Draft Chinatown CicLAvia Extension Route Emerging
Last week, a group of Chinatown residents, small business owners, police officers, state parks representatives, artists, cyclist and other stakeholders met to discuss possible CicLAvia expansion connecting with L.A.’s Chinatown. Participants included George Yu of the Chinatown Business Improvement District, David Louie of El Pueblo’s Board of Commissioners, and many others. The meeting took place at the Ed Freeman Art Gallery on Chung King Road.
The meeting was facilitated by CicLAvia consultant Joe Linton, CicLAvia Board Member Kyla Fullenwider and Chinatown resident Ali Jeevanjee. The agenda included an overview of past CicLAvias, the role of a host committee and mapping what the Chinatown route extension could look like.
Linton explained to the group what CicLAvia typically looks for in a route. The three top criteria are: areas that are park-poor, population dense, and transit accessible. Additionally, CicLAvia routes tend toward cultural and historic sites and generally avoid hills, train tracks, freeway ramps, and try to minimize blocked driveways and impacts to transit and traffic by providing crossing points for buses and cars at major intersections.
The group explored integrating important landmarks including Los Angeles State Historic Park, El Pueblo, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Chinatown Metro Gold Line Station, as well as major Chinatown commercial corridors – especially including North Broadway. Many parts of Chinatown, including Hill Street and areas west of Hill, are hilly, so the route avoids those streets. Effort was made to steer clear of selected major streets to allow them to carry non-CicLAvia car/bus traffic: Hill Street, Cesar Chavez Boulevard, and Alpine Street. In addition, consideration was given to not impacting access to a half-dozen Chinatown-area houses of worship.
After much discussion and doodling the group emerged with a draft route for Chinatown that everyone in attendance agreed on, though agreed that it still needed to be vetted with additional stakeholders. The draft Chinatown extension route includes (from the existing CicLAvia route northward): Main Street, Paseo Luis Olivares, Spring Street, New High Street, Ord Street, North Broadway, College Street, and North Spring Street. The draft Chinatown CicLAvia route map is viewable as a pdf or google map.
Let us know what you think of the route – positives, negatives, comments, etc. If you live, work, bike, and/or shop in Chinatown, and would like to be involved in the Chinatown extension process contact us at info [at] ciclavia.org. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!