CicLAvia Coming Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wheeled transport of all kinds joins CicLAvia bicyclers passing through Little Tokyo.

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Take a Sunday Stroll Through LA with CicLAvia and Join the Figueroa Street Parade

This Sunday’s CicLAvia — LA’s fifth — promises to be more successful than its predecessors.  The weather is predicted to finally cool off, for a beautiful LA day, and even a parade is scheduled as part of LA’s biggest citywide block party.

Strollers enjoy the new Grand Park.

From 10 a.m. – 3 pm. on Sunday, October 7, more than 10 miles of Los Angeles streets will be closed to cars. This is a chance to enjoy LA and see it from a different perspective — from a bike, skateboard, or just leisurely strolling down the middle of the boulevard. There are many great views to be appreciated, because of both the pedestrian/bike perspective and the slowed-down pace.

One of the joys of CicLAvia is that you can 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. Seeing the city streets filled with cyclists, skaters, and strollers — wheeled and on foot— makes one really appreciate that LA belongs to everyone from all neighborhoods.

Several new destinations have been added for CicLAvia on October 7, 2012, including Exposition Park, Grand Park, Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza, and Soto Street.

We’re particularly excited about this CicLAvia because of the new destinations on the route featuring some of our city’s most picturesque sites:  Exposition ParkChinatownMariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, and the newly completed Grand Park downtown, where CicLAvia will converge with the inaugural celebration of the park’s performance lawn. With the recent opening of the Metro Expo line, Westside residents will be able to connect with CicLAvia’s Exposition Park hub by rail.

MacArthur Park viewed through a bike wheel.

Bicyclists take over MacArthur Park as a rest stop.

The upcoming CicLAvia route also includes past favorites: MacArthur Park, Little Tokyo, and, of course, the 4th Street Bridge – with its million-dollar view of the downtown skyline.  CicLAvia will also offer a wide variety of activities for people of all interests and ages, including music, performances, food trucks galore, and just about everything else L.A. has to offer!

And there’s a new activity: especially for participants on foot, L.A. Walks is coordinating a parade starting at 8th and Figueroa, one block south of the 7th/Metro Center Station, and ending at Exposition Park, three miles away. They’re starting to gather at 11:30 a.m. and will step off at noon. All are welcome to join in anywhere along the route, and because it follows the Expo Line, it’s easy to hop on a train at Pico, 23rd St., or Jefferson if the distance and/or heat become too much.

To get more of the feel of CicLAvia, see our adventures from last April and October, 2011.

Whether this is your first or fifth CicLAvia, plan on joining the fun on Sunday, October 7.

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

Everyone enjoys wheeling along during CicLAvia.

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