Viva Calle started with a 5K
run/walk. There was just enough time after that was over to go get
our bikes out of Virginia's van. We weren't milling around long
before Mayor Licardo took the stage to welcome us all to this
years open streets event. I remember him thanking a lot of people
for their contributions and important roles in making it happen.
As finishers of the 5K we got these
cool running man medals and a scarf like towl (not shown).
Other dignitaries expressed similar
ideas. The event is all about having fun on streets without cars.
The picture I got was that next year there will be two Viva Calle
type things. Turns out the buzz about the previous ones was good
enough for that.
Ash Kalra (the State Assembly member
that represents the area) gave the Mayor and the guy that
spearheaded the effort a nice award proclimation from the State.
After all the speaches bike party
led a ride from one end of the open streets to the other and back.
When we started we were the only ones on the streets, but that
changed quickly as the morning progressed.
Gotta honor the home built art
pieces that some of the guys were riding.
It was cool to see that crew on
horses. Later in the day they were gone, but I was reminded of
their presance by the occasional road apple. So greatful my
bicycle relies on my digestive system for its energy.
I spent some time in the SOFA area.
There were several stages. The acts ran the gamut of what people
are doing nowadays. Beyond the acts in the streets there were bars
where singer/songwriters were singing their hearts out. There were
also a number of arts and crafts booths.
It was all good, but it didn't
really hold my attention. I was restless. Went back to riding the
car free streets. Found another hub at the County Fairgrounds. At
that one there were lots of political booths. Wandered away after
that with stuff to read for the upcoming election.