Can You Imagine a Los Angeles Without Cars?
Ciclavia is a new way of looking at improving Angelenos’ health and changing the car culture of this city. Inspired by the original weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, Ciclavia will be an event with a dedicated route closed off to cars by Fall 2009 that will encourage residents of Los Angeles to bicycle and walk more. This “linear park” will connect participants to exciting destinations and cultural institutions. Ciclavia is instrumental in bringing parks and safe spaces for people to recreate and play in within this city starved of green space. Similar events have successfully occurred in cities like Portland, New York, and San Francisco.
Ciclavia is all-inclusive, affecting diverse cross-sections of Los Angeles as we connect participants to major cultural destinations like museums and farmers’ markets. Along the route, workshops will be offered, such as bicycle repair, yoga, and various performances and attractions. The proposed route will wind through neighborhoods like Silverlake, Echo Park, Mid-Wilshire, and Hollywood. Birthed by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we have expanded to partner with the Los Angeles Marathon and the GREEN LA Coalition. Eventually, this momentum will hopefully culminate into a summer-long event in 2010.
Ciclavia aims to empower residents to lobby for long-term change in bicycle and pedestrian access by modifying the built environment infrastructure in their neighborhoods.
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