CicLavia was a huge success. The weather was absolutely perfect and the people, well let me put it this way…I have never seen a happier (estimated) 100,000 people in my life. I could write on and on about it but I think hearing from the cyclists, volunteers, dodge ball players, walkers and more will convey the experience in a way I never could. I’ve compiled a handful of tweets, comments and videos from Twitter and various websites. A much better way to transmit that miraculous day in Los Angeles on Sunday 10/10/10. I’ve deleted  the names for privacy…
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Me and my fiance got married in the middle of the ride. Haven’t told our family, yet. Shhhh!!!!

We picked this date to get married, however decided to postpone it. Heard about Ciclavia through twitter and decided to spend the day doing our favorite activity instead. We saw the route and it passes through a wedding chapel. Decided to take a detour and check out the wedding chapel. At that moment, we both knew this was the time and date. Got married to the man of my dreams 10/10/10 12:00 and enjoyed the rest of the day biking through the streets of LA.

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If you missed CicLAvia or don’t know what it is,  or even if you do know –  this video is a great explanation and fun to watch. This was created by Marie Sullivan.

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What a spiritually uplifting event! Rumors of the death of public space in Los Angeles are indeed premature. How else to explain the joy and creativity on display in our city’s streets? The costumes, the tricked-out bikes, the messages – really a fantastic display. Seeing these folks doing their thing was a heartening reminder that streets are for people and not only motorists. Indeed once we liberate our thinking about streets as human spaces, and once we unshackle our transportation planning from outmoded notions of throughput efficiencies, we’ll be on our way to a happier future of which CicLAvia was just an advance glimpse.
Kudos to the organizers for pulling it off against all odds – and entrenched interests.

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This Time Elapsed Video was shot by Will Cambell

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I had such a feeling of elation as I passed the boundaries and entered the route after my commute from the west side. When I left the cars behind and came onto a street full of bikes, it was akin to being let out of a prison. No doubt for recreational cyclists it was a delightful day and way to ride; but for those of us who know the mean streets on a daily basis, it felt like a moral victory. The experience was inspirational.

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making this concept a reality in LA!!! It truly was a brilliant day to be on a bike in downtown, so I hope your success in pulling it off will convince our local politicians to make this a regular event in car-centric LA, like it already has in so many other cities around the world. THX AGAIN!

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Definitely a surreal experience. I haven’t felt exhilaration like that in ages. The amazing turnout just proves that there is indeed a demand for improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Let’s keep the momentum going past this weekend, and hopefully we can start to change the way we think about our city. Thanks to everyone who organized and who came out today!

This is just a small taste of the reactions to the event. It was so successful people are organizing and making plans for more. You can find out more about that here CicLAvia.
Below is an excerpt and video from that blog….

Here’s yet another excellent short CicLAvia documentary. This one was shot, pedaled, narrated, composed and edited by Elson Trinidad, one of CicLAvia’s star volunteers and a leader in the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council – the first council in L.A. to endorse and welcome CicLAvia.


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