Second South L.A. Exploration Ride
About 25 volunteers assembled at the offices of SAJE and TRUST South L.A. Thanks to South L.A. CicLAvia partners All Peoples Christian Center for helping turn out participants the morning of the Super Bowl. Folks split into three teams, branching out to explore possible routes through South L.A. and ways to connect to the recurring CicLAvia route.
Two groups explored connections through the southern part of downtown Los Angeles, including possibly connecting with L.A.’s Fashion District and with the small Grand Hope Park at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). One group went futher south, looking at possible connections with Central Avenue (historically and still today a prominent center of L.A.’s jazz culture), the L.A. Council District 9 Constituent Services Center (with an inviting plaza, solar energy collectors, and rooftop gardens), Augustus Hawkins Natural Park, L.A. County’s Ted Watkins Memorial Park, and the Watts Towers.
The South L.A. CicLAvia host committee will be meeting 6pm on Wednesday February 16th (and continues to meet the second Wednesday of each month) at SAJE/Trust South L.A. At that meeting, the committee intends to draft a few CicLAvia routes which will then be vetted with community stakeholders, city and Metro staff, and others – with plan to finalize a route in the coming months, and extend a new CicLAvia spur into the October 2011 event. The South L.A. host committee will also be looking at how bring South L.A. residents to the April CicLAvia (mostly via feeder rides), and how to reach out to CicLAvia participants during that event.
If you’re interested in getting involved in the community planning effort to bring CicLAvia to South L.A., email us at info [at] ciclavia.org.