From Bogotá to LA

September 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

As a grad student in cultural anthropology, which is the study of modern human cultures and habits, I started studying transportation issues in 2008. Mainly, how LA can be hard to move through. Have you noticed? Maybe in a car it’s easy to ignore, if you roll up the windows and pump up the stereo, but outside, on a bike or on your feet, you get the feeling that you’re not a human anymore, but a target in a video game.

I started hearing about this thing called a ciclovía, a Colombian event that happens every week and gives people a chance to experience their streets without the push of automotive traffic. Thanks to a research grant from my university, UC Irvine, I traveled to Bogotá in August 2008 to check out this phenomenon.

At its least exciting, the ciclovía just looked like regular people enjoying a bike ride on a Sunday morning.

But then, on another Sunday, the whole city came out for a parade taking place on the ciclovía route, which travels right through the heart of Bogotá’s busiest districts.

At CicLAvia on 10/10/10, I don’t expect all Angelenos to organize themselves into parades. I mean, for our city, a bunch of people out enjoying their streets in simple ways will be a very exciting thing. In my mind what counts is seeing our city move toward supporting ALL modes of transport, not just automotive ones.

I can’t wait.

Entry filed under: Uncategorized.

On 101010 CicLAvia: 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard Powers of 10

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Connect with us

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog by email.

Join 332 other followers

CicLAvia Photos

LACBC River Ride

Click to sign-up for the River Ride!

Borrow a Bike for CicLAvia!

What will you do at CicLAvia?

Check our Meetup page for events along the route, or add your own event. #CicLAviaMup

Twitter Updates

%d bloggers like this: