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Good Samaritan’s Blessing of the Bicycles is great event that takes place each year during Los Angeles’ Bike Week. Good Samaritan Hospital welcomes cyclists, community leaders, elected officials, healthcare workers and religious leaders to gather and to acknowledge fallen cyclists and to wish cyclists a healthy and safe year ahead. This morning’s event was undeterred by excellent spring rains.
Each year cyclists receive free breakfast, schwag including commemorative pins and water bottles, and free tune-ups (today courtesy of Pasadena’s Incycle.)
The 2011 Golden Spoke Award went to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his leadership on bike issues, especially since last year’s incident where he broke his elbow while cycling. Villaraigosa’s leadership has been key to CicLAvia’s success. In his brief speech (see vid above), he discussed expanding CicLAvia in the coming months. (more…)
CicLAvia and Mayor Villaraigosa thank Sprint 4G for their generous support of future CicLAvia festivals! Sprint’s announcement coincided with the news that Sprint 4G has launched in Los Angeles. The new Sprint 4G service will provide advantages for communities, business owners and companies looking to upgrade to the faster 4G network.
CicLAvia is a partnership of the city of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Mayor Villaraigosa, and the non-profit CicLAvia organization. We couldn’t do it without the generous support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors and volunteers. Thanks, Sprint 4G, for bringing Anglenos closer together – through technological innovation and through face-to-face interactions at CicLAvia.
There are so many folks to thank for playing important roles in making L.A.’s very first CicLAvia a great success – so this is the first of a series of thank you articles.
We’re going to start with the folks at the city of Los Angeles. CicLAvia was truly a partnership. At every turn, L.A. City and the CicLAvia non-profit organization worked very closely together to ensure the event’s success.
Our hats are off to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We at CicLAvia were pushing to make CicLAvia happen in 2009, but, as is often the case with innovative new programs, it was difficult. Then the mayor visited Copenhagen and Mexico City and saw the roles that bicycling and ciclovía events play in those cities. Upon his return, he told his staff, General Managers, and Commissioners to make it happen here. That’s when the ball really got rolling. The mayor’s eloquent promotion of CicLAvia in the press raised the event’s profile. We were really happy that Villaraigosa kicked off Sunday’s CicLAvia at Hollenbeck Park and bicycled two miles to City Hall. We can’t stress enough that this event would not have taken place without Mayor Villaraigosa’s leadership.
A huge huge thank you to mayoral staff who implemented the mayor’s initiative. Leading the charge for CicLAvia was transportation deputy Heidi Sickler, who brought together so many city departments and bureaus. Sickler’s persistence, thoroughness, and diplomacy are what made CicLAvia happen. Deputy Mayor for the Environment Romel Pascual and Deputy Mayor for Transportation Jaime de la Vega played central roles. Rebecca Verdolino and Beth Jines were instrumental in lining up non-general-fund monies for city services. Lastly, kudos to mayoral press deputy Adam Cooper for getting the word out early and consistently.
Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Rita Robinson marshalled LADOT’s expertise and experience. Robinson’s support of the event was critical from early planning through to day-of coordination. We’re very grateful to LADOT’s Robinson; we wish her success as she moves on, and we hope she passes along CicLAvia tips to her successor.
We owe a big debt of gratitude to LADOT Special Traffic Operations & Street Closure Chief Aram Sahakian. Sahakian had visited the original ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, and was able to translate its crossing points and other features onto the idiosyncracies of Los Angeles streets. Sahakian’s expertise was what allowed for 60,000+ Angelenos to gather safely last Sunday, with no incidents, no car-bike collisions, and a minimum of disruption to car and transit circulation outside the event. We’re grateful that Sahakian listened to us, CicLAvia’s non-profit organizers, and toned down some of our wilder ideas while keeping the vital core of the event intact. (more…)
Wow! Another phenomenal and fun CicLAvia video! This one was created by Stephen and Enci Box and features lots of great interviews – from Mayor Villaraigosa, to Jaime Ortiz, to Long Beach’s Charlie Gandy, to CicLAvia’s own Stephen Villavaso… and many more. Enjoy! (And follow Enci and Stephen at Illuminate LA and SoapBoxLA respectively.)
Mayor Villaraigosa will be hosting a CicLAvia press conference this week. He’ll be inviting Angelenos to enjoy the city’s first CicLAvia on October 10th 2010 from 10am-3pm on 7.5-miles of city streets!
The press conference is on Wednesday September 22nd 2010 at 9am. The location is the Los Angeles City Hall’s South Lawn – on First Street between Main and Spring, in downtown Los Angeles. The address is 200 North Spring Street, LA 90012. Easy transit access via the Civic Center Metro Red Line station.
If you’re a bicyclist, pedestrian, runner, skater, business owner (etc.) who’s excited about CicLAvia, please plan to attend and show your support! RSVP via Facebook – or just show up!
