La Doce who turn out to host such a memorable event.
Save the date for the next event: Sunday, April 5th 2020!