Announcing the October 9 2011 Route!

August 16, 2011 at 10:42 am 30 comments

October 9th 2011 10.5-mile CicLAvia route with two new spurs - click for pdf



CicLAvia is expanding! On Sunday October 9th 2011, the city of Los Angeles and the non-profit CicLAvia invite you to experience 10.5 miles of open streets for walking, bicycling, skating and more! The October route includes a new spur south, mostly through the Fashion District, and a new spur north through Chinatown. 

The October 9th 2011 route includes the full 7.5-mile route from the last two events. In addition, there are two new spurs:

NEW! South Spur: The south spur branches off the route downtown, south on Spring Street, east on 9th Street (which becomes Olympic) and south on  Central Avenue to the African American Firefighter Museum on Central at 14th Street. This new mileage includes Downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District with hundreds of establishments selling colorful rolls of cloth, and a small area informally known as the “piñata district” where huge numbers of colorful piñatas are sold. The hope is to extend this route further south via Central Avenue in the future.

NEW! North Spur: The north spur branches off the route at L.A. City Hall, heading north on Main Street, crossing the 101 Freeway into the historic El Pueblo plaza area, including Olvera Street. It continues on Paseo Olivares, Spring Street, New High Street, Ord Street and into the heart of L.A.’s Chinatown on North Broadway, ending at Chinatown’s Central Plaza. Both El Pueblo and Chinatown offer CicLAvia participants lots of great places to eat! The new spur also makes a much easier connection with Union Station and with the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station.

Riders/walkers/skaters can start wherever they want, and do as much or as little as you like. RSVP and share the October 9th 2011 CicLAvia with the Facebook event page!

If you’re excited as we are about the new 10.5-mile route, help us make it happen! Over the next month, CicLAvia is raising $10,500 (that’s a thousand dollars per mile, of course) via our new Kickstarter campaign. There are fun premiums: new stickers, buttons, and brand new CicLAvia canvas bags! Check out our Kickstarter page and pledge your  donation today!

Get your CicLAvia canvas bag by pledging via Kickstarter! Design by Colleen Corcoran, bag by Baggu

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  • […] staff got to work and announced earlier today that the October 9th 2011 CicLAvia will have an expanded ten and a half mile route with more open streets […]

  • 2. C.C.  |  August 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

    What time will the streets be cleared? I remember last time it was supposed to end at 3 but the road blocks weren’t taken down until 4:00 or so.

    • 3. Joe Linton  |  August 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Last time, my recollection is that the route was fully re-opened to car traff at about 3:45pm. The re-opening begins at each end and has been taking taking about 45 minutes.

  • 4. Marcotico  |  August 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Colleen Corcoran is the bomb!

  • 5. Tripp Fell  |  August 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Why are you always inconveniencing the same residents each time this event is held? This is a MAJOR hassle for residents like myself who live along the event route and have to still get to work. Why don’t you move the route each time so that it’s fair to ALL residents? I find it more than a little unusual that this event only routes through the lower-income neighborhoods. Hancock Park is one neighborhood to the West – HP is gorgeous and has far less pedestrian and vehicle traffic so it would be far more suitable to CicLavia and exponentially less of an inconvenience to LA residents and infrastructure. Seems very strange that CicLavia doesn’t route through Hancock Park, doesn’t it? Smells like blatant bowing to the wealthy Angelenos…..

    • 6. PBM  |  August 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Nice city spirit Tripp. Also, part of the idea is to expose people to lower income areas they may not go to, and give local business a chance at dollars they might not usually have access to.

      • 7. LCC  |  August 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        Dear PBM, in response to your idea that CicLavia creates exposure to small local business……why not change up the route from year to year to give other small local business the same exposure? Your argument seems unfair, especially to the small business owners and the residents that surround the CicLavia route. The truth is that many local business’ and residents are suffering due to the street closures. I actually live on a street that this bike route is on and was told that I could not leave my apt to drive to my job until the event was over! This seems a bit unfair to the local residents who have jobs and aren’t able to ride their bikes all day in leisure!

      • 8. S. Glickman  |  August 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Hey PBM I couldn’t agree more with Tripp. Continuing this event along the same streets each time is staggeringly unfair to the residents who live along the route. Moreover, I just scoured the Ciclavia site and nowhere does it indicate a purpose to expose people to lower income neighborhoods. In fact, it seems to indicate precisely the opposite in that the event is supposed to increase exposure to all neighborhoods. If so, then why keep holding the event in the same low income neighborhoods? Seems to me that it keeps happening because the event organizers know that these low income residents would be less inclined and capable of complaining about it. Shame on Ciclavia.

