Ample parking was available for bikes, naturally.

Ample parking was available for bikes, naturally.

By Olga Khazan

It seems the efforts of the city’s bike advocates are slowly but surely paying off. Last week, the City Council approved a complex “bicycle master plan” that would create an “eventual network of 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways, including more than 200 miles of new bicycle routes every five years. It also calls for a safety campaign to educate drivers about sharing the streets,”  writes the L.A. Times.

Now, the two-wheeled crowd has something else to look forward to with this year’s upcoming CicLAvia, a bike advocacy event that will make seven and a half miles of streets available to bicyclists on April 10.

This weekend, the L.A.-based GOOD magazine held a fundraiser for CicLAvia, which held a similar event in October last year and is hoping for several more this year.

GOOD representative Amanda Ehrman said that because the magazine focuses on civic issues and nonprofit causes, GOOD will be working to promote CicLAVia’s message from now through April. Ehrman estimates that nearly 700 people came out to enjoy the live music, dodgeball and a food truck smorgasbord (more photos after the jump). Participants were treated to yoga lessons and shoulder massages, and free beer from New Belgium brewery flowed freely. Although it seemed more like a small block-party than a full-fledged event, it certainly looked like a “Good” way to donate $20.

One fundraiser attendee prepares to assail his opponents with a dodgeball.

One fundraiser attendee prepares to assail his opponents with a dodgeball.

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A masseuse worked the weary shoulders of bicyclists.

A masseuse worked the weary shoulders of bicyclists.

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