CicLAvia Takes to Los Angeles Streets April 15, 2012

a rikshaw cyclist rest as other bicyclists pass by during CicLAvia

All forms of wheeled transportation can be seen during CicLAvia, including an exotic rickshaw.

The Next CicLAvia is Sunday, October 7, 2012.

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Roll, Run, or Take a Sunday Stroll Through LA with CicLAvia

bicycliest stop to take in the view across the freeway during CicLAvia

CicLAvia gives Angelenos a chance to see the city from different perspectives.

Come out and enjoy LA motor-free via bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers, tricycles, wheelchairs, running and walking shoes, and even just sitting and watching the parade wheel by. CicLAvia will again open more than 10 miles of LA streets to be enjoyed by thousands of people. So hop on Metro and join the crowd on Sunday, April 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

cyclists in the MacArthur Park area during CicLAvia

CicLAvia is an opportunity to explore a variety of neighborhoods.

If you’ve never been to CicLAvia, now’s the time to get out and see LA from a different perspective — go where motor vehicles usually rule the road.

You can join in anywhere along the route. Much of the CicLAvia course is Metro-accessible, making it easy to hop in and out at different spots. Start and 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.

Organizers describe this event as:  “ … a temporary web of public space on which residents of Los Angeles can walk, bike, socialize, celebrate and learn more about their own city. On 4/15/12, 10 miles of roadways will temporarily close to car traffic and open for recreational purposes. From Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood, El Pueblo/Olvera Street, and South LA, CicLAvia encourages Angelenos to not only make active use of their streets, but to rediscover the roadways and neighborhoods that too often go unnoticed in a car.”

cyclists resting at MacArthur Park

MacArthur Park and other hubs along the CicLAvia route offer places to rest, get water, first aid, and bike repairs.

This event is the fourth in an ongoing project co-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.

a high school student studies in a lounge chair on the street as bicyclists wheel by during CicLAvia

Bicyclists wheeling by during CicLAvia don’t seem to bother this student enjoying the sun.

This will be our third CicLAvia event. We’ve always had a wonderful time even though we’re not cyclists.  Seeing the city streets filled with cyclists and walkers is wonderful. And there are many great views not usually seen, because of the pedestrian/bike perspective and because of the slowed-down pace of the day. We have more photos of CicLAvia April, 2011 and October, 2011.

The mood is festive — it’s like one big street fair. We enjoyed music at the various rest stops. Food and drink are available from restaurants and vendors along the 10 mile route. The event organizers urge participants to help neighborhood economies by buying food along the route — and it’s a great opportunity to discover new restaurants.

We saw first aid and bike repair assistance at rest stops. And, yes, there are also portable toilets at the designated rest stops or hubs shown on the map. There are temporary water fountains set up along the route. 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.

a woman carries her bike onto a Metro train

CicLAvia is easily accessed via Metro light rail/subway.

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

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