CicLAvia Plans Host Committees for 2011 and Beyond
Are you looking to get involved in CicLAvia? Are you excited about the 10/10/10 route? Are you interested in expanding CicLAvia to
take over the world more neighborhoods? Well, then you might want to get involved in our new Host Committees – coming very soon.
Here’s the way that the CicLAvia board of directors is looking to use Host Committees for 2011 and beyond:
In April 2011, CicLAvia plans to host our second event on a route more-or-less the same as our initial 7-mile route. For each event/route, we’re looking to put together a Host Committee of stakeholders. We expect these committees to be 10-15 people, including CicLAvia boardmembers and a cross-section of folks – from community groups to businesses to residents to Neighborhood Councils to youth, and others – all connected with neighborhoods on the initial route: East Hollywood, Koreatown, Westlake, Downtown, Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights. The host committee will help guide decisions, finalize a route, assist with community outreach, and help raise funds. We expect that if there’s a great deal of interest, we may need to pick and choose; probably a relatively painless application process where folks would express interest, and we’d work with local leaders to select a Host Committee that’s balanced, diverse and committed. We also expect that there will lots of volunteer opportunities working with the host committee – things like biking around to explore possible routes.
In addition to the 10/10/10 route Host Committee, we’re forming Host Committees to guide CicLAvia expansion. Expansion takes two shapes: 1) extending the initial route – such as extending into Chinatown and 2) starting new CicLAvia routes in other places – such as a new CicLAvia in the San Fernando Valley. Initially we’re looking to prioritize the former: first making our 10/10/10 route repeatedly successful, and expanding it into adjacent nearby areas.
Right away (now through January 2011), we’re expecting to form four Host Committees to explore extensions/spurs into neighboring areas. We’re thinking that these will be roughly as follows:
- South – spur/s into South L.A. – perhaps via Central Avenue, Figueroa Street, or Vermont Avenue - perhaps connecting with USC, Watts Towers, and/or other places.
- East – spur/s into Boyle Heights, East L.A. – perhaps continuing further east on 4th Street or ?? - perhaps connecting with more Boyle Heights businesses, Evergreen Recreation Center, the 4th Street Bridge over Lorena Street, unincorporated East L.A. and/or other places.
- North – spur/s into Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, and/or Northeast L.A. – perhaps connecting with Chinatown businesses, L.A. State Historic Park, additional river bridge/s, the L.A. River Bike Path, and/or other places.
- West – spur/s into Mid-City and/or Hollywood – perhaps via Melrose or ?? – connecting with business districts, Wilshire Center, Hollywood, West Hollywood, and/or other places.
These four directions are what comes to mind for our board, but if you think we’ve missed something important, please let us know. We plan to host meetings and begin to form the above four committees right away. Depending on where energy, involvement and funding take us with these four, we hope to begin to introduce expansion spurs as early as our second 2011 CicLAvia - the date’s not certain, but could be around June. Depending on involvement, funding, etc., various spurs may or may not be ready right away – and could come in 2012 or later.
Our plan is to focus first on the central 10/10/10 route – which we’ll do (with tweaks and added spurs) about three times in 2011: looks like 1 -April, 2 - June-July-ish and 3- September-October-ish.
In addition, we’re looking to expand to other areas – not initially connected to the 10/10/10 route ; as we grow, though, we expect that they will all connect someday. These areas might include the following areas that have expressed interest: (these are not comprehensive or final; they’re ideas at this point.)
- San Fernando Valley - perhaps including North Hollywood, Studio City, Burbank, Glendale, and ??
- West/Southwest Area - perhaps including Leimert Park, West L.A., Culver City, Venice, Santa Monica, and ??
- Harbor Area – perhaps including Wilmington, San Pedro, Long Beach, and ??
Our expectation on these is to begin forming committees in early 2011, and, depending on involvement, funding, etc. begin events in these areas when their ready – which we expect will be late 2011 (September-October-ish?) or some time in 2012.
Between now and early 2011 when we get going on these, we’re looking to establish some general guidelines for these new events – along the lines of what we think make 10/10/10 a success. This includes things like: connections to multiple communities, to park-poor neighborhoods, to population-dense areas, to transit, to destinations, etc. We hope to use these guidelines to shape route selection in these other areas.
Some of these areas may be ready sooner than others – for example, Santa Monica is discussing doing a ~2-mile ciclovía in April 2011. We’re excited to build on our success and for many CicLAvia events to bloom, and we expect to collaborate, advise, etc. with whomever wants to do great events. At the same time, we’re going to prioritize our core route, and to expand within our capabilities.
So… it got kinda “tl;dr”, no? Our process is in flux – this is an outline, not entirely set in stone. We’ve done one of these, really well we think, and though we think we know the next steps, we’re very much interested in hearing from you… let us know what you think in the comments below. Too ambitious? Too timid? Did we overlook locations that you think would be great? Are you interested in volunteering on any of the host committees listed above? Let us know!