CicLAvia Support in Boyle Heights
Yesterday, Joe Linton, Campaigns Director for C.I.C.L.E. presented on behalf on the CicLAvia steering committee at the regular monthly meeting of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. This presentation was to make the board aware of what a ciclovia is and that there are plans underway for it to grace their neighborhood as early as this summer if all goes well. One route under discussion would take the ciclovia along First Street from Downtown L.A. all the way to Soto Street.
No decision was scheduled or made last night. The BHNC board expects to consider a motion to support CicLAvia at next month’s meeting.
A number of boardmembers expressed support of the ciclovia idea, and support for increased bicycling to increase healthy activity in their neighborhood. Boardmember Jose Aguilar read a letter he had been forwarded from Carlos Morales, co-founder of the Eastside Bike Club and motivating force behind The Voice newspaper. Here’s the letter in its entirety:
EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB
January 27, 2010
My name is Carlos Morales Founder of the EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB and the Publisher and Editor of THE VOICE Community Newspaper. Our club was formed in June, 2008 with the purpose of making the Northeast Los Angeles communities of Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and El Sereno a healthier one. We are showing families in these communities the benefits of bike rides. Our communities encompass a very high number of obese / diabetes stakeholders, I for one am one of them. We are one of the only bike clubs in the City of Los Angeles that host two community bike rides every week, year round. We have children as young as six years old and senior citizens at the age of seventy six years old that actively participate in our rides and have seen positive benefits of bike riding.
I am writing to you today on behalf of our 350 community bike club members to support the efforts of hosting a cicLAvia in Boyle Heights.
The benefits of holding such an event in Boyle Heights provide many positive elements to this community. It supports a healthier lifestyle, it bonds communities and families. It is great for local businesses, restaurants and coffee shops. It will bring the type of National as well as International attention that Boyle Heights needs. Boyle Heights will be protrayed as a model community for othe neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles and across the country to follow. It is already happening in other parts of the world. I was in Chicago several years ago and started to see them organize there with positive results.
As Publisher and Editor of THE VOICE Newspaper, We will support such an effort as well.
Neighborhood Councils sometimes make decisions only after a brief presentation due to time restraints. I seldom write letters of recommendation, perhaps two a year, when I do write one, it is because I believe 100% that a project will be beneficial to the community at large. The project will accomplish that, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this project. I ask that you consider my recommendation to support such an effort in Boyle Heights.
My sincerest gratitude.
EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB
Ride to Live, Live to Ride