How to Get to CicLAvia

INFORMATION FOR APRIL 2011 – MOSTLY THE SAME FOR OCTOBER 2011 - but check back as we’ll be revising. Getting to CicLAvia on 4.10.11, we encourage folks to arrive by foot/bike/transit, but it’s ok to drive, too!

BICYCLING:

There are a few feeder rides – where groups will meet up and ride together to CicLAvia. (If your area isn’t listed, comment below and we’ll add.) If you’re planning to drive, consider parking at one of these spots and biking in. Some of these folks will bike back afterward – check with ride leaders.

  • Culver City/Palms - depart from Media Park at 8:30am. Media Park is located at the corner of Venice Blvd and Culver Blvd.
  • Eagle Rock – meeting at Occidental College at the corner of Alumni Avenue and Campus Road at 10 AM– email gpasciuto [at] oxy.edu
  • Fairfax District - Meet at I.Martin Bicycles at 8330 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 90036.  Store will open at 8:30; ride departs at 9:00am. The ride is family-friendly and will mostly follow 4th Street from Cochran to CicLAvia. Contact: jeff.jacobberger [at] gmail.com
  • Downtown Los AngelesMeet at Downtown L.A. Bicycles at 1626 South Hill Street. Shop will be open at 8am, and will be doing  free safety checks and simple tune-ups. The 10-block feeder ride is very short very family-friendly – departing 9:30am. For more information: danny [at] downtownlabicycles.com
  • Highland Park – Meet at Flying Pigeon Bike Shop (next to Bike Oven) at the corner of Figueroa Street and Avenue 37. For more information see details at this article or email to info [at] flyingpigeon-la.com
  • Mar Vista - group leaving at 9:30am from the BikeRoWave, 12255 Venice Blvd, L.A. 90066 - see Midnight Ridazz event.
  • San Fernando Valley – CSUN Bike Collective rides to Van Nuys then along the Orange Line Bike Path to the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station. Multiple departures, more information as we get it. Meet CSUN 7:30am, depart 8am. Meet up at the Van Nuys Orange Line Station at 8:30am, roll out shortly after the CSUN group arrives. Information at facebook event and via CSUN Bike Collective facebook page.
  • San Gabriel Valley -  The Eastside Bike Club rides from Walgreens at Main Street at Fremont Avenue in Alhambra - meet 8:30am, departs 9am. Information via Eastside Bike Club facebook page. Also their facebook event page.
  • Santa Monica – Departing Santa Monica Pier at 8:30am, head east on Broadway to Santa Monica Blvd and pick up riders along the way. Passing thru Century City where we pick up BikingInLA Ted Rogers and to Beverly Hills where we pick up more riders from Better Bike Beverly Hills. More info and last minute updates on SMSpoke.org and @SMSpoke on twitter and Facebook.
  • Silver Lake – Treats & Beats the Ride gathers at Sunset and Griffith Park Boulevard (triangle mini-park) and departs for CicLAvia at 9am. Information via Treats & Beats facebook event.
  • South L.A. – TRUST South L.A., SAJE, Mercado La Paloma and other folks working on CicLAvia South L.A. expansion are meeting at Exposition Park, in front of the Swim Stadium at 3980 Menlo Avenue. Ride departs at 8:30am and goes north on Central Avenue. Information via South L.A. Ride facebook event.
  • South Pasadena/Highland Park border: C.I.C.L.E. is hosting a ride down the Arroyo Seco Bike Path and into CicLAvia. Meet at the upstream end of the bike path, next to the stables, immediately south of the York Boulevard/Monterey Road Bridge – 1001 Arroyo Verde Road. Depart 9:15am - information at CICLE ride facebook event.
  • UCLA updated! Meet at the Bruin Bear on the UCLA campus at 9am, depart by 9:30am. Contact Ross Bernet ross.bernet [at] gmail.com

TRANSIT:

The 4.10.11 route is very easy to access via Metro Rail. Note that bikes are allowed (no extra charge) on all Metro Rail space permitting:

  • Metro Blue Linefrom Long Beach to Downtown L.A. – exit at 7th/Figureoa (called “7th and Metro”) Station - CicLAvia is on 7th Street right at the station.
  • Metro Gold Linefrom Pasadena to East L.A. – exit at Little Tokyo Station (at 1st Street and Alameda Street) – walk one block west to 1st and Central
  • Metro Red Linefrom North Hollywood to Downtown L.A. – numerous stations on and very near the route, including Vermont/Beverly (walk one block west to Beverly and New Hampshire), Westlake-Alvarado-MacArthur Park (walk one block south to 7th Street) and 7th & Metro.

