PLEASE GO TO THE NEW CICLAVIA WEBSITE – we’re leaving some old stuff up here while we switch over, but we’re not updating the wordpress site any more.
With two hugely successful CicLAvia events under our belt, we are currently preparing for Los Angeles’ next couple “open-street” events: Sunday October 9th and tentatively April 2012. Seven and a half miles of streets were car-free from 10 AM – 3 PM on Sunday October 10th 2010 and Sunday April 10th 2011. In 2011, we’re doing the initial route again and again, and reaching out to new neighborhoods and adding new spurs.
CicLAvia makes the streets will safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There are activities along the route. Shop owners and restaurants are encouraged to open their doors to people along the CicLAvia.
A Ciclovía is not just for recreation. It is social integration.
Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States, connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are immense. Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space.
In Los Angeles we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options. CicLAvia creates a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. It creates a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun. We can’t wait to see you at CicLAvia!
Who we are:
Jonathan Parfrey is director of the Green LA Institute and a commissioner at the LADWP Board of Water and Power.
Aaron Paley has been producing, consulting and creating events in public spaces for the past 27 years. He is the president of Community Arts Resources.
Miguel Luna is a Colombian native living in L.A., founder of Urban Semillas an organization working with youth and monolingual Spanish-speaking communities on building capacity, functional spaces and social justice.
Joe Linton is an artist, author, and urban environmental activist, and formerly worked for Friends of the L.A. River, Livable Places, C.I.C.L.E., and other non-profit organizations. He writes on urban water issues at L.A. Creek Freak.
Daisy Lin is a News Producer at NBC4-TV.
Bobby Gadda is a cycling advocate and educator.
Colleen Corcoran is a graphic designer with an interest in educational campaigns, currently working for the design studio at Metro.