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July Community Tour Ride a Big Success

Last Sunday’s CicLAvia Community Ride wasn’t quite a CicLAvia, but was still a lot of fun. Just over 200 cyclists (and three rollerbladers!) rode an 8.5-mile loop from Boyle Heights to South L.A. to the Fashion District to Chinatown and back to Boyle Heights. The ride focused on three community landmarks that we plan to connect CicLAvia with on October 9th 2011: South L.A.’s African American Firefighter Museum, Chinatown’s the Plaza (at El Pueblo), and Boyle Height’s Mariachi Plaza.

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July 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm 1 comment

Vamos a la July 10th Community Ride

Come ride CicLAvia's Community Bike Ride this Sunday! Wearing a basket of bread on your head is optional.

When we announced that the July 10th CicLAvia wouldn’t be happening, we knew a lot of folks already had that day penciled in… or even written in pen… or, more likely these days, electronically recorded… on their calendars. To cushion the waves of CicLAvia withdrawal, we’re hosting a group ride instead. It’s a chance to get together and bike in the city.

The CicLAvia Community Ride will take place on Sunday July 10th 2011. Folks gather starting 12:30pm, departing 1pm from Hollenebeck Park. Suggested donation $5. No streets closed; riders obey traffic laws. More details after the jump.

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July 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm 5 comments

This Sunday: South L.A. Workshop, Ride and Fliering

CicLAvia South L.A. Host Committee members Tafarai Bayne TRUST South L.A. and Joe Linton CicLAvia - checking out the African American Firefighters Museum on Central Avenue

This Sunday – June 26th 2011 – show up to support CicLAvia’s South L.A. expansion! The CicLAvia South L.A. Host Committee has planned a series of monthly rides/workshops in advance of the October 9th CicLAvia event. The goals of the pre-CicLAvia events include getting the word out on CicLAvia, building more bike skills/knowledge, and having a great time riding together through South Los Angeles. Rides and workshops are in collaboration with the County Cycling Colaborative, including C.I.C.L.E., LACBC and many other awesome bike organizations, and funded by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s RENEW initiative.

This Sunday’s free event is at Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90007. Here’s the schedule:

10am – Free Workshop – bike fitting – selecting the bike that’s right for you, making your bike fit your needs
11am – Group Ride – easy, not a race – come explore the proposed South L.A. Route – help volunteer to distribute fliers to let folks know CicLAvia is coming to South L.A.! If you just want to ride together, great! If you can help volunteer – passing out fliers – even better! Spanish speakers a plus… everyone welcome!
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June 24, 2011 at 8:41 am 3 comments

Draft Chinatown CicLAvia Extension Route Emerging

Draft Chinatown CicLAvia route - detail - click for full-page pdf

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. (more…)

June 16, 2011 at 10:55 am 4 comments

Bike Lanes Coming Soon to CicLAvia’s 7th Street

Young cyclist crossing 7th Street at Alvarado

Bike lanes are coming soon to the CicLAvia route… soon – on 7th Street! The city of Los Angeles has them in their top priority list… and you can help get them done – by attending an L.A. County Bicycle Coalition press conference tomorrow at 2pm.

7th Street is the longest straightaway on the CicLAvia route. For many years, 7th has been a favored unofficial route for bicycling. It’s a relatively flat, relatively quiet (compared to nearby Wilshire, at least) street that connects mid-city with downtown Los Angeles with Boyle Heights. It crosses the 110 Freeway with no on-ramp or off-ramp.

Bicyclists on 7th Street during the April 2011 CicLAvia

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June 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm 2 comments

Upcoming: Sunday Afternoon Delight and Transportation Architecture

This Sunday June 12th 2011 from 2pm to 10pm support CicLAvia by enjoying yourself at The Shady Bunch’s Afternoon Delight at Weiland’s Brewery in Little Tokyo.

On Friday June 24th 2011 all day, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architecture will be hosting a one-day conference on The Architecture of Transportation at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. CicLAvia is a community partner for this conference.

AIA's Architecture of Transportation Conference on June 24th

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June 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

Is a Snerl Human?

Is a Snerl Human? first page - all art by Alex Toth

Here’s a parable called “Is a Snerl Human?” and some thoughts on how it applies to CicLAvia.

The story was published in DC’s Adventure Comics No.431 in February 1974. This 8-page one-shot, by comic greats writer Sheldon Mayer and artist Alex Toth, has been described by a few on-line pundits as one of the best ever comic book short stories.

Is a Snerl Human? takes place on an earth-like planet, called Teyton, where animals talk. Snerls are large pink furry creatures that walk upright and look a bit like sloth combined with a kangaroo. Humans have enslaved snerls; snerl families are held captive in prison-like “Snerl Dependent Pens.”

The story opens with a chariot race where snerls are towing chariots ridden by whip-wielding humans. The story’s protagonist, a snerl named Tarsus, wins the race and is rewarded with an extra visit to his female snerl partner, Winga, and their “little one.” Winga worries that Tarsus is becoming “a very valuable snerl” and will be sold. No sooner said than done. (more…)

June 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm 8 comments

Donate to CicLAvia, Win a Pedaler Clothing Hoodie!

Support CicLAvia June 2011 and you could win this hoodie! Click image for larger version and more specifics

Support CicLAvia in June 2011 at an amount of $25 or higher, and you could win a hoodie from Pedaler Clothing!

CicLAvia depends on individuals like you, as well as foundations and sponsors, to keep CicLAvia events free. If you’ve enjoyed walking, riding or skating at CicLAvia, then we hope you’ll support us. In a special for June donors only, we’ll be raffling off a new hoodie (or pair of pants – your choice) from Pedaler Clothing. Give $25 or more this month, and you’re automatically entered in the drawing.

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June 7, 2011 at 8:05 am 1 comment

CicLAvia Chinatown Expansion Meeting – this Wednesday

Map showing three possible Chinatown CicLAvia routes - click for higher res pdf

If you’re interested in CicLAvia Chinatown expansion, please come on down this Wednesday, June 8th 2011, at a community meeting to discuss. Folks will gather at 6pm at LOC (977 1/2 Chung King Road, L.A. 90012) oops location updated – nearby Ed Freeman Gallery 945 Chung King Road, L.A. 90012 and discuss how expansion can work, and what route/s might work best. RSVP and share via Facebook event. (and: Chinatown is seen as phase 1 of an expansion that, over time, should connect with Lincoln Heights, and other parts of North East L.A.)

June 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm 3 comments

San Francisco’s May Sunday Streets in The Mission

San Francisco Sunday Streets on Valencia in The Mission, May 2011

I had the pleasure of heading up to San Francisco earlier this month, and checked out their version of CicLAvia, which is called Sunday Streets. These Ciclovía events take place in cities all over the world, and each of them is a bit different, based on urban form, distance, frequency, culture, etc. For this article, I’ll mainly just relate my day – and hopefully soon, I’ll write some commentary on some possible lesson learned that I think might work for Los Angeles.  (more…)

May 26, 2011 at 11:36 am 5 comments

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