FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please comment below or e-mail us at info@ciclavia.org if you have any questions that haven’t already been answered.

When is the next CicLAvia? July 10th, then October 9th 2011!

Is the route one way or both ways?
Both ways! There’s no start and no end. It’s not a race or a group bike ride. You can enter the route anywhere and walk/bike along any part you like. It’s for everyone to do anything they can imagine to do in the street.

Where is the start? Where is the finish?
There’s no start, no finish. You can start anywhere you like, and double back, take breaks, as you like.

Are there steep hills on the route?
No - the route was designed to be relatively flat, but there are a few areas on the route with minor hills – nothing major, nothing steep. Here’s a list of the slight hills:
> New Hampshire Avenue north of Beverly Boulevard
>7th Street west of Figueroa, over the 110 freeway
>4th Street Bridge over the L.A. River, both western and eastern approaches
>4th Street west of Boyle Avenue, slopes up into Boyle Heights
Route guides will be stationed at the hills. They’ll inform CicLAvia participants about hills as they approach downhills. In order to prevent excessive speeds, we recommend dismounting and walking downhill, especially as the route becomes crowded.

Are there bathrooms along the route?
Yes, we will have portable bathrooms set up at the 4 rest stops along the route: Hollenbeck Park (SW corner of 4th and Cummings), South Lawn of City Hall (NW corner of 1st and Main), MacArthur Park (North side of 7th, between Alvarado and Lake), and Orange 20 Bikes parking lot at Heliotrope and Melrose. There will be one disabled accessible bathroom at each rest stop. Additionally, there are public restrooms at the parks along the route: Shatto Park, Aliso-Pico Park, and LaFayette Park. We also encourage participants to support businesses along the route (restaurants, museums, etc.) that will surely have bathrooms as well.

Where can I find water along the route?
There will be hydration stations at the 4 rest stops along the route: Hollenbeck Park (SW corner of 4th and Cummings), South Lawn of City Hall (NW corner of 1st and Main), MacArthur Park (North side of 7th, between Alvarado and Lake), and Orange 20 Bikes parking lot at Heliotrope and Melrose. The water stations will be set up as taps, so bring your own water bottle if you can! We also encourage participants to support businesses along the route – so you can easily buy water at stores along the route, too.

Are skateboarders allowed?
Yes – skateboards and skates welcome! Scooters welcome, too.

I want to bring my baby to CicLAvia. Is it safe to move slowly down the street with a stroller?
Yes, CicLAvia is for everyone – especially children and their families, whether you’re riding a bicycle, on skates, a skateboard, in a wheelchair, walking with a stroller, etc. etc. You get the idea.  There will be a lot of space on LA’s wide streets.  People moving fast will be encouraged to stay to the left while people moving slower will stick to the right.  There will be room for everyone to enjoy safely.

Where can I park?
See How to get to CicLAvia for parking (and transit, etc.) suggestions.

I live far away from the route. How can I get there and participate?
See How to get to CicLAvia for transit suggestions.

What’s the schedule? When do the streets go back to regular?
Here’s a run-down of what happens when regarding street closing/opening:
Sunday 1am – officially no parking on the route goes into effect
Sunday ~6am – city begins to tow any cars parked on the route
Sunday ~9am – city begins closing streets to secure route.
Sunday ~9:30am – any cars needing to exit driveways on the route must exit by 9:30am
Sunday ~9:45am – route fully secured
Sunday 10am – event begins, streets open for bicycling, walking.
Sunday 2:30pm - event organizers will circulate announcing limited time remaining
Sunday 3pm – streets revert to everyday use, pedestrians move to sidewalks, cyclists to right lanes. City begins undo-ing closures.
Sunday ~3:30pm – streets fully reopened to routine traffic.
This is just the street closure schedule – for the schedule of activities, see our events map page.

Where can I rent a bike?
LA still has a way to go with bike rental shops. The closest rental place to the route that we know of is Flying Pigeon LA, located in Highland Park 3714 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065,  213-909-8986 info@flyingpigeon-la.com. Flying Pigeon bike rental info here – reserve early, they will sell out.

