Give Us Your Ideas for the Next CicLAvia Event!

October 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm 87 comments

What kind of CicLAvias will she experience as she grows up? Photo from 90042 blog

We’re still smiling remembering how wonderful last Sunday’s first-ever CicLAvia was… and now lots of people are asking “what’s next?

The original ciclovía, in Bogotá, Colombia, takes place weekly – on 80 miles of city streets, every sunday, rain or shine. Guadalajara and Mexico City do weekly open streets. New York City’s Summer Streets does one month worth of weekends. San Francisco’s Sunday Streets does nine events roughly monthly, moving around to different parts of the city.

Should Los Angeles’ CicLAvia be weekly? montly? annual? quarterly? every day?

Should the hours be longer? shorter?

Where should it take place? Should we do the same route again? What should we change? Should we move around to different parts of the city? connect with other cities? Should we stick to commercial streets? try residential streets? main drags? secondary streets? 

What do you think CicLAvia should do to welcome more Angelenos? more pedestrians? more families? more seniors? more skaters? more dodgeball? more music?

Give us your ideas in the comments below!

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  • 1. Heather  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Weekly or monthly, longer hours, and stick with the nice long central part of the city route (that has the most transit access!)

  • 2. eva  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Monthly , longer hours , the route on Sunday was fantastic. It would be nice to offer a route that went down to the beach and through different parts of town.

    Also please please PLEASE bring it to Long Beach!!!!!

  • 3. Ross Hirsch  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Frequency: Bogota showed that a weekly re-ocurrance is a success. That would be great–and would work to establish neighborhood predictability of when and where to show up (or move your car if you’re a resident along the route).

    Hours: Longer hours–perhaps on the earlier side for us early birds–or even the people that might like to get out on the route when it is less congested and put in some speed/distance (i.e., runners, spandex-clad riders, etc., really fast rollerbladers, etc.)

    But extending it into the evening for the dinner crowd also sounds very enchanting . . .

  • 4. Rach Stevenson  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    All roads, all day, every day.

    Failing that, monthly, with longer hours. Extending the hours to mid-evening, say 6-7pm, could encourage peeps to patronize local restaurants, drawing even more support from the community where it is to be held.

    I agree with Heather that transit access is important so sticking close to Union Station, to draw in peeps from Pasadena, the Valley, and even Long Beach, might be a good idea.

  • 5. Ross Hirsch  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I loved the number of bikes–hands down–so don’t get me wrong because I again want the streets filled with them (and that was my mode of traveling the route), but more things like opportunities for yoga, aerobics classes, dance classes, would be a good outreach tool to attract a larger cross-section of the city.

    Dodgeball was cool, too, so more of that and other “playground” type games (i.e., handball, kickball, etc.) would also be good to attract kids–and adults that played those games when they were at school.

  • 6. jam  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    monthly and longer hours.

    my husband and I really wanted to attend but the hours fell right within our church hours (11am-2pm) and since we live in Culver City we were unable to get out there before or after church since CicLAvia was from 10-3. instead we just rode around Culver City early that morning but we REALLY wish we could have been there!

  • 7. mark.  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    extended hours! make it longer so that a greater group of people can participate and everyone can enjoy all of the stop and shops along the route without a sense of hurry.

    greater frequency would be awesome, and although it’s understandable if it can not be a weekly occurance like in Bogota, a bi-monthly or monthly schedule would be a terrific start and catalyst for an event so epic!

  • 8. Dan H.  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Why not Wilshire Blvd., from Downtown to the beach? Or one of the other big boulevards: Sunset, Santa Monica, Olympic, Pico or Venice? Keep it simple, so people know where to go (or not to go). Oh, and let’s do it every week please — that was awesome! Thanks.

  • 9. Ryan  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    365 days a year…a network starting with the 4th Street Bike Boulevard and extending through downtown and into Boyle Heights, providing strong connectivity to the City’s new Cleantech Corridor. Also spurs into other neighborhoods and connecting with each transit station.

    • 10. matthew  |  October 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

      Yes, I suggest you include the entire 4th Street Bike Blvd in future events. Obvious addition. Please confer with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and Windsor Square Association about including the area.

  • 11. Will Campbell  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Monthly, at least. With an eye toward weekly (at least until I wake up and smell the reality of that).

    I loved the route and the length. I’m wondering if in the future it might be feasible to package shorter ciclavias — like say, East Hollywood to Echo Park; Boyle Heights to Highland Park; USC to West Adams… Vernon to Bell (ha!).

    Having more compact ciclavias might facilitate managing them on a rotating basis as often as biweekly.

    I can foresee (OK, fantasize) having a large one every month or two and then perhaps having smaller ones in different parts of the city every couple weeks in between.

  • 12. Joe Linton  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Watching the videos (and being one of L.A.’s Creek Freaks), it seemed like a lot of people stopped at the 4th Street Bridge. I was thinking it might be fun to do a route that incorporates a few more of the city’s historic bridges. Maybe Olympic, 6th, First and Broadway… but then I’ve been called a “bridge geek”.

