Volunteers Explore Possible South L.A. CicLAvia Expansion Routes
Last Sunday, over 30 volunteers dedicated their Sunday afternoon to exploring various streets in South L.A. to begin to determine which might make the most sense for CicLAvia’s South L.A. expansion. Participants varied from seasoned bike commuters, to local residents some of whom hadn’t bicycled in a while, to Bicycle Kitchen “cooks” to the 213* Bike Ride crew which rolls group rides out of Boyle Heights.
The larger groups split into three smaller packs to explore separate streets/loops. Following predetermined routes, participants bicycled South L.A. corridors keeping an eye out for features that would work well for CicLAvia, and for potential conflicts.
Among the most promising corridors were portions of:
- Central Avenue – historic home of Los Angeles’ jazz scene
- Figueroa Street – connections with Staples Center, L.A. Live, USC, Exposition Park and more
- Western Avenue – very central to the area, with lots of retail that could dovetail well with CicLAvia
Next steps will be to review the day’s reconnaissance log sheets and to work with local leaders to come up with some draft routes that could stitch many of these corridors and landmarks together, and then go back out to the streets for another ground test. (And after that, there’s more working with the city and Metro and others before it’s final final!)
CicLAvia and its South L.A. allies are planning to do another exploration ride, hopefully in about three weeks time. Check this blog and the CicLAvia Facebook page events for information.