What can I expect to see and do along the route?
What you can expect to see is lots of people, biking and walking. Expect to explore the city, and see some neighborhoods and sights that you might drive past every day but don’t always notice. There’s also some musicians, some dance, costumes, political rallies, yoga, capoeira, and more. Many of the events are listed on our online events map - though many things will be spontaneous – so expect some surprises! See our earlier articles for various features along the route: restaurantshistoric buildings, museumschurches, public art, etc. Read more at our Powers of 10 post for some of additional picks and suggestions!

Can I set up a table or tent along the route?
Our limited event permit and insurance only cover active recreation in the streets – activities that keep the flow of the street moving forward and are in the spirit of walking, bicycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc. Neither our permit nor our insurance cover tabling activities. Organizations and individuals who would like to set up a table along the route or at one of the many parks or pubic spaces during CicLAvia are encouraged to contact the appropriate city department (Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Street Services, Fire Department, etc.) for the necessary permits and insurance. We would love for your organization to be an integral part of CicLAvia by considering other, more active ways of getting your message out with the flow of people and bikes in the streets. Perhaps you can have a “moving table” – a bicycle that markets your cause, or a procession in the streets with banners or signs. We are encouraging all interested parties to be innovative and resourceful in this regard.

I can’t make it. When will the next one be?
Next CicLAvias are 7.10.2011 and 10.9.2011!

CicLAvia 4.10.2011 on 7th Street - Photo by Alex Thompson

74 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Margie Saldibar  |  October 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

    What can I expect to see and do along the route. Where are suggested parking spots along the route if we are driving in with bikes?

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  • 3. Warren Christensen  |  October 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Always interested in what you are doing, Arron, and how I can help. Great idea.
    Warren

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  • 4. Gerry Cueller  |  October 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Who authorized such a major inconvenience to the taxpayers of this city? Many of my neighbors and I are outraged that such a disruptive event has been permitted to occur.

    How did this happen?

    More specifically, why weren’t LA residents – specifically those directly along the route of this absurd event – allowed an opportunity to voice their opinions about such an event. At a minimum, a public hearing should’ve been conducted. Proper notice should’ve been provided.

    This event that will stifle much needed business revenue and economic output for an entire day in the 2nd largest city in the country. What is going on with the elected leadership of this city that would allow an event like this to occur? In this seriously dire economic environment, why is this event happening? To let people know that they can walk and ride bicycles in the city? Are you serious?!! An entire day?!!

    This is OUTRAGEOUS!

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    • 5. Joe Linton  |  October 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      Gerry -

      Thank you for your comment.

      The event was authorized by the city of Los Angeles, similar to the way that the marathon, Fiesta Broadway, and various other events are done. The conditions of the permit included notification of all the folks along the route, which we did door-to-door between late-August and mid-September.

      We know that some businesses are concerned about potentially losing customers during the event, though we’ve also heard that some businesses (mostly restaurants) are staffing up because they expect larger than usual crowds for a normally-slow Sunday. Generally, foot-traffic is a really good thing for businesses – and we expect to see huge amounts of foot traffic that day. In San Francisco, the first year they did a similar event, the Fisherman’s Wharf businesses opposed the event; the second year those same businesses sponsored the event – because they saw increased revenues that day – due to lots of event foot traffic. We expect that CicLAvia will be good for business in L.A., but it’s the first time we’ve done it, so we’ll know better after Sunday.

      We hope that you’ll join us this Sunday – on foot or on bike. And whether you participate or not, please continue to give us feedback so we make the event as good as it can be, and with the least disruption to non-particpants as possible.

      Joe Linton
      CicLAvia Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator

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      • 6. Phillip  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

        Joe, I don’t know who gave you your information but I was never notified about this thing. I live in a hotel on 7th street and no one knocked on my door, no flier was shoved under my door. The first time I heard of the stupidity was when I started seeing the sandwich boards go up. I have asthma which makes walking a chore, I do not own a car and you’ve blocked access to buses. In essence you’ve locked my into my place for the day. Thanks for taking one of my precious 2 days off away from me. Thanks for nothing.

