Planned CicLAvia Route for 10-10-10 – *was September 12th 2010

June 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm 27 comments

CicLAvia has been working a lot with city of Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, and city departments including Transportation, Police, Public Works, Fire, and Sanitation… and we’re nearly permitted for our route for the L.A.’s first ever CicLAvia from 10am to 3pm on Sunday September 12th OCTOBER 10th 2010.

Some sharp-eyed readers spotted this new route map on our video at Kickstarter. If you haven’t watched the video… what are you waiting for? Here it is in a full-color printable version – click on the image or here to download it as a pdf:

CicLAvia in September - 7 miles from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood - details below

We think it’s about 98% certain that this route will be the final route… but it could change some. The route is explained section by section below – including an explanation of the “soft closures” at many major streets.

We’ve been meeting with city council members, neighborhood councils, government agencies, some key businesses… but we’re just starting to get the word out to all the folks that live, work, recreate, attend church, etc. along the route. Most of them are unaware of this route today. Over the next month or so, we’ll be contacting all these folks, inviting them to participate and letting them know how the planned street closure might impact them.

The route below is planned for September 12th 2010 10-10-10. We anticipate doing one CicLAvia event this year, then assessing its strengths and weaknesses, and planning to host more, hopefully half a dozen monthly CicLAvia events in 2011, probably in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. So, if you don’t see what you want here, let us know and maybe we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon.

The little yellow bridges are the Soft Closures - these are at Beverly and at Vermont

The little yellow and red bridges that appear on the map are “soft closures.” At most streets that intersect the CicLAvia route, cars cannot cross the CicLAvia. At many big streets, the CicLAvia takes turns and allows cross traffic to pass. It’s similar to the Third Street Promenade in the city of Santa Monica. When pedestrians have the light they cross. While the light is red for the CicLAvia, buses and cars can cross. There will be both city law enforcement officers and volunteers present to help these crossing points function smoothly. They’re done at various cities around the world, but it’s a relatively new thing for the city of Los Angeles.

From east to west, below is our planned route in three easy chunks. Note that, unlike a ride or a marathon, CicLAvia doesn’t really have a direction. The route doesn’t “start” or “end” anywhere. Folks can walk or bike whatever direction they choose, start and end anywhere, and can go back and forth as often as they desire – from 10am to 3pm.


The easternmost point on the route is informally known as  the Bicycle District or “Hel-Mel” (for Heliotrope and Melrose) located in back of Los Angeles City College. The route goes from Hel-Mel south on Heliotrope Drive crossing under the 101 Freeway. Then it turns east on Rosewood Avenue, then south on New Hampshire Avenue. It includes a soft closure where New Hampshire crosses Beverly Boulevard. It turns east at 4th Street, with a soft closure at Vermont Avenue, and passes along Shatto Park. It turns south on Virgil Avenue then east on 6th Street, crossing along LaFayette Park. At MacArthur Park it turns south onto Park View Street.  This part of the route is easily accessed via the Metro Red Line Beverly/Vermont Station.


The route hugs MacArthur Park on the east and south – Park View Drive and 7th Street, respectively, with soft closures on both Wilshire Boulevard and Alvarado Street. It continues east though Pico Union on 7th Street, crossing over the 110 Freeway and into Downtown Los Angeles, with soft closures downtown at Figueroa Street, Grand Avenue and Broadway. The route turns north onto Main Street Spring Street, which is normally one-way southbound, but will host two-way bicycle and pedestrian traffic that day. On Main, there’s a soft closure at 2nd Street. This part of the route is easily accessible from the Metro Blue Line 7th Street Station, and from four Metro Red Line stations.


From City Hall, the route heads east on 1st Street – into Little Tokyo. It turns south on Central Avenue, then east on 4th Street, with a soft closure at 4th and Alameda Street. 4th is normally one-way eastbound, but will include 2-way bike/ped traffic that day. The route crosses the L.A. River on the historic 4th Street Bridge and enters Boyle Heights, extending under the 101 and 5 Freeways, and all the way to 4th and Saint Louis Street, where folks can rest at Hollenbeck Park. This portion of the route is easy to access via the Metro Gold Line, especially the 1st Street/Little Tokyo/Arts District station at 1st and Alameda.