There are also many, many bus lines that intersect the route, mainly in Downtown Los Angeles. (Note: each bus carries only two bikes on its front rack.) For complete rail and bus information see Metro website. If you have questions about getting to CicLAvia by bus or train, comment below and we’ll try to give you advice.

The route is also very near Union Station, which does have Amtrak trains and very limited Sunday Metrolink trains. To walk or bike from Union Station to CicLAvia: turn left/south on Alameda, then right on First Street. (alternately take the Gold Line or Red Line.)

CAR:

More than other modes, if you go by car, we recommend arriving early. Major streets will be open and smaller streets and alleys will be blocked. Many route-adjacent blocks will be open only to local traffic. Carpooling is encouraged. Folks might also try driving to Metro Rail stations, then arriving by train (Metro station parking information here - most free, some pay.) See parking suggestions below.

PARKING:

Street parking is generally available within a few blocks of the route – folks, especially arriving relatively early, should be able to find on-street parking anywhere along the route. L.A. City metered parking is generally free on Sundays. Due to street closures, we recommend not searching for parking too near the route, but parking ~4-6 blocks away and walking or bicycling the rest of the way. If you park, please use common sense security measures against theft: lock your car and don’t leave valuables out in the open.

CicLAvia has two designated paid parking lots this year. Parking here supports CicLAvia. Event parking is $7 upon entry, cash only - lots are open at 8am.

  • East Hollywood: Los Angeles City College parking structure on Heliotrope. Entrance is on Heliotrope Drive at Monroe Street. Lot closes at 6pm.
    >> Access from the 101 Freeway: exit Melrose, go east on Melrose Avenue, turn left (north) at the FIRST left on Alexandria Avenue, then turn right on Monroe Street. Parking lot at the end of Monroe.
  • Little Tokyo / Downtown L.A.: City of Los Angeles lot 2 and 7 located at the corner of Temple Street and Judge John Aiso Street (one block east of Alameda Street - surface parking lot adjacent to MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary.) Entrances on Temple and on Aiso.
    >> Access from the 101 Freeway: exit Alameda Street, go south on Alameda, turn at the FIRST right onto Temple Street, entrance to parking lot is on the left side of the street.

Some suggestions for parking in various areas along the route – listed east to west:

  • Boyle Heights – suggest street parking east of Hollenbeck Park
  • Little Tokyo – limited street parking available, consider using pay parking lots
  • Downtown L.A. – limited street parking available, consider using pay parking lots
  • Westlake MacArthur Park – Quite a bit of street parking should be available either north or south of the route. From the north, perhaps take 3rd Street and turn south on any smaller street between Alvarado and downtown. From the south, perhaps take Olympic Boulevard and turn north on any smaller street between Hoover and Downtown.
  • Koreatown – Every day of the week, parking is not easy in the denser residential neighborhoods here. Early in the day, it may be not too difficult to park along commercial corridors, including Vermont Avenue.
  • East Hollywood - Be careful of residential permit parking in this area (including some on Heliotrope.) Suggest looking for parking on residential streets west of Heliotrope.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

See our earlier article with suggestions on Ten Ways to Get to CicLAvia

64 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa Martinez  |  October 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I am very interested. Where will you guys be starting? and where will it end?

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    • 2. Joe Linton  |  October 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

      The whole route from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood is open from 10am to 3pm. There’s not really any start or end – you can start anywhere and end anywhere! See maps here.