        Phillip

      • 7. Joe Linton  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm

        Phillip -

        Thanks for your imput. CicLAvia worked with Metro to include crossing points where buses (and cars) can cross the route, so that the event would have less negative impacts on the bus system. For a list of Sunday bus line rerouting see http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/system_delays/images/CicLAvia-10-10-10.pdf

        Joe

      • 8. Adam  |  April 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        Joe, you have twice now avoided direct questions. Also, your “thank you for your comment” to Gerry was condescending at best.

      • 9. Joe Linton  |  April 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

        what direction questions did you want me to respond to?

      • 10. Ann  |  June 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

        Joe,
        I live on New Hampshire Avenue between Council and 1st. I moved in to my apartment building in January and I was NEVER notified of this event. I found out about the April event when I looked outside my window and my driveway was blocked off. I was supposed to go to work and I had to call my boss and tell him I couldn’t come in because I had no way to get there. I could not run my errands, have guests over, or visit friends because of the blocked street and lack of parking.
        Please consider notifying residents before EACH event, especially for the new residents. I will plan to be out of town for the next event, so that I will not be blocked into my apartment for the entire day. I’m very happy to see that the July event was cancelled.
        Also, I moved here because this apartment building has a parking lot, which I can’t use during these events. I am planning to move out before these events become more frequent. Please let us know where you might be expanding these events, so we can avoid living in those areas. Thank you.

    • 11. Jeff  |  October 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      Are you for real? You obviously just don’t get IT. Smart businesses, and smart people, will take advantage of an event like this. You should be happy that there are forward thinkers like this in your community putting on events like these–these are the kinds of things that make communities stronger.

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      • 12. Gerry Cueller  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

        There’s nothing “forward thinking” about this event at all. It’s simply a blatant toss-off, in your face, mis-directed rebuke of LA automobile culture. And all at the expense of taxpaying, hardworking LA residents. As if the people who live in this city have some other viable option of getting around LA.

        Our city was not, and unfortunately still is not, designed for mass transportation, but don’t take it out on the LA residents who live here. I’m all for reducing congestion but this event is the wrong way to go about shedding light on the issue. You want to do something constructive? Go organize your little group of self-appointed “hipster” fixed-gear bicycle friends into pressuring our city leadership into doing something constructive about the problem instead of wasting taxpayer time and money on events like this or other issues that have nothing to do with our city (e.g. petitioning the State of AZ re: immigration).

        And don’t even get me started about the blatant impropriety of how this event was organized and ultimately approved. Proper notice to LA residents, especially those who live directly along the event route (i.e. me and many of my neighbors who are equally incensed about this event) is an absolute must. No such notice was provided. At a minimum, an opportunity for a public hearing on the matter should’ve been provided. Sadly, it was not. This event is a blatant pork handout to a very small, and very insignificant, special interest group.

        You really have to cripple a large portion of the city so that you can ride your little bikes on a Sunday? Really?

      • 13. Erica garcia  |  October 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

        Gerry, I agree with you COMPLETELY!!!!!

      • 14. Carlos A. Rodriguez  |  September 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        WOW… people are making such a huge deal about this as if we were bringing Burning Man to downtown LA. Most businesses would be smart about it and will figure out a way to make money and possible get involved in making the NEXT ONE even better. Let’s try to support those who jumped through hoops to get permits and tried their best to notify the residents. For those who are choosing to let the event annoy you, go to the beach, go shopping at a mall, or just stay home watching TV.

    • 15. Erica garcia  |  October 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      Joe, I am one of the outraged citizens along the route, I live next to Bicycle Kitchen. I was NEVER approached as you say “door to door” to be asked if this is ok. I will not be able to get home after a long night at work. I will be forced to spend my hard earned cash on renting a hotel room, or go take a nap somewhere in the valley, or the beach, because I can’t access my house. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!!

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      • 16. Joe Linton  |  October 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

        The route ends at the Bicycle Kitchen, if you’re north of it, then your home shouldn’t be affected. I saw the LADOT stuff further north than the route is planned today. (There will a traffic officer there, but the person will allow local traffic through.

