CicloSDias event
Adams Avenue was shut down to allow for bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy biking and walking the neighborhood during the car-free CicloSDias event. Photo via Instagram @thecityofsandiego.

A four-mile stretch of streets through Normal Heights and Kensington was closed Sunday to create “a cyclist’s paradise” during the day-long CicloSDias event.

The San Diego Bike Coalition hosted the festivities, which featured live entertainment, activities for kids and food vendors along Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street east to Vista Street.

The car-free zone is designed encourage residents and tourists to bike, walk, skate or stroll through neighborhood streets, and bring people of all ages together in new areas of San Diego to support local businesses and enjoy time outdoors, according to the San Diego Bike Coalition.

Organizers said CicloSDias brings the public out to open streets to enjoy connecting with communities and local businesses while catching a glimpse of what streets would be like without car traffic.

CicloSDias first rolled through San Diego in 2013 in North Park. Since then, the Bike Coalition has engaged community partners, city officials, local businesses and neighbors to host six additional open-streets celebrations in beach and inland communities across San Diego County.

This year’s event was presented in partnership with the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the California Office of Traffic Safety, the San Diego Police Department, the Adams Avenue Business Association, the City Heights Community Development Corporation, Fair at 44, the Metropolitan Transit System, the YMCA and Blind Lady Ale House.

— Staff report