  • 13. Un Solo Sol Kitchen  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    We will compromise to a month as we indicated in your facebook wall, however, weekly or even daily will be ideal. All the best for our single planet. Keep us in the loop. We’ll always be willing to help these causes.

  • 14. mike kim  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    preferably weekly but we know that’s not feasible.

    monthly would be great with longer hours, 9AM to 5PM, and a longer route.

    also it would be cool if the routes changed every month.

  • 15. Borfo  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    This needs to happen more frequently, over a larger area. And if some infrastructure is built with CicLAvia is mind, it will become cheaper. Get more business on the street involved, more bike racks. This shouldn’t cost anything, it should be something the city takes pride in and makes happen.

    1. Please make this happen on EVERY Sunday!

    2. This event needs more Spanish publicity. ( I feel it was poorly publicized to the Spanish speaking communities.)

    3. Encourage more D.I.Y. Volunteers.

    4. We need more street vendors. (Push cart sellers, Elotes, Hot dogs, Ice cream.)

    5. And we more Pedestrians! (This is MORE than a bicycle event)

    • 16. Joe Linton  |  October 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Any ideas you recommend doing to attract more pedestrians?

      • 17. Borfo  |  October 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

        I think there it’s not very clear to most people that EVERYONE has access to be in the streets. Pedestrians should stay more to the right of course and be aware of not stopping suddenly in the middle of the street.

        Publicize with more pictures of families walking and pushing strollers and dogs on leashes. Heck, I’ll even be the poster child if you want – . Show more pictures and videos of how it works in Bogotá.

        There were pedestrian onlookers who were curious but were afraid to participate because they thought they had to pay money to do so.

        I am all for the cycling aspect of this event, but I’m just suggesting not to let it overshadow the accommodativeness this event has for all pedestrians, joggers, and runners as well.

  • 18. revecca  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    este evento fue increible!!! que tranquilo andar en bici, Yo quiero que pasa todos los dias!!! muchisimas gracias!!

  • 19. helkimchee  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    i would love weekly, but would still love at least monthly with longer hours. i’d stick with same central route so that it becomes known as “the ciclavia route.” perhaps any changes could be different arteries that branch off the route for special community events.

    i love bikes, but planning very visible ped-friendly activities and sitting/lounging areas sounds like a nice way to slow down and mingle with fellow ciclaviaists.

  • 20. Louis  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Weekly! Longer hours 9am-6pm
    Route should be from a park to a park and the route should go thru or by stores cages local shops

  • 21. Alen Isagholi  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Monthly would be great. Keep it on the city streets, beach side has it’s own time and place. Inner city routes to get the message across.

  • 22. Kathryn  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    For sure once a week on Sundays. I think it should maybe start a little earlier for all those early birds and end till about 4 or 5 p.m.
    That way more people can fit this activity into their weekend.

    On a personal note, I saw a lot of very happy people out there. We all need to feel like we belong to our community and that our community is giving back, and that is just what this event did. It was very touching. Also, it was so nice to be able to see our city up close and personal.

    For those that don´t own bikes, I would suggest having a kiosk or two where people especially children, can rent a bike for the day. In Bogotá they rent bikes to children for FREE.

    Also, some areas had better police and traffic protection than others but everything can be worked out. All the effort is well worth it.

    Way to go Angelinos!!!!!!

  • 23. Acer  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Iit would be amazing if this could become a weekly event as it exists in Bogota. Of course you know what we really, really want, which is streets that are open and safe for non-motorized traffic EVERYDAY. But I can accept baby steps as long as progress is being made. ;]

    Definitely have to say the hours were too short. Anyone who didn’t wake up to get on the route by 10 or 11am was already starting to get pressured by the police to “move off of the street” before they had a chance to comfortably make it to one end and back.

    It should take place all over. San Fernando Valley (Northridge, Reseda, North Hollywood neighborhoods would be great, maybe even Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks commercial areas… many are accessible via Orange Line which isn’t great, but better than nothing; North Hollywood is accessible via Red Line). Definitely don’t do the same route again!! Show new cyclists that there are so many places they can get around by bike! Let them explore many different areas and see all the places they could potentially reach by bicycle. Give them more to see, a new experience every time, so they have a reason to keep getting on their bikes.

    • 24. Acer  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      …forgot to finish my thought.

      It should take place all over! SFV, west side, downtown, Long Beach, San Gabriel, Anaheim, anywhere that is part of the greater LA area. Of course, places that are reachable by Metro are best, but moving it around to get more people involved and keep the event fresh and new every time is vital.

  • 25. jennix  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Put me down for three words:


    • 26. Joe Linton  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      Wooooot! Woooooot!

  • 27. Fred Davis  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    As noted above, I’d love to see a weekly event, but I understand this might be next to impossible. So short of that a monthly event in different parts of the city would be great. I really love how the route connected so many different neighborhoods. As we were riding we were dreaming up other routes. Our favorite idea of the day was Wilshire from downtown to the beach. But we realized that Beverly Hills would never let that happen so we thought Pico would be a nice substitute. But ultimately I’d ride any route you all come up with!

    I saw someone suggest placing donation boxes at certain intersections to help pay for future Ciclavias.

  • 28. Mike V  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Loved the event! Would like to see it happen as often as feasable. I think the hours should be a little longer. From what I could see, most people weren’t ready to leave at 3:00. I think the route should be consistant. Then the non participants can learn which areas to avoid. I thought the route was fantastic. I had never been to Hollenbeck Park before. Very beautiful! I think with a consistant schedule and route, other groups can plan events that coincide with the ciclavia. A free concert at the Hollenbeck bandstand would be fun.

  • 29. Aaron Kuehn  |  October 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    The more mile hours of CicLAvia the better. How can strong growth be developed? I see bike blvds meeting the needs of everyday Ciclavia in consistant and predictable locations. But the outreach and exploratory aspects of CicLAvia are different and should be changing routes. Ultimately, Ciclavia should reach all neighborhoods. There is no street or freeway in LA that wouldn’t benefit from being open to people for 1 full day a year. Streets need vacations too!

  • 30. Joe Linton  |  October 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Another thought (that might be great or might be an administrative nightmare) is to collaborate with other cities. For example:

    – Pico from Downtown to the beach w/ city of Santa Monica
    – York into South Pasadena
    – LA-Long Beach – including south L.A., and maybe even the bridges over into San Pedro
    – San Fernando Valley connecting with Burbank

  • 31. em42  |  October 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    if justin beiber, paris hilton, hugh hefner and his mates, the rolling stones, lance armstrong, were invited and rode it would have been a madhouse

    what i really meant was lets get someone with some star/celebrity status to endorse and ride the event evn for a couple of miles this would generate even more interest and publicity the event would probably be 20 times bigger than what it was.

    very few of my friends even know that such an event happened more publicity is what we need If BONO and Sting announced Ciclavia there probably more people out there this is the whole point right the People going out to the streets. but this is just a thought.

    anyway great job ciclavia and ALL the volunteers who worked in the heat to make this happen.

  • 32. Ross Hirsch  |  October 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Hmmm . . . more pedestrians . . . There were quite few out there on 101010, but you’re right, more would be better as far as an all-inclusive-city-wide-event would go. But do people who walk for recreational/transportational purposes go as nuts for walking on closed streets as cyclists/skaters/rollerbladers/etc. do? Obviously I ask because I’m not so sure. Peds have the sidewalk devoted to them 100% of the time, and is stopping at intersections such a nuisance that walking unencumbered on the streets is such a draw for them? Personally, I like intersections when I walk–kinda breaks up the monotony.

    Peds probably felt a little uneasy with the vast number of bikes whizzing all over the road. Perhaps devoting a soft lane to peds, like right down the middle of the road (and I didn’t say edge of the road lest people think I was marginalizing peds, but they may very well like that better–easier to pop in/out of stores). Signage could easily establish such a “lane.”

    Perhaps focusing on peds isn’t the best way to do it though–perhaps focusing on “activities” that would get the people-that-aren’t-super-hot-about-riding-their-bikes out to the event might be a better strategy–I’m thinking the yoga, aerobics, dance stages, etc.

    • 33. Borfo  |  October 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      Why does this event have to cost so much to run? I feel as if many things could be done to make this event practically cost free.

      It would be neat to find traffic officers who would be willing to volunteer their time to managing cross traffic for the benefit of the life of this event.

      If there were more encouragement and expression of a need for more volunteers to contribute whatever they could offer during the event.

      Focus on making every participant aware that they can contribute by helping each other in numerous capacities. Someone could help to assist or explain how to pump up tires on a bike, Helping to fix flats or broken chains, or carrying tools and a pump along side in case someone need assistance. People with medical experience could carry first aid kits in case of an injury or if a small accident occurs. People could pass out water to those who forgot to bring some. There are so many examples we could think of that would make this event self sufficient.

      Business should realize that more bodies are going to be passing by their storefronts with a much easier ability to park and purchase something than on a normal car Sunday.

      There should also be a way to do this event without shutting down the streets but perhaps by designating a route publicizing it and having bike police patrol it. Much cheaper I’d assume.

  • 34. Ross Hirsch  |  October 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    More marriages at CicLAvia! Love it.

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  • 36. vinh  |  October 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    orange20 to the beach or palms cycles to the beach

  • 37. en  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    longer hours and more activities spaced out along the route. i loved the spontaneous sitar jam session on the north end of the route.

    im sure if more people simply know it’s happening and how awesome it will be, that the activities will take care of themselves.

  • 38. Rev. Mook  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Monthly, longer hours.

  • 39. Μαρινος  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Make it permanent seriously. Maybe only half the width of the street but it should be permanent.

    In the long run it will be a lot cheaper than deploying 100s of cops and barricades.

    If something is that good why do it only once a month?

  • 40. Dave  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Weekly would be nice, but at least monthly. Vary the route and locations so that more businesses and communities can participate. Publicize it in general news, don’t let it be viewed as just another bicyclists event, this should be a weekend event that any resident of LA should be able to participate in or any visitor to the southland could look forward to as part of their vacation plans. Use it to showcase areas of LA. Invite bike clubs or running clubs or boy/girl scouts to help with Route Angeling or other activities. Maybe shorten it to 5miles. Have school marching bands kick off the opening ceremonies by marching down the route. Where was the goodyear blimp?

  • 41. Dave  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    And definitely change the times, not everyone works 9-5 on weekdays. Early for caffeine and breakfast lovers and later for dinner daters, club hoppers.

  • 42. Zach  |  October 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    The start time was good, It should be 2 hours longer. More frequent gathering spots interrupting the route would be good. Music, taco trucks, whatever. I’m a cyclist, and was on my bike, and I’d ride in it again, but there was too much of a sense of treating it like a start-to-finish ride. It’s not a ride, really. It’s a gathering. Designate no-riding areas with performances here and there along the way. Just some cones and folding chairs maybe. With numbers. Places for people to stop and gather.

  • 43. Ron Milam  |  October 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Fantastic suggestions everyone! When I went to Mexico City and asked what made CicLAvia’s successful there, they said 1) make it a weekly event 2) have the ride on major boulevards 3) have the distance be about seven miles. Since LA is so big, maybe we simultaneously have different CicLAvia’s in different parts of the city. Are there ways we can also cut the cost so we can host them on a more regular basis? Perhaps more volunteers managing traffic flow? Finally, what about including more street vending, street furniture, games, street art and entertainment along the route? The more opportunities we have to participate in future CicLAvias, the more Angelenos will unleash their creativity and find ways to enjoy streets like they never have before. Thanks for asking – I can’t wait to see CicLAvia evolve in LA.

  • 44. dp  |  October 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Loved it. Wouldn’t change a thing. Oh, maybe, I’d like to see a peloton in a slow bike race, in their sunday best.

  • 45. Jose Zone  |  October 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    1. Weekly would be absolutely amazing. If that isn’t feasible, monthly would also be good. Quarterly is too infrequent. I think the demand is there to justify a monthly schedule.

    2. Hours should be longer! I felt like the time went by too fast when I was on the route. Stretch it out til 5 or 6 PM.

    3. The route we did was great but I wouldn’t object to some new routes as long as they are public transit-accessible.

    4. Stick to main streets. We should try not to inconvenience the people on residential streets as much as possible. We should also be promoting commerce in new parts of the city that might not get many visitors from outside the neighborhood.

    5. More events along the way. I liked the rally at City Hall that was at noon. We should have more public speakers to represent us and to invite public officials to come recognize us and speak to us about the issues we care about. Also more fun activities. Have some play areas marked off specifically for the use of kids, so they aren’t in danger of getting hit by a bike. Have more public fitness events: public aerobics, cardio, etc. Put out some seating areas so passers by can sit comfortably and enjoy the riders going by. Bring some more music into the event.

    6. I agree with Borfo, this should’ve been advertised to the Spanish speaking community much better. Get someone on El Piolin or El Mandril radio shows to promote it.

    7. Can we get someone from the Bicycle Coalition or another public advocacy group speak on the NEED for more bike infrastructure in the city? We need City Hall and the DOT and Metro to hear our message out loud! There are people who want to bicycle around this city but can’t because of inferior infrastructure.

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  • 47. Josef Bray-Ali  |  October 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

    There needs to be a partnering with a firm or firms that rent bicycles near, on, or around the CicLAvia route.

    In business districts local merchants should be helped to organize a free bike/stroller/hand cart valet to allow more people to stop and shop, eat, and not have to worry about ne’er do wells making off with their stuff.

    Calming of bike traffic, or potential segregation of modes, would ensure that bikes don’t totally dominate the day. People walking, and playing, in the street need to be taken into account in the road closure.

    Health and cultural programming would be a nice component, though it would likely require some special funding or logistic support to set up stages, etc.

  • 48. Carter R  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Definitely at least weekly! And ideally, I’d like to see it tried on some major thoroughfares for long stretches, i.e. Sunset Blvd from West Hollywood to Sunset Junction.

  • 49. brianhhsu  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    For now let’s aim for monthly, and then weekly if it’s a huge success. Sunrise to sunset might be a good schedule, or if not, 9-5. Varied routes would be great – I’d love to go from downtown to the beach!

    I certainly don’t think that CicLAvia should be held only during the summer months. As much fun as I had on Sunday, it was simply too hot for me to spend the entire day outside biking or walking. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    I also agree that it would have been nice to see more pedestrians on the route, but I suppose it would be a little uncomfortable given the huge flow of bike traffic. I would hate to cram them into designated lanes or buffer zones , but that seems like a possible solution.

  • 50. Statsdude  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I would like it to see more of a street festival. Perhaps a farmers market on the street, maybe some mariachi’s.
    Restaurants could open up the sidewalk and parking lanes for more tables.

  • 51. Michele  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I liked that the route last Sunday was near Union Station, so we were able to take the Metrolink all the way from Palmdale and back. The idea of driving to a cycling/pedestrian event didn’t make any sense.

    A route to the beach sounds nice, but it would be difficult to impossible for us to get there by public transit from Palmdale, and we definitely wouldn’t want to drive and worry about parking.