      • 17. Elvis  |  October 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

        Erica,
        Don’t you think and others on this comment page that the use of “outraged” is a bit much, harsh even. Your boo hoo attitudes are ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Write the mayor, oh yeah he’s going to be riding the route too…

      • 18. elvis  |  September 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!! this is a comment to all the lame people who don’t support this event or the City of Los Angeles…move away already

    • 19. Elvis  |  October 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Geez Gerry…get a hold of yourself man…”absolutely ridiculous”, “This is OUTRAGEOUS!” what? Obviously you’re somebody that is afraid of people and of any kind of event that brings people of Los Angeles together. What’s’ the harm of closing some streets off for a few hours during the day? This event will bring thousands of people from outside the area that will be customers in the businesses along the routes which might not be getting any customers. Our mayor authorized this event if you haven’t read about it and he is an advocated of bike riding in Los Angeles as so am I. I ride my bicycle to and from work every day in downtown L.A. and more people should get off of their lazy asses and cars and do the same.

      So Gerry…I suggest you stay stifled in your little apartment or whatever hamster home you live in and watch television while the voices of happy people roll and walk down your streets.

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      • 20. Joe Linton  |  October 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

        Easy does it, Elvis – please no personal attacks here (you didn’t – but you got close!) Gerry can express himself about this event, just like you and me.

        I actually think that Gerry’s comments are really good – and here’s why: The city was reluctant to permit the event on larger streets (specifically Vermont Avenue), we negotiated with them and ended up on the street adjacent to the street we really wanted (ended up on New Hampshire) – where we’re going to have a great time tomorrow! From the first CicLAvia event, we can learn what works well, and what’s not as great. If folks like Gerry who live on New Hampshire express a lot of concerns – like they should – I think it helps CicLAvia to make the case for main streets in the future. And if we do residential streets again… maybe we can approach it differently, address some of Gerry’s concerns, and make it a better event. We’re excited… but we are still learning.

      • 21. Erica garcia  |  October 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

        Elvis, the streets are not closed off for a “FEW” hours as you say, since 1 am ALL cars must be removed from the streets until 4pm. Does that sound like a “FEW” hours to you? Sounds more like almost 12 hours to me. I can’t even get near my apartment at all and I work at night. Try staying up an entire night, and no, not partying and having fun, I mean actually doing work, and let’s see how you would enjoy staying up until 4 pm because some people want to ride their bikes around town. I’d like to see how focused and pleasant you will be. Anyhow, as I pointed out to someone else, it’s not your problem, so you don’t care.

    • 22. Roberto Bollo  |  April 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      You can not be serious ? what about the other 364 days cyclist, who are saving money and resources by riding bikes are bullied on the road by wasteful fat asses in huge trucks ? I guess fat lazy consumers killing the environment so they can take massive dumps is your idea of helping the economy.. har har har loser. get out and ride your bike there is the other 99.5% of the LA area that will function as usual on Sunday so you can go to jack in the box dont sweat it

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  • 23. carlos  |  October 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Gerry -

    You sound old.

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    • 24. Joe Linton  |  October 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      Easy does it, Carlos – I am old, and I bike every day! I’ll challenge you to a race!

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    • 25. Erica garcia  |  October 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Carlos, that is beside the point. I am not old, and I’m as enraged as he is. This is a total and complete inconvenience. Not all of like to bicycle. Some of us have jobs at night and just want to go home to rest and relax after a hard night at work. This is just another way to make people spend the money they don’t have.

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      • 26. Roberto Bollo  |  April 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        E Garcia,

        if this is the kind of thing that “enrages” you , you are either A: very petty, or B: don’t have a good idea of what rage actually is and what would warrant it.

  • 27. Warren Christensen  |  October 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The article in the Los Angeles Times this morning will hopefully answer a lot of quesions about how many ciites around the US and world are already doing this event and how enthusiastically the event is being recieved by those who live and work in those ciites. If the events are being repeated and expanded it is evidence of how successful they are.
    Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in the US and we always seem to be one of the last to embrace the human potential movement we mostly all strive to achieve. Gerry, consider as we grow older and more experienced we overate the accuracy of our judgements.
    Experience is what we need to get things right. Experience is what we get from doing things wrong. Bring it on and lets get this one done right by doing it. Maybe the entire city will be dancing in the streets very soon.

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    • 28. Gerry Cueller  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      Who cares how many other cities around the US have held similar events? There is no other city like ours. LA is a densely populated major metro area, and a widely dispersed collection of neighborhoods, all at the same time. No other city in our country has the double-edged mass-population/lack-of-transportation problem that LA has.

