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ESCONDIDO — Walkers, joggers and bicyclists were able to let their guard down and not have to look both ways while trying to cross the street on Saturday. That’s because a mile stretch of Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido was closed off to all vehicles for the city’s first ever participation in the Ciclovia movement.

The event, which seeks to promote healthy living, began in Bogota, Columbia in the 1960s and has since caught on in cities around the U.S.

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the county of San Diego put on CicloviaEscondido.

From left: Scott Yoder, Joshua Hall, Robert Hall, Ahna Hall with 8-month-old Kieran Hall walk down Grand Avenue. “It’s not everyday you get to walk down the streets like this,” Ahna said. Photo by Tony CagalaAndrea Fonseca, right, and Sarai Fonseca ride their bikes down a stretch of Grand Avenue in Escondido. Photo by Tony CagalaCharlize Parent, left, 1, and Leilani Parent, 3, enjoy the CicloviaEscondido event. Photo by Tony CagalaEd Clancy, an organizer of the CicloviaEscondido event, says the street without any cars o it looks “apocalyptic.” Photo by Tony CagalaDavid Ramirez ponders his next word for a giant game of street Scrabble. Photo by Tony CagalaFrom left: San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Escondido Princess Meghann McQuead, Escondido Councilman Ed Gallo and Steve Waldron. Photo by Tony CagalaLuciano Leonardo, a vendor representing Zip Car, tosses a Frisbee across Grand Avenue. Photo by Tony CagalaTraci Crogh, left, with Mike Crogh and Macy Crogh pedal down Escondido’s Grand Avenue. Photo by Tony CagalaJacob Sanchez, 4, is ready to ride. Photo by Tony CagalaPeople attending the city’s first-ever CicloviaEscondido event on Saturday take part in a group photo. Photo by Tony Cagala


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