FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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When is the next CicLAvia?
July 10th, then October 9th 2011!
Is the route one way or both ways?
Both ways! There’s no start and no end. It’s not a race or a group bike ride. You can enter the route anywhere and walk/bike along any part you like. It’s for everyone to do anything they can imagine to do in the street.
Where is the start? Where is the finish?
There’s no start, no finish. You can start anywhere you like, and double back, take breaks, as you like.
Are there steep hills on the route?
No – the route was designed to be relatively flat, but there are a few areas on the route with minor hills – nothing major, nothing steep. Here’s a list of the slight hills:
> New Hampshire Avenue north of Beverly Boulevard
>7th Street west of Figueroa, over the 110 freeway
>4th Street Bridge over the L.A. River, both western and eastern approaches
>4th Street west of Boyle Avenue, slopes up into Boyle Heights
Route guides will be stationed at the hills. They’ll inform CicLAvia participants about hills as they approach downhills. In order to prevent excessive speeds, we recommend dismounting and walking downhill, especially as the route becomes crowded.
Are there bathrooms along the route?
Yes, we will have portable bathrooms set up at the 4 rest stops along the route: Hollenbeck Park (SW corner of 4th and Cummings), South Lawn of City Hall (NW corner of 1st and Main), MacArthur Park (North side of 7th, between Alvarado and Lake), and Orange 20 Bikes parking lot at Heliotrope and Melrose. There will be one disabled accessible bathroom at each rest stop. Additionally, there are public restrooms at the parks along the route: Shatto Park, Aliso-Pico Park, and LaFayette Park. We also encourage participants to support businesses along the route (restaurants, museums, etc.) that will surely have bathrooms as well.
Where can I find water along the route?
There will be hydration stations at the 4 rest stops along the route: Hollenbeck Park (SW corner of 4th and Cummings), South Lawn of City Hall (NW corner of 1st and Main), MacArthur Park (North side of 7th, between Alvarado and Lake), and Orange 20 Bikes parking lot at Heliotrope and Melrose. The water stations will be set up as taps, so bring your own water bottle if you can! We also encourage participants to support businesses along the route – so you can easily buy water at stores along the route, too.
Are skateboarders allowed?
Yes – skateboards and skates welcome! Scooters welcome, too.
I want to bring my baby to CicLAvia. Is it safe to move slowly down the street with a stroller?
Yes, CicLAvia is for everyone – especially children and their families, whether you’re riding a bicycle, on skates, a skateboard, in a wheelchair, walking with a stroller, etc. etc. You get the idea. There will be a lot of space on LA’s wide streets. People moving fast will be encouraged to stay to the left while people moving slower will stick to the right. There will be room for everyone to enjoy safely.
Where can I park?
See How to get to CicLAvia for parking (and transit, etc.) suggestions.
I live far away from the route. How can I get there and participate?
See How to get to CicLAvia for transit suggestions.
What’s the schedule? When do the streets go back to regular?
Here’s a run-down of what happens when regarding street closing/opening:
Sunday 1am – officially no parking on the route goes into effect
Sunday ~6am – city begins to tow any cars parked on the route
Sunday ~9am – city begins closing streets to secure route.
Sunday ~9:30am – any cars needing to exit driveways on the route must exit by 9:30am
Sunday ~9:45am – route fully secured
Sunday 10am – event begins, streets open for bicycling, walking.
Sunday 2:30pm – event organizers will circulate announcing limited time remaining
Sunday 3pm – streets revert to everyday use, pedestrians move to sidewalks, cyclists to right lanes. City begins undo-ing closures.
Sunday ~3:30pm – streets fully reopened to routine traffic.
This is just the street closure schedule – for the schedule of activities, see our events map page.
Where can I rent a bike?
LA still has a way to go with bike rental shops. The closest rental place to the route that we know of is Flying Pigeon LA, located in Highland Park 3714 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065, 213-909-8986 email@example.com. Flying Pigeon bike rental info here – reserve early, they will sell out.
What can I expect to see and do along the route?
What you can expect to see is lots of people, biking and walking. Expect to explore the city, and see some neighborhoods and sights that you might drive past every day but don’t always notice. There’s also some musicians, some dance, costumes, political rallies, yoga, capoeira, and more. Many of the events are listed on our online events map – though many things will be spontaneous – so expect some surprises! See our earlier articles for various features along the route: restaurants, historic buildings, museums, churches, public art, etc. Read more at our Powers of 10 post for some of additional picks and suggestions!
Can I set up a table or tent along the route?
Our limited event permit and insurance only cover active recreation in the streets – activities that keep the flow of the street moving forward and are in the spirit of walking, bicycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc. Neither our permit nor our insurance cover tabling activities. Organizations and individuals who would like to set up a table along the route or at one of the many parks or pubic spaces during CicLAvia are encouraged to contact the appropriate city department (Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Street Services, Fire Department, etc.) for the necessary permits and insurance. We would love for your organization to be an integral part of CicLAvia by considering other, more active ways of getting your message out with the flow of people and bikes in the streets. Perhaps you can have a “moving table” – a bicycle that markets your cause, or a procession in the streets with banners or signs. We are encouraging all interested parties to be innovative and resourceful in this regard.
I can’t make it. When will the next one be?
Next CicLAvias are 7.10.2011 and 10.9.2011!