CicLAvia Boyle Heights Expansion Rolling

March 2, 2011 at 12:43 am Leave a comment

CicLAvia on 10-10-10 on 4th Street in Boyle Heights

Last night over two dozen CicLAvia supporters showed up to the first meeting focused on expanding CicLAvia eastward. The meeting was hosted by CicLAvia and the Roosevelt High School – School of Communications, New Media and Technology. Attendees affiliations included the East Side Bike Club (long-time CicLAvia proponents, and responsible for the incredibly dope calavera bike float at last year’s CicLAvia event), the local YMCA, the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, Spokes and Words, Mis Neighbors, KPFK’s Hear in the City, Americorps, and many others. Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, who opened last year’s CicLAvia, sent his deputy in support of the effort.

Similar to the initial South L.A. meeting last December, attendees shared their CicLAvia experiences, and expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for expansion. The meeting brainstormed possible landmarks that a CicLAvia route might connect; folks were interested in drawing attention to Boyle Heights’ prominent roots in many L.A. histories: Latino/Chicano, Jewish and Japanese.

Here’s a list of landmark destinations that could enrich a Boyle Heights CicLAvia (this is a quick transcript – if there are errors, please comment.):

  • 4th Street Bridge over Lorena Street
  • 6th Street Bridge 
  • Breed Street Shull (Breed at Chavez)
  • Cinco Puntos (Chavez/Lorena/Indiana) memorial
  • East L.A. Civic Center (3rd Street at Mednik)
  • East L.A. College
  • Evergreen Cemetary – including jogging path
  • Hollenbeck Police Station (1st) and adjacent triangle park
  • Lilly’s Books (Rowan at Chavez)
  • Mariachi Plaza
  • El Mercadito (1st at Lorena)
  • Murals (various – including on Arizona Avenue)
  • Salazar Park (Whittier near Indiana)
  • Self-Help Graphics (Chavez at Gage)
  • Union Station
  • Whittier Boulevard – historical cruising stretch, including arches (Eastern Ave to City of Commerce)

CicLAvia's Mark Didia explains the CicLAvia expansion process

Numerous corridors were also brainstormed. East-West possibilities include Cesar Chavez, 1st, 4th, and 6th/Whittier. North/south suggestions included: Boyle, St. Louis, and Evergreen.

The existing CicLAvia route extends to Boyle Height’s Hollenbeck Park, located on 4th Street at Saint Louis Street. CicLAvia organizers had somewhat expected that this terminus might be the branching point for extending further into Boyle Heights, but one popular suggestion was to branch northward from the existing route in downtown, and connect to Union Station and Chinatown, then branch east into Boyle Heights via Cesar Chavez Avenue – which is slightly less steep, and a central main-street style avenue, with plenty of great restaurants.

The next steps will be to host some exploration rides, likely starting in late March… and to work with a Boyle Heights host committee to come up with proposed routes. These will be narrowed down to a preferred alignment or two, which will be reviewed with LADOT and Metro. Given the 4-month lead time for permitting, Boyle Heights CicLAvia expansion is likely on October 9th 2011 or early 2012.

If you’re interested in getting involved in CicLAvia Boyle Heights – leave a comment below! Are there additional Boyle Heights or East L.A. landmarks or corridors that you think would be great on the CicLAvia route? Let us know.

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