MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A new event for Myrtle Beach called Cyclovia is in the final stages of planning. It will shut down streets in The Market Common and bring together local business and fitness instructors all for the benefit of the local community, urging them to get active.
It's an event held in other cities, and now Myrtle Beach is taking a turn. The roads around Market Common will be closed down to cars for Cyclovia. People will be able to work out in the streets as instructors from different local gyms and fitness studios take turns teaching classes.
Organizer Rich Griffith says Valor Park and the area in front of the Grand 14 will be dedicated to classes and celebrating a time where the community comes together for walking, exercising and cycling. Classes will include yoga, aerobics, kids aerobics, crossfit-style training and more.
The event is planned for Sunday November 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Griffith says people who bring their bicycles with them can go on guided tours of all the bike paths around The Market Common. The bike trails there are extensive, but most people don't know where they go, so Cyclovia will be an opportunity to explore.
Aaron Maynard, owner of Pedego Electric Bikes of Myrtle Beach will be there joining other bike shops to educate people about bicycle maintenance and cycling safety.
"It's a great opportunity for people to come out and experience cycling," according to Maynard. "You know, the idea is to shut down the streets. They do this all over the world, and all over the United States- shut down the streets and let people come out and ride, run, skate, walk in a safe environment. And meet other like-minded people."
Organizers explain that calls are coming in daily from businesses and people in the community who want to get involved. Anyone who would like to set up a booth is encouraged to call the City of Myrtle Beach at 843-918-1000 and ask for Kelly Mezzapelle.
"You don't have to pay to participate. everything is free. We're asking vendors to fit in with the theme, which is outdoor fitness, outdoor fun."
For a full list of the events, check this website: http://www.cycloviamb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CycloviaActivitiesv11.pdf. To visit the Cyclovia Myrtle Beach facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/cycloviamyrtlebeach/.