It’s 23 days until Los Angeles’ First CicLAvia! The 10-10-2010 event route maps are here! We’re excited! Here’s a round-up of some of this week’s CicLAvia happenings:
> Thanks to all the businesses now sporting CicLAvia posters! Pictured at the left is Mai Mexican Kitchen – on Spring Street between 6th and 7th Street. To get your own poster, especially for posting at businesses on or near the route, email info [at] ciclavia.org. Where have you spotted a CicLAvia poster?
> Mayor Villaraigosa, a stalwart supporter of CicLAvia, has called a press conference in support of CicLAvia. It takes place at 9am on Wednesday, September 22nd – next week! Everyone invited – come show your support.
> New city Transportation Management Plan maps have been posted at CicLAvia’s maps page. These show the details of the 10-10-10 route, locations of crossing points for cars, manned street closures, and more. We’re planning to an article introducing and decoding these – hopefully next week!
> Design Week / LA is happening October 9th-16th and coinciding with CicLAvia on 10-10-10! Design Week / LA is an annual celebration of design that inspires and brings together Los Angeles’ abundant and vital design communities by promoting a wider awareness of design through initiatives and programming that highlight the richness and diversity of design activities happening throughout the communities of Los Angeles. Thanks, Design Week, for including CicLAvia in the festivities! Be sure to head over to the DWkLA website to find out about other design-related events happening in and around the city the week of CicLAvia.
As we reported earlier, Mayor Villaraigosa pledged to support and attend CicLAvia on 10-10-10 at his Bike Summit earlier this week. Yesterday, the mayor posted his own reflections on the Bike Summit over at Huffington Post, in which he wrote about his partnership with CicLAvia:
It’s clear we haven’t done enough to incorporate bicycles into our transportation planning. But with so much community engagement, and so many good ideas, we can and we will do a better job.
For starters, we need to build more bicycle infrastructure, enforce existing laws, and change drivers’ attitudes towards cyclists. Our reputation as the car capital of the world does not excuse our drivers from common courtesy on the road or from obeying the law.
Also, Los Angeles is an ideal place for cycling, and we’ve got to get Angelenos to reconsider biking as a viable, fun means of transportation. A great first step is the event my office is planning with CicLAvia on Sunday, October 10th. On 10/10/10 , we will be closing off certain city streets from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians. Events like this are already a huge success in Mexico City – they can be a success here as well.
Thank you, Mayor Villaraigosa — We look forward to working with you and seeing you out there on 10-10-10! You can read the mayor’s full post here.
At yesterday’s first ever city-sponsored Bike Summit, Mayor Villaraigosa pledged his support for CicLAvia. After visiting Guadalajara’s Via RecreActiva, the mayor was “frustrated over the bureauocracy” of hosting a similar event here.
City Transportation staff put mayoral staff in touch with the non-profit CicLAvia organization, and, 288 negotiations later, the city is partnering with CicLAvia to host our first 7-mile event on TEN TEN TEN! (more…)
Mayor Villaraigosa, a strong supporter of the city’s plans to host CicLAvia, was bicycling recently and broke his elbow due to an inattentive driver pulling out in front of him. The incident seems have lit a fire under the mayor’s to-this-point-relatively meager attention to bicycle issues.
A week from Monday, the mayor will host a Bike Summit event. It takes place 9am to 11am on Monday August 16th 2010 at the Metro Board Room. That’s on the 3rd floor at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. It’s basically the east end of Union Station, with easy access via the Metro Red and Gold Lines, a half-zillion buses, Metrolink, and Amtrak.
We ecourage CicLAvia supporters to attend the mayor’s Bike Summit, and to encourage him to make CicLAvia a priority for the city, this year and in the future. If you have one of our custom CicLAvia t-shirts, please wear it! If you don’t have a shirt, make a big donation here and receive one!
Ten Ten Ten.
That’s Sunday October 10th 2010!
at 10am! until 3pm.
CicLAva, Los Angeles’ new public space will take place on October 10th 2010. By removing car traffic from select streets, CicLAvia will open streets to bicycling and walking for people of all ages and abilities. It’s basically a big new park where Angelenos can play, explore, exercise and more!
CicLAvia is a partnership. It’s hosted by the City of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who recently learned first-hand some of the difficulties that bicyclists face on L.A. streets. The event has the full support of the city’s Police Department, the city’s Department of Transportation, as well as the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works playing smaller but critical roles.
It’s also hosted by CicLAvia – a recently-formed non-profit organization which has raised over $70,000.00 to bring ciclovía to Los Angeles (though we still need your donation – please give today – receive a button or T-shirt!) CicLAvia is working with a lot of existing community groups, including the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Green L.A. Coalition, C.I.C.L.E., the Bicycle Kitchen, and many others!