  • 52. jojo ramos  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:38 am

    um, did anyone else notice that Metro was not prepared?!

    i carpooled with friends to the FIllmore station on the Goldline around 10am and only one train car pulled up!!! and it was PACKED with people and their bikes!! as much as i love seeing packed trains, everyone trying to get on the train from Southwest Museum Station and down were turned away. a group of elderly people needed to get off in Chinatown and it was obvious they were put off by being sardine’d with bikes.

    other then that, more activities! more musicians! more artists! (like that trash horse thing and the day of the dead bike) hoola hooping! maybe a special farmers market, dancing in the street, work more with the local restaurants to encourage getting tables on the street.

  • 53. Taylor Fitz-Gibbon  |  October 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

    CicLAvia was amazing! I had an awesome time mashing around on my skateboard. One thing I felt was lacking was the amount of participant created events/happenings. Sometimes it felt too much like a bike route rather than a street party. You guys had a great system for individuals to create their own events and list them on the website. I created my own (“Plank Mob”) in just a couple minutes. But I was surprised that despite its ease there was only something like 15 different things listed. I think the CicLAvia team could probably do a better job of publicizing participant created events and encouraging individuals to create their own interactive happenings. A friend of mine volunteered for the event and she said that she felt somewhat useless and didn’t really have much to do because there were so many volunteers. Maybe that excess of people volunteering could be encouraged to contact and collaborate with independent participants who are planning events. Other than that, I think the CicLAvia team should strive for the event the happen as often and have as long hours as is possible! Thanks!

  • 54. Wendy  |  October 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

    1. Monthly with longer hours.

    2. From East LA to the beach.

    3. Bicycle rentals.

    4. Other than Coca-Cola, more bicycle companies & non-profits with booths (i.e. Flying Pigeon, Xtracycle, Surly, Trek, Giant, League of American Bicyclists, People for Bikes, CA Bicycle Coalition).

    5. Inclusion of disabled/differently-abled groups.

    6. Live music.

    • 55. nirvan  |  October 15, 2010 at 1:17 am

      great list!

      • 56. Wendy  |  October 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

        Thanks nirvan.
        Your suggestion about was a good idea. CicLAvia could easily accept purchases & donations by credit card.

      • 57. Joe Linton  |  October 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

        Great idea! We’re definitely going to be asking for online donations very soon. We’re shifting our account from our fiscal sponsor (thanks LA County Bicycle Coalition – we couldn’t have done it without you!) to our own CicLAvia non-profit bank account. Stay tuned – should be in a week or two!

  • 58. anty  |  October 14, 2010 at 11:18 am

    More non-bike stuff in the streets (as much as I loved biking around). More things that make people slow down and check out the area. Dancing! Get Killsonic to roam around the route playing, maybe.

    I volunteered in the morning at the MacArthur Park info station and at least one couple came up to ask why this wasn’t advertised on the radio. There was confusion for some passersby about whether this was a bike race or what.

  • 59. Michael G.  |  October 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Encourage the public to bring their own ideas and services to the event. Some could be useful, some could be creative and silly. The idea is that everyone is gifting something to the community weather it be creative or beneficial.

    Many examples off the top of my head :

    Free bike wash.
    Get hosed down with water (if requested)
    Ride by karaoke.
    Cooking classes
    funny dress up photo booth
    scavenger hunts
    information booth (more people to explain event)
    flyers that explain the event to public that come across it
    sunscreen “enforcement”
    childeren’s group play activities
    trivia pursuit
    a wall that children or people could paint on

    Keep the limitless list going and inspiring for the public to want to offer. Everyone can have the opportunity to benefit the event without expectation of compensation but their own good feeling.

    Make CicLAvia more D.I.Y. in nature and less dependent upon mass funding and regulation. Have it regulated from within.

    This is really an important event for this city and I hope it grows strong. Thanks for reading and considering these points!

  • 60. Joe B  |  October 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Monthly, for now. And with longer hours; I wasn’t ready for it to end at 3:00. Run it until dark, please.

    I think the merchants along the route really missed out on an opportunity to make some money and introduce people to their food. I didn’t go into very many stores because there was no place to lock up my bike; also I only ate at food trucks because most of the restaurants only had sit-down full meals. It would have been great if some of them had set up a table in front of their shops and sold $2-3 small portions of their food to take away.

    Other than that…more water, fewer obstructions blocking off the intersections (I had to wait 2 cycles to get through one light), and fewer cops. I counted a group of seven cops at one point, all together. That’s expensive, and unnecessary.

  • 61. Aaron Kuehn  |  October 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    More wood for the fire:

    CicLAvia #1 was already like this, but extra emphasize pedestrian / music / activity hubs located by transit stops. These should be IN THE STREET, not in the park. Cyclists will dismount and walk through these high density hubs, and police cars (driving the route?!) will have to go around these hubs. The rest of the route is walkable, but more practically a bikeable / skate-able route between hubs enjoyed en-masse. The fun part will be when spontaneous hubs form – and they need to be encouraged more.

    In other words – the balance of bike / ped will be achieved with a higher activation and programming of street space ratio.

    My recommendation – A Hollywood route intersecting with the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market. Fresh food, transit options, historic architecture / street feel, iconic, with plenty of local ‘creative’ people to contribute to the hubs. Hollywood blvd without cars would be beautiful!