      Reply
  • 3. brad  |  October 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    many ways to get down there. thanks for info

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  • 4. Nanette  |  October 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Big problem with taking public transit to get downtown for an “event” like this. The system is already overtaxed and has fewer lines running over the weekend. This is going to create havoc for those who for whom public transit is their only option to get to and from work – YES, on Saturday. Custodial and restaurant workers, many of whom are low income, don’t have cars. Please consider their needs before you jump on!

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    • 5. A Velo  |  October 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm

      Actually, it’s a Sunday.

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    • 6. LosFelizRider  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      While there may be a “big problem” with taking public transit to this event, it’s a Bigger Problem to drive to these events. Roadway congestion, pollution, using fossil fuel, parking congestion — these are real problems.

      I’d take the “problem” of congested public transit over the Real Problem of traffic/cars/parking any day!

      We need to have some perspective here.

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      • 7. bigG  |  October 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

        Agreed AVelo and LosFeliz Rider.
        Nannette….Overtaxed public transit system you say??? Are you a regular Metro rider? have you ever ridden the Metro?

        I highly doubt that this event (or any for that matter) would over tax the system at this point and if it does… good, that’s how the system grows and gets more ridership.
        Taking public transport is WAY better than driving your car there, so please use the METRO thats why it’s there.

  • 8. Kathy  |  October 5, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I’m coming from CULVER CITY, anyone have a best way to get there by bike???

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  • 11. Ellen Lutwak  |  October 6, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Trying to figure out the best way to get to start by public transit. Thanks.

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    • 12. Joe Linton  |  October 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Let us know where you’re coming from, and we can help give you advice. It looks like Beverly Hills area, right? If you’re close to Wilshire, just catch any of the buses eastbound (20 or 720) and then get off at Alvarado and walk a block south to 7th Street. The fare is $1.50 (exact change) each way.

      Reply
  • 13. Mikal Myers  |  October 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Coming from Claremont. Anyone else?

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    • 14. em42  |  October 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

      you can take the Metro train to Union
      thats what im taking

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      • 15. Mikal Myers  |  October 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

        I plan on taking the Metro Link, and I haven’t decided whether to take the Red line to Vermont/Beverly, or the Gold line to Soto.

      • 16. Joe Linton  |  October 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

        It’s pretty easy to walk or bike from Union Station to the CicLAvia route – it’s 4-5 blocks. Go south on Alameda, and right on 1st!

      • 17. Erik G.  |  October 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

        You might want to look for the Metrolink train since Metro (different agency) does not serve Claremont…yet.

        Once you get to LA Union Station, your Metrolink ticket, assuming you did not purchase a Family 4-pack, includes a free EZ Pass valid on any LA Metro Rail train or LA Metro Bus.

        Best bet is to take the Purple/Red Line to 7th Street/Metro Center or take the Gold Line to Little Tokyo.

        Purple/Red Line trains have way more space for bikes, BTW.

  • 18. Iann Williams  |  October 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I am also leaving from Culver City. Will there be any bike groups leaving from the nearby area like the ones posted above from UCLA and the San Gabriel Valley? Will there be one leaving from USC or Culver City?

    Thanks.

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  • 19. Ellen Lutwak  |  October 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks. Appreciate the input. If anyone in the Beverly Hills area wants to ride in with me – that would be great.

    Reply
    • 20. Joe Linton  |  October 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      There’s now a ride from the Beverly Center area – from I Martin Bike Shop. See listing above.

      Reply
  • 21. Natalie Gaber  |  October 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    The UCLA group will actually be meeting at 10am –NOT 11am as listed above—and departing by 10:30am. See you there!

    Reply
  • 22. Ellen Lutwak  |  October 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Will the UCLA group be returning to UCLA together?

    Reply
  • 23. Joan Stevens  |  October 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Anybody biking from Eagle Rock?

    Reply
  • 25. Cory  |  October 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Burbank: we are meeting at Chandler and Keystone at 830am. Ride to NoHo take the train down for CicLAvia. Ride from Hel Mel to Boyle Heights and back… get excited kids!!

    Reply
    • 26. Bonovan  |  October 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Cory – I can meet you all at Pass and Chandler Bike Path at 8:45. Are you still going?

