Car-free streets in Los Angeles, YES! It’s CicLAvia. Now and thankfully a recurring event that reserves miles of streets for bike riding, walking, skating and playing. This occurrence, L.A.’s third, expands the route to 10 miles (from 7.5) with new spurs in Chinatown and South L.A. Also expect and have fun with walking tours, interactive events and live performances. Citywide from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This Sunday, and it’s FREE. http://www.ciclavia.org
“CicLAvia returns to Downtown, Macarthur Park and Hollywood on Sunday, October 9, 2011. This time there are three more miles of bike riding bliss.
Street closures will begin at 7am and everything will be closed by 9am. There will be 18 crossing points along the way.
The event is from 10am-3pm and all closures should be picked up by 5pm.
Streets Closed for CicLAvia:
- 4th Street from the 5 to Central, 4th from Virgil to New Hampshire
- Central from 4th to 1st, Central from the 10 to Olympic
- 1st from Central to Spring
- Spring from 1st to 9th
- 9th from Central to Spring
- Main from 1st to Cesar Chavez
- 7th from Spring to Parkview
- 6th from Parkview to Virgil
- New Hampshire from 4th to Rosewood
- Heliotrope from Rosewood to north of Melrose
Thank you Total Traffic for that Road Closure list.
“CicLAvia is expanding! On Sunday October 9th 2011, the city of Los Angeles and the non-profit CicLAvia invite you to experience 10.5 miles of open streets for walking, bicycling, skating and more! The October route includes a new spur south, mostly through the Fashion District, and a new spur north through Chinatown.
The October 9th 2011 route includes the full 7.5-mile route from the last two events. In addition, there are two new spurs…..”
Riders/walkers/skaters can start wherever they want, and do as much or as little as you like. RSVP and share the October 9th 2011 CicLAvia with the Facebook event page!
On a cool side note, an editorial from Streetsblog Los Angeles:
“Editorial: Don’t Move the Protestors for CicLAvia
by Damien Newton on October 6, 2011Occupy L.A., or any peaceful protest, deserves a space at open street festivals. Photo:American Dreadlock/Flickr
The relationship between “Occupy L.A.” and the City of Los Angeles has been a relatively smooth one, at least compared to the one in New York City. Protesters have peacefully assembled on the City Hall Lawn, some sleep on the concrete pathways at night as sleeping on the grass is technically illegal, and arrests have been few and far between. The City Council has even passed resolutions supporting the protesters with somewhat better conditions and verbal encouragement. Some of the Councilmen, first Dennis Zine, Bill Rosendahl and Richard Alarcon, and then others have even wandered “I know its common for protests to happen at Ciclovias?down the steps to talk with Occupy L.A…..”
Continue this read….
Now, How Do I Get There?
Go Metro. Bikes are welcome (first-come, first-served) on Metro buses and trains in L.A. If you need help loading up your ride on a bus’ front rack ask the driver. Info.
For a quick cheat sheet FAQ, LA Weekly can help...
What the heck is CicLAvia — and where’d they get the name from?
Organizers were inspired by the 30-year-strong “ciclovías” of Bogotá, Colombia. They added “LA” to the South American name. The idea, at least here, was to celebrate the beauty and community of our city via traffic-free streets while also opening eyes to a vision of an environmentally friendly way to get around. More.
So go, have fun, be happy, and enjoy Los Angeles.
Tell me are going ? Will this be your first time?