  • 62. nirvan  |  October 15, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Great job! This was one of my favorite days in LA.

    I’d love to see this event monthly, then weekly. I think keeping the same route is a good economical choice, considering all of the engineering that went into it. Though extending it to the beach would be cool. Also, longer hours, 9am – 6pm : all that set up shouldn’t go to waste, and everyone wanted to keep biking.

    Sponsors and crowdfunding to help with costs. A friend was wondering if traffic officers might donate back the overtime pay (if they were getting overtime). Also, sign CicLAvia up to something like so the official t-shirt vendors can take credit cards during the event.

    And let me know when you need another volunteer.

  • 63. Jb  |  October 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    The one tiny complaint I have is the barricades that were perpendicular to the bike route caused bottlenecks. If the those barricades had the yellow tape removed and were slightly farther apart bikes could pass through them, but they’d still block cars (I’m assuming that was their purpose.) That tiny point aside you guys did an amazing job! It was such a well planned event and was an absolute blast, I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work!!!!

    • 64. Joe Linton  |  October 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! It was the first time that the city had done these “soft closures” – and they worked ok, but can be improved. CicLAvia will be meeting with them and seeing what worked best and what can be improved.

  • 65. Yuri  |  October 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Congratulations on a successful CicLAvia! I really enjoyed cycling without worrying about traffic! I especially felt the difference since I biked from Venice. I think longer hours would be good (8-4?) as well as to have it at least monthly, with the goal of eventually having it weekly (it could be more frequent in the summer than in winter). I think having Downtown part of the principal route is key since it’s the transit hub of LA. I would like to see routes on the major boulevards like Wilshire, Santa Monica, Pico, Venice, Hollywood and Sunset. How about following the Gold Line into East LA and Pasadena?

    I got asked if it was a bike race by an older lady standing near a barricade, so there needs to be more outreach about the inclusiveness of the event. Once the event becomes a regular occurrance, more people will get involved.

  • 66. kathleen  |  October 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I would vote for it to occur daily…but I know that’s not possible! Weekly would be great, but I would settle even for monthly. One route I would suggest is taking Venice from Los Angeles to Venice. It’s a longer ride, but very flat and easy for riders of all skill levels. There’s a big diversity of neighborhoods, and lots of places to stop along the way; to eat, grab a coffee or just rest.

    Just a thought…

  • 67. Joseph E  |  October 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    The Expo Line should be opening to at least Crenshaw & Exposition during 2011.

    I propose that one of the events should follow the first phase of the Expo light rail line, and continue thru Downtown LA to Chinatown. This will provide access from the Harbor and El Monte busways, the Gold Line, the Blue line, both subway lines, and of course the Expo Line, and will get people to experience South Park and some of the nicer parts of South LA.

    Assuming the route should be 7 miles long, here is my suggestion: LA Historic State Park (Spring at Elmyra), turn south on Alameda, then west on 1st, south on Broadway, west on 7th, South on Figueroa to Exposition, west on Exposition to Western (7 miles):

    If I can expand to about 10 miles, extend the route west to Crenshaw & Exposition, and from Downtown go straight up broadway to Pasadena, and end at Hertiage Square (near Flying Pigeon / Bike Oven):

    It’s possible the Expo Line will open to La Cienega in mid to late 2011 instead. In that case, I would do a route from Union station thru Downtown along Figeuroa, around USC, west on Jefferson: (for a 10 mile route; 7 miles would not reach 7th Street)

    If we can double the length to 14 miles, we could go all the way from Highland Park to La Cienega, via N Figueroa, Pasadena, N Broadway, Alameda, 1st, S Broadway, 7th, S Figueroa, USC, and Jefferson, :

  • 68. Joseph E  |  October 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Another 7 mile route would go from Downtown to NE LA, and could be done sooner (since it does not rely on the Expo Line):

    North East LA: Metro Center to Highland Park (7th, Broadway, Pasadena, N Figueroa). Map:

  • 69. Joseph E  |  October 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    On Streetsblog, Eric B suggested a route from Westwood to Santa Monica, via Westwood and Pico (nice streets, but would not totally mess up car traffic):

  • 70. Jeff Jacobberger  |  October 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Let’s start with quarterly. Next route:
    1. From Sixth/Western (Red Line connection), west on Sixth Street to San Vicente (past the official Mayor’s Mansion, LACMA and the Tar Pits), up San Vicente to Burton Way to Little Santa Monica (through BH) to Santa Monica Bike Lanes (none of these streets carry much traffic on Sundays). NOTE: The pavement on 4th Street is far too treacherous for CicLAvia;
    2. From Hollywood/Highland, south on Orange to Melrose, west on Melrose to Crescent Heights (with a spur south on Stanley to the Grove/Farmers Market/new Holocaust Museum), south on Crescent Heights to at least Sixth Street but possibly all the way down to connect to Venice Blvd. bike lanes.