      Reply
  • 27. walt  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:36 am

    NELA Ride to cicLAvia (CicLAVia 10/10/10)
    Group bicycle ride from Northeast Los Angeles to the Eastside End of Ciclavia at Hollenbeck Park. Ride meets at Avenue 37 and Figueroa Street outside the Bike Oven / Flying Pigeon LA Bike Shop, and rides through Lincoln Heights to Boyle Heights.

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  • 28. Raul  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I am coming from the North Valley area (Granada Hills).
    I can drive to the Metro Red Line Station in NoHo but would the
    Metro allow me to take a full size (not folding) bike inside the train with me. I havent really taken a bike on a train before.
    What would be the closest area that I can park if I need to go to
    Downtown LA?

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    • 29. Joe Linton  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      You can bring a full sized bike on the train, no problem (get there a little early, cause I am worried that they’ll fill up that day) – some Downtown LA parking suggestions above. There are plenty of pay parking lots in Little Tokyo and the rest of downtown… not too much on-street free parking.

      Reply
  • 30. Colleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Can I bring my dog and my bike on LA Metro?

    Reply
    • 31. Joe Linton  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      I don’t think that dogs (other than seeing-eye dogs) are allowed on Metro… I ride it frequently and I haven’t seen them… though I just looked on the Metro website and couldn’t find any statement on this.

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    • 32. Josef Bray-Ali  |  April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      You can always ride your dog in a big basket on the front or rear of a bike. A trailer might work if the dog is too big for a basket. Flying Pigeon LA carries a bunch of cargo bikes for hauling pets, kids, friends, and stuff.

      Reply
  • 33. MARIO BRAVO  |  October 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I’m ready see you all there>>>>>>>>>>>> RIDE SAFE<<<<<<<<<<

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  • 34. Jeff W.  |  October 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Any parking at LA community college or west of there? Lemon Grove Rec Center? Cleveland Chiro Col?

    Reply
    • 35. Joe Linton  |  October 9, 2010 at 1:19 am

      If you arrive early, you should be able to find on-street parking on streets west of LA City College.

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      • 36. Jeff W.  |  October 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

        Thank you. I take it the colleges and rec center are off limits. (?)

        What about parking at the Hollenbeck Park end?

      • 37. Joe Linton  |  October 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

        The college parking lot has a big swap meet sundays – we’ve been trying to get the lot off Heliotrope with no luck so far.

        Hollenbeck Park end is similar – street parking in a quiet neighborhood. I suggest getting there early, though – Mayor and lots of events there right at 10am.

        Easiest least-hassle parking will be pay lots downtown LA – especially Little Tokyo, El Pueblo areas – I think that they’re like $5-6 for all day, worth it for the convenience.

  • 38. Wendy  |  October 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Santa Monica to the event, anyone? would like to ride there is I can get some co-riders!
    Wendy

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    • 39. Joe Linton  |  October 9, 2010 at 10:08 am

      you might join up with the Streetsblog ride – on Venice in Mar Vista – not tooo far from SM.

      Reply
  • 40. Jeff W.  |  October 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    If one walks the route end-to-end and needs to metro back where they started, It looks like they will be taking two metro lines. Are transfers convenient, and included in the fare?

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    • 41. Joe Linton  |  October 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      Metro doesn’t have transfers these days (just a $6 day pass.) If you go on two lines, you’d have to pay two $1.50 fares. You can cover about 3/4ths of the route by taking the Red Line (from Vermont/Santa Monica – to Civic Center) then maybe walk the rest.

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      • 42. Jeff W.  |  October 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

        No Metro transfers?!*
        It is getting off topic, but don’t we need people to park their cars and actually use what public transportation system we do have? You can’t blame people for not using public transportation (Don’t even mention the bus system; it counts for nothing). Hell, give it away, and charge the wealthy $50 for bringing their car into the city (give them $3.50 back as they leave the city).

