CicLAvia Takes Over Los Angeles Streets Oct. 9, 2011

Women on bicycles, roller blades, and in a wheelchair.

Everyone enjoys wheeling along during CicLAvia.

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7th St. at Alvarado is filled with CycLAvia riders.

Downtown LA makes a great backdrop for CicLAvia riders on 7th St. at Alvarado.

Imagine miles of Central Los Angeles streets without cars! No, it’s not some sci-fi horror movie like “Son of Carmageddon,” it’s CicLAvia, and it’s for real.

On Sunday, October 9, 2011, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., more than 10 miles of LA streets will be taken over by thousands of people on bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers, tricycles, wheelchairs, and even running and walking shoes.

Cyclists use the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District stop to join CycLAvia.

Cyclists use Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro station to join CicLAvia.

You can join in anywhere along the route, stop whenever and wherever you want, and do it on your own schedule. This is not a race — it’s streets turned into open space.

This is an unusual opportunity to see LA from a different perspective. You can go where motor vehicles usually rule the road. It is easy to enter the flow because the route is accessible by Metro Rail and bus service.

Cyclists over the Harbor Freeway

CicLAvia pedestrians and cyclists cross above the Harbor Freeway on 7th St.

This event is the third in an ongoing project sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, LA Metro, and other public and private entities. CicLAvia is one of dozens of similar events held throughout the USA and around the world inspired by the Ciclovia project begun more than three decades ago in Bogotá, Colombia, where the streets are closed to autos every Sunday.

Cyclists pass LA City Hall reflected by LAPD Administration Building

Cyclists pass the Los Angeles City Hall reflected by the LAPD Administration Building.

We went to the CicLAvia event in April and had a wonderful time even though we’re not cyclists. We joined the crowds that were cycling and walking along 1st Street past LA’s iconic City Hall — the South Lawn was a popular picnicking stop.

The corner of 7th and Figueroa filled with cyclists and walkers is an amazing sight.

Musicians serenade at MacArthur Park

Musicians serenade CicLAvia at MacArthur Park.

There’s a great view strolling and riding on 7th Street above the traffic on the Harbor Freeway.

And we enjoyed the music at the MacArthur Park rest stop.

Food and drink are available from restaurants and vendors, and there are temporary water fountains set up along the route.

A father and his two girls in the Red Line going to CicLAvia

A family takes the Red Line to CicLAvia.

There were a few food trucks near the MacArthur Park rest stop last April. And, yes, there are also portable toilets at the designated rest stops or hubs shown on the map.

We saw first aid, bike repair assistance, and entertainment at MacArthur Park and City Hall last year. The organizers suggest that you fill your own water bottles from the fountains.

If you can’t get to this CicLAvia, stay tuned to our blog — we’ll share our adventures and let you know when the next one is scheduled.

MacArthur Park viewed through a bike wheel.

Bicyclists take over MacArthur Park as a rest stop.

CicLAvia Map October 2011

Metro Rail stations near the CicLAvia route:

Red Line: Vermont/Beverly

Red/Purple Lines: Vermont/Wilshire, Westlake/MacArthur Park, 7th St./Metro Center, Pershing Square, Civic Center, Union Station

Blue Line: 7th St./Metro Center

Gold Line: Chinatown, Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District, Mariachi Plaza

Bike polo in Macarthur Park

Young bike polo players at MacArthur Park are part of the CicLAvia spirit.

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2 Responses to CicLAvia Takes Over Los Angeles Streets Oct. 9, 2011

  1. Joe Linton says:

    Great Post!!! CicLAvia is gonnnnna be huuuuge!

    • metroduo says:

      Thanks for coming to our blog — like your blog, we hope ours is a view on making LA more “user friendly.”

      Enjoyed reading about the eco work you’re doing. Thanks for your efforts.

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