Announcing the October 9 2011 Route!

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

PLEASE SEE REVISED MAP ON NEW WEBSITE – MOSTLY SAME BUT CHINATOWN SPUR TRIMMED!

 

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.  (more…)

August 16, 2011 at 10:42 am 30 comments

Seventh Street Bike Lanes Installed

Cyclists riding west on the new 7th Street bike lanes

Good news! As of this past weekend, new bike lanes are being installed on Seventh Street. So far the city has striped 0.7-miles of 7th, from Catalina to Rampart, with 1.5 additional miles from Rampart to Figureoa under construction and expected to be completed within weeks.  (more…)

August 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm 5 comments

CicLAvia named Best of Downtown

Matching pink bikes on the 4th Street Bridge downtown during CicLAvia April 2011 - photo by Gary Leonard

Last week, L.A.’s Downtown News Best of Downtown staff picks cited CicLAvia as the Best Reason to Leave the Car at Home. Here’s an excerpt:

[During CicLAvia] Downtown is a giant urban park teeming with thousands of people enthralled by the simple pleasure of navigating our city any way except in a car. This is CicLAvia, which despite occurring only twice so far — in October 2010, and then again in April — appears on its way to becoming an L.A. institution.  (more…)

July 26, 2011 at 11:05 am 1 comment

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

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