        Back to regular programming: CicLAvia deserves to have expanded and more subsidized metro services. They probably spent their budget, but next time… And, if there are trade-offs between expanding to regular CicLAvia events and spending more per event, maybe there can be an occasional “Super CicLAvia” with free or super cheap public transpo. The metro is underground downtown (No impact on surface movement)? They run it empty if everyone drives instead. How much do they make in fares anyway, and is that the point?

  • 43. Mikal Myers  |  October 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Metro Link does come to Claremont.

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  • 44. Simon  |  October 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I live on Spring. How will I be able to drive my car out of my garage, since the only exit is along the route. Will the communist be in my way of driving my car like a normal person down Spring Street as I turn onto 7th?

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    • 45. Joe Linton  |  October 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      If your garage’s only exit is on Spring Street, then you won’t be able to drive your car out of your garage from ~9:30am until ~3:30pm. There will be no driving on Spring from 1st Street to 7th Street, and no driving on 7th Street from Spring to Park View. If you definitely need your car during that time, you’ll need to park elsewhere at that time.

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    • 46. Cindy  |  October 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      What is your address?

      Reply
  • 48. Cory  |  October 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    @Bonovan Yes we are still riding and my guess is we should be to Pass sometime between 845 and 900. Look for a fat guy on a green single speed.

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    • 49. Bonovan  |  October 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      @Cory – Great. Look for a Ruben-esque brunette with a green Mongoose bike, sitting on the bench on the west side of the Bikepath/Pass intersection.

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      • 50. Bonovan  |  October 10, 2010 at 12:36 am

        @Cory – Have to cancel trip tomorrow due to wrist injury incurred Saturday night at the FAB FOUR concert at Club Nokia. Please have a BLAST and be safe. Hope we can hook up for another ride.

        Peace out

  • [...] Find a group ride to CicLAvia here or find bicycling, transit, car directions and parking here [...]

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  • 52. Leigh  |  April 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Are there any santa monica/venice/westside meetups for this year?

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  • 53. Chibirodan  |  April 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    There is also a very slow group of cyclists leaving media park at 8:30am.

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  • 55. Michael  |  April 7, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Any chance of the South Pasadena/Highland Park ride meeting up with the Highland Park Flying Pigeon ride?

    Reply
  • 56. CicLAvia | Be A Green Commuter Home  |  April 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    [...] The CicLAvia route is conveniently located near major transit lines. There are also be numerous feeder rides leading to CicLAvia throughout the city. There’s a UCLA feeder ride meeting at the Bruin Bear at 9 am. For more information on how to get to CicLAvia, click here. [...]

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  • 57. Eliza  |  April 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Reminder to anyone planning to use the Metro bus on your travels. You cannot purchase a Metro TAP card/bus pass on the bus, (You can pay full cash fare per way.) Day passes are available at Metro Customer Centers and approximately 400 Metro pass places like Ace Cash Express, ContinentalCurrency Services, Inc., Nix Check Cashing and selected Ralphs stores. Buy today so you won’t be disappointed tomorrow. Or pay the cash fare without pass on the bus tomorrow. Be safe and have a great ride!!

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  • 58. Osvaldo  |  April 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    The harbor area is not included. :(

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    • 59. Joe Linton  |  April 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      You might take the metro blue line – or the harbor transitway – for info see Metro.net

      Reply
  • 60. Osvaldo  |  April 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    The harbor area is not listed. :(

    Reply
  • 61. J Gurantz  |  April 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I’m coming from Glendale. How take Metro? From what staion?
    I’ll have a 2yr old.

    Reply
    • 62. Joe Linton  |  April 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Depending where you are in Glendale, you may be able to take the 96 Bus, or one of the buses on San Fernando Road (84, 85, I think.) Check http://www.metro.net

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  • 63. blossom  |  October 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Are there any rides starting in Burbank to going to Ciclavia?

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    • 64. Joe Linton  |  October 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      for rides, see the new website: http://www.ciclavia.org/directions/ I don’t see any Burbank ones yet.

      You do have some good choices: you can ride the Burbank-Chandler bike path to the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station. Or you can ride the LA River bike path – from Victory/Sonora/Riverside.

      Reply

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