      • 9. Niall Huffman (@kneel28)  |  August 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        The CicLAvia route was indeed selected to run through lower-income neighborhoods on purpose. As I understand it, this is not so much to create exposure for local businesses (though that is a welcome side benefit) as to provide space for recreation and relaxation in neighborhoods that are densely populated and have a shortage of conventional park land.

        As for residents who are inconvenienced by the street closures… all I can say is, thank you for your patience and understanding. Try to realize that the point of the event is to sacrifice a few hours’ worth of automotive convenience so that the kids and families in the area can walk, run, bike, skate, etc. without worrying about breathing dirty air (at least not as dirty as usual) or getting run over. Even if you can’t take part yourself, I hope you at least take some satisfaction in the benefits that your neighbors enjoy.

        Additionally, as a resident of the Hancock Park area, I would welcome CicLAvia if it were ever held in my neighborhood or on my street, and I would happily plan around it if I needed to be somewhere. Although I don’t think the benefit would be all that great, as most of the (residential) streets around here are already pretty calm and shady and pleasant to walk and bike on. You want to have the event where it’ll dramatically increase the neighborhood’s access to active recreation space; I’m not sure having it in HP would be consistent with that idea, as much as I would enjoy it.

      • 10. mark  |  October 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        Last time this function happened I lost a job because of it. The route was changed during the event, and that caused a ton of problems. The major one being that people – those of us that live paycheck to paycheck – are being inconvenienced financially. I ride the bus, which is also affected by the constant road closures by whatever fancy takes Angelenos. There was no way to get around the route by bus for me.

        Maybe it is time to get myself out of Dodge.

        Thanks for contributing to my further distaste for this area.

  • 11. Tafarai Bayne  |  August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Yay expansion! South LA one day soon. 🙂

    See you in October!

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  • […] week, CicLAvia announced their final route for October 9, and it’s sad to see there will be no Boyle Heights […]

  • […] to town on Saturday, October 8th, followed by the next CicLAvia on Sunday, October 9th, offering an expanded route taking participants another 3 miles north into Chinatown and south into South […]

  • […] During the July "Community Ride" for CicLAvia, riders ran into this Mariachi band….more free music would certainly create a festive mood for CicLAvia III. Photo: Michele Chavez/CicLAvia […]

  • […] encourage all candidates to participate in the October 9th CicLAvia!  Thousands of cyclists, runners, walkers and skaters will descend upon the new 10.5-mile route […]

  • 17. Carol  |  September 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hello, my name is Carol Martinez and Im one of the founders of This will be my first time attending this event and had a couple of questions. I want to bring along my bike group and just wanted to know where does the opening ceremony start from? Not to familiar on where to meet up with them at. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated please.

    • 18. Joe Linton  |  September 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Carol – We don’t have a location yet for the opening ceremony. It may be at the African American Firefighter Museum, but that’s not confirmed. Look for an announcement in the next couple weeks. You may already be aware that you can start anywhere along the route and ride/walk as little or as much as you like.

  • […] to town on Saturday, October 8th, followed by the next CicLAvia on Sunday, October 9th, offering an expanded route taking participants another 3 miles north into Chinatown and south into South […]

  • 20. Annie  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I’m currently in Guadalajara Mexico and they do this every Sunday. It is great to see all the people in their bikes enjoying going up and down the main street. I’m glad L.A. is doing this now.

  • 21. metroduo  |  October 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    We’re very interested in the expanded musical presentations. Where will the Balinese group be performing and when?

    We love CicLAvia in April and have lost of photos on our blog:

  • 22. metroduo  |  October 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    We’re very interested in the expanded musical presentations. Where will the Balinese group be performing and when?

    We love CicLAvia in April and have lots of photos on our blog:

    • 23. Joe Linton  |  October 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Gamelan music should be on 6th Street near LaFayette Park. (We have rough places assigned, but musicians may move around some – enjoy exploring!)

      • 24. metroduo  |  October 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

        Thanks for the heads-up — we’re looking forward to discovering new sights and sounds this CicLAvia. Thanks for all the advance planning to make this happen.

  • 25. londontocali  |  October 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Come ride and explore the Fashion District and support CicLAvia Los Angeles. You my see textiles you have never seen before, be sure to bring your camera this will be amazing eye candy.

  • 26. londontocali  |  October 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Don’t forget to share your pictures on to show everyone how much fun CicLAvia can be …. lets help them expand!!!!

  • 27. Jose  |  October 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

    What time does this start?

  • […] Read more details about the expanded route here! […]

  • 30. Larry Freidin  |  October 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    My question is who makes up the lost sales tax revenue that the state loses because so many streets are closed to car traffic. Not only from retail establishments but parking lots as well.
    Not to mention the sales that won’t be there to pay for the salaries of the workers who need a job. There were no signs or any notices letting the shop owners know that major streets were closing to car traffic. My parking lot is basically shut down today. My retail stores on Maple are basically shut down as well.


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