L.A. Times Hawthorne on CicLAvia’s Implications
On Sunday October 24th 2010, in an article entitled Critic’s Notebook: There’s a growing disconnect on a better-connected L.A., the Los Angeles Times’ Christopher Hawthorne cites CicLAvia as one important sign that Angelenos are becoming more “comfortable with density and multifamily housing and the coexistence of private cars, pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit.” While the article focuses mostly on permanent infrastructure (especially rail construction), we’re happy to see CicLAvia’s 2010 success is seen as “reflecting a growing constituency in Los Angeles for changes to the streetscape benefiting pedestrians and cyclists.” CicLAvia would also add transit – given the large numbers of cyclists and pedestrians who rode Metro to attend, many for the first time. Growing the constituency for greener transportation is indeed one of the four goals that CicLAvia’s organizers’ set out to accomplish.
Hawthorne goes on to conclude:
CicLAvia and events like it have a role to play in helping bridge that gap [between folks who welcome density/transit and those who resist], mostly because they provide a way to see the cityscape with fresh eyes and at unusually close range.
Thanks, Mr. Hawthorne, and CicLAvia looks forward to more fresh eyes and up-close views in the years ahead.