      As for human experience, what does that have to do with anything? You want to conduct your own little social experiment? Do it on your own time, with your own money, without forcing it down people’s throats and see how many people show up. LA is a wonderful city – the 2nd largest in the country the last time I heard – with PLENTY of human experience and interactions happening every day. We have much bigger problems in this city – real problems that develop all by themselves. We certainly don’t need to game the system and create new ones that seek to serve only a very small special interest group.

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      • 29. Elvis  |  October 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

        Who cares….the people of L.A. care Gerry. I bet you’re one of the people that are against the Art Walk in Downtown L.A. too…right?

  • 30. Susan Janovici  |  October 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    We want to walk around the City Hall area. My husband is in a wheelchair. We want to use one of the public parking lots near City Hall. Will we have trouble getting to one of the parking lots with the street closure? We were going to take the freeway and get off at Temple Street and then go east to Los Angeles Street and then south.

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    • 31. Joe Linton  |  October 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Susan – the City Hall area is a good flat stretch of the route – excellent for wheelchair use. We’re not 100% sure which pay lots are open on Sundays, though the ones off Temple close to Little Tokyo (1 block off the route) are supposed to be open – also the one off Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo/Olvera Street (3 blocks from the route.)

      The route itself is, obviously, closed. The adacent streets remain open to local traffic – so you can go on them to reach parking areas.

      There’s some additional wheelchair user advice on this page: http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/some-tips-for-wheelchair-ciclavia-participants/

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  • 32. Cheryl  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Wow, I’m really excited for this to happen! This is a great excuse to safely explore the city on bicycle! Thanks for putting it on.

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  • 33. Erica garcia  |  October 8, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I work weekends. I work overnight. When I get out of work, I just want to go home to rest and relax after a long night at work. You post just about everything, except an alternate route on how I can get home. La dee da and hurrah for all of you who don’t work weekends and work a regular monday thru Friday, but we don’t all work like this. My mother and little sister also have to work on the weekends and will need to find alternate routes to work. Please post alternate ways of getting home, or where ever else people need to go.

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  • 34. Kim  |  October 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Geez Erica…enough. We get it. You’re mad. You work weekends. You’ll be tired. Ok ok ok.

    Instead of repeating yourself over and over (reminds me of a stomping/rolling on floor child) why don’t you check out the map of the route and plan your way home so that you can best avoid it.

    Here. Check it out and plan accordingly.
    http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/about/maps/

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    • 35. Erica garcia  |  October 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      Kim, if it was that easy I wouldn’t be on here throwing a tantrum. I am blocked off completely. Even if I could have access to my apartment, there’d be nowhere to park, as all cars are no allowed to park anywhere on the surrounding streets. Is all this trouble really necessary? You can say because it’s not you who’s being affected. Where are all these supposed to park their cars? We’re talking entire blocks, not just one or two. Is that fair to the rest of us who live here? Not at all. I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, even if I planned for it, there’s no way around it. Will you be willing to fork up the 150 for a room, cause I’ll gladly take it and go rent a room anywhere to get my rest. Where am I supposed to go until 4Pm, and why should I have to just because you want to ride your bike? It’s not just once, this is happening more and more for us who live in the city. Is that really necessary? So move you’ll say. Gee, if rent wasn’t sky high everywhere else I would, and that’s not the point anyhow. Anyhow, it’s not you who’s affected, so what do you care, right? Typical attitude in this country not your problem, so you don’t care, but I should shut my trap and let you have a good time anyhow, nevermind that my neighbors and I are being inconvenienced as long as it’s not you.

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  • 36. Billy  |  October 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Looking forward to it…hoping to lose some pounds while enjoying the scenery around LA.

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    • 37. Katie Garcia  |  October 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      I fear my intake of calories are going to over ride the calories lost, especially beacause of the wonderful food stand i hear they are having lol

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  • 38. Katie Garcia  |  October 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I am really excited to participate in this event! I find it quite comical at the expense of those who have strongly opposed to the event. Especially the one who claims he has asthma, One would imagine with out the exsessive traffic in his area the air would actually be breathable for once. That is a blessing! As for the crazy who thinks this will put strain on businesses I think he just wants something to rant at. Besides, If he does not own a business maybe he should mind his own business lol. All in all, The positives far out weigh the negatives in my opinion. Thanks to all involved in creating such an awesome event,

    FIXED ON CHRIST!