What do you think?? Give us your comments below!

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  • […] via a video on Kickstarter and later in the evening on their blog, CicLAvia announced the streets and "route" that will be closed on September 12 for Los […]

  • 2. Ross Hirsch  |  June 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Very excited for this!

    Nice job on the route–and releasing it early so people/businesses along the route can start getting excited, too. The parks spotted along the route will make great opportunities to stop, relax, have some lunch, play, etc.

    The only problem I see: does Scoops have the capacity? There’s going to be a lot of hungry bikers, runners, walkers in need of some serious home made ice cream.

    • 3. Joe Linton  |  June 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

      Ah… Scoops! the best ice cream – they’ll be really busy that day! Maybe they’ll have a cicLAvia special flavor – perhaps something Colombian – related to the original ciclovia in Bogota.

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  • 5. Evan  |  June 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Wow! I never imagined a route this long before. It’s great this is going through so many different neighborhoods. Can’t wait…

  • 6. Mario  |  June 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I am disapointed that the original idea was to host this event in Boyle Heights, but somehow this route only starts on the edge of Boyle Heights. Moving most of this route to the metro area and up through Silver Lake and East Hollywood is another slap in the face to Boyle Heights residents. Why not extend the route all the way to the Evergreen Cemetary. Using Boyle Heights as a token to pretend to incompass different communities while starting at its border is a farce. Boyle Heights is more than just remodeled housing projects, factories and a bridge. Bring this route into the heart of the Eastside. There are alot of people in this neighborhood that can benefit from Cylclovia.

    @ CD 14 -Huizar, please step up.

    Thank you

    • 7. Joe Linton  |  June 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks for weighing in, Mario. It’s my understanding that Councilmember Huizar still intends to host a shorter CicLAvia-type event in Boyle Heights – it had been scheduled for May, but I heard it was postponed, and I am not sure when it will take place.

      As far as the September 12th event goes, one of our CicLAvia steering committee goals (and also Mayor Villaraigosa’s) was/is deliberately to connect multiple communities – to not just have a local CicLAvia. It’s our hope that the 7.5-mile route above will help participants to enjoy their own streets and also to explore neighborhoods where they might not already spend time.

      We had more of Boyle Heights in some of early draft routes (including connecting with Mariachi Plaza and the Metro Gold Line), but, in negotiations with the city (mostly in regards to re-routing car and truck traffic relatively smoothly), we ended up trimming some of the Boyle Heights portion of the route. We also trimmed the Hollywood end, too – which had extended up into the Los Feliz area.

      With a connection to Hollenbeck Park, we think that the current route offers good opportunities for Boyle Heights residents to participate. And, hopefully, when the September event is successful, we can expand the route further into Boyle Heights.

  • 8. Joseph E  |  June 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    ‘m impressed that only major cross-streets (Such as Vermont, Wilshire and Broadway) will allow car traffic to pass the route. This is much better than most street fairs and farmers markets, which tend to only be between intersctions.

    I wish the route thru Downtown included Broadway, which can be a great pedestrian street, but the general route is great, and will show the whole center of the city what its like to reclaim the streets for people, without disrupting car or bus traffic very much.

    Perhaps once this is proven to work and attracts huge crowds, we can try opening Vermont, Wilshire, Broadway and Cesar Chavez to people. For now, the slightly smaller streets chosen will make for a more intimate feel than if we had started out with the wider arterial roads, and transit service will not be impaired.

    Next year, perhaps multiple neighborhoods could get cicLAvia on the same day. Or perhaps the same streets could be closed on Sunday every week, all summer long, with events coordinated with summer programs for students and community events.

  • 9. Ross Hirsch  |  June 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I agree with the idea in Mario’s concept to EXTEND THE ROUTE and get our elected officials to step up.

    Extend it not only to the east, but also to the west–opening up a usable public-space thoroughfare so people from both of these ends of the city can get to and experience LA’s other vibrant neighborhoods.

    Perhaps for the next one?

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  • 11. Taylor Nichols  |  June 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    CicLAvia is great, all the work is paying off for the city. Thank you. Hopefully it will catch on and in the–not to distant future–become a monthly, if not weekly celebration of city space and alternate transportation.