  • 71. Joseph E  |  October 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    For comparison and planning, Bogota (8 million people, 16 x 8 miles) has 80 miles of routes, mainly on huge boulevards and expressways, as well as major streets, opened for Ciclovia every Sunday and Holiday from 7 am to 2 pm:

    Ciclovia on Google Maps:,-74.092827&spn=0.259042,0.237236&z=12

    Compare to this map of central Los Angeles at the same scale:,-74.092827&sspn=0.259042,0.237236&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Los+Angeles,+California&ll=34.040427,-118.253403&spn=0.21536,0.237236&z=12

    Los Angeles has a few million more people than Bogota, but spread out over 6 times the urbanized area. Bogota’s urbanized area is about 60,000 people per square mile.

  • 72. Guillermo Merin  |  October 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I hope this event will take plase every month in diferent parts of the ciy of LOS ANGELES thx

    • 73. Ralph  |  October 21, 2010 at 10:01 am


  • 74. PlebisPower  |  October 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Not sure if these were mentioned, so forgive the repetition if so.

    Establish a CicLAvia-branded riding ed & training program by prior sign-up that would take place on the route. Sunday’s ride showed that riders are somewhat undisciplined. Making programs not only accessible but visible and conspicuous might encourage enrollment and extend the CicLAvia brand.

    Copyright the event’s name, logo, and slogan (if any). A search of the patent office turns up no ‘CicLAvia.’

    Deputize local clubs and cycling organizations to get the word out. Make ’em delegates or ambassadors or whatever, but secure commitment to circulating flyers, writing op-eds, etc. The key is commitment.

    Consider expanding the route. The 7..5 mile linear route was intuitive and thematically interesting as it linked West-East and bridged communities. Why not have several routes that converge downtown? The South LA area in particular would benefit from a northerly route.

    Rope in local businesses as sponsors or touch points. There were informal lists of restaurants en route, which was great. Now rope them in for official participation; put them on a map; and try to wheedle token funds for the visibility.

    The mobile platform apps like foursquare marry geolocation and competition in the retail space to get folks to ‘check in.’ Sounds like a great idea for a branded CicLAvia phone app. Or maybe an analog (e.g.,small business bingo).

    Ramp up the volunteer effort. I’m embarrassed that I put in only a couple of hours. Next time I’ll invest more time (making your investment in my volunteers’ t-shirt worthwhile), and I’ll thrill to seeing work bikes make more of an appearance too. Next time I’ll put time in in advance of the event, too. I’ll walk the beat, talk to retailers, etc.

    Encourage greater participation among smaller retailers in Koreatown. Why should Little Tokyo have all the fun? The stretch of small shops should be open too. A challenge, yes. Perhaps it’s a task for LACBC’s City of Lights folks. Synergy!

    Tell us how you did it. CicLAvia was a great event – a fantastic experience right out of the gate. Brief the cycling community on lessons learned. How can we ramp up other events based on your experience with city bureaucracy, the LAPD, volunteering, management, etc?


    • 75. Joe Borfo  |  October 17, 2010 at 12:44 am

      I hope you guys take PlebisPower’s ideas to heart.

      I thought these were really excellent suggestions. I agree with him on all points!

    • 76. Clint  |  October 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

      What if kids want to play roller hockey, like at Ciclovia in Bogota? It is not a bike ride; though, it was fun to see lots of bikes. I went on club bike rides for years as a kid, but CicLAvia was much more fun. Discipline? Maybe the army could set out some stock equipped bikes and run a small bike drill circuit at a parking lot along the route.

      • 77. Joe Linton  |  October 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm

        I think that we might do some short spurs or “stubs” for things like hockey, dodgeball, etc. It’s what happened informally on 10/10/10 – so we might be able to make it official.

    • 78. Clint  |  October 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

      I really like your ideas to develop collaborations with the businesses along the route.

      Maybe water could be provided for distribution through some of the businesses. And, maybe they could be incorporated to arrange washing of water bottles and sell reusables (trying to reduce disposal and waste). No more Coca Cola, as they steal water rights, destroy indigenous agriculture, and abuse people (including murder of union leaders) around the world.

  • 79. Joe Linton  |  October 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    LA Streetsblog is doing a 2010 CicLAvia route poll – contribute your ideas there, too! and vote for the routes you like best.

    Joe’s unofficial ideas for 2011 routes – just ideas:
    1 – Leimert Park to Venice (maybe including Crenshaw, Pico, and ?? – could connect with Santa Monica)
    2 – Pacoima to North Hollywood (maybe including Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Way, Lankershim ?? – feeder connections: Orange Line, Burbank-Chandler bike path)
    3 – Little Tokyo to Watts Towers (maybe including Central Ave, ?? – maybe also connect to USC neighborhood, maybe other south east cities – Huntington Park??)
    4 – Wilmington, San Pedro, Long Beach (including the big harbor bridges, ??)
    5 – Downtown Los Angeles River Bridges route (maybe including about half a dozen downtown bridges: North Broadway, Cesar Chavez, 6th, Olympic – includes Chinatown Downtown, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights – maybe connect with LA River bike paths in SE and/or NE??)

  • 80. Serena W. Lin  |  October 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    The first CicLAvia was a smashing success, but lest it fall into the usual pattern of giving transportation options to the wealthy, while overlooking the poor — it is time for CicLAvia to plant its signs and its roots into historic South LA. Streets such as Crenshaw and areas of the Figueroa Corridor, to name a couple examples, speak to the existence of a rich, vibrant community of color that is often overlooked by transportation experts who decry Los Angeles’ car-driven culture. But the truth is that the most bus, walk, and bike-dependent communities are also the ones most often ignored by those who say we need to change the way we move L.A. This makes no sense. Shouldn’t we cater to the population that needs bike advocacy the most? Rather than the communities that already have the most options?
    Health is another reason to consider South L.A. Along with fighting against poverty and the inevitable food desert, Black and Latin@ populations in South LA are especially plagued with health risks such as diabetes and obesity — part of this is because the neighborhoods in South LA are not the most livable. Many blocks along South LA lack resources, and as such, the streets and areas aren’t made for healthy living; they aren’t conducive to exercise. By bringing CicLAvia to South LA we can assist the many existing bicyclists who are fighting crowded road conditions and dilapidated sidewalks. It’s dangerous to ride a bike in many parts of South LA, and not because of crime statistics, but because there isn’t room for a bike except on pot-holed/obstacle-filled sidewalks.
    Let’s consider environmental justice and full public participation by figuring out which communities need the bike stimulus package of CicLAvia. And I’m not talking trickle-down bikeonomics. A bicycle is a populist symbol and something many of us can own. It’s not as expensive as a car, but with the right road conditions it can bring us everywhere and give us a healthy outlook too. Through CicLAvia — we can encourage merchants and neighbors to interact, and bring richness to an area without bringing in high-end stores, displacing local residents, and gentrifying shamelessly. We can also do something far more valuable — we can open up the imagination and space of CicLAvia for local South LA residents who lack convenient transit access compared to the Westside and wealthier, whiter areas of L.A. South LA is the heart and pulse of L.A. — with a long history of both politics, art, and revolution. If CicLAvia represents change, then change should begin where it is most needed and where it can make the biggest impact.

    • 81. Clint  |  October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

      Amen. What an outstanding statement!

      Let’ s make those routes THE Regular routes.

      How about bringing in some permaculture experts to design a couple garden systems along those routes and help locals to build and maintain those garden systems. It will feed and nurture the communities living there and all those CicLAvia visitors.

      • 82. Clint  |  October 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

        Those Permaculture garden systems are a good way for 5, 10, 100 people or more to start building nature into the communities now, in preparation for sharing with the greater LA patrons that will be walking and rolling along at the “Regular CicLAvia Route”. I think a Permaculture designer could demonstrate that designed garden systems would be the quickest, cheapest, most scalable, most productive (food and much more) intervention to improve communities. Wouldn’t it work synergistically with CicLAvia? CicLAvia participants could volunteer work in the gardens, and the gardens feed CicLAvia participants and the community. There are lots of positive interactions that we might not realize until nature (environmental, biological, and social) shows us.

      • 83. Jeff Jacobberger  |  October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

        CicLAvia should connect LA’s diverse neighborhoods, all of which need more bicycle infrastructure. Moving CicLAvia around increases the visibility of bicycling, and political support for improvements, in all parts of the City.

        Many churches in South Los Angeles fought battles over the LA Marathon routing and Sunday scheduling because they did not want any interference with their congregants’ access to services. ( In its early stages, CicLAvia might not want to pick these fights.

      • 84. Joe Linton  |  October 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

        Jeff – Thanks for organizing the feeder ride and supporting CicLAvia (and biking in LA)! Your point about the churches is really important. We did a fair amount of outreach to churches on the 10/10/10 route to make sure that our adverse impacts to them would be minimized. A few were concerned, but most were actually at least vocally supportive (once their concerns were aired.) I am hoping that the difference between CicLAvia (a free event, celebrating communities) and the L.A. Marathon (a pay event, to an extent blocking communities) would be recognized by church folks in South L.A. … though perhaps I am being overly idealistic. We definitely need a lot of respectful discussion on this, and see where it leads us.

  • 85. Serena W. Lin  |  October 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Oh, and I vote for Joe Linton’s Idea #1 — Leimert Park to ??? Venice???

  • 86. yuki  |  October 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

    i agree with serena. it would be great to see a cicLAvia in south l.a. and i would add southeast l.a. i know there are many folks in southeast l.a. (huntington park, south gate) who are car-free and would definitely turn out for a community gathering like this. maybe a route from south l.a. through southeast l.a. down to long beach?

    and i vote for weekly!

  • 87. Tafarai Bayne  |  October 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Looking forward to many future regular occurrences of this.

    A South LA route is a great move that I think would be supported by many community groups with the kind of outreach the CicLAvia teamed utilized in the 10/10/10 event…face to face discussions seeking to alleviate impacts and encourage participation. Partnerships with these church’s and orgs would be a good step to invite many people who already depend on alternative forms of transport to get around our rather large city.

    There are many possible routes, hard to even vote…some of my favorites possible ones include the Downtown – Central Ave – Watts Towers…. also a Downtown – Crenshaw District – Venice Ride would be Amazing….


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