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  • 39. Elvis  |  October 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    BTW…it’s pretty awesome to see how people can think of this event as an “inconvenience”
    Really folks…is that all you can come up with? What maybe you have to do something like walk a block or two to get to your house? My loft is on the route and I don’t hear anyone complaining on Spring street. Also there have been posters in businesses in my area for a few weeks already, maybe you people need to get out of the house more. I am born and raised in Los Angeles and I bet some of you non-supporters are transplants…if you don’t like it stay home. Better yet…stand on the street with protest signs against the event…I doubt that’ll happen.

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    • 40. Erica garcia  |  October 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

      I work ten miles from my job, you try walking ten miles, Elvis. I wish it was just a block or two, it’s ten miles. That’s A LOT of blocks. You don’t hear anyone complaining because you aren’t asking them how they feel about it. You don’t hear anyone complaining because most ppl who can afford to live in a loft in downtown obviously have alot of money, so most likely they don’t have to work on Sundays, so no skin off of their noses. Again, those living in high towers asking what are the little people crying about. Poo hoo, let them eat cake, right Elvis?

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    • 41. not an antoinette  |  October 11, 2010 at 3:02 am

      I nominate “my loft is on the route and I don’t hear anyone complaining” for comment of the year in the category of well-meaning-progressive-activist-type-who-is-most out-of-touch-with-the-kind-of-hard-realities-faced-by-working-people. Which is pretty much exactly what is wrong with most progressive city planners anyways so at least you’re in good company, Elvis.

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      • 42. elvis  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

        First of all I wasn’t going to comment on your comment…but it’s Monday and I have a minute before I actually start doing some work. So thank you for the nomination, at least I made the cut…right? Most out of touch with the kind of hard realities huh…so I assume that you’re assuming that I’m either a trust-fund kid or a well to do never worked a day in my life person because my parents are rich…and well neither of those people are me, sorry. I’m a hard working graphic artist myself and have worked quite a bit of long hours in my days as well. I’m not sitting here on my high horse just saying how life is so grand and turn a blind eye to the “working people”. I don’t even know why you would bring that up. I was on the ride yesterday and there was a lot of people from all walks of life enjoying the day and the streets without cars trying to run you over. I believe and I’m sure I’m not alone here that the event was a success…with or without the support of the naysayers…now you can get back to your normal city streets polluted with cars and buses.

  • 43. todd  |  October 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    NOone is forcing anyone to use a different flavor of toothpaste. But if they were…

    Maybe try it out for a week and see if you still hate it then.

    I was prompted to buy a used bike and have it ready for tomorrow (with money I don’t have). Another girl at the same time bought a nifty-looking used bike ready to roll with the same excuse. And she was excited by her impulse buy as much as I was. Thanks to Coco’s.

    I don’t know if this will be fun or worthwhile. Or if is a blast this year and gone tomorrow. But I’m going to try it and see. Maybe I’ll start riding around by bike again. I feel better already.

    Oh, I’m old too.

    Thanks for the chance to comment and I enjoyed the different viewpoints.

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  • 44. Donna  |  October 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I might rather bike through the streets mid-day during the cooler months of the year. Not the hot ones!! Please consider doing the events in October thru may, rather than may through october!! Thank you. I love the event! Can’t wait to check it out!!

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  • 45. Shell  |  October 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

    No one notified anyone here either. I live along 6th st and i cant even make it to church. Im in a wheel chair now for almost 20 years. Needless to say i have very limited mobility. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU TO TELL ME i CAN’T PULL MY CAR OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY BETWEEN 9:30 AND 4PM. Towing cars along route??? Are you kidding me? Im looking out my window and all i see is empty street with a few confused cars doing u-turns trying to navigete the madness. Oh ans meter maids getting overtime for standing around. How much is this costing the city anyway? wHAT A STUPID IDEA! …

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  • 46. Billy  |  October 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    10 hrs ago I joined the bike ride and wasn’t able to ride the 7.5 miles..for my bike gears was somehow stuck on high going through the slight upghill somewhere along the route.The bike repair station was still few miles away and I just have a hard time pushing the pedals..so I decided to head back where it was started at Melrose/Heliotrope.It was fun nonetheless.I’ll do it again soon I hope ,when they plan it again..I’m there.BTW,just need a hex wrench to adjust my gear cable back in the slot.