    We also need to focus on the idea of improving bicycle infrastructure routes to CicLAvia so one can ride to,(rather than drive to) CicLAvia. 9/12 is the new world.

    Taylor Nichols

  • 12. fchabran  |  June 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Will bikes me allowed on MTA Trains that day?

    • 13. Joe Linton  |  June 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      Yes – it’s a Sunday and there are no restrictions on bikes on Metro trains on Sundays. (Other than once there are more than 4-5 bikes on each car it can get too crowded.)

      We’re definitely hoping that folks will bring their bike to CicLAvia via Metro train and bus.

  • 14. Denise Fondo  |  June 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    What a fantastic way to open up our city for pedestrians and cyclists. Los Angeles is a city made up of unique neighborhoods and this route connects quite a few of them. As fellow posters mentioned, it will be terrific when we see the route extend into Boyle Heights. Great work! As a traffic reporter, I support all positive plans to lessen the traffic burden on my fellow Southern Californians.

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  • 16. Ron  |  June 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The route looks great – thanks. In addition to the cyclists and pedestrians riding/walking the route, I hope lots of outreach can be done in the local neighborhoods along the route to invite them to program the street space as well – some ideas: mini soccer fields, art-making, games, dancing, exercise classes, street vending, farmers markets, face-painting, etc. The more folks along the route can be engaged in the planning and implementation of the event, the higher chance it will have of success and a bigger constituency will be in place to request CicLAvias. I know it takes time and energy to do this work and very much appreciate all of the work you have all put into this.

  • 17. Ellen Lutwak AKA NameGirl  |  June 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This is amazing. I’m so excited.
    And EVERYONE should take Ron’s class:
    Prep for CicLAvia by taking the FREE Confident City Cycling Course sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. Local bike activist Ron Durgin will be teaching the class, which includes a class session on Sat., July 10 and an on-the-road session Sat., July 17. Classes frun from 11 am – 4 pm both days; contact Ron at 424.288.1747 or to sign up.

    We’re still trying to get some kind of bike paths in Beverly Hills! Any support is appreciated. @NetWalkers90210

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  • 19. Robert  |  July 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    The city is in the worst financial crisis in history. So my question is who is paying for all the streets to be closed and police resources, DOT, permits etc. If the city just laid off over 300 employees is this not a bad time to have this???

    • 20. Joe Linton  |  July 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      @Robert – That’s an important concern that we’ve heard raised a few times. We think that CicLAvia is actually a relatively cheap way of creating recereational space – compared to the cost of purchasing land and developing and staffing conventional parks. We’ve got lots of public space in our streets – which we’ve already paid for – so this is repurposing that space at a time when it’s not heavily used.

      The first event will be a type of public-private partnership. The city is covering some personnel costs, and their costs are expected to be less than $100K – which the mayor’s office is seeking outside funding to cover. The non-profit CicLAvia is raising $100K for covering costs related to outreach, promotion, planning, programming, and coordination. We’re also recruiting volunteers, and working with various non-profits, including the L.A. Conservation Corps – to make sure the event is well-staffed and doesn’t overly burden scarce city resources.

      With oil spills, global warming, obesity epidemics, high gas prices, etc. – and people in search of enconomical alternative transportation – we think that this is a great time to have this.

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  • 23. Greg  |  July 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

    This is fantastic. Glad to see one in LA. Thanks for all your hard work.

    I agree that just because money is tight events highlighting community and human powered movement are still necessary.

    The map is too low resolution to print well or read.

    • 24. Joe Linton  |  July 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      If you click on the image, you get a somewhat higher resolution version here:

      And we’ll have higher quality maps up as the event draws nearer.

      • 25. Greg  |  July 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

        That’s the version I’m talking about. It’s simply not adequate for printing which is implied in the posting. Glad to hear a better one will be forthcoming.

        I realize the difficulties of putting together an event such as this and appreciate that not everything can’t get done.

        Keep up the fine effort.

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  • 27. Troll 3299  |  August 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    What a [expletive deleted] up way to slow down an already shitty Metro system. I just love who the biking few want to shut down streets so that they can bicyle around. There are people that use mass transit to go to work and some work in hospitals. Your event will make their ride to work longer and I think that is selfish!


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