Draft CicLAvia October 2011 Expansion Routes South and East
These aren’t one-hundred-percent finalized yet, but CicLAvia wants to share the draft expansion routes for South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights. The October/April CicLAvia route is shown in red. Expansion for Boyle Heights is blue; for South L.A. green.
CicLAvia has worked with community groups in these areas to form local host committees. Potential routes has been brainstormed, bicycled and refined. Nonetheless, the CicLAvia expansion host committees are still meeting with various folks and still finalizing these routes. It takes about four months for the permitting process, so the pretty-much-final versions will be submitted to the city in mid-June. Depending on funding, logistics, capabilities, these routes may be added in full or in part this October. If you want to see CicLAvia expand, please donate and/or sponsor!
South Los Angeles
CicLAvia has been working with a South L.A. Host Committee that includes leadership from TRUST South L.A., SAJE, Mercado La Paloma, and participation from quite a few other South L.A. groups. South L.A. is a big place – about 10 miles by 10 miles – and it became clear early on that CicLAvia couldn’t get to all of it on the first expansion. The priority for the initial expansion soon became connections with the Central Avenue Jazz corridor and Exposition Park, with later South L.A. phases to connect with the Watts Towers and with Leimert Park.
The draft South L.A. expansion extends south from the current CicLAvia route at 7th and Spring. It turns east onto 9th Street and extends through the Fashion District. At Central Avenue, it turns south. It hooks back westward at Vernon Avenue, wiggling onto San Pedro Street, Martin Luther King Blvd, Broadway Place and 39th Avenue, with a terminus at Exposition Park. It includes a short spur on Grand Avenue, connecting with Mercado La Paloma.
Some possible rest stops include: African American Firefighter Museum, A Place Called Home, Central Avenue Jazz Park, Council District 9 Constituent Center, Gilbert Lindsay Park, Mercado La Paloma, and Exposition Park.
Boyle Heights / East L.A.
CicLAvia has been working working with a Boyle Heights Host Committee that includes participation from Roosevelt High School, Corazon del Pueblo, and many others. Boyle Heights is a lot smaller than South L.A. – only about 2 miles by 2 miles. Packed into that small footprint, there are lots and lots of great commercial corridors, and many historical and contemporary landmarks. There are also a few hills, train tracks and freeway off-ramps – things that CicLAvia routes avoid. The Boyle Heights committee ended up focusing mostly on First Street, with later eastward phases hopefully extending on Whittier Boulevard.
The draft Boyle Heights expansion extends nouth from the current CicLAvia route at 4th Street and Boyle Avenue. It turns east onto 1st Street at Mariachi Plaza. It connects with Evergreen Cemetery where it turn south on Evergreen and then jogs over to Euclid Avenue. It hooks east onto Whittier Boulevard with a terminus at L.A. County’s Salazar Park.
Some possible rest stops include: Mariachi Plaza, the Triangle Mini-Park (1st and Chicago), Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, and Salazar Park.