259648 Go play in the street: The San Antonio Síclovía

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Katherine Velasquez, RN , Communities Putting Prevention to Work, City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, San Antonio, TX
Jennifer Bolduc , San Antonio Regional Campus, UT School of Public Health, San Antonio, TX
Maggie Thompson, MS , Health Program Manager, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, San Antonio, TX
Jennifer Hixon, MPH , School of Public Health, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
David Gimeno, PhD , School of Public Health, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
INTRODUCTION: MAPP strategies to increase physical activity (PA) include access to facilities and opportunities for PA and providing social support including PA-related positive social norms. Funded by a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, the City of San Antonio's Síclovía, held October 2, 2011, provided both. METHOD: Síclovía opened a 2 mi. stretch of busy urban street to pedestrians for cycling, walking, skating, hula hooping, etc., and redirected car traffic. Reclovías along the route offered free fitness activities, like Zumba, boot camp, yoga, and sports. Some businesses hosted promotions and PA at their site. Evaluation included intercept surveys, street attendee counts, and online business surveys. RESULTS: About 7,200 to 15,000 people attended Síclovía. 194 completed intercept surveys; 12 of 117 businesses completed surveys. The majority of respondents resided close to the Síclovía route; however, 20% came from 10 zip codes persistently identified at risk for health disparities. Participants were more physically active, had higher household incomes, and were more educated than the general San Antonio population. Attendees learned about Síclovía through word of mouth (34%) and identified spending time with family as a leading reason for attending Síclovía. Almost 36% said they would not have exercised that day if they had not been to Síclovía. Participants and businesses along the route were overwhelmingly positive in their assessment of Síclovía. Suggestions for improvement included greater event promotion, instruction on traffic flow, and visibility of restrooms and water stations. CONCLUSION: Síclovía was a positive experience that increased PA for some people.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. List 2 public health goals of the San Antonio Síclovía (and similar ciclovías). 2. Describe 3 elements of contemporary ciclovía events. 3. Discuss at least 2 outcomes of the San Antonio Síclovía. 4. Develop a structure and plan for hosting a local ciclovía event.

Keywords: Access, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am employed by the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. I have been the Program Manager for Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which funded the San Antonio Siclovia. Additionally, I have been an integral member of the Siclovia planning and evaluation team. My interests are in completing the deliverables of the grant that ultimately aim to reduce and prevent obesity in San Antonio residents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.