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  • 47. Sydney  |  March 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I loved the Los Angeles 10-10-10 event and can’t wait for the 2011 event! I wish we could get more kids, teens, and families out there who don’t yet own a bike! This is a fantastic community event and thank you the organizers for putting up with all the crapola! The only thing I can add is that we need more food!!!!

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    • 48. Joe Linton  |  March 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Sydney – Thanks! One clarification, though: “more food” – in what sense? We’re hoping that folks mostly will take advantage of the restaurants along the route.

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  • 49. Christina  |  March 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I think it is fair to ask what the net cost is to the city of Los Angeles for this event to take place (minus the costs sponsored by organizations)? An honest figure, with the overtime and incentive pay for city workers up in the 1am hour to begin blocking off streets, the policemen stopped at almost every intersection, etc.

    Then, it is also fair to ask what this organization can honestly say was the total dollar benefit or deficit to local businesses who felt traffic increased during the last event or decreased due to lack of parking and publicity prior to the event.

    Hopefully this next event is of great success to this organization as well as to the residents surrounding the route who were hopefully better informed this time and feel their input is taken seriously.

    Also, one super helpful suggestion – post route maps at street closure signs, this way for those of us who had no idea the event was going to take place don’t get lost in LA for two hours trying to find a way to get to where we need to go. This type of proactive provision of information creates appreciation for event organizations rather than animosity. One day when everyone has a smartphone to look up alternate routes, this will not be an issue – but that day has not come yet.

    Good luck in April!

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    • 50. kelly thompson  |  March 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you to all who make this event happen. I know it’s hard to believe but we cyclists are also “tax’ paying Angelnos. I think any event that promotes community, alternative transportation and exercise should be embraced by us all. Hey I’m not a runner but the streets in front of my house used to be blocked off for the marathon sure it was an inconvenient. It’s not all that difficult to put ones selfishness aside for a positive event. This me, me, me attitude is really unfortunate.

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  • 52. jeff  |  April 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Can I ride my electric scooter? You mentioned “scooters” were okay, I just wanted to clarify if that meant electric scooters as well as the little standup push things.

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    • 53. Joe Linton  |  April 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Electric scooter is ok – though be aware that you’ll be sharing the road with fairly slow-moving pedestrians and youngsters on bikes.

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  • 54. Mig  |  April 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This sounds like lots of fun and will be a great event for many Los Angeles residents. Missed the last one. Won’t miss this one.

    Somehow people are ok with being stuck in traffic with cars but not people. Too bad.

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  • 55. Naomi  |  April 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Excited to participate for the first time this year!

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  • 56. Naomi  |  April 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    And it might be good to put the newest comments on top instead of the bottom – so that comments about last year aren’t the first thing we see?

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  • 57. Arturo  |  April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Joe it is going to be a great event this weekend, we have a group of over 50 people organized to have a fun ride on Sunday. I wish all of you a lot of luck and we appreciate your efforts.

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  • 59. Christian  |  April 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I am a dedicated cyclist, and I HATE this event.

    On the very face of it, this event is exclusionary, and elitist. I rode 200 miles from Seattle to Portland with no street closures, and it was fun too. There were elementary school children on that ride. There were overweight middle aged women and men on that ride, along with the racers, and we SHARED the road SAFELY as VEHICLES with all the other VEHICLES (meaning cars). I feel the event is a giant step in the wrong direction for bicycles in Los Angeles.

    I am also irked as a cyclist that this will NOT SPREAD GOODWILL with the people I call neighbors who drive in my neighborhood.

    What’s more, although I may be tempted to attend this event at least once, I will be out of town because I have no-where to park my vehicle (which I use for personal use only on the weekends)

    Again, as a CYCLIST, I want this event STOPPED.

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    • 60. Warren Bowman  |  April 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Christian, you are not likely to get your wish. As a dedicated CYLIST, maybe CicLAvia is not for you. If you don’t want to participate, that is your choice, but the rest of us are going to safely play in the street.

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  • 61. tasha  |  April 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    We also did not get any notification of this event. The first we heard was today at 4 pm, when notices appeared (with no phone number or website info) announcing BOTH entrances to our apartment will be blocked tomorrow. When I look at the map online, however, it does not seem like we are on the route. We are at 4th and Kenmore. Can anyone tell me if we will actually be blocked or not?

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    • 62. Joe Linton  |  April 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      4th and Kenmore is not on the route. On 4th, the route goes only from Virgil to New Hampshire.

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  • 63. Specialized RH  |  April 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    My 4 yr old son is riding w/me this time…Just by myself last Oct. so this time around is more fun.My stuff are ready and 10 hrs to go! Yipee!

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  • 64. Specialized RH  |  April 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Just got home..and it was intense! My son really loved,so did I.My wife tagged along w/us and it’s quite an exercise for her too.Biked the whole 15 miles back & forth.T’was quite a work out indeed…going uphill w/a kid behind..yeah,blood was pumping through my veins alright.Also,was able to buy a CicLAvia shirt as
    simple help for the cause and also will wear it proudly too at casual days at my work.More power to the supporters CicLAvia.Now,have to gulp the whole 5 gallon water container for replenishment.Good day everybody!

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  • 65. luis  |  April 11, 2011 at 12:08 am

    why wasn’s there a vote on this thing? this city plans things without asking the public in a time when the city is low on cash this money could have gone to schools in the area.

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  • 66. joe  |  April 11, 2011 at 12:38 am

    My second time, Brought my 3 year old again. This time by myself and just her (wife had to work) we had an amazing time. Lets get one of these in the Valley!

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    • 67. Warren  |  April 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

      The money for ciclavia is privately raised from sponsoship for the event and is event specific. No money was spent from the General Fund. Yes, education should get more money. Raise it. It does not come from the General Fund of the city. It is funded by the State of California and the new construction of schools was funded in part from 5 different voter tax assessments since 1995 that funded 20 billion dollars in bonds paid back by property taxes over the next 30 years.

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  • 68. Tana  |  April 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    loved the open freedom of the closed road…but I was shocked at the number of kids not wearing helmets. Does CycLAvia encourage parents when riding with their kids and to have helmets on them….it is the law. Would be so sad to have a child crash and air lifted because of a head injury and then the parent sue the City and CycLAvia for not informing them. Then all this freedom would be shut down. Please in your riding rules recommend children wear helmets for their safety and so we can continue to have this event!!

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  • 69. Howey Steele  |  April 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I’m sorry but for the few CRY Babies on here that are against the CicLAvia, keep it to your self!
    Get a grip, did you not hear, there were over 100,000 people who enjoyed this commuinity, YES community event. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • 70. Ken  |  June 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

    To the staff of Ciclavia: There seems to be ambiguity about the existence of a July 10, 2011 ride. At the beginning of the home page, the date is there but appears to be crossed out. Yet in the text of the home page, July 10, 2011 is mentioned as the next ride though also in the text is mentioned that while two rides have already occurred (Oct. 2010 and April 2011), the next one will be October 9, 2011. There is no message I can find anywhere about an official cancelation of the July 10, 2011 ride. Can you please make a visible and obvious addition to your site as to an actual cancelation of the July 10 ride? Thank you.

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  • 73. Barry Moore  |  June 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Erica Garcia holds the record for the biggest, whiny, crybaby for this event! She works SOO sooo hard, and SOo soo far away, and has SOOo sooo much time to respond to each comment about her. I’ll bet her so-called friends cannot stand her. She gets on her soap box and just doesn’t let things go. I would be willing to bet anyone here $1000 that she is not married – or if she is, her husband doesn’t live with her. She sounds like one of those typical folks who get their joy out of life by complaining to others. You’re a real winner – but probably too out of shape to ride a bike, lest afford one.

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    • 74. Joe Linton  |  June 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Barry – Please stick to discussing the issues and not personally attacking folks. By listening to concerns from Erica, I think we can make CicLAvia better for folks who participate, and less disruptive to folks who don’t.

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