Exciting Community Dialogue on South L.A. CicLAvia ExpansionStrategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE.) In attendance were interested individuals and folks affiliated with various organizations, including: the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) of the city of Los Angeles, Black Kids on Bikes Freedom Ride L.A., City Lites, Community Health Councils, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, Unity Sports, and others.
Many of those present had participated in the 10-10-10 CicLAvia and were very interested in bringing future events to their neighborhood. A lot of excellent ideas were brainstormed on how CicLAvia events can connect with South L.A. communities:
- partner with local community organizations and schools
- include classes on how to bicycle – for folks who are not already riders
- showcase music – bands, local musicians
- connect with community gardens – promote healthy food
- demonstrate/educate about permanent changes to streets – things like traffic calming, bike lanes, etc.
There was a brainstorm on possible destinations that a South L.A. route could connect with:
- Augustus Hawkins Nature Park (Compton/Slauson)
- CD9 Consituent Service Center (4301 S. Central)
- Compton Creek
- Doheny Mansion (on Mount Saint Mary’s Doheny Campus on Adams)
- Dunbar Hotel (4225 S. Central)
- Exposition Park – including California African American Museum, Coliseum, Natural History Museum, and other attractions
- Faith Dome (79th and Vermont)
- Leimert Park
- Macedonia Baptist (114th Street)
- Mercado La Paloma (3655 S. Grand)
- South L.A. Wetlands Park (under construction Slauson/Avalon)
- Southern California Library (6120 S. Vermont)
- Watts Towers (107th Street)
- Martin Luther King Hospital (Wilmington Avenue)
Lastly there was some dialogue on possible streets that could be good for CicLAvia: Central Avenue, Figueroa Street, Hoover Street, Vermont Avenue, Western Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, and Slauson Avenue.
South Los Angeles is a big place, and CicLAvia events and routes do take a while to congeal… We’re excited about the great energy at our first South L.A. and looking forward to working with South L.A. folks to form a Host Committee, explore/finalize routes, and make CicLAvia happen – hopefully in mid-2011! If you’re interested in bringing CicLAvia to South L.A., leave a comment below with your ideas – or email us at info [